Trauma

The One-in-a-Million ER

Shortly before the calendar turned to 2016, the one millionth patient was treated in Community Regional Medical Center’s emergency room. When the Table Mountain Rancheria Trauma Center opened in 2007, its football-field sized emergency department was the largest in California and it quickly became one of the busiest serving an average or 355 patients a day – 17 of them for life-saving trauma care.

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. 

Capt. Pete Dern goes home

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.

Rescued hiker's story of 9-day ordeal in Sierra wilderness

Miyuki Harwood, 62, knew the only way she would survive her fall from a mountain cliff was to get to water. So she crawled over two days – with broken bones in both legs and her back – toward the sound of a rushing creek.

Leon S. Peters Burn Center proves Capabilities and Expertise

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.

Community Regional sponsors Power Line Safety at Kids Safe May Day

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.

Teaching street smarts keeps kids safe

More than 3,000 first-graders from local schools crowded the sidewalks of a scaled down city scene to practice looking both ways and yelling at imaginary, distracted drivers during safety lessons sponsored by Community Regional Medical Center.

Rabobank helps families of critically ill at Terry’s House

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.

Keeping kids safe is part of our mission

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.

Hospital system’s “community benefits:” $186 million

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.