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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.
The Clovis Community Medical Center expansion continues with groundbreaking on the Health & Education Conference Center. The center will help provide health education – part of Community Medical Centers’ mission – and accommodate the educational needs of physicians, employees, patients and families.
The Clovis Community Medical Center expansion just got bigger, with approval from Community Medical Centers’ Board of Trustees for the construction of a Health & Education Conference Center. The center will help provide health education – part of Community Medical Centers’ mission – and accommodate the educational needs of physicians, employees, patients and families.
Community Medical Centers is the region's largest health care provider and private employer. It operates three acute-care hospitals — Community Regional Medical Center, Clovis Community Medical Center and Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital — along with several long-term care, outpatient, other healthcare facilities and a physician residency program in conjunction with the University of California, San Francisco.
Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital bariatric surgeon Saber Ghiassi led a study through Stanford University that found morbidly obese patients who had gastric bypass surgery were able to significantly reduce their medications for hypertension and diabetes at a year after surgery – which led to a big drop in health care costs. Forty-year-old Paul Ferguson of Fresno’s story serves as an example of real results. He lost more than 200 pounds through gastric bypass surgery more than a year ago, and no longer needs his medications for diabetes and hypertension.
Top athletes and movie stars have the time and motivation to stay in great shape. The rest of us, though, often find it a challenge to fit fitness into our lives.
Community Regional Medical Center’s diagnostic medical sonography program is now one of three in California with dual accreditation in cardiac and general sonography and one of the few hospital based programs offering all classes and clinical experience on site. The 18-month-old program recently received approval from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education.
Dave DiPalma, chaplain intern for Community Medical Centers isn’t afraid of silence.
“Sometimes the most meaningful things happen, when I say something, and then the patient says something, and I’m just kind of waiting to see what they want to talk about next.”
This is just one of the skills he’s learning thanks to his enrollment in Clinical Pastoral Education classes.
As the graduation march “Pomp and Circumstance” began to play at the Save Mart Center on April 21, a flood of emotions went through Tina Gulbronsen.
“It was surreal,” said Gulbronsen, Community Regional Medical Center’s director of nursing administration. “I saw the bachelor of nursing flag bearer walking down the aisle to lead us and it was amazing.”
Benjamin J. Steinberg D.O. found when explaining complicated surgical procedures of gynecological problems to his patients that words weren’t enough – especially for patients who might not be proficient in English or have a great understanding of the body’s structures. So Dr. Steinberg turned to a new tool – interactive computer animation -- for help communicating complex diagnosis and anatomy.