Monday, June 8, 2009 - 10:56am

While the current economic situation has been challenging in recent months, it brought a silver lining of more volunteers to Community Regional Medical Center. And volunteers say their time helping patients and hospital staff sharpens their job prospects and lets them try out new occupations.

“I have seen some effects from the economy,” says Antonio Nieto, Community Regional’s service delivery supervisor. “I am actually getting volunteers between jobs that are coming here, not only to keep themselves busy, but keep their skills current.”

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 11:00am

Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital prides itself on treating patients to a luxury hotel experience in a hospital setting. The hospital’s restaurant quality food draws in neighboring business people for lunch. Its rooms feature carpeting, drapes and decorative lamps. Tropical plants and small trees decorate hallways. And the staff focus is on service and courtesy.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - 10:59am

The Central California Neuroscience Institute at Community Regional Medical Center received a $100,000 grant from the William R. Hearst Foundations to be used for outpatient care in the East Plaza Medical Office Building currently under construction on the hospital’s campus.

Friday, May 29, 2009 - 11:01am

Hospital room televisions have long been used to distract patients from their discomforts and fears. But sometimes the channel offerings do more to increase anxiety than to assuage it, says longtime Community Regional Medical Center chaplain Grimaldo Enriquez.

Friday, May 22, 2009 - 11:04am

The pharmacy department at Community Regional Medical Center has been up to more than making its routine rounds to ensure patients receive the appropriate medications. The department recently added a medication safety specialist to its repertoire, and also brought in workstations on wheels to further increase patient safety and deliver medicine faster.

Pharmacist Curtis Takemoto was a clinical pharmacy manager before becoming the new medication safety specialist and has worked at Community Regional more than 20 years.