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Community Hospital of San Bernardino’s President June Collison serves as Grand Marshal in MLK Day parade

June Collison, Hospital President for Dignity Health – Community Hospital of San Bernardino was honored to serve as the Grand Marshal in the 2020 Martin Luther King Day Parade in San Bernardino. “Today means so much to so many people, and to be selected to serve as the Grand Marshal for the San Bernardino community has been a privilege,” stated Collison. For Collison, Dr. Martin Luther King Day signifies working together to achieve something better for all. “As the Hospital President for Community Hospital, I am committed to the people of San Bernardino, to finding ways to change and improve the cultural and economic factors that can have an impact on our health and wellness. Together, we can achieve better health outcomes, and my dream is for a healthy community.” The post Community Hospital of San Bernardino’s President June Collison serves as Grand Marshal in MLK Day parade appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

How to get through life with a mental health disorder

Many people have a difficult time in living a normal life when they have to battle with anxiety and other fear related issues. Dealing with anxiety on a daily basis can be very challenging and frustrating. Here are 7 suggestions on how to live a happy life when you have a mental health disorder. Educate yourself regarding your mental health issues: It is important to learn as much as you can about your mental health disorder so you can better manage your situation. Talk to a professional who can give you advice on how to manage your situation. Use the services of a counselor: Take advantage of the help that is available around you. If possible, talk to a counselor who can help you manage your fears and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights on how to deal with your current problem. Learn from your experiences: In every anxiety-related situation you experience, begin to learn what works, what doesn’t work, and what you need to improve on in managing your fears and anxieties. Use what you have learned…

Neuropathic Therapy Center seeking participants for diabetic peripheral neuropathy study

Loma Linda University Health is seeking volunteers with moderate to severe below-ankle neuropathy for a graduate student research study titled The Effect of Intraneural Facilitation Therapy on Diabetic Patients with Peripheral Neuropathy.The study hypothesizes that Intraneural Facilitation therapy (INF) — a treatment that uses three physical holds to stretch specific nerve areas and bring pressurized blood flow to damaged nerves — may relieve patients with diabetic neuropathy of pain and discomfort. The study will be done in conjunction with Loma Linda University Health Neuropathic Therapy Center, Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions’ Lee Berk, DrPH, MPH, FACSM, CHES, CLS, and graduate student investigator Kyan Sahba DPT, PhDc.  To be considered for the study, individuals must be between 50-75 years old and diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. These individuals may regularly experience moderate to severe neuropathy below the ankles that includes feelings of burning, numbness, tingling, sharp pain and sensitivity of the feet.  Participation will be required for a total of five weeks, with only one visit required in the first week for baseline measurements. The study requirements are as follows: Three visits a week for four consecutive weeks…

2019 Caden’s Teddy Bears for Kids Bear-y Successful

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s teddy bear drive benefitting Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital! 476 bears were donated this year, crushing our original goal of 250.  This brings the combined total of bears raised from all three years of the drive to 1,170!  Bears were passed out to patients and their families during the week of Christmas.  As a former patient of the LLUCH, I hope the gift of a bear brightens their days.  Thank you to all of the local businesses who were bear drop off locations: LLUCH Foundation office, Paulson Orthodontics, Star Tulip Stuffies House of Fine Stuffed Animals, Rau Plastic Surgery, Rendition Tattoo, Redlands Elks Lodge, Energy Lab, and Dance Move Live (Redlands and Highland locations).  I would like like to thank Phyllis Kates of PK Design who creates our digital flyer every year, and caricature artist Darlene Douthit who created a caricature for this year’s logo.  With new businesses added every year, it gets trickier to drop off boxes and pick up bears.  Thank you to my grandparents, Robert and Mary Sheehan, for their help with this,…

Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) brings together health care leaders at inaugural Mission Conference

In an effort to drive collaboration between Providers and community partners, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) recently hosted a dynamic and thought-provoking conference on the state of health care in the region. The inaugural Mission Conference was held on November 15, 2019 at IEHP’s Rancho Cucamonga headquarters. It brought together health care CEOs, Hospital Board Members and other executives from across the state to discuss strategies to help improve the personal and professional lives of industry professionals and address the digitization of the health care landscape. “This is IEHP’s first event of this scale and we’re really utilizing our unique position to be a convener for the region and pull people together to talk about things that are impacting health care right now,” said IEHP CEO, Jarrod McNaughton. “The Annual IEHP Mission Conference will enable us to work as a collective industry to navigate through the rapidly evolving health care environment.” World-class speakers such as Mindset Digital Founder and CEO Dr. Debra Jasper, Drs. Peter and Susan Glaser of Glaser & Associates, Inc., Guy Masters of Premier Inc. and leadership development author Nick Petrie, addressed…

Recognize childhood cancer all year long, not just during the month of September

Highland Resident Denise Sandoval says it’s important to recognize and remember childhood cancer all year long and not just during the month of December. On Wednesday, December 18, Sandoval donated 23 stuffed Scentsy Buddies to Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California (CCFSC), to be disseminated to children in the cancer ward at Loma Linda University Children’s Health. “It’s important to remember children who are battling cancer and fighting for their lives all year long and not just during September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month,” said Sandoval. For many years, childhood cancer has been overlooked and underrepresented in both the media and in-regards to funding childhood cancer research. “I support the awareness of all cancers and believe all types of cancers should be represented in an equal light. Since childhood cancer only affects one percent of the entire population fighting cancer…it receives less attention than it deserves,” Sandoval said. According to the American Cancer Society, childhood cancers make up less than 1 percent of all cancers diagnosed each year. That 1 percent is not much of a market for drugmakers, who rack up an estimated $1.4 billion…

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital receives 2019 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital was named a Top Children’s Hospital nationally for the third consecutive year by The Leapfrog Group — an independent hospital watchdog organization — on December 17, highlighting its achievements in patient safety and quality. The Leapfrog Top Hospital awards are widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. Approximately 2,100 hospitals across the nation were considered for the award, and Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital was one of only 10 children’s hospitals to be recognized by The Leapfrog Group. Scott Perryman, senior vice president and administrator for LLU Children’s Hospital, said the receiving of the award was only made possible through the efforts and commitment from the hospital’s staff.  “We are very honored to be again acknowledged as among the best children’s hospitals in the nation,” Perryman said. “We participate in numerous national quality and patient safety reporting efforts because we want to do better and be better for our babies, children, teens and their families. Recognition for a third time in a row demonstrates that our collective work to establish a culture of safety…

Stater Bros. Charities K-Froggers for Kids Radiothon raises more than $300,000 for pediatric patients

K-FROG 95.1 FM and Stater Bros. Charities raised $303,507 for patients battling pediatric cancer and other childhood diseases at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital during their 19th annual radiothon on Wednesday, December 4. Stater Bros. Charities was once again the presenting sponsor for the event and donated a $200,000 check to Children’s Hospital during the live radiothon. During the past 19 years, K-FROG has raised more than $6.8 million for the hospital through the radiothon. The event was broadcasted live on K-FROG radio from Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga. The post Stater Bros. Charities K-Froggers for Kids Radiothon raises more than $300,000 for pediatric patients appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

Real-life ‘Jerry Maguire’ sports agent Steinberg hosts Seeds of Hope event

Leigh Steinberg, the sports super-agent and inspiration for the Oscar-winning film Jerry Maguire, shared his own battle and recovery from alcohol addiction while praising mental health providers and supporters on Thursday, Nov. 21 at a benefit for Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center. Steinberg, who represents numerous high-profile athletes in multiple sports, became addicted to alcohol after a series of tragedies in his personal life. Friends later supported him through a 12-step program that helped him overcome his dependency, he told the audience. “No life is hopeless. There is redemption, and a place like this can help you get through,” Steinberg told attendees while hosting the 12th annual Seeds of Hope event. The yearly benefit drew approximately 200 attendees to Centennial Complex on the campus of Loma Linda University Health. Supporters gather each year to share stories of patients who have successfully completed a recovery program, highlight the work of providers who care for patients along their journey, and raise funds to help patients in need. “Addiction can hit anyone,” Steinberg said. “It’s not something I had throughout my whole life, but it caught up…

Breakfast for every student at Eisenhower High School in Rialto

At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, on August 5, Eisenhower High School rolled out its Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) program. Since then, the school has gone from serving 400 meals per day, to serving 2,000 meals – during breakfast alone. The BIC program has received much critical acclaim from local dignitaries, district superintendents and the community. “Breakfast in the Classroom provides every student at Eisenhower High School a quick breakfast at the beginning of second period, every day of the week,” said Kristina Kraushaar, program innovator for Rialto Child Nutrition. Every morning each second period class has a designated student who is responsible to go and grab the prepared breakfast cart. “We’re bringing the cafeteria to the classroom. The rolling cart consists of one red bag and one blue bag. One of the bags is filled with the main meal item and the other is filled with the drinks,” continued Kraushaar. Photo RUSD: Pictured from left – Agent: Nutrition Services Fausat Rahman-Davis, student Steve Paez, Assistant Principal Gilbert Henriquez Pulido, Principal Frank Camacho, student Juan Galvez, Custodian Carlos Flores, and student Daphne…

Hot 1039 Radio recognizes St. Bernardine Medical Center’s Emergency Nurse, Diana Tapia, with T.L.C. Award

Dignity Health – St. Bernardine Medical Center is proud to share its emergency department nurse, Diana Tapia, was named a T.L.C. Award recipient. The Tender Loving Care Award (T.L.C.) is presented by Azusa Pacific University Inland Empire location in partnership with Hot 1039 radio to recognize a deserving nurse who goes above and beyond. Diana’s nomination read: She’s always been so compassionate and caring to all of her patients. She always has a smile on her face and treats her patients like they are family. She has a kind heart and is very giving. Nursing is truly her passion and it shows. A surprise celebration was held at St. Bernardine and Diana was overcome with joy as she entered a room filled with her colleagues, and was greeted by Hospital President, Douglas Kleam, Sabrina Ruiz, on-air personality at Hot 1039, and Bonnie Huiskes, associate professor at the Azusa Pacific University School of Nursing. The post Hot 1039 Radio recognizes St. Bernardine Medical Center’s Emergency Nurse, Diana Tapia, with T.L.C. Award appeared first on Inland Empire Community News.

Redlands Community Hospital earns “A”Grade for patient safety in Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Report

November 12, 2019 – Redlands Community Hospital has earned an “A” grade in patient safety by the Leapfrog Group for the fall 2019 report. The group rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. The fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grade is compiled by The Leapfrog Group, a non-profit patient safety watchdog, assessed patient safety among more than 2,600 hospitals in the United States. “Patient safety is a prime mission at Redlands Community Hospital,” said James Holmes, president and CEO of Redlands Community Hospital.  “We owe this excellent safety grade to our clinical team and staff’s commitment to deliver exceptional quality patient care to our community.” The safety scores consider factors such as how often a hospital gives patients recommended treatment for a given medical condition or procedure; assesses the environment in which patients receive care, such as whether a hospital uses a computerized physician order entry system to prevent medication errors; and what happens to a patient while receiving care, such as whether care teams left foreign objects in patients while undergoing surgery. “The findings of the Institute of Medicine’s report, published two…

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…

Redlands Community Hospital honors Emergency Department Founder, the late Dr. Stephen Lazarus

More than 50 colleagues, family and community members gathered at Redlands Community Hospital this week for a plaque dedication ceremony to honor the memory of Dr. Stephen Lazarus, who founded the Redlands Community Hospital emergency department. Dr. Lazarus was the department’s director for more than 20 years.  He passed away in January of this year.  “Dr. Lazarus was a leader and an innovative healer who recognized the value of an emergency department and its impact on the community,” says Jim Holmes, president and CEO of Redlands Community Hospital. “His contributions to the hospital and community will continue to be remembered on honored.” Lazarus established the emergency department at Redlands Community Hospital in 1973 after a non-traditional path to medicine.  Originally admitted to the University of Michigan to study nuclear physics, Lazarus lost interest and headed west where he dealt blackjack, craps, and roulette at 14 different casinos in Las Vegas before being drafted to serve in the military. After completing his service in the military, Lazarus enrolled in the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV). Upon graduation, he was accepted to the University of Oregon Medical…

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