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Community continues unwavering commitment to address Valley needs

Community continues unwavering commitment to address Valley needs

Posted 04/06/2018

Last year Community Medical Centers provided a record $225.4 million in community benefit investment in the region. Learn more about how our organization has given back to the community we serve.

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Bridging gaps in understanding with high-tech interpreting

Bridging gaps in understanding with high-tech interpreting

Posted 04/06/2018

With Community Regional Medical Center’s newest interpreters on wheels, Spanish-speaking Juana Ayala could talk easily with her English-speaking nurse Mykhaylo Skitsak.

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Community benefit provides respite from the streets

Community benefit provides respite from the streets

Posted 04/06/2018

Community Medical Centers’ home health nurse Denita Goodwin heads out on her rounds. Her first stop is the Fresno Rescue Mission to check on 62-year-old Pablo Avalos whose unmanaged diabetes and a festering would on his foot landed him in the hospital this winter.

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Clovis Community Medical Center to add beds, expand services

Clovis Community Medical Center to add beds, expand services

Posted 04/03/2018

Community Medical Centers’ Board of Trustees today approved a four-year construction project that will add 144 private beds and expand several services at Clovis Community Medical Center. 

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​Bob Smittcamp family gifts $10 million for neurosciences at Community

​Bob Smittcamp family gifts $10 million for neurosciences at Community

Posted 02/27/2018

The Robert (Bob) Smittcamp family of Fresno has donated $10 million to advance neurosciences at Community Medical Centers.

Combined with a 2016 gift, the Smittcamp family contributions to the hospital system total more than $11 million. The earlier gift helped expand Community’s neuroscience program, remodel the neuroscience intensive care unit at Community Regional Medical Center, and provide specialized stroke training to the nursing staff.

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National nurses association honors Fresno Heart & Surgical for critical care excellence

National nurses association honors Fresno Heart & Surgical for critical care excellence

Posted 02/22/2018

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has recognized Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital’s for a third time as having one of the top cardiovascular intensive care units in the nation. 

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Turn around your prediabetes [Video]

Turn around your prediabetes [Video]

Posted 01/02/2018

Diabetes can be debilitating, often leading to heart problems, blindness, nerve pain and amputations. Learn what you can do today to avoid major health problems tomorrow.

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Driving Type 2 Diabetes into remission with surgery

Driving Type 2 Diabetes into remission with surgery

Posted 01/01/2018

Within weeks of bariatric surgery, most of Fresno Heart & Surgical’s patients can discontinue their diabetes medication, even before they’ve lost weight.

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Community partnerships work to tackle diabetes crisis

Community partnerships work to tackle diabetes crisis

Posted 12/31/2017

With nearly half of the adults in Fresno County likely to get diabetes, Community Medical Centers recognizes that no single organization can reverse the epidemic – that’s why Community has joined a broad collaborative effort to attack the problem on several fronts.

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Lowering diabetes complication risks with education

Lowering diabetes complication risks with education

Posted 12/30/2017

Hear the stories of two local graduates from our Diabetes Care Center classes.

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270 lbs. healthier 12 years after bariatric surgery [Video]

270 lbs. healthier 12 years after bariatric surgery [Video]

Posted 12/29/2017

More than 12 years after his bariatric surgery, Miguel D. Garcia is still diabetes free and continuing his journey to optimum health.

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Lifetime achievements of UCSF Fresno doctors honored by peers

Lifetime achievements of UCSF Fresno doctors honored by peers

Posted 11/22/2017

Four longtime UCSF Fresno faculty members were honored this past week by their peers at the Fresno Madera Medical Society’s annual awards gala.

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Community Regional cath lab meets highest quality standards for cardiovascular and endovascular care

Community Regional cath lab meets highest quality standards for cardiovascular and endovascular care

Posted 10/25/2017

Community Regional Medical Center’s catheterization (cath) lab recently earned full accreditation for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) by Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence™ (ACE™). Cardiac cath is a procedure that examines how well the heart is working by inserting a thin tube into a large blood vessel that leads to the heart.

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Community Regional’s Pediatric ICU turns one

Community Regional’s Pediatric ICU turns one

Posted 10/19/2017

September 2017 marked the very special first birthday of the hospital’s PICU. In its first 12 months, 300 children, aged 18 to infancy, were admitted into the PICU – more than half with respiratory problems. Another 10% of those small patients were admitted for seizures. The Community Regional PICU treats children facing life-threatening illnesses or trauma. 

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Pharmacists specialize in smaller, acutely ill patients in our new PICU

Pharmacists specialize in smaller, acutely ill patients in our new PICU

Posted 10/17/2017

In the months before Community Regional Medical Center opened a pediatric Intensive care unit (PICU), the hospital’s pharmacy team prepped by building pediatric-specific medication order sets in our electronic medical record system and a pharmacy operations workflow was created. These were needed to ensure medications were optimized and safe for these little patients. 

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Practical advice for parents worried about teen mental health

Practical advice for parents worried about teen mental health

Posted 08/21/2017

Dr. Sarah Stender, with UCSF Fresno and Community Regional Medical Center’s pediatric department, is the Valley’s only board certified adolescent medicine physician. The years that can be most difficult for parents are also tough on teens themselves, she said, as they try to navigate huge physical and hormonal changes and increasing life stresses.

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Teaching doctors to spot the warning signs

Teaching doctors to spot the warning signs

Posted 08/21/2017

The World Health Organization counts depression as the leading cause of disability worldwide. “Yet in three years of the typical internal medicine residency there are zero minutes of required mental health training,” said Shawn Hersevoort, a psychiatrist with UCSF Fresno. “And the OB residents get zero minutes to learn how to medically manage the most dangerous time for a women to have psychosis or serious depression” after childbirth.

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Putting together the pieces for those in need

Putting together the pieces for those in need

Posted 08/14/2017

Skyrocketing mental health emergency calls over the last decade have led to a strong hospital advocacy for more collaboration with Community Medical Centers spearheading efforts to provide more resources before people reach the crisis stage.

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Maternity services recognized for safety, quality

Maternity services recognized for safety, quality

Posted 08/07/2017

Community Regional Medical Center, the high-risk pregnancy and birthing center for a five-county region, earned all three of Healthgrades® distinctions in maternity care this year.
 
The national ratings organization recognized the downtown Fresno hospital with the 2017 Healthgrades Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award™, the 2017 Healthgrades Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™ and the 2017 Healthgrades Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award™ for demonstrating superior outcomes in women’s healthcare services.

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Fresno Police Officers reunite with baby boy they helped deliver

Fresno Police Officers reunite with baby boy they helped deliver

Posted 06/07/2017

Officers Erik Sanders and Jeremy Demoss were nearing the end of their shift early Sunday morning when a frantic dad with his wife in labor pulled up near their patrol car and yelled for help.

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Community Medical Centers receives ‘Workplace of the Year Award’  for fourth year in a row

Community Medical Centers receives ‘Workplace of the Year Award’ for fourth year in a row

Posted 05/05/2017

The Valley’s largest healthcare provider is honored as a national leader in driving employee engagement 
Community Medical Centers has been awarded The Advisory Board Company’s 2017 Workplace of the Year Award for the fourth consecutive year.  The annual award recognizes hospitals and health systems nationwide that have outstanding levels of employee engagement.

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Topping off marks milestone for cancer care in the Valley

Topping off marks milestone for cancer care in the Valley

Posted 05/03/2017

There was applause and cell phone cameras clicking as the last steel beam was lifted to the top of the three-story shell of what will soon be Community Medical Centers’ $68 million, 100,000-square-foot comprehensive cancer and research facility. The regional treatment and research center opens in 2018 on the Clovis Community Medical Center campus adjacent to Highway 168.

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School partnership encourages an early interest in health

School partnership encourages an early interest in health

Posted 05/02/2017

Community Regional Medical Centers partnered with Birney Elementary School to get kids moving, reading and dreaming. Over the past two years, the hospital has donated sports equipment, books and academic incentives, and sponsored a field trip to expose students to healthcare careers.
 
Birney sits in the heart of Fresno. Among its 850 students, nearly a third are English learners and 96% are eligible for free or reduced price meals, a marker of poverty. More than half of Birney’s students do not meet state standards in language arts or math proficiency. 

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Investing in healthier futures

Investing in healthier futures

Posted 04/28/2017

Caring for Central Valley families requires more than just medical care. It means investing to attract the brightest medical minds, to expand horizons for children and to enhance support for patients. Last year, Community Medical Centers provided $214 million in uncompensated care, medical education, outreach and patient support services to create a healthier Valley for us all.

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The woman who saves hundreds of babies turns to Fresno bariatric expert to save her life

The woman who saves hundreds of babies turns to Fresno bariatric expert to save her life

Posted 04/04/2017

Debbe Magnusen, founder of Project Cuddle, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit dedicated to saving babies’ lives, turned to Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital to save her own life.
 
Magnusen’s Project Cuddle is well-known in Hollywood circles and among Oprah Winfrey show watchers for its work in preventing infant abandonment by helping pregnant women find shelter, medical care and families to adopt their babies. Her savior, as she calls him, Dr. Kelvin Higa, is just as well known among bariatric surgeons.

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