Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 12:18pm

The joke in the Kroeker family is patriarch Ed would be late to his own funeral. But Ed Kroeker wasn’t late to his funeral – in fact, he didn’t show up at all. “I wanted to proofread my own obituary,” the 78-year old chuckled.

It was no laughing matter, however, seven months ago when Ed had a heart attack. The situation seemed so bleak that doctors told the Kroeker family to make funeral arrangements. The plot and casket were purchased, songs selected and eulogy written.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 12:19pm

Mary Contreras has taken care of thousands of patients in her 35 years of nursing. As a young candy striper at Los Banos Memorial Hospital and a member of the Future Nurses Club of America, with the support of her mentors, Contreras is an example of a nurse who truly “worked her way up” in the health care field.

Today, Contreras is the chief nursing officer for the entire Community Medical Centers health care network – an undertaking showing what a nurse can do throughout his or her career by taking advantage of opportunities for advancement.

Friday, May 8, 2009 - 12:22pm

Karen Buckley has gained quite a bit of perspective on the nursing profession during 29 years of experiences ranging from being a flight transport nurse for high-risk moms to her current position as chief nursing officer at Community Regional Medical Center in downtown Fresno.

Friday, May 8, 2009 - 12:21pm

ROSE or Restorative Obesity Surgery Endolumenal offers new hope to people who have regained weight after gastric bypass surgery. The incision-less surgery, which can restore the results of the initial gastric bypass, is now being offered at Clovis Community Medical Center, rated 5-stars three years in a row for weight-loss surgery by a national outside agency, HealthGrades.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - 12:23pm

Clovis Community Medical Center chief nursing officer David Boyd, a registered nurse, has served in his top position for almost two years after vacating his post as director of clinical effectiveness at corporate information systems.