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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In future years, when families start moving into the 30,000 homes planned for construction in southeast Madera County, Community Medical Centers will be there to meet the growing healthcare need.
Caroline Rhodes spends three hours a day just trying to breathe because of her cystic fibrosis – and now a national grant of $88,000 will help make it easier.
The grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was awarded to Dr. David Lee, medical director of the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Program at Community Regional Medical Center and board certified in pulmonary and critical care medicine. It will help train the CF team members to provide specialized treatment for their patients – like Caroline whose entire day is spent working to breathe better.
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.
Community Medical Centers teamed up with the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation to donate and transport more than $200,000 in medical equipment and supplies to Jordan, which has taken in the majority of Syrian refugees from the war there.
Tiny Maria Perez stretches out in her neonatal intensive care (NICU) incubator, arms overhead, as if she’s enjoying her massage and breathing therapy. Born 17 weeks too early and weighing only 1.18 lbs. on Aug. 18 at Community Regional Medical Center, Maria gets an innovative treatment that uses percussive bursts of air to open up her lungs’ tiny air sacs and helps keep her off a ventilator.
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.
One simple home visit by a health team to patients with severe asthma and pulmonary disease to check on why they keep missing doctors' appointments significantly improved their inhaler use and helped reduce emergency visits by 40%. The effort is part of Community Regional Medical Centers / UCSF Fresno Chronic Lung Disease Program – one of three such lung disease management programs in California.
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.
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.
Nora Salazar, 56, a busy mother of five and grandmother of 12, put off investigating the marble-sized lump she found in her right breast for several months so she could take care of family out of state. But once she made an appointment at the Marjorie E. Radin Breast Care Center, it took less than a week to get her initial mammogram, biopsy and diagnosis.