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.
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.
Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery program this spring, marking 8,925 total bariatric procedures performed. The program is the busiest bariatric program in California with high marks from regulatory agencies and organizations that track and rate medical quality.
Internationally-known bariatric surgeon Kelvin Higa calls his newest associate Dr. Pearl Ma “the best of the best.” Dr. Ma, who was top of her class during her minimally invasive fellowship training with UCSF Fresno, recently joined the Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program at Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital. She’s also the first woman bariatric surgeon in Fresno County. She says she chose to specialize in bariatric surgery because she found patients with obesity to be the sickest and loves the dramatic turnaround she sees in her patients’ health.
Eleven-year-old Jonathan Herrera envisioned it would be much like the cartoon depictions he sees on TV commercials for antacids, but instead the real human stomach is sort of lumpy with veins and a yellowish covering. “It was fantastic!” he exclaimed after watching surgeon Kelvin Higa patch up an ulcer during exploratory surgery at Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital. “The intestines are 32 feet long!”
Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke, but 80% of all strokes are preventable. The team at Community Regional Medical Center’s Primary Stroke Center say it’s important to not only know how to recognize the warning signs and symptoms of stroke, but also how to manage your risk factors to lower your chances of developing one.
Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital was once again awarded a 3-star rating for open heart surgery from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS).
As part of the national Healthier Hospitals Initiative, Community Medical Centers’ leaders have committed to raising awareness of the connections between negative impacts on environment and public health. The national collaborative of hospitals shares best practices on sustainability, energy-savings, safer chemicals, smarter purchasing and healthier food options.
Today Community Medical Centers’ CEO Tim Joslin testified at the House Ways and Means Committee’s rural healthcare hearing in Washington, D.C., where he urged Congress to revise its process for funding graduate medical education.
The San Joaquin Valley Air basin historically has been among the most polluted in the nation with an average of 153 unhealthy ozone days a year in the late 1990s through 2005. While the air has become much cleaner with fewer particulates and lower ozone levels the last decade, the Valley still has pockets of intense pollution – last year, Clovis tied for second most bad ozone days in the nation.