Health

Cold-parenting linked to premature aging, increased disease risk in offspring

Research out of Loma Linda University Health suggests that unsupportive parenting styles may have several negative health implications for children, even into their adult years. The study found that the telomeres — protective caps on the ends of the strands of DNA — of subjects who considered their mothers’ parenting style as “cold” were on average 25% smaller compared to those who reported having a mother whose parenting style they considered “warm.” Research has found that early-life stress is associated with shorter telomeres, a measurable biomarker of accelerated cellular aging and increased disease risk later in life. “Telomeres have been called a genetic clock, but we now know that as early life stress increases, telomeres shorten and the risk of a host of diseases increases, as well as premature death,” said Raymond Knutsen, MD, MPH, lead author of the study and associate professor at Loma Linda University School of Public Health. “We know that each time a cell divides, the telomeres shorten, which shortens its lifespan.” Interestingly, mutations in genes maintaining telomeres cause a group of rare diseases resembling premature aging. “However, we know that some cells in the body…

Weekly Rialto farmers market promotes health

Every Wednesday, the city hosts a Rialto Certified Farmers Market, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 290 West Rialto Avenue. Healthy Rialto, a program within the city, strives to improve the quality of living for its community and beyond. “As part of our Healthy Rialto Program, the city hosts a weekly farmers market which provides an opportunity for the city’s residents to pick up fresh produce and take advantage of other opportunities that may benefit their health,” said City Clerk Barbara McGee. Along with 15 vendors featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, vegetarian food items, tamales, teriyaki chicken bowls, fresh salsa and hummus, the program has recently offered flu shots to all attendees and has a big plan in the near future. “On October 28, we held a “Say Boo to the Flu” event at our farmers market and we provided flu shots to over 300 people, including city employees and residents. Our city is currently having discussions with the county to offer COVID-19 testing at our farmers market, beginning in December,” continued McGee. One special component to the farmers market is its Market Match…

Protect your lungs this season

Focusing on the health of your lungs is now more important than ever before. As the flu season falls upon us, there is a concern by health professionals about a double pandemic involving COVID-19 and the flu. To date, more than 9.2 million Americans have contracted COVID-19 thus far, 38 million Americans had the flu in the 2019-2020 season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, there are about 15 million adults with chronic bronchitis and emphysema and another 25 million who live with asthma. With COVID-19 being a respiratory disease that can have varying degrees of impacts to one’s lungs, there are mounting concerns about long-term lung damage – especially among people at increased risk such as older adults and people with certain underlying medical conditions. To help keep you healthy, Inland Empire Health Plan’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Karen Hansberger has tips to keeping lungs healthy this season and throughout the pandemic. Get a flu shotWear a mask and wash hands frequentlyAvoid smoking, vaping, and secondhand smokeTake a steam shower to open up your airwaysPractice daily box breathing…

Community Hospital of San Bernardino offers drive-thru Thanksgiving dinner

Each year, Dignity Health – Community Hospital of San Bernardino (CHSB) welcomes hundreds of community members to celebrate Thanksgiving with a traditional holiday meal. This year, although the event will look a little different, CHSB hopes the community will still feel its heartfelt gratitude to serve the great people of San Bernardino. Grab-and-Go traditional Thanksgiving Meals will be available for drive-thru patrons and walk-up guests. Flu shots will also be available for anyone 18 years and older, plus a special gift will be provided to youth in attendance. The San Bernardino Police Department will be participating along with Explore Scouts, the IEHP Superhero, and the 501st Legion Southern California Garrison Storm Troopers. Monday, November 23, 2020 from 3 – 6 p.m. Dignity Health – Community Hospital of San Bernardino 1800 Western Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92411 (drive-thru) 1725 Western Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92411 (walk-up/flu shots) All guests must wear a face covering, and socially distance as appropriate. If you have questions about the event, please contact the Community Health Education Center at 909-806-1816. The post Community Hospital of San Bernardino offers drive-thru Thanksgiving dinner…

Pediatric patients treated to care packages from Spirit of Children

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital patients were treated to care packages with assorted costumes, activity books, crayons and treats on Tuesday, Oct. 20, courtesy of Spirit of Children. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Spirit of Children representatives weren’t able to host their annual Spirit Fall Festival at the hospital, but they still ensured fall fun was not one of the hallmarks getting canceled this year. Child life specialists circulated throughout the units passing out the care packages and letting patients choose their favorite costumes. The mission of Spirit of Children is to make hospitals less scary for kids and their families by providing fun during the fall season and raising funds year-round for child life programs within children’s hospitals across the nation. Spirit of Children chooses to partner with and support child life departments whose main function is to provide developmental, educational and therapeutic support for children undergoing medical treatment. Trained child life specialists help children and their families cope with the many stresses involved when a child is in the hospital. These programs are instrumental to the healing process for children and help kids just…

Molina Healthcare celebrates five heroes through Community Champions Awards Program

Molina Healthcare of California (“Molina”) honored five compassionate heroes from the Inland Empire through Molina’s Community Champions Awards program. Due to the pandemic, Molina presented each awardee with a trophy and flowers in a socially distanced fashion in lieu of a ceremonial event. The Champions each received a $5,000 grant to pay forward to the organization of their choice. “We are thrilled to continue our tradition of honoring heroes who have displayed an unwavering commitment to improving the health and lives of their neighbors in the Inland Empire,” said John Kotal, plan president of Molina Healthcare of California. “Although our Community Champions program looks different this year, the heart of it is the same – taking the opportunity to recognize selfless individuals who demonstrate the importance of helping others, especially during challenging times.” This year’s Community Champions Awards honorees included: Angelina Sabala of Rialto: For more than 8 years, Angelina Sabala has been a cherished member of the Pacific Clinics Fulfillment Unity Network (F.U.N.) Clubhouse in Rialto. When she first came to the Clubhouse, Angelina connected with fellow members recovering from substance abuse and mental health challenges,…

MolinaCares Accord in California celebrates five heroes through Community Champions Awards Program

Molina Healthcare of California (“Molina”) honored five compassionate heroes from the Inland Empire through Molina’s Community Champions Awards program. Due to the pandemic, Molina presented each awardee with a trophy and flowers in a socially distanced fashion in lieu of a ceremonial event. The Champions each received a $5,000 grant to pay forward to the organization of their choice. “We are thrilled to continue our tradition of honoring heroes who have displayed an unwavering commitment to improving the health and lives of their neighbors in the Inland Empire,” said John Kotal, plan president of Molina Healthcare of California. “Although our Community Champions program looks different this year, the heart of it is the same – taking the opportunity to recognize selfless individuals who demonstrate the importance of helping others, especially during challenging times.” This year’s Community Champions Awards honorees included: Angelina Sabala of Rialto: For more than 8 years, Angelina Sabala has been a cherished member of the Pacific Clinics Fulfillment Unity Network (F.U.N.) Clubhouse in Rialto. When she first came to the Clubhouse, Angelina connected with fellow members recovering from substance abuse and mental health challenges,…

ARMC tops national, state, regional Maternal Care rankings

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) ranks in the top tenth percentile in the state for reducing Cesarean Section (C-section) deliveries for low-risk, first time expectant mothers, according to data from The California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative from June 2019 – 2020. The rankings underscore ARMC’s dedication to providing exceptional maternity care, which also recently earned the medical center national recognition as one of the “Best Maternity Care Hospitals 2020” by Newsweek and the Leapfrog Maternity Care Expert Panel. “These rankings are a wonderful validation of the hard work and commitment by our team at ARMC to provide the highest quality care to mothers and their babies,” said Dr. Guillermo Valenzuela, Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at ARMC’s Department of Women’s Health. “We have worked continuously over the years to develop a multifaceted program that helps ensure positive outcomes for our mothers-to-be and their babies, and to reduce maternal mortality.” Valenzuela praised the department’s vice chair, Dr. Shirley Wong, who serves at the OB-GYN Program Residency Director, and Dr. Kristina Roloff, director of the Maternal-Fetal Fellowship, for leading the efforts. “The leadership of Dr. Wong and…

Redlands Community Hospital the only hospital in California named America’s 100 Best for Orthopedic Surgery for 10 years in a row by Healthgrades

Redlands Community Hospital is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery, Prostate Surgery and Joint Replacement, according to new national research by Healthgrades, the leading online consumer resource guide for information about physicians and health systems. Redlands Community Hospital is also the only hospital in California to receive the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery for 10 years in a row (2012-2021).  Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data. From 2017 through 2019, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement Award have, on average, a 64.5 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award. *  “Providing exceptional patient care and safety is a top priority at Redlands Community Hospital, and this recognition is a testament to the dedication that our physicians, nurses and staff bring to the job on a daily basis,” said Jim Holmes, Redlands Community Hospital President and CEO. “We are proud and thank our clinicians and staff for delivering…

Healthgrades Honors Dignity Health Inland Empire hospitals for top performance in Critical Care, Neuroscience and Orthopedics

Dignity Health – Community Hospital of San Bernardino and Dignity Health – St. Bernardine Medical Center announced today that the hospitals are named 2021 Five-Star Recipients in Critical Care, Heart Care, Orthopedics and Pulmonary procedures by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.* “We’re honored to be recognized by Healthgrades for the outstanding quality care we provide to the San Bernardino community,” states Douglas Kleam, Hospital President, St. Bernardine Medical Center. “These awards reflect our high standards of providing safe, compassionate care with excellent clinical outcomes.” Specifically, Healthgrades recognized St. Bernardine Medical Center as a: Five-Star Recipient for Cranial Neurosurgery for 5 Years in a Row (2017-2021)Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 9 Years in a Row (2013-2021)Five-Star Recipient for Colorectal Surgeries in 2021Five-Star Recipient for Sepsis Treatment in 2021 A Five-Star rating indicates that statistically the hospital’s clinical outcomes are significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated. According to June…

IEHP awards annual scholarship to CUSM students who commit to serve regional disadvantaged communities

The Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), part of an expanding network of private-public collaborations in support of the mission of the California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM), has committed a $1.2 million annual donation to help eliminate medical school debt for medical students who pledge to serve needy communities in the region upon graduation. Leaders of IEHP and CUSM, which was founded by Dr. Prem Reddy and the Prime Healthcare Foundation, said the donation is an example of the type of philanthropy that can make an impact on the long-term health of communities while furthering the mission of the medical school: to inspire, motivate and empower students to become excellent and caring physicians, scientists, and leaders. Thirty-five percent of current CUSM medical students are from the Inland Empire, and 50 percent come from low socioeconomic backgrounds. This transformational gift helps eliminate the financial pressure for deserving students who feel it the most. Seven annual scholarships, part of IEHP’s Healthcare Scholarship Fund, will be given to students who commit to providing primary healthcare to residents in Riverside and San Bernardino counties for five years after…

Dignity Health – St. Bernardine Medical Center Announces Appointment of Erin Keefe as Chief Nursing Executive Officer

― Dignity Health – St. Bernardine Medical Center (SBMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Keefe, RN, CENP, as Chief Nursing Executive Officer (CNEO) effective October 5. In her new role as CNEO, Erin leads a team of more than 1,100 nurses and is responsible for the overall strategy, operations, and budget for nursing and clinical operations, with a focus on quality and patient experience. “During this difficult time of the pandemic, nursing leadership is critical to our commitment of providing high-quality compassionate care,” states Doug Kleam, SBMC Hospital President. “I’m pleased to have Erin join our team and with her experience in leadership roles, I am confident she will help us achieve our goals as we continue to care for our San Bernardino community.” Prior to joining the SBMC team, Erin held several senior nursing leadership positions, most recently as Senior Director of Patient Care Services at Dignity Health’s California Hospital Medical Center in downtown Los Angeles. “I am honored to join St. Bernardine Medical Center,” says Erin Keefe, RN. “It’s my privilege to serve patients and families in their most difficult…

Black-led organization, Fighting 4 the Tatas, secures Legislature’s approval declaring October 3 Inflammatory Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Fighting 4 the Tatas Breast Cancer Inc., an Inland Empire organization educating and advocating on behalf of Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC), Triple negative IBC and Metastatic patients, has been operating since it was founded in 2011 by IBC fighter Joshlyn Earls, a 60-year-old black woman. More recently, the organization has benefitted the IBC community by teaming up with California Senator Connie Leyva and Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes to approve Resolutions SCR-97 and ACH-94 declaring October 3 Inflammatory Breast Cancer Awareness Day in the state of California; it encourages all Californians to learn about this rare and aggressive type of breast cancer, and to support all people who are impacted. The impact of the Resolutions passing is monumental for this quick spreading disease, which affects both women and men, diagnosed in women of younger ages and is often dismissed by doctors because they are too young to have breast cancer, not IBC. As of October 2020, Fighting for the Tatas Breast Cancer Inc. remains the only 501C3 in the state educating, advocating and promoting on behalf of this lethal form of sub-breast cancer. This fast growing,…

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