Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 12:45pm

Two Community Medical Centers hospitals received 5-star ratings for bariatric surgery from HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent health care ratings organization. Clovis Community Medical Center is 5-star rated for the fourth year in a row. And Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital’s new program was rated for the first time, additionally receiving a Bariatric Excellence Award™, to put it among the state’s top five hospitals.

Friday, July 24, 2009 - 12:49pm

Terry’s House received $50,000 from Wells Fargo Bank on July 24 at the future site of the home, located on Fresno and R streets in downtown Fresno. The gift is part of Wells Fargo’s $100,000 pledge to be followed by $25,000 in 2010 and $25,000 in 2011. 

Monday, July 20, 2009 - 12:51pm

Most dogs are raised to simply be common house pets. Others are trained to work livestock, pull sleds in the snow or to serve and protect — but there are some other exceptional canines who are specially trained to bring a therapeutic touch to those they meet.

“I was a teacher for 31 years and I usually had a dog in my classroom,” said Sue Bissell, owner of therapy dog “Lucy.”

“I could see what a good teaching tool the dog was and how a lot of times the dogs get a lot more out of the kids than an adult.”

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 12:54pm

Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno is now offering an extensive service for patients who suffer from pulmonary hypertension – high blood pressure in the lungs that can make breathing difficult and ultimately be life-threatening.

“Our program has been overwhelmed with patients, and we are very quickly climbing in numbers in patients with PH,” said Dr. Vijay Balasubramanian, medical director of the pulmonary hypertension program at Community Regional and UCSF Fresno.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 12:55pm

An unusual silence swept the Bramer house one morning when a loved one died, leaving everyone asking why? What was this silent killer? How could snoring affect one’s heart? This was the wake-up call Keeley Bramer needed to seek help.

“…Six years ago this Memorial Day weekend my father passed away. [He was] 75 years old, really, actually, in good health. But he had recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea,” Keeley said.