Health

Finding and maintaining courage in these challenging times

By Jarrod McNaughton, MBA, FACHE, is the Chief Executive Officer of Inland Empire Health Plan, one of the 10 largest Medicaid health plans and the largest not-for-profit Medicare-Medicaid Plan in the U.S. TopofMind@iehp.org. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and with so much widespread pain happening in our community and country, it seems even more important to remind ourselves of the resources available to help those struggling with the emotional toll these crises are presenting. When it comes to grief, unrest, and sadness – finding and maintaining courage is critical. Mental health is a critical issue that was on the rise in America before the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the National Institute of Mental Health Disorders, an estimated 26 percent of Americans age 18 and older already suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. In fact, recent Census Bureau data about mental health amid COVID-19 shows that a third of Americans are showing signs of clinical anxiety or depression. In light of recent events, we know that number is skyrocketing. We are being forced to accept new realities and stressors in a way that is simply…

Colton High graduate and administrator start website to support mental wellness

Recent Colton High School graduate Ernest Mateo Cisneros and CHS Assistant Principal Jorge Alvarez have started a new website project called One Simple Question (OneSimpleQuestion.org) to help those struggling with mental health issues during this difficult time.  “The One Simple Question initiative aims to fight the mental health stigma that prevents many adults and young people from accessing vital resources they need in critical moments of their lives,” stated Mr. Cisneros. “We ask people from all walks of life such as teens and adults, famous and everyday people, one simple question: What do you do to lift yourself up when you are feeling down?” The idea, he said, is to demonstrate that everybody deals with mental health issues.  “Most importantly, One Simple Question aims to connect those in need of mental health resources with a site with curated videos that display simple strategies on how we can all practice self-care, mindfulness, and wellness,” he said. Mr. Alvarez said the idea for the One Simple Question project was born at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which both he and Mr. Cisneros attended in 2019 as Bezos Scholars.…

Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California raises $9,209 during 2020 Virtual Kids Walk

Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California (CCFSC) held its annual Kids Walk in an all-new virtual format, September 1-13. The event drew in 1,140 walkers, who pledged to go the extra mile for children fighting cancer. “Today we celebrate all of you who pledged to go the extra mile for children diagnosed with cancer through your participation in the 2020 kids walk; which entailed choosing to walk a daily mile and fundraising through donations or purchasing items at our shop,” said Stephanie Avila, Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California executive director. Photo Eric Sandoval: Manny Sandoval and Denise Sandoval participate in the Kids Walk for the 18th year to raise awareness for childhood cancer. The organization, which serves families throughout Southern California and partners with Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and Kaiser in Fontana, raised $9,209 to directly assist children battling cancer and families with a child battling cancer by providing gas cards, food, housing and more. At the virtual ceremony, Avila recognized three honorees, as the 2020 Virtual Kids Walk was in memory of Adrian Montes, in victory of Naomi Acosta, and honored current…

Susan G. Komen I.E. virtual celebration of survivorship, hope

Susan G. Komen Inland Empire is preparing for their annual Circle of Promise Day – A Virtual Celebration of Survivorship and Hope. This year’s event will take place virtually on Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Guests can attend the event by making a $20 donation, which will support the Susan G. Komen Inland Empire Breast Cancer Treatment Assistant Program. The Susan G. Komen Inland Empire Circle of Promise addresses the breast health disparities among African American women and men and empowers them to be proactive about their breast health.  This year’s event will feature breast cancer survivors Dr. Margret Hill, San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Trustee and Kara Adams, Author of “Hidden Treasure: 5 Steps to Transformational Self-Love.” Dr. Hill and Kara Adams will talk about how breast cancer impacts multiple generations of women and men in our community.  We are also excited to have Dr. Lisa Newman, MD, MPH, FACS, FASCO & Komen® Scholar and Dr. Sandra Finestone, Komen® Inland Empire Past Board President & Komen® Advocate in Science Committee Member.  Dr. Newman will discuss the…

Community Hospital of San Bernardino welcomed three sets of healthy twins in one day

On Friday, August 7, Dignity Health – Community Hospital of San Bernardino had an unusually busy birthing day. Three sets of twins were born within a matter of hours. June Collison, Hospital President, shared, “During such a difficult and trying time for our country, it is wonderful to celebrate such beautiful moments of welcoming new life to our San Bernardino community.” Grateful parents Shania Moody and Nicholas Vargas of San Bernardino welcomed twin brothers, Jo’Ziah and Jacob, at 2:07 and 2:09 p.m. weighing 3.6 pounds and 4.8 pounds. Big sister, Zakia, 4, can’t wait for her little baby brothers to come home from the hospital. The boys, born at 33 weeks, are being cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Just hours later, twin brothers Enrique de Jesus and Emiliano de Jesus were born at 5:05 and 5:06 p.m. weighing 6 pounds and 5.9 pounds, respectively. The healthy pair is home resting with family in Fontana.   Last but certainly not least, baby brother and sister, Kaevon and Kevia, were born at 8 p.m. and 8:40 p.m. weighing 3.2 pounds and 5 pounds. They are…

Stater Bros. awards Redlands Community Hospital $100,000 grant to implement Cancer Patient Navigator Program

Stater Bros. Charities has awarded Redlands Community Hospital $100,000 that will help to implement a Patient Navigator Program to serve its cancer patients.  The Patient Navigator Program is comprised of a nurse navigator with extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of all forms of cancer – in particular breast cancer. From pre-diagnosis through all phases of care, the navigator will guide the patient and their caregiver through every step of treatment and recovery to improve health outcomes.  This program builds upon an existing spectrum of specialized patient-centered cancer services at Redlands Community Hospital.    “We are extremely grateful to Stater Bros. Charities for its gift that will allow us to build upon on our cancer care program,” 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 health care access for the Inland Empire community.”   “I am extremely pleased that Stater Bros. Charities is able to partner with Redlands Community Hospital in implementing their Patient Navigator Program.” said Nancy Negrette, Chairman and President Stater Bros. Charities.  “Fighting cancer can be a scary and…

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital earns prestigious Magnet Recognition

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital has earned Magnet Recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program.  Sherry Nolfe, RN, MSN, chief nursing officer at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, said this award speaks to the level of care Children’s Hospital offers this community. “The passion our nurses show for patients and for each other truly touches my heart,” Nolfe said. “We feel deeply grateful for each person who contributed to this moment. We know the tremendous teamwork this journey required, and we look forward to working alongside this team as we continue this journey — embracing change, improving patient outcomes and living out mission on a daily basis.” The voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing and is the highest honor a healthcare organization can receive for professional nursing practice. This is the first time the 343-bed hospital has received the prestigious distinction, which recognizes organizations where nursing strategic goals are aligned to improve patient outcomes. Only 9% of the more than 6,000 healthcare organizations in the United States have been evaluated as worthy of this designation. After surveying Children’s Hospital May 12-14, the ANCC Commission…

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center among nation’s ‘Best Maternity Care Hospitals’ in Newsweek

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) was recently named one of the nation’s ‘Best Maternity Care Hospitals’ in a national ranking of hospitals compiled by Newsweek Magazine. Newsweek compiled the list in collaboration with Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization that drives a movement for advancements in quality and safety of U.S. health care. Featured in the July 24 issue, the magazine is now available on newsstands and online.   “The Obstetrics team at ARMC continually strives to further enhance perinatal care for mothers and their newborns, and we are proud to receive this designation as a hospital, and commend the OB team for their commitment to the health care profession and for providing safe and compassionate care every day,” said Hospital Director, William Gilbert.  ARMC also holds an Honor Roll status, designated by the California Health and Human Services Agency, and Cal Hospital Compare, for its high performance in maternity care and patient safety. The Obstetrics Department also participates in the Maternal Data Center project through the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, and has achieved a reduction in C-section births and now notably falls in the…

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center McKee Family Health Center now offers 3D mammography exams

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center(ARMC) announced its McKee Family Health Center now offers one of the most advanced mammography systems on the market. Hologic’s 3Dimensions system offers features that improve image clarity and help set it apart from other screening technologies.  The 3D mammography exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancer and provide a better option for women of all breast densities compared to 2D exams. According to the American Cancer Society, women between the ages of 45 – 54 should have an annual mammography exam. Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in women. Studies have shown that 3D mammography finds 20 to 65 percent more invasive breast cancer and reveals subtle lesions and fine calcification to help pinpoint cancer early. It is superior for women with dense breasts, offers a more comfortable experience, and reduces the need for additional imaging by up to 40 percent.  “Being able to offer breast cancer screening through up-to-date mammography technology directly in the community we serve is a much needed and welcome advancement in care,” stated Department of Family Medicine Chairman, David Lanum,…

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