Other Key Services

Emergency Department

Community Regional Medical Center’s 56,000-square-foot emergency department is about the size of a football field. It is one of the largest and busiest in the state of California. The emergency department is housed in the state-of-the-art Table Mountain Rancheria Trauma Center.

Residencies

Community Medical Centers is helping to grow Central Valley doctors and attract specialists through strong partnerships with UC San Francisco's, Fresno Medical Education Program and University of the Pacific's School of Dentistry.

Our commitment to these programs helps bring some of the best and brightest doctors to continue their education here in central California. As the home of the region's only combined burn and Level 1 trauma centers and the region’s only perinatology unit for high-risk pregnancies and deliveries, Community Regional is the site of the majority of UCSF Fresno’s postdoctoral training.

UCSF Fresno built its new $27 million Center for Medical Education and Research on Community Regional’s campus. Annually about 200 UCSF Fresno residents receive advanced training there and at Community facilities in emergency medicine, family practice, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, critical surgical care – and most recently, in cardiology and pulmonary medicine.

UCSF Fresno was the only program nationwide to receive 2007 accreditation for a fellowship in pulmonary medicine, which will bring three new residents a year to a region with some of the highest asthma rates in the nation. These programs benefit the entire San Joaquin Valley because nearly a third of the physicians trained here choose to stay and practice medicine in the Valley when their studies are done.

Research

More than 200 research projects and clinical trials systemwide are currently under way through venues such as the UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program, California Cancer Center and our CyberKnife® program. From hepatitis to respiratory clinical trials – lung cancer to HIV/AIDS research – Valley residents now have access to some of the latest medicines and treatments in the country.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Developed in the 1940s to treat deep sea divers who suffered from decompression sickness, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) is used today to treat health conditions including burns, carbon monoxide poisoning, trauma injuries, infections, amputations and complications from cancer and diabetes.

The Leon S. Peters Burn Center at Community Regional is home to the area’s first board certified staff and two hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) chambers.

HBO treatment takes place inside a sealed tubular chamber that creates an environment where the entire body is under increased pressure and patients breathe 100% oxygen. The high concentration of oxygen combined with increased atmospheric pressure causes large amounts of oxygen to be dissolved into the blood – promoting tissue growth and helping persistent wounds to heal. HBO therapy’s healing properties promotes more microvascular blood vessel growth, which promotes healing in chronic non-healing wounds.

HBO therapy stimulates white blood cells and slows down the growth of certain bacteria. It also reduces the incidences and certain severities of swelling, thus promoting reperfusion (restoration of blood flow to an organ or tissue) to affected extremities. HBO therapy is normally painless. Patients lie comfortably in the chamber where they can watch television, listen to music or nap as if they were in their own bed.

Non - emergent referrals can be scheduled Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call, (559) 459-3870.

Emergent Referrals, please call (559) 459-4220.

HBO Therapy Treatments
Common treatments:

  • Bone infections
  • Complication of radiotherapy
  • Chronic, non-healing wounds


Emergency treatment:

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Cyanide poisoning
  • Decompression illness
  • Arterial gas embolism


Other approved treatments:

  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Diabetic wounds; Wagner Grade III or greater
  • Progressive necrotizing infections
  • Gas gangrene
  • Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis
  • Crush injuries and repair severed limbs
  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
  • Treatment and preparations of compromised skin flaps and grafts
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Actinomycosis refractory  to anitibiotics/surgery
  • Exceptional blood loss anemia


For more information about HBO therapy, call (559) 459-3870.

Community Regional Medical Center
Leon S. Peters Burn Center
2823 Fresno St.
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 459-4220

Rehabilitation Services

Private rooms and the most experienced therapy team set the Leon S. Peters Rehabilitation Center apart from any other rehabilitation center in the Central Valley. It has the newest, most comprehensive equipment in the region and is the only program with special equipment and software to help brain injury patients recover.

For more information on Community Regional’s rehabilitation services call (559) 459-3957.

Medical Imaging

Community Regional is home to a 50,000-square-foot imaging center. Advanced imaging technology allows doctors to quickly and more accurately pinpoint problem areas. The line-up at Community Regional includes two 64-slice CT scanners that can take multiple looks at the entire body in under 10 seconds, the Valley’s only bi-plane angiography system – which provides detailed images of blood vessels from two different angles – and CereTom Portable CT scanner that brings advanced imaging to the patient’s bedside or surgery suite.

For more information on Community Regional’s imaging services call (559) 459-2800.