Friday, January 25, 2008 - 12:19pm

Community Regional Medical Center’s total joint replacement program received its latest vote of confidence with the designation by UnitedHealth as a “Premium Total Joint Replacement Specialty Center.”

To earn the specialty center designation from UnitedHealth, Community had to exceed a rigorous set of criteria based on nationally recognized medical standards developed by a scientific advisory board of orthopedic surgeons.

Monday, January 7, 2008 - 12:27pm

Bank of America Charitable Foundation became the first corporate donor-investor to Terry’s House with a $250,000 gift to Community Medical Foundation just before Christmas. The money will be used to help build a hotel-like facility where burn and trauma patients’ families can stay while their loved ones receive critical care at Community Regional Medical Center.

Friday, January 4, 2008 - 12:27pm

Dr. Kelvin Higa, known for his expertise in minimally invasive and bariatric weight-loss surgery, has begun performing natural orifice or “scarless” abdominal operations.

Dr. Higa, a UCSF Fresno clinical professor of surgery, practices at Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital and at Clovis Community Medical Center, rated for the second year in a row as the best place in California for bariatric surgery. He explains that Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery, or NOTES, is the next phase of minimally invasive surgery.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 - 10:35am

The doors opened to new occupants on Dec. 10 as the first of two phases of the move into the new state-of-the-art clinical laboratory at Community Regional Medical Center was completed.

The move’s first phase began with microbiology, tuberculosis and fungal sections relocating – representing about one-fourth of the laboratory. The second phase begins the first week of January and should be complete by Jan. 14.

Monday, December 17, 2007 - 10:35am

At the first light of morning while her family slept, Marie Richards would quietly leave her home and drive 80 miles to the hospital where her 5-year-old son was being cared for after a traumatic injury.

She’d spend the entire day at her son’s bedside, offering the kind of support only a mother can provide. Then, well after midnight, she would get back in her car and make the long drive home, allowing herself a few hours of much-needed rest before getting up and readying herself for another long drive and another full day by her son’s side.