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Members of the Fresno Fire Department, American Ambulance, and the Leon S. Peters Burn Center team at Community Regional Medical Center were honored at Fresno State’s football game against Nevada. They were recognized for their teamwork in rescuing Fresno Fire Captain Pete Dern after he fell through the roof of a burning home earlier this year. Captain Dern was burned over 70 percent of his body and spent 165 days in the hospital before returning home.
In honor of Pete Dern and all first responders on 9-1-1, Mayor Ashley Swearengin is making a gift to the Leon S. Peters Burn Center in downtown Fresno and is challenging others to do so today as well.
Fresno Fire Captain Pete Dern made his way from Community Regional Medical Center amid an outpouring of appreciation and support from family, friends, and row and rows of firefighters. Dern was rushed to the Leon S. Peters Burn Center after he was injured falling through the roof of a burning house in March. Burned over 70 percent of his body, he spent 165 days at Community Regional. He thanked his care team, fellow firefighters, the community and nation for their support.
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.
The 10th annual May Day Safety Fair sponsored by the Kids Safe Coalition of Central California was an education day at Chukchansi Park baseball stadium where first-graders from local schools had the opportunity to receive valuable information on how to be safe. Community's Leon S. Peters Burn Center partnered with PG&E to present how to be safe around power lines.
Terry’s House at Community Regional Medical Center just received some hefty help for operations with a $150,000 gift from Rabobank N.A. The home is entirely dependent upon private gifts and contributions.
The Rabobank Family Dining Area at Terry’s House was named in honor of the bank’s contribution.
The walls have become a jungle – at least in the outpatient burn center at Community Regional Medical Center. Instead of stark, scary walls, the lobby and some rooms now sport colorful jungle animals, vineyards, a fire station, fish and other child-friendly scenes that put children at ease during painful procedures.
See the pediatric Outpatient Burn Center rooms at Community Regional Medical Center transform from stark and sterile to kid-friendly.Back to Videos
Community Medical Centers provided more than $186 million in uncompensated services and programs in fiscal year 2013-14, equivalent to nearly 16% of its total expenses, according to the nonprofit hospital system’s annual community benefits report filed with the State of California.
Community Regional is one of the top performing hospitals in the country in providing for organ donation. Community has participated in the organ donor program for more than two decades. Nationwide, more than 123,000 people are awaiting organ transplants, including 1,500 in the Central San Joaquin Valley.