Friday, August 17, 2007 - 1:56pm

Ten-year-old Victor Jr. sat up – as straight as he could – in the chair of his fifth-floor room of the Leon S. Peters Burn Center. Wraps covered most of his burned body – every finger, both arms, both legs and much of his head and face.

His 7-year-old brother Carlos was next door, unable to get out of bed, with most of his face and body wrapped in bandages.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007 - 1:59pm

Across the U.S. there has been an increasing trend of burn center closures – but not here in the Valley.

Community Regional Medical Center’s Leon S. Peters Burn Center is the only round-the-clock, fully staffed burn center between Los Angeles and Sacramento.

Friday, June 22, 2007 - 12:15pm

According to newly released state data, with 7,970 babies born last year alone, Community Regional Medical Center remains California’s second busiest labor and delivery department for the third year in a row. Only Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women in San Diego had a few hundred more births.

Friday, June 15, 2007 - 12:17pm

The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians pledged $700,000 to Community Medical Center-Oakhurst to buy mammography and X-ray equipment and upgrade the health center building.

“The Chukchansi tribal people live in the mountains here. It’s a win-win situation for us and for Madera County,” said Dustin Graham, chairman of the tribal council.

Graham said the one-time contribution came out of talks with the Madera County supervisors. The tribe and Madera County worked together through an advisory committee to determine this award.

Thursday, June 7, 2007 - 12:19pm

Three days a week, before the sun rises, Mary Lou Johnson quietly makes her way across the Community Regional Medical Center campus to a place that holds both painful and precious memories.

On her way to Community Regional’s oncology unit, Mary Lou stops to feed the stray cats in a nearby alley, then makes her way up to the 7th floor, saying hello to the staff members who have come to know and love this woman who has devoted so much of her time to their patients.