Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 12:36pm

Oct. 14 was a routine day for Community Medical Centers nurse Naomi Isaak. It’s her job to place automated external defibrillator (AED) units in public places all over the Central Valley. She helps schools and businesses purchase the lifesaving equipment, instructs people on the use and does routine maintenance checks on the 475 units in Community’s Public Access Defibrillator program (PAD). The AED is a portable device that automatically diagnoses cardiac arrhythmias and can shock the heart to go back to normal rhythm. It was a routine day, and Isaak was busy as usual.

Thursday, December 24, 2009 - 12:38pm

Theresa Polzien and her husband, Gary, are about to celebrate 43 years of marriage – and this is one anniversary worth making a big fuss over. In addition to celebrating their love for one another, the couple can reflect on a year Theresa battled breast cancer, making every moment even more special.

Polzien found her cancer early. “I caught it during my regular mammogram screening,” she said. “I must continue to get my screenings and those will tell me if we got all of the cancer. I’m optimistic that my next one will be negative.”

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 12:39pm

In the past several months, local radio and television stations PEAK Broadcasting, LLC, ABC 30, KSEE 24 and KMPH FOX 26 have stepped in to help create awareness of the private support needed to build Terry’s House. Through these efforts, one Valley family stepped in and gifted $750,000 to help build the home.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 12:41pm

Douglas May, a patient at Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital, got a special visit from his female mini-Australian Shepherd, “Sketch.” Terri May, Doug’s wife knew he was feeling down and thought that bringing one of their dogs in would cheer him up.

“The hospital agreed and we made sure all of the vaccinations were up-to-date and the dog was groomed properly, like therapy dogs,” said registered nurse Marflo Urbano, of Fresno Heart & Surgical.

Monday, December 7, 2009 - 12:41pm

Larry Johanson was immediately inspired to give after taking a tour of the Table Mountain Rancheria Trauma Center at Community Regional Medical Center in downtown Fresno.

“I saw families that had no where to stay when they had loved ones in the trauma unit for quite some time,” Johanson said.

Larry and his wife Patti gifted $100,000 to help build Terry’s House, a convenient and affordable lodging facility for families with loved ones receiving critical care at Community Regional.