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As the only Level 1 trauma center in a 15,000-square-mile region, which sees an average of 800 pediatric trauma cases a year, Community Regional Medical Center is keenly interested in educating families on how to keep children out of the emergency room. Community serves in a leadership role for Safe Kids Central Valley, a childhood injury prevention coalition with member agencies from Fresno and Madera counties, including other hospitals.
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.
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.
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.
When Visalia resident Arthur Villareal was hit on his motorcycle, his wife Karen knew he needed to go to where she once worked as a nurse – Community Regional Medical Center’s Level 1 trauma center to receive top care. What she didn’t know, being so far from home, was the care she would also find for herself at Terry’s House.
California’s hospitals report nearly 13 million emergency department patient encounters a year. With the number of hospitals with emergency care decreasing statewide from 365 to 330 since 2000, and the number of patients increasing by 35% during the same time period, those seeking care can experience long waits. Community is working in a number of ways to expedite treatment – especially at its busiest hospital, Community Regional Medical Center.
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.Back to Videos
Terry’s House is a temporary residence for families whose loved ones are critically ill or injured and receiving care at Community Regional Medical Center.
The 20-room house, across the street from the hospital in downtown Fresno, was built through and is entirely maintained by gifts from the community.
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.Back to Videos
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.Back to Videos