Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 11:07am

Steve Walter, chief financial officer of Community Medical Centers, the largest non-profit health care network in central California, sat down with Michelle Van Valkenburg for a candid interview. Van Valkenburg, director of communications for Community, asked Walter some questions for Valley residents concerned about health care in this current economic recession.

This is the final part of a two-part series.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 11:18am

The joke in the Kroeker family is patriarch Ed would be late to his own funeral. But Ed Kroeker wasn’t late to his funeral – in fact, he didn’t show up at all. “I wanted to proofread my own obituary,” the 78-year old chuckled.

It was no laughing matter, however, seven months ago when Ed had a heart attack. The situation seemed so bleak that doctors told the Kroeker family to make funeral arrangements. The plot and casket were purchased, songs selected and eulogy written.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 11:19am

Mary Contreras has taken care of thousands of patients in her 35 years of nursing. As a young candy striper at Los Banos Memorial Hospital and a member of the Future Nurses Club of America, with the support of her mentors, Contreras is an example of a nurse who truly “worked her way up” in the health care field.

Today, Contreras is the chief nursing officer for the entire Community Medical Centers health care network – an undertaking showing what a nurse can do throughout his or her career by taking advantage of opportunities for advancement.

Friday, May 8, 2009 - 11:22am

Karen Buckley has gained quite a bit of perspective on the nursing profession during 29 years of experiences ranging from being a flight transport nurse for high-risk moms to her current position as chief nursing officer at Community Regional Medical Center in downtown Fresno.

Friday, May 8, 2009 - 11:21am

ROSE or Restorative Obesity Surgery Endolumenal offers new hope to people who have regained weight after gastric bypass surgery. The incision-less surgery, which can restore the results of the initial gastric bypass, is now being offered at Clovis Community Medical Center, rated 5-stars three years in a row for weight-loss surgery by a national outside agency, HealthGrades.