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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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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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Growth on the horizon in Madera County

Growth on the horizon in Madera County

Posted 02/11/2017

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.

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$88,000 Grant helps CF patients breathe easier

$88,000 Grant helps CF patients breathe easier

Posted 02/10/2017

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. 

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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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Community and local ag leaders team up for medical mission to Jordan

Community and local ag leaders team up for medical mission to Jordan

Posted 12/20/2016

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.

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Respiratory practices help preemies stay off ventilators, breathe better for life

Respiratory practices help preemies stay off ventilators, breathe better for life

Posted 12/09/2016

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.

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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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Home visits reduce ER visits for those with chronic lung problems

Home visits reduce ER visits for those with chronic lung problems

Posted 12/09/2016

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.

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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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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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A team of support to navigate breast cancer

A team of support to navigate breast cancer

Posted 11/14/2016

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.

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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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Saving time and building teamwork: the new Community Plaza

Saving time and building teamwork: the new Community Plaza

Posted 10/21/2016

The last of a few hundred Community Medical Centers’ corporate employees, after over a year, made their transition to their newly renovated office space on Shaw Avenue stretching from blocks 1510 to 1550. 

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