Friday, July 31, 2009 - 11:41am

Kelly Speigle has been a housekeeper at Community Behavioral Health Center for six months – but hasn't exactly followed a typical career path. The near death of his oldest child compelled him to seek out a position in health care, specifically at Community Medical Centers.

This summer, as he watches 5-year old Connor play T-ball, Speigle reminisces on the miracle of his son and what the staff at Clovis Community Medical Center did to save Connor’s life and make sure wife Amanda was OK.

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 11:42am

Pharmacists are in high demand and short supply -- one reason Community Medical Centers started a pharmacy residency program seven years ago. The program started with one resident, Staci Anderson, a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist (BCPS) who is now a full-time trauma and critical care pharmacist at Community Regional Medical Center.

A total of 14 residents have gone through the program and six have decided to stay in the Valley and work for Community, a 43% retention rate. Home growing future pharmacists is one major goal of the program.

Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 11:45am

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 - 11:49am

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 - 11:51am

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.”