Friday, June 15, 2007 - 12:17pm

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 - 12:19pm

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 - 12:26pm

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.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007 - 12:43pm

Care providers at Community Medical Centers didn’t do anything out of the ordinary for Maria Rodriguez – she just felt like she was getting special treatment during her high-risk pregnancy.

That’s the idea, making extraordinary ordinary.

And it’s what impressed Rodriguez about her four-week stay in the high-risk antepartum unit at Community Regional Medical Center.

Monday, April 23, 2007 - 12:26pm

Better high-tech scanning and having a cardiac surgery team and operating room just steps away rather than miles away, made a life and death difference for a man who had his heart punctured, liver torn and five ribs broken early April 17.

The car crash victim was the first trauma patient flown into Community Regional Medical Center just hours after the Level 1 trauma designation and trauma staff moved over from University Medical Center to the newly opened Table Mountain Rancheria Trauma Center.