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.
Community Medical Centers is rolling out a new software system this month that uses "eyeprint" technology to enhance patient safety. RightPatient software integrates with Community’s electronic medical record system and uses a patient's unique iris pattern, or eyeprint, to quickly and accurately match the patient to his/her medical record.
It’s the nightmare scenario we all dread. Missy Hunt was at work when she received a call that her husband, Michael, had been in a horrific motorcycle accident in Sanger, Calif. The injuries he sustained were so severe that Michael had to be airlifted to the only Level 1 trauma center in the Valley, Community Regional Medical Center in downtown Fresno.
Ryan and Aimee Ledger will never forget Sept. 3, 2014. That day, the new parents welcomed their 1 lbs. 6 oz. son Ethan, born 14 weeks early at Community Regional Medical Center. And after 33 days of fighting for his life and overcoming many obstacles in the hospital’s Level 3 NICU, he passed away.
“Everything happened so fast,” dad Ryan said. “One minute my wife was fine having a routine ultrasound, and the next she was being rushed to surgery to deliver.”
You have probably heard the saying, “All good things come in threes.” But what happens when those three things come all at once as in triplet babies?
For parents Aaron and Natalie Blankenship, it has been a rollercoaster going from a family of three to a family of six in what feels like the blink of an eye.
For years Terra Alexander, 34, has been a frequent visitor to the emergency room when it feels like an elephant’s sitting on her chest and her breathing comes in labored, Darth Vader-like wheezes. Bronchial thermoplasty changed that.
Nearly 37 years of cigarette smoking finally caught up with Barbara Hernandez, 67. A routine CT scan before minor surgery for a deviated septum showed an orange-sized mass growing in her right lung.
The CyberKnife® system at Community Regional’s Charles & Ann Matoian Oncology Unit, was upgraded in October to enhance treatment for early-stage lung cancer patients. The addition of a “Lung Optimizing Treatment” means most lung cases can be treated without needing invasive surgical implantation of gold markers called fiducials at the tumor site. Before the upgrades, fiducials were required to guide CyberKnife laser treatments to accurately target the tumor while the lungs were moving during breathing.
This week Community Medical Centers Board of Trustees approved funding for a $68 million, 100,000-square-foot regional cancer treatment and research center — the first of its kind in the San Joaquin Valley.
The Transfusion Service at Community Regional Medical Center, also known as the hospital Blood Bank, has once again earned accreditation by the world's premier professional body representing blood collection facilities and hospital transfusion services – the AABB. Once called the American Association of Blood Banks, this organization’s voluntary program contributes to the quality and safety of collecting, processing, testing, distributing and administering blood. Pathologist David Slater, Community Regional laboratory medical director and Community Medical Centers’ board member said accreditation by the AABB means an organization's commitment to safe and effective transfusion medicine is at the highest standard of practice.