Wednesday, August 8, 2007 - 12:59pm

Across the U.S. there has been an increasing trend of burn center closures – but not here in the Valley.

Community Regional Medical Center’s Leon S. Peters Burn Center is the only round-the-clock, fully staffed burn center between Los Angeles and Sacramento.

Friday, June 22, 2007 - 11:15am

According to newly released state data, with 7,970 babies born last year alone, Community Regional Medical Center remains California’s second busiest labor and delivery department for the third year in a row. Only Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women in San Diego had a few hundred more births.

Friday, June 15, 2007 - 11:17am

The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians pledged $700,000 to Community Medical Center-Oakhurst to buy mammography and X-ray equipment and upgrade the health center building.

“The Chukchansi tribal people live in the mountains here. It’s a win-win situation for us and for Madera County,” said Dustin Graham, chairman of the tribal council.

Graham said the one-time contribution came out of talks with the Madera County supervisors. The tribe and Madera County worked together through an advisory committee to determine this award.

Thursday, June 7, 2007 - 11:19am

Three days a week, before the sun rises, Mary Lou Johnson quietly makes her way across the Community Regional Medical Center campus to a place that holds both painful and precious memories.

On her way to Community Regional’s oncology unit, Mary Lou stops to feed the stray cats in a nearby alley, then makes her way up to the 7th floor, saying hello to the staff members who have come to know and love this woman who has devoted so much of her time to their patients.

Friday, May 18, 2007 - 11:26am

The scar remains. It’s deep brownish red color spans from the middle of Brian Nieto’s chest through his bellybutton and down to his waist line, creating an almost symmetrical division of his upper body. Several more marks and scars are visible where the bullets pierced his flesh and where he was later stapled and sewn back together.

It’s all a reminder of the July 31 night the Fresno police officer was shot three times while attempting to make a traffic stop on his motorcycle in central Fresno.