Neurology

Smittcamps Give $1 Million to Neurosciences

Community Medical Centers has received a $1 million gift from Robert E. Smittcamp and the Smittcamp Family Foundation to expand neuroscience services for the San Joaquin Valley. The gift is meant to help expand a vital service line not available elsewhere in the region.

Expert trauma care, neurosurgeons are ‘a blessing’ for teen

Ryan Gravelle looked like a casualty from a war movie when he knocked on friend’s door in the darkest hour before dawn. The 19-year-old’s face and forearms were bloody, his hair was matted with mud and blood. He was dazed and barely coherent. He had just walked half a mile from a car crash with a broken neck, multiple facial fractures, a huge gash on the back of his head and a potentially fatal hematoma swelling in his brain. 

Do you know the signs of a stroke? Think FAST.

Local interior design company owner Kay Garabedian got lucky the evening a large clot lodged in her brain. Lucky her good friend and business partner was there and knew the signs of a stroke. Lucky she got to a hospital right away. And lucky that first hospital sent her to Community Regional Medical Center, which had the expertise and technology to remove the clot from her brain.

Striking back against kids’ concussions

If it wasn’t a broken bone or a sprained ankle, athletes were often encouraged to “shake it off” or “tough it out” and get back in the game. But that’s not the approach at Community Regional Medical Center where health professionals have partnered with others in the community to create a Concussion Consortium. Its goal: to educate local pediatricians and youth sports coaches about the signs and dangers of concussions – especially on developing brains.


Triathlete Triumphs Over Head Trauma

During the Bass Lake Triathlon in 2013, Tammy Sears took a sharp turn with her bike and slammed into the pavement. Lucky for her, one of the riders right behind her was Scott Browar, a nurse from Clovis Community Medical Center who was able to help stabilize her spine until an ambulance arrived to take her to the Level 1 trauma center in Fresno, Community Regional Medical Center.

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Stroke Survivor Alan Collison

A devastating stroke sends Community Regional Medical Center trauma nurse Alan Collison back to his own hospital to receive lifesaving care at a moment's notice.

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Care for the Caregiver

Community Regional Medical Center Chaplain Dave DiPalma had a mini-stroke while working on floor 9W neuroscience and the nursing staff there helped get DiPalma the care he needed fast.

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Concussion Awareness

In this educational video, Brenna Hughes, medical speech pathologist at Community Regional Medical Center is looking to build awareness about the negative effects of concussions from high impact sports.

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Primary stroke center gets Gold Seal of Approval from Joint Commission for second time

The Primary Stroke Center at Community Regional Medical Center has again earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers.


The Lairds' Gift

Brian Laird went to doctors with complaints of back and shoulder pain in 2010 as well as trouble breathing — three weeks later he was diagnosed with ALS — better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. This neuromuscular disease slowly steals away an individual's ability to function as the muscles in the body quit working. It was Brian's dream to raise funds to help create a world-class neurological center at Community Regional Medical Center, so people won't need to travel great distances to get the neurological care they need.

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