Monday, November 9, 2009 - 12:52pm

In the three years since its inception, Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital’s bariatric surgery program has received 5-star (or top) ratings from HealthGrades® and been designated as a center of surgery excellence by insurers Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Aetna and Health Net. But the biggest honor yet is the recent mark of approval from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), said Dr. Kelvin Higa, the program’s medical director.

Monday, November 2, 2009 - 12:53pm

“Perfect timing” was the first thought for registered nurse Shane Clark and extern Eddie Padilla on Oct. 26, when a patient was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center’s emergency department (ED) with a hazardous materials exposure.   

Preparing in case of this kind of disaster paid off for two employees who were inspecting the disaster preparedness equipment before the call came in. 

Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 10:57am

For Valley agriculture leader Mark Borba, giving is personal. And his efforts are now making a difference in the lives of Valley patients with new digital mammography equipment available at Community Regional Medical Center. Borba and employees enjoyed a first-hand look during an open house on Oct. 28.

Borba, who’s a Community Medical Centers board member, led the team effort to bring the equipment to downtown Fresno. His company, Borba Farms, rallied others to raise funds for the technology.

Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 10:58am

Community Regional Medical Center now ranks among California’s top five hospitals for overall orthopedic services, having received 5-star (top) ratings for three different types of total joint replacement surgery and two surgery excellence awards from HealthGrades®, a national independent health care ratings agency. For patients, this means a 61% lower chance of complications compared to the average U.S. hospital.

Friday, October 9, 2009 - 11:04am

Clovis Community Medical Center today announced plans to move forward with a four-year, $285 million expansion and renovation that will nearly double the hospital’s capacity and convert the entire facility to private patient rooms.

The massive construction project will increase the hospital’s 109 inpatient beds to 205 private beds, increase intensive-care beds from 7 to 24, increase emergency-department stations from 13 to 38 and expand the number of inpatient operating rooms from 4 to 11.