Friday, January 4, 2008 - 1:27pm

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 - 11:35am

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 - 11:35am

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.

Friday, November 30, 2007 - 11:43am

Blue Cross of California has recognized the Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital’s bariatric program with its own “Surgical Center of Expertise” designation.

The designation now allows patients with Blue Cross insurance coverage to have bariatric and metabolic surgery at the same hospital that has been recognized by leading independent ratings organization HealthGrades as the “best in the region for overall cardiac services.” 

Friday, November 9, 2007 - 11:51am

It’s every parent’s dream – a happy, healthy baby, 10 fingers, 10 toes and all the normal things.

And with all of today’s modern technology, most births go according to plan.  But when they don’t, and the baby gets stressed, the caregivers have to make quick decisions on what’s best for mom and baby. 

That’s where STAN comes in – a first of its kind technology in the United States that is giving doctors who deliver at Community Regional Medical Center help in a heart beat.