Friday, October 9, 2009 - 11:00am

For the second year in a row, Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital has received a 5-star rating for the quality of its vascular care from HealthGrades®, a national independent health care ratings organization. The recognition is based on HealthGrades’ 12th annual Hospital Quality in America study, which analyzed patient outcomes over a three-year period at 5,000 hospitals nationwide.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 11:06am

Fitzalbert Marius had a decision to make—med school or art? So he flipped a coin. If it came down heads, he was going to Howard University Medical School. If it came down tails, he’d choose one of the finest art schools in Paris.

Monday, October 5, 2009 - 11:08am

Amid ongoing expansion efforts, Clovis Community Medical Center received a boost to its radiology department.

The boost came in the form of a $300,000 gift to the hospital from CMI Radiology Group. The funds from CMI will help provide the hospital with additional and updated medical imaging space. With more than 35 radiologists, CMI Radiology is the largest radiology group in central California.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 11:10am

Cleofus “Felix” Gonzalez was sure he’d “have no words” sufficient to express his gratitude to a hospital worker who found him clutching his chest in the rose garden outside Community Regional Medical Center on Sept. 16.

But when the rescuer peeked into Gonzalez’ hospital room a day later, grateful tears started flowing and words poured out: “I thought I was going to die. Thank you is not enough … I was afraid I was going to die right there.”

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 11:20am

Melvin Bell’s life nearly came to an end when he and two friends got in a car accident in Chowchilla. The car they were in ran a stop sign, hit a truck and caught fire, killing Melvin’s two friends. Melvin was pulled from the wreckage and airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center, where emergency crews fought to keep his vitals and badly burned body stable.

Back in Chowchilla, Teresa Bizzell, Melvin’s mother, was waiting for her 17-year-old son to arrive home around 4 p.m.