Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 12:41pm

Douglas May, a patient at Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital, got a special visit from his female mini-Australian Shepherd, “Sketch.” Terri May, Doug’s wife knew he was feeling down and thought that bringing one of their dogs in would cheer him up.

“The hospital agreed and we made sure all of the vaccinations were up-to-date and the dog was groomed properly, like therapy dogs,” said registered nurse Marflo Urbano, of Fresno Heart & Surgical.

Monday, December 7, 2009 - 12:41pm

Larry Johanson was immediately inspired to give after taking a tour of the Table Mountain Rancheria Trauma Center at Community Regional Medical Center in downtown Fresno.

“I saw families that had no where to stay when they had loved ones in the trauma unit for quite some time,” Johanson said.

Larry and his wife Patti gifted $100,000 to help build Terry’s House, a convenient and affordable lodging facility for families with loved ones receiving critical care at Community Regional.

Monday, November 30, 2009 - 12:48pm

With Clovis Community Medical Center’s October announcement to move forward with a four-year, $285 million expansion and renovation, a longtime Community Medical Centers supporter stepped up to help complete the vision.

The Radin Foundation pledged $1 million to support expansion of Clovis Community’s emergency department (ED). The ED will grow from 13 to 38 stations and will have two resuscitation rooms. The growth is designed to accommodate a projected 50,000 patient visits annually.

Monday, November 23, 2009 - 12:49pm

Dr. Muhammad Y. Sheikh presented research he believes has the potential to be developed into front-line therapy for hepatic encephalopathy, a condition in patients with liver cirrhosis who accumulate toxic substances in their blood, affecting brain function.

Dr. Sheikh, chief of gastroenterology at UCSF Fresno and an associate professor of clinical medicine, presented the data from international clinical trials of the drug rifaximin in patients with chronic hepatic encephalopathy (HE) at the 74th annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology held in San Diego.

Friday, November 20, 2009 - 12:50pm

Donor-investors, including physicians and staff all paid close attention as Kevin Follansbee, chair of Community Medical Centers’ board, announced construction will begin in January on Terry’s House.