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The San Joaquin Valley Air basin historically has been among the most polluted in the nation with an average of 153 unhealthy ozone days a year in the late 1990s through 2005. While the air has become much cleaner with fewer particulates and lower ozone levels the last decade, the Valley still has pockets of intense pollution – last year, Clovis tied for second most bad ozone days in the nation.
Becker's Healthcare listed Community Medical Centers in its 2015 edition of "150 great places to work in healthcare."
Community Medical Centers provides its employees with numerous educational opportunities to grow their careers in the Valley. Last year the healthcare network invested more than $18.5 million in educational reimbursements, professional certifications and clinical education’ and advanced leadership training.
As part of efforts to find the best nurses, Community Medical Centers teamed up with West Hills College Lemoore on an innovative program to train new nurses – providing for all the students’ clinical rotations and nurse externships in all of Community’s hospitals. Students are mentored by seasoned nurses, working side-by-side with them providing direct patient care in a variety of clinical settings, including pediatric, burn and psychiatric care.
Kelsey Leyendekker never wanted to be anything but a neonatal intensive care (NICU) nurse taking care of the tiniest, most fragile newborns. She felt blessed to get into neonatologist Krishna Rajani’s “NICU University” at Community Regional Medical Center right after nursing school and receive financial help for the new graduates’ training from Community. And then Leyendekker was hired into her dream job at the hospital’s 84-bed NICU.
The Advisory Board Company has awarded Community Medical Centers its 2014 Excellence in Engagement Award, which recognizes top-performing hospitals and health systems nationwide for outstanding levels of employee engagement. Community is one of 20 organizations nationwide to receive the award.
Community Regional Medical Center's sonography school has joined the only other program in the United States with accreditation to teach all four learning concentrations – General Sonography, Adult Cardiac Echo, Pediatric Cardiac Echo and Vascular Sonography. Even programs teaching ultrasound techniques at the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins do not have pediatric cardiac echo approval from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
Laura Acevedo, an executive secretary at Community Regional Medical Center, had never stepped foot in a gym before she began working out at the hospital’s new employee fitness center. Now after months of hitting the gym daily at 5:30 a.m. she’s 16 pounds slimmer, has lost 30 inches and had to go shopping for new clothes.
The medical field is constantly changing and so is the need for medical education. Community Medical Centers’ partners at Wells Fargo Bank met this need by again showing their support with a $100,000 commitment toward employees' education at Community.
For the Jerry Cook family, whose roots in the Clovis area go back generations, building a strong community has always involved strengthening leadership in two key areas – healthcare and education. Jerry’s father, Einar Cook, was instrumental in creating the Clovis Unified School District and helping build Clovis’ only hospital.