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Community Medical Centers has made bold investments during the last decade to ensure that Valley residents have access to the highest quality medical care and services close to home, on par with major metropolitan areas. That includes specialty treatment found nowhere else in the Valley. It means hospital and outpatient care that responds to the needs of a growing and diverse population, as well as preventive and educational services to remain proactive.
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and Community Medical Centers have signed a long-term agreement to significantly enhance and expand specialty medical care for children in Fresno. The agreement builds upon a 40-year collaboration on medical education in a region that has one of the lowest doctor-to-patient ratios in the state.
Pamela Davis has a few tips for any parent facing a child’s life-threatening disease: “Don’t Google while your daughter is in the hospital on a morphine drip and you think she’s asleep … Don’t get the tape measure out to see how big three centimeters is, because that three centimeters went to nine-something, almost 10 centimeters (with a different scan.) Seriously, you can make yourself crazy on Google. Don’t do it.”
Dr. Steve Elliott, a neonatologist in Community Regional Medical Center’s Level 3 NICU talks about the multiple multiples – the five sets of triplets born at Community Regional (the fifth just days away from being born.)
What started as a normal afternoon check-up ended in a Cinco de Mayo to remember for new mother Reyna Donate as she gave birth to daughter Camila Fernandez at Clovis Community Medical Center nine weeks early.
Several times a year the Leon S. Peters Burn Center leaders train with other hospitals on how to handle a disaster with multiple victims, so when word came that 14 people had been injured in a gas line explosion in Fresno staff began alerting surgeons, calling in more nurses and looking for extra beds in the hospital.
Kassidy Caitlin, an HIV/AIDS advocate and sophomore English major at Fresno Pacific University, was born to a mother with AIDS in the mid-1990s—at a time when HIV/AIDS was making headlines. President Bill Clinton created a Presidential Advisory Council for the disease, gold medal Olympian Greg Louganis disclosed his HIV-positive status and medical breakthroughs in drug therapies reduced the mother-to-infant infection rates by two-thirds. But not for Kassidy.
For 14 years Sandra Miller and her good friend Janet Tanaka have been regulars at the Wednesday morning cancer support group at California Cancer Center. The two breast cancer survivors trained to help others through the ordeal they endured since they know just how important this kind of emotional support was to their own healing.
The World Health Organization has determined that breastfeeding provides immediate benefits for children and their mothers, and contributes to a lifetime of better health. Adolescents and adults who were breastfed as babies were less likely to be overweight or obese, or experience Type-2 diabetes, and they’ve been shown to perform better in intelligence tests. Women who nursed their babies reduced their own risks for ovarian and breast cancer.
More than 14% of Valley children younger than age 11 have never been treated by a dentist, despite the fact that tooth decay is the single most common childhood health problem – five times more frequent than asthma. Untreated childhood dental problems can lead to difficulty chewing, swallowing and speaking, needless pain and lost school days.