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Kelsey Leyendekker never wanted to be anything but a neonatal intensive care (NICU) nurse taking care of the tiniest, most fragile newborns. She felt blessed to get into neonatologist Krishna Rajani’s “NICU University” at Community Regional Medical Center right after nursing school and receive financial help for the new graduates’ training from Community. And then Leyendekker was hired into her dream job at the hospital’s 84-bed NICU.
When Visalia resident Arthur Villareal was hit on his motorcycle, his wife Karen knew he needed to go to where she once worked as a nurse – Community Regional Medical Center’s Level 1 trauma center to receive top care. What she didn’t know, being so far from home, was the care she would also find for herself at Terry’s House.
Soua Xiong’s hospital room was eerily empty so Jane Lee, a Hmong interpreter at Community Regional Medical Center, poked her head in to check on this patient and chat for a while. Normally Hmong elders are attended by their children or grandchildren, explained Lee, so a room empty of visitors should be an alert for staff to pay a bit more attention.
California’s hospitals report nearly 13 million emergency department patient encounters a year. With the number of hospitals with emergency care decreasing statewide from 365 to 330 since 2000, and the number of patients increasing by 35% during the same time period, those seeking care can experience long waits. Community is working in a number of ways to expedite treatment – especially at its busiest hospital, Community Regional Medical Center.
Two potentially important health insurance events occur for some Valley residents in November.
Community Regional Medical Center's sonography school has joined the only other program in the United States with accreditation to teach all four learning concentrations – General Sonography, Adult Cardiac Echo, Pediatric Cardiac Echo and Vascular Sonography. Even programs teaching ultrasound techniques at the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins do not have pediatric cardiac echo approval from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
The GetWell Network turns the television in patients’ rooms throughout Community Medical Centers' three hospitals into an entertainment and education portal where they can watch video education courses and view discharge instructions tailored just for them – in English or Spanish. Such technology shows patients and their families exactly what improvements they must achieve to be discharged and how to make sure healing continues at home, with videos on how to care for stitches and take their follow-up medication.
Typically, when one thinks of pregnancy, babies, booties and bassinets come to mind, but for Jonah Yap-De Jesus at 34-weeks along, so do glucose monitors, test strips and insulin.
Through a gift of real estate, Jim and Debbie Christian give $1.5 million to benefit Terry’s House.Back to Videos
Jim Christian has been involved with Terry’s House since its inception – with friend Jeff Kroeker he spearheaded efforts to build and fund the home away from home for families with critically ill or injured loved ones at Community Regional Medical Center. Now Jim and his wife Debbie have donated a piece of property worth $1.5 million to help seed an endowment for Terry’s House.