Health

California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM) receives $1.2 million for healthcare scholarships

The California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM) received $1.2 million dollars from the Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) to use towards educational scholarships for incoming medical students. The commitment is part of IEHP’s Healthcare Scholarship Fund (HSF) that aims to address the growing workforce needs in the Inland Empire by partnering with local academic institutions to remove the barrier of debt for medical students. The support from IEHP comes at a critical time when students are experiencing the far-reaching effects of COVID-19 and the financial impact imposed by these challenging times. “We often see qualified students decline acceptance to medical school simply because they cannot afford it; and given the current circumstances, we will see that happen even more” said CUSM CEO Dr. Tae Kim. “These scholarships will allow us to support those students from the community, that want to serve their community, but until now could not afford to”. As the regional need for physicians continues to grow, both CUSM and IEHP are committed to reducing the financial barriers keeping qualified, motivated students from attending medical school. “Sometimes, the only thing standing between ambition…

CSUSB fraternity raises money to donate meals to hospital workers

Members of the Delta Sigma Phi Eta Beta chapter at Cal State San Bernardino raised more than $1,000 through a virtual fundraiser to buy meals for hospital workers at Dignity Health Community Hospital in San Bernardino. “We as a fraternity wanted to do something special for the hard-working frontline workers who are currently fighting COVID-19 every day,” said chapter president Adrian Valdivia.  The fraternity used the money to purchase meals from Alanbertos Mexican Food, a family-owned business in San Bernardino, said Valdivia, who graduated this month with a degree in communication studies with a concentration in public relations. The chapter arranged to buy 160 burritos as well as chips and water, Valdivia said. On June 12, at about noon, Valdivia and fellow chapter member Juan Saucedo, a senior majoring in liberal studies with a concentration in psychology who will graduate in the fall, donated the meals to the healthcare workers.  “The members of Delta Sigma Phi are very thankful to everyone who donated for this amazing cause, and we want to acknowledge all the heroes who are currently fighting this disease,” Valdivia said. “Stay strong!”…

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Loma Linda University Health partner to develop health screening curriculum prior to re-opening

Continuing the decades-long partnership between Loma Linda University Health and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, a new curriculum is being built at the Loma Linda University’s San Manuel Gateway College that is specifically designed to help protect the community, guests, and employees of San Manuel. San Manuel was the first Tribal casino to announce a closure, citing the safety of our tribal citizens, guests and employees. The safety of all who live and visit the San Manuel Reservation is also why San Manuel was not the first to open. More than simply sanitizing and taking temperatures, the new San Manuel Health and Safety Plan establishes organization-wide training, expanded cleaning schedules, and, among many other new policies and procedures, several new roles dedicated to preventing further spread of COVID-19. “Re-opening our doors safely and responsibly is our first priority,” said San Manuel Chairman Ken Ramirez. “We have taken our commitment to health and safety one step further by working with Loma Linda University Health’s San Manuel Gateway College on our health screening curriculum and organization-wide training.” A new curriculum is being developed with the San Manuel…

San Bernardino County cleared to reopen restaurants, stores and malls

Because San Bernardino County has flattened the COVID-19 curve and secured the resources needed to continue keeping the novel coronavirus under control, dine-in restaurants, stores and malls can now reopen with safety measures throughout the county after a state-ordered shutdown that lasted more than two months.“San Bernardino County businesses and residents worked very hard and made tremendous sacrifices to make this moment possible,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Your efforts to keep our community safe and healthy have paid off. We can now proceed significantly further toward resuming our normal lives.”“This virus is still very present throughout our county, state and nation, so we must remain vigilant by physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and washing our hands often. But our goal of minimizing illness and building the capacity to protect the vulnerable, serve the sick, and track the virus in our communities has been achieved,” Hagman said. “We owe a debt of gratitude to our public health and healthcare professionals, who are putting in long hours on the front lines of this battle, and to our County Government team for working around the clock in…

New guidelines allow places of worship to resume services

The County announced yesterday the reopening of places of worship with new State-specified guidelines. Under the new State guidance, issued Monday morning, places of worship can hold religious services, including funerals, if attendance is limited to 25 percent of a building’s capacity, but no more than 100 attendees. “This is a great first step for our residents of faith who have refrained from gathering for more than two months,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “The COVID-19 virus is still very present throughout our county. With places of worship, dine-in restaurants, stores, and malls now suddenly open, it is more important than ever that we practice physical distancing, wear face coverings in public, and frequently wash our hands to protect ourselves and those around us.” The State Monday morning issued new guidance for religious services and cultural ceremonies, https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-places-of-worship.pdf, that encourage organizations to continue online services and activities, especially for the protection of those who are most at risk from COVID-19, including older adults and people with specific medical conditions. To reopen for religious services and funerals, places of worship must: Establish and implement a COVID-19…

9-year-old raises money for first responders through book of poem sales

Matthew Rushing, 9, from Moreno Valley, delivered dozens of boxes of snacks to Loma Linda University Medical Center Emergency Department staff on May 18, aiming to lift their spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Rushing raised more than $400 since May 1 by selling his book of poetry called “Poems for Hard Times.” He said he wanted to donate to Emergency Department workers at Loma Linda University Medical Center because his pediatrician works at Loma Linda University Health. “It makes me sad to know people are dying because of COVID-19, and I wanted to find a way to thank all of the heroes working to save lives,” Rushing said. “I brought them snacks in case they are working so hard that they are too busy to take a lunch break.” His gift greatly encouraged the staff and brought a newfound sense of hope to the team, according to Loma Linda University Medical Center Emergency Department nurse Lesley O’Neill. “At only 9 years old, Matthew demonstrated compassion and kindness in such a creative and thoughtful way,” O’Neill said. “We cannot thank him enough for his kind contribution to our team. We should…

Loma Linda University Health using convalescent plasma to treat COVID-19 patients

Loma Linda University Health is currently treating eligible patients battling severe novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with convalescent plasma in hopes of boosting their ability to fight the virus. The patients are treated while in the hospital through a transfusion of serum containing virus-neutralizing antibodies, which were removed from a recovered individual’s donated blood. Tait Stevens, MD, president of medical staff at Loma Linda University Medical Center, said some evidence shows that patients currently suffering from COVID-19 recover better if they receive plasma from those who have previously recovered. Stevens cited a study published in April that showed encouraging results from 10 severe adult cases who received the convalescent plasma, maintained or increased the antibodies and went on to recover. “This study showed promising results, and we want to do everything we can to continue this fight against COVID-19,” Stevens said.  Rohith Mohan, MD, a second-year pediatric resident at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, began having symptoms in mid-March. He recovered within approximately 10 days but continued to test positive for the virus for 40 days. Mohan donated blood at a LifeStream donation center on May 16. His antibody-filled…

Mother’s Day visit during coronavirus lockdown

A Mother’s Day visit with 81-year-old Della Lowe, got a little complicated this year. Della lives at the Villas of San Bernardino Assisted Living facility where all the residents are on a strict Coronavirus lockdown. However, a modified visiting routine is an option for most residents. Della’s daughter, Linda Braniff of San Bernardino sits on a chair next to a large window by the patio entrance to the facility. Della sits inside the room adjacent to the patio by the window where she can see her daughter, Linda. Because of the double insulated glass windowpanes, which are designed to be soundproof, it makes it difficult to have a normal conversation. The solution, cellphones are provided to the residents so that they can converse and still be able to see each other through the window. Residents must make appointments for these special window visits since space is limited. Caretakers at the Villas are taking all needed precautions to protect their residents for any exposure to COVID-19. No personal contact is allowed with any of the residents. However, regular visits from family members are encouraged. Even the…

Local health plan donates 221,000 PPE units, supplies

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has sourced and donated more than 221,000 units of personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to local government agencies, medical societies, associations and hospitals in Riverside and San Bernardino counties during the COVID-19 pandemic. Receiving organizations include: • Allstar Health Providers • Arrowhead Regional Medical Center • Community Health Association of Inland Southern Region • Dignity Health • Hemet Global Medical Center • Illumination Foundation • Inland Empire Autism Center • Loma Linda University Health • Martha’s Village and Kitchen • Riverside County Medical Association • Riverside Department of Public Health and Emergency Operation Center • Riverside University Health System • SAC Health System • San Bernardino County Department of Public Health and Emergency Operation Center • San Bernardino County Medical Society To date, the plan has provided 53,000 disposable masks, 13,000 N95 masks, 50,000 surgical gowns, 70,000 isolation gowns, 80,000 boxes of gloves and 3,000 containers of sanitizing wipes. Recipients have been very thankful for the supplies. “Thank you, IEHP, for providing safety and protection,” said Loma Linda University President Richard Hart. “IEHP’s gift for COVID-19 Clinical Care means critical…

Uninsured Inland Empire Residents Receive 24/7 Access to COVID-19 Medical Advice

Uninsured Inland Empire residents now have access to medical advice 24/7 through the Inland Empire COVID-19 Medline, thanks to a collaboration between Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), 211 Riverside and San Bernardino County, Riverside and San Bernardino County Public Health, and Carenet Health. This free resource is accessible to uninsured residents in Riverside and San Bernardino counties who call 211’s social service line with COVID-19 related health questions. In addition to community resources, 211 can route callers to a health professional, staffed by Carenet Health. In weeks prior, COVID-19 medical advice was offered to uninsured Inland Empire Residents through 211 on a limited basis. Inland Empire COVID-19 Medline was created to expand upon the original service and to provide a sustainable source of care for the Inland Empire’s uninsured population during this pandemic. “Regardless of insurance status, residents need access to trusted medical advice so appropriate measures can be taken when they or their family are ill,” said Takashi Wada, IEHP vice president of population health. While the Inland Empire COVID-19 Medline is for residents who do not have insurance, residents with health insurance are…

National breast cancer prevention study seeks Inland Empire volunteers

The WISDOM Study, a groundbreaking effort to determine the best way to screen for breast cancer, just received a multi-million dollar grant from the National Cancer Institute to help increase the number of minority women who participate, including those who primarily speak Spanish. The study, founded by doctors at the University of California, seeks to improve the way breast cancer is screened in women, and hopes to improve the health of generations of women.  Amidst the stress and uncertainty we are all facing from the Coronavirus pandemic, enrolling in the WISDOM study is something empowering that women can do for their health, online from the comfort of their home.  Women who participate are followed over time to determine whether a personalized approach to breast cancer screening, based on each woman’s individual’s risk (including her family and health history, lifestyle and genetics), can improve cancer detection and health outcomes when compared to the current, one size fits all approach to screening that recommends annual mammograms. Participation is convenient, online, and free of charge. “We still don’t know whether annual mammogram screenings are the best way to…

Hilton Garden Inn San Bernardino announces blood drive

Showcasing its commitment to the San Bernardino community, Hilton Garden Inn San Bernardino announced today it will be hosting a Blood Drive with LifeStream Blood Bank.  The Blood Drive will be located at 1755 S. Waterman Avenue; Appointments are required to maintain social distancing. Please make your appointment by going to: “This is our second year participating with LifeStream and we are so excited to partner with such a wonderful organization,” stated Shari Hurley, general manager. “We partnered with LifeStream to show that our Hilton Garden Inn Brighthearted Hospitality exists outside of our hotel. There is a shortage of blood donations, especially O positive and O negative; we are hoping the Blood Drive will help fill the hospital shelves with much needed blood.” The post Hilton Garden Inn San Bernardino announces blood drive appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

Riverside County death toll higher than 17 states… and our Supervisors have a plan to make it worse

By Darrell Peeden, Moreno Valley Unified School Board Vice President You can’t operate a business without humans – yet. So, why are the Riverside County Board of Supervisors putting workers’ lives at risk for short-term economic gain they can’t even guarantee will materialize? That’s right. Our Supervisors are taking a page out of Georgia’s playbook and breaking with the most basic of recommendations by medical experts – no facemasks, no social distancing, and sending our kids back to school in the midst of an uncontained, uncontrolled, and highly contagious pandemic. The responsible choice would be a methodical and scientific approach to lifting these guidelines. Instead, our Supervisors are willing to disrespect the sacrifice we have all made the last two months because their donors are getting antsy.   This is typical Riverside County politics. Do what your corporate campaign donors say, regardless of the body count. As of 11PM Friday night, that number stands at 156 of our neighbors lost, 85 more fighting for their lives in intensive care units, and 4079 afflicted by COVID-19. Riverside County has the second highest number of confirmed cases and…

First responders parade past Loma Linda University Health, thank healthcare workers in show of solidarity, support

First responders from 13 local police and fire departments showed up in full force at Loma Linda University Health on Wednesday, April 29, parading their vehicles past the Medical Center and Children’s Hospital during the morning and evening shift changes. Sirens blaring, lights flashing and hands waving, the responders expressed their support and thanks to healthcare workers at the organization.  Hundreds of Loma Linda University Health employees, including doctors, nurses, clinical staff and administration, watched from sidewalks and windows as the parade drove by. There were photos, selfies and even some tears as hospital staff felt the love and support from the first responders. The departments who participated included CHP Inland Empire Division, Colton Fire Department, Fontana Police Department, Loma Linda Fire Department, Loma Linda University Health Public Safety, Ontario Police Department, Redlands Fire Department, Redlands Police Department, Riverside Police Department, Riverside Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, San Manuel Fire Department, and San Manuel Public Safety.  The post First responders parade past Loma Linda University Health, thank healthcare workers in show of solidarity, support appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

Correcting this faulty belief about COVID-19 will save lives

By Kenneth E. Thorpe, professor of health policy at Emory University and chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. In times of emergency, misperceptions can prove deadly. That’s certainly the case today, amid widespread belief that COVID-19 mainly threatens older Americans. In reality, those of any age suffering from an underlying health condition are at significant risk of complications from COVID-19. And when these patients fail to take proper precautions, they put their own lives — and the health of millions of people — in jeopardy. By and large, younger Americans have been the slowest to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many in this group continue to frequent bars, attend parties, travel, and eat in restaurants, especially outside major cities where most establishments are now closed. This response is partly the result of a misunderstanding. The Centers for Disease Control specifically highlighted the threat COVID-19 posed to older individuals and those with preexisting chronic conditions. Many Americans felt they didn’t fall under this warning. For them, it conjured distant images of 90-year-olds on ventilators. But the health conditions that can complicate COVID-19 aren’t unique…

First responders stage parade to honor Redlands Community Hospital medical staff

First responders from Redlands and surrounding agencies paid tribute to health care workers at Redlands Community Hospital with a parade of fire apparatus, police cars and ambulances outside the hospital Tuesday morning, April 28. Organized by members of the Redlands Fire Department, the parade also included emergency vehicles from the Redlands Police Department, Loma Linda Fire Department and American Medical Response. After parading by the front of the hospital with lights flashing, the vehicles stopped near the hospital’s emergency entrance where first responders got out of their vehicles and applauded the hospital staff that had briefly assembled outside the building. The parade was organized as a gesture of gratitude and respect for medical personnel currently treating patients affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The post First responders stage parade to honor Redlands Community Hospital medical staff appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

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