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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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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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Matching the right patient to the right records with ‘eyeprint’ technology

Matching the right patient to the right records with ‘eyeprint’ technology

Posted 03/29/2017

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.

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Open a vein, save a life

Open a vein, save a life

Posted 01/31/2017

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. 

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A small beginning with a big ending

A small beginning with a big ending

Posted 01/06/2017

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.”

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What not to expect when you’re expecting

What not to expect when you’re expecting

Posted 01/05/2017

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. 

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Unique ‘heat blasts’ bring breathing relief to those with asthma

Unique ‘heat blasts’ bring breathing relief to those with asthma

Posted 12/09/2016

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.

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Speeding cures for lung cancer

Speeding cures for lung cancer

Posted 11/15/2016

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.

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CyberKnife upgraded to improve lung cancer treatment

CyberKnife upgraded to improve lung cancer treatment

Posted 11/15/2016

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.

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Construction to start on 100,000-square-foot regional cancer center

Construction to start on 100,000-square-foot regional cancer center

Posted 11/02/2016

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.

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