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.”

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 11:54am

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 - 11:55am

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.

Friday, July 10, 2009 - 11:57am

Stricter rules and regulations are being enforced at Community Medical Centers’ construction sites thanks to the help of the Owner Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP) and Peggy McGinnis, a construction occupation health nurse.

With OCIP, the owner, in this case Community, provides the general liability, excess liability, builder’s risk and pollution and workers’ compensation insurance for all of the contractors and sub contractors who work on projects for the hospital while using only one insurance company to handle all claims.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 - 11:58am

It was a love story straight out of a classic movie from the ‘40s; a romance that blossomed at a time when the world was at war and men in uniform left their sweethearts pining back home. This love story is about two people who would become inseparable during a 60-year marriage and a hospital staff that saw to it they were together until the end.

Helen Green first laid eyes on Mike Kirkorian when she and her mother were enjoying a slice of pie in a café in San Francisco. The women noticed two young sailors trying to pay their bill with Tonganese money.