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.

Monday, July 6, 2009 - 12:03pm

Derek Bogardus’ life took a sharp turn late one November evening in 2007 as he drove his motorcycle home from a softball game. He collided with a truck and was pinned underneath it. The accident totaled his motorcycle, the truck and Bogardus almost lost his life.

“They say a truck made a left-hand turn in front of me and I don’t remember anything after that,” Bogardus said.

Monday, June 29, 2009 - 10:47am

The California Endowment awarded Community Regional Medical Center a generous grant to measure and evaluate the hospital staff’s cultural competency – and eventually to better educate caregivers about patients’ perceptions and cultural practices.

The grant was sought last year as a way to help enhance patient care. Ohio-based consulting firm CMCHO, or the Center for Multicultural Competence in Healthcare Organizations, was hired to help query Community’s patients, employees and physicians.

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 10:50am

Hundreds of cardiac surgeries are performed each year in downtown Fresno’s Community Regional Medical Center. These surgeries are part of the scheduling routine every day – but that was not the case a mere 25 years ago.

May 14, 1984 was anything but a routine day at then-Fresno Community Hospital. The cardiac surgery program officially launched with two cases performed.

According to cardiac surgeon Dr. Pervaiz A. Chaudhry, “To start this type of program from the ground up is a huge thing.”

Monday, June 22, 2009 - 10:51am

Walt Reinhardt is passionate about health care in Clovis – and he’s turning the passion into action as Clovis Community Medical Center embarks on its lofty growth plans.