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Cardiologists use nation’s first alternative access point for heart device to save a veteran

In a first of its kind in the United States, cardiologists at Loma Linda University International Heart Institute have performed a pioneering coronary intervention with an Impella heart assist device and stent placement through single access from the axillary artery in the shoulder. The new procedure offers surgeons another option to help save the lives of people suffering from severely calcified coronary heart disease, which kills more than 370,000 Americans every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Seventy-year-old Vietnam veteran David Quiett presented at Loma Linda University Medical Center with a heart attack. Physicians quickly learned that he had severely calcified coronary artery disease in his major arteries. He was in need of stents and a heart-saving pumping device. But surgeons were unable to insert both interventions in separate vascular entry points because of the patient’s calcification. The pumping device is usually inserted through the femoral artery near the groin, and stents are placed through a separate artery. Due to the patient’s condition, there were no viable traditional arterial access points. With no options left, Loma Linda University Heart Institute interventional…

Loma Linda University Health nurse honored for donating 113 gallons of blood, inducted into national Donation Hall of Fame

Dexter Emoto, RN, a post-anesthesia care unit and recovery room nurse at Loma Linda University Health, has been inducted into the national Fresenius Kabi Donation Hall of Fame for his blood donations. Emoto started donating his blood 45 years ago while he was attending Pacific Union College (PUC) in California’s Napa Valley. “I’ve always had a passion for helping people, and at the time, I simply hoped someone could benefit from my donation,” he said. Emoto has donated more than 113 gallons, making him one of the highest blood donors in the western United States. That blood has helped nearly 1,500 individuals, estimates Lifestream. Representatives from Fresenius Kabi, an organization that specializes in lifesaving medicines and technologies, inducted Emoto into its national Donation Hall of Fame Wednesday for his contributions. Emoto began routinely donating blood at Lifestream in San Bernardino, California, in 1982 after transferring from PUC to Loma Linda University School of Nursing. “I realized I could benefit the patients in my local hospital by donating,” Emoto said. “Almost all of my donations have come to the Loma Linda University Medical Center, where it goes to…

Hazel Health provides on-site virtual health care to San Bernardino City schools

Students K-12 in the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) have easy and immediate access to health care with the implementation of Hazel Health at the onset of the 2018-2019 school year at nine school sites.  Hazel Health, based in San Francisco, is an innovative model that offers students a virtual health clinic through an iPad that connects them to health care providers who assess them in a matter of minutes – regardless of insurance or immigration status. According to Hazel Health CEO Josh Golomb, 90% of students return to class, contributing to a 40% drop in health related absenteeism. Dr. Lorraine Perez, SBCUSD assistant superintendent of Student Services, noted that Muscoy Elementary and Sierra High schools in particular have seen significant improvement in attendance as a result of the program’s implementation. “Working with Hazel is part of our commitment to provide access to services,” Perez said, and added that the program is intended to assist school nurses. “This is not to undermine or replace school nurses, but provide support to school nurses.” Sharon Lip, school nurse at Muscoy Elementary and three other school…

Loma Linda University Health performs Inland Empire’s first spinal ablation surgery to treat tumors

A new, innovative and minimally invasive procedure called Spinal Tumor Ablation with Radiofrequency was successfully performed last month at Loma Linda University Health, the first such procedure in the Inland Empire. The procedure involves making small incisions in the back at each bone level to insert a probe directly into the tumor. The probe emits heat generated by the radiofrequency to kill the tumor cells. Once the tumor has been ablated, surgeons then stabilize the weakened bone by performing kyphoplasty — a procedure in which the surgeon uses a balloon-like device to inject cement into the spine. Spinal Tumor Ablation can be performed in as little as a few hours and allows patients to return to activities more quickly than traditional surgeries. “This is a great minimally invasive therapy for patients with metastatic disease or primary tumor of bone because it provides patients another option for better quality of life and control of their tumor disease without exposing them to the risk of traditional surgeries,” said Namath Hussain, MD, a neurosurgeon who performed the procedure. Hussain said traditional surgeries to remove a spinal tumor often involve opening the…

Redlands Community Hospital Volunteer Program honored by Northside Impact Committee

The Northside Impact Committee honored the volunteer program at Redlands Community Hospital (RCH) during its “28 Years of Making a Difference” Recognition and Scholarships Awards at the Orton Center at University of Redlands. Redlands Community Hospital has more than 275 volunteers who lend their time and talent to support the patients, physicians, nurses, and staff of the hospital. The committee unanimously decided to recognize the entire team for their dedication to the hospital and community. “As a patient at the hospital, I have personally experienced the kindness and generosity of the volunteers,” said Ed Flores, chairman of the Northside Impact Committee. “Every member of the committee has been impressed with the work ethic and continual support the volunteers provide to the hospital and members of our community.” Among scholarship recipients was Shreya Guryanathen, junior volunteer at RCH in the Maternal Child unit and a student at Citrus Valley High School. An exceptional student, she maintains impressive grades while being involved in extracurricular activities at school, church, in the community. Shreya plans to major in biology in college. James H. Stellar, a longtime volunteer at RCH,…

Loma Linda University Cancer Center launches breast pain clinic that combines medical and psychologic treatment

Loma Linda University Cancer Center has created a breast pain clinic that combines medical and psychological interventions to treat the common condition experienced by women — the first in the nation to create a multidisciplinary approach to breast pain management. The clinic incorporates the use of a medical treatment plan to treat physical pain while using one-on-one and group therapy sessions with stress management tools that can unearth underlying stressors causing breast pain. The clinic also educates attendees on the definition, causes and remedies of the condition. Some 70% of women experience breast pain in their lifetime, yet only 7% of women with breast cancer have breast pain as their first symptom, according to the breast pain clinic co-director and director of Loma Linda University Cancer Center Breast Health Center, Sharon S. Lum, MD. Yet many women believe their pain is due to cancer and end up in an oncologist’s office. To save women time and offer them the resources they need, Lum partnered with clinical oncology therapist Gabriela E. Gutierrez, PhD, LMFT, to launch this clinic. “When someone gets stressed, they can get headaches or even stomach aches,…

Dignity Health Inland Empire hospitals receive Clinical Recognition for Neurosciences and Orthopedics from Healthgrades

Community Hospital of San Bernardino (CHSB) and Dignity Health – St. Bernardine Medical Center (SBMC) have received multiple recognitions for Neurosciences and Orthopedics procedures by Healthgrades, a leading health care ratings company. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.* Specifically, CHSB is a Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for three years in a row (2017-2020). “It is rewarding to know we are achieving our mission and ensuring we continue to meet the needs of our patients while providing excellent care to all,” states June Collison, CHSB Hospital President. SBMC has been Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Cranial Neurosurgery for 3 Years in a Row (2018-2020); and achieved a Five-Star Recipient for Cranial Neurosurgery for 4 Years in a Row (2017-2020). In the Orthopedics category, SBMC is a Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 8 Years in a Row (2013-2020), and a Five-Star Recipient for Spinal Fusion Surgery for 4 Years in a Row (2017-2020). A Five-Star rating indicates that our clinical outcomes are statistically significantly…

Third Annual CSUSB Run Like A Mother 5K Run/Walk to benefit Time for Change Foundation

Time for Change Foundation (TFCF) is honored to announce that they are the beneficiaries for the 3rd annual Run Like a Mother 5K Walk/Run presented by CSUSB.  The event is hosted by CSUSB students in the Eta Sigma Gamma National Health Education Honorary Society and students in Health Science 404: Women’s Health. The Annual CSUSB Run Like a Mother 5K is public health in action. It is a prime example of bringing the community together, all while raising consciousness on the pressing concerns that local communities face and celebrating those community organizations that strive to address these concerns.  Tickets are $15 for non-students and $10 for students.  You can register using this link: https://bit.ly/mother5k All proceeds from the event will be donated to Time for Change Foundation’s mission to provide housing programs and self-sufficiency services to homeless women and children.  You only have a few weeks left to register, and we look forward to seeing you there! Location & Event Information  Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 9AMCSUSB5500 University Parkway San Bernardino, California 92407 Learn more and get your tickets here The post Third Annual CSUSB Run Like A…

Parents in Action taking back unwanted prescription drugs October 26 at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School

On Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. San Bernardino School District Police Department, San Bernardino Parents in Action, MHS Central Valley Prevention Program and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School at 1250 Medical Center Dr, San Bernardino, CA 92411. (Sites cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last fall Americans turned in nearly 469 tons (more than 937,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 17 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds— approximately 5,900 tons—of pills. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription…

St. Bernardine receives $100,000 donation to further women’s oncology services

The Dignity Health Foundation – Inland Empire announced the receipt of a $100,000 charitable gift from the Stater Bros. Charities and Inland Women Fighting Cancer. These crucial funds will be used toward the purchase of a second surgical robot at St. Bernardine Medical Center (SBMC) as part of its robotic surgery expansion program. “Our gratitude is immeasurable.  Stater Bros. Charities and Inland Women Fighting Cancer have once again shown their generosity to St. Bernardine with support for Women’s Health & Wellness services,” said Doug Kleam, SBMC Hospital President.  “They share in our passion to provide high-quality treatment for our patients in a comforting environment and this gift will help us further our mission and achieve these common goals,” Kleam added. The hospital will be adding the DaVinci Xi Robot, which is known for its advanced capabilities in expanding the scope of non-invasive surgical services for oncology. Expanding the robotic surgery program at SBMC provides San Bernardino patients with the option to stay local while receiving the same technologies offered at notable competitor sites in the L.A. market. The generous $100,000 donation was made possible by…

Volunteer dental event provides nearly $1.5 million in oral health care

The California Dental Association Foundation’s volunteer dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided $1.46 million in charitable dental services to 1,626 people at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino Sept. 27-28. Photo CDA Foundation: Dr. Marc Bernardo providing care to a patient in need. Dr. Bernardo practices in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. During the two-day event, dentists and dental professionals performed 10,412 procedures, including fillings, extractions, cleanings, limited dentures and limited root canals. Additionally, the clinic provided patients with oral health education and resources for future dental care.   “CDA Cares is a rewarding experience for everyone involved, from patients who receive much-needed dental care to volunteers who consider it a privilege to serve,” said CDA President Del Brunner, DDS. “It’s not only the charitable dental services that are provided, but how each patient is treated with dignity and respect that makes each clinic special.” More than 1,400 volunteers donated their time and services at the event, including health professionals — dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental students, nurses and lab technicians — and hundreds of community volunteers who assisted with registration, translation, data…

Stater Bros. Charities Awards Redlands Community Hospital $100,000 grant to improve cancer detection in the Inland Empire

Stater Bros. Charities presented Redlands Community Hospital with a check for $100,000 that will enable its Nancy Varner Center for Women’s Health to acquire a cutting-edge ultrasound system from women’s health leader Siemens to improve cancer detection. The presentation, featuring representatives from both organizations, marked the seventh consecutive year that Stater Bros. Charities has generously contributed funds designed to bolster the care and support provided by Redlands Community Hospital. “We’re extremely grateful for this gift,” said James R. Holmes, president and CEO of Redlands Community Hospital. “For many years Stater Bros. Charities has committed to partnering with organizations that support our community. We are thrilled that they have once again chosen to support our mission to improve access to leading diagnostic technology that will improve cancer detection and care.” Attending the ceremony were Peter Van Helden, CEO for Stater Bros. Markets; Nancy Negrette, executive director of Stater Bros. Charities; and Danielle Oehlman, manager of Stater Bros. Charities. In addition to Holmes, representing the hospital were Jan Opdyke, president of the Redlands Community Hospital Foundation; and Todd Sexton, assistant vice president of professional services. On hand…

Doctor presents at local schools to warn students on dangers of vaping

Loma Linda University Health physician Laren Tan, MD, this week begins a regional tour to speak with junior high and high school students about the dangers of vaping. The issue has stepped into the national spotlight as nine deaths have been confirmed in connection with the use of electronic cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, more than 500 cases of a new vaping-related disease have been reported since April. Tan is one of many doctors concerned with the health risks of vaping. The founder and director of the Loma Linda University Health Comprehensive Program for Obstructive Airway Diseases treats the most severe pulmonary cases — everything from non-reversible asthma to dangerous high-blood pressure of the lungs to emphysema. Vaping, he says, has served as a gateway for teens to smoke rather than a tool for adults to quit. Starting with a school in Riverside, Tan spoke to students about the dangers of both the substance being vaped and the lesser-known hazards of the activity. Research has shown that the heated coils are releasing metal particles — such as lead…

Amazon hosts STEM event for childhood cancer patients, survivors, presents check to Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Amazon hosted 10 patients and their family members at Amazon’s San Bernardino Fulfillment Center for a day of surprises and educational activities. During the event, Amazon gave children the chance to participate in Camp Amazon: Gold Edition, a day camp packed with STEM activities that included a tour of their 1.2 million sq. ft. facility. Amazonians also dressed in pajamas to show their support for childhood cancer patients who oftentimes wear their pajamas while they receive treatment. Photo Kelly Koehler: Amazon associate helps Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California patient build a coding robot during Camp Amazon. In addition, Amazon leaders surprised patients and survivors with a $30,000 donation to the Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California. More than 300,000 children around the world are diagnosed with pediatric cancer each year and it is the number one non-communicable disease causing the death of children around the world. Amazon Spokesperson, Eileen Hards, shares “We’re excited to once again #GoGold for the month of September to help raise awareness for young innovators battling cancer. At Amazon, we…

Hot Pink High Heel Steel Toe Boots Walk in Rialto cancelled

Fighting 4 the Tatas was scheduled to host its second annual Hot Pink High Heel Steel Toe Boots Walk on Saturday, October 5 at 8 a.m., at Rialto City Park. Following the three-mile walk, a free family friendly festival in the park featuring vendors, food, drinks and a kid’s zone was scheduled. “The Breast Cancer Awareness Festival in the Park was designed to educate and support those dealing with Inflammatory Breast Cancer, Triple Negative IBC, Invasive Ductal, Locally Advance and all other breast cancers,” said Fighting 4 the Tatas Ceo Joshlyn Earls. The walk was cancelled due to permit issues. After last years’ walk was met with tons of support in the city, over 400 community members attended, the 501c3 organization decided to expand and bring the walk back in 2019, before the cancellation. “Regardless, with the walk being cancelled, we are continuing to fight for more recognition so that our communities can be aware of all types of breast cancers, especially the more aggressive ones, like Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) and Triple Negative (IBC),” said Earls, who is currently fighting the disease. Not only…

There are other options other than suicide

You are at the end of your rope and you can’t take it any much longer. You are in pain and you are suffering and you feel there is no hope. The first step you need to do is to get help right away. Here are six reasons why suicide is not an option regarding your problems. 1. Things change over time. Regardless of your situation, events do not stay the same. You may feel very bad today, but it won’t last forever.  Everything changes over time. This includes your current situation. 2. There are always other options. You may feel lost and confused, but the answers to your specific problems are out there. The key is that you have to find the answers. The answers to your problem will not come to you. As mentioned before, the first step in finding the solution to your problem is to seek help from a qualified professional. 3. You can’t predict the future. Remember that no one can predict the future with one hundred percent certainty. Even if the thing that you are afraid of does happen, there are circumstances…

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