Friday, February 15, 2008 - 12:09pm

CyberKnife, the robotic surgery system most often used to treat cancer and inoperable tumors, could one day be used to correct abnormal heart rhythms – replacing the current invasive surgery with painless laser zaps.
Community Regional Medical Center doctors have just completed the initial phase of groundbreaking, original research and development of the CyberHeart project.

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.