Over 108,000 Californians on Medicare to See $35 Insulin Cap: Inland Empire to Benefit from Healthcare Savings

In a move to elevate healthcare affordability, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, alongside Representative Pete Aguilar, announced groundbreaking measures to reduce prescription drug costs for Californians, particularly for the Latino community, which has historically faced challenges in accessing affordable medication. During his visit to the Inland Empire as part of his “National Latino Health Tour,” Secretary Becerra emphasized the positive impact of the Biden Administration’s Inflation Reduction Act. “We have to remember that there were days before the Inflation Reduction Act became law and lowered the price of insulin, people were having to ration their insulin and make decisions about what to do in their daily lives if they wanted to afford it,” said Becerra. “Today, people paying no more than $35 for insulin when on Medicare is a big deal, and the fact that we now have the ability to negotiate the prices on medicine is huge.” The $35 insulin cost cap is set to benefit 108,164 Californians on Medicare who use insulin, addressing a critical need in a state where one 10-milliliter vial of insulin can cost up

31st Annual Children’s Hospital Foundation Gala Raises More Than $1 Million

Local community members gathered at the Riverside Convention Center on Thursday, April 4 for the 31st anniversary Foundation Gala presented by Laurena and Darrell Bolden with Alaina Mathews, raising more than $1 million to support Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the support of our community,” said Peter Baker, senior vice president and administrator for Children’s Hospital. “Each dollar raised truly makes a difference and has allowed us to continue in our mission of caring for the most vulnerable patients.” Under the theme “Saddle Up for Miracles,” attendees embraced the spirit of unity and compassion. It provided a platform to showcase the Stronger Together campaign, marking a significant milestone. This initiative focuses on cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment services, with the goal of offering personalized care to every child in need. Plans include the acquisition of state-of-the-art clinical equipment and the construction of a Pediatric Outpatient Specialty Clinic to streamline access to a wide range of specialized services. The gala honored individuals who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to children’s healthcare: Richard E. Chinnock, MD, was awarded the prestigious Shirley N.

Recognizing Health Disparities in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups

By Dr. Archana Dubey, Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealthcare of California April is recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as Minority Health Month, an observance that brings awareness to health disparities and encourages action through education, early detection, and disease control. Part of this work includes raising awareness about the disproportionate health outcomes among people who belong to racial or ethnic minority groups. The conditions in which we are born, live, learn, work, play, and worship and our age – known as social determinants of health (SDOH) – have important impacts on health. Differences in SDOH contribute to the stark and persistent chronic disease disparities in the U.S. among racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, systematically limiting opportunities for members of some groups to be healthy. Cancer Black/African Americans have the highest mortality rate of any racial or ethnic group for all cancers combined and for most major cancers. From 2015-2019, African American men were 1.2 times and 1.7 times more likely to be diagnosed with new cases of colon and prostate cancer than non-Hispanic white men. Although Hispanic men and women generally

Nurses on the Picket Line: Crisis at San Bernardino’s Dignity Health Community Hospital Over Unsafe Staffing

Registered nurses at Dignity Health Community Hospital in San Bernardino are set to hold an informational picket on Thursday, March 28, to highlight their concerns over unsafe staffing levels that they say are compromising patient safety. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced the action, stating that the hospital administration has failed to meet its own staffing standards. Nurses have raised their concerns in meetings with the hospital’s chief nursing officer, but they claim that management has consistently failed to adhere to safe staffing standards. This lack of support has reportedly led to delays in care, patients developing pressure sores, and increased workplace violence. “Community Hospital is continually short-staffed, putting patients’ safety at risk and forcing nurses to work in unsafe conditions,” said Virginia Licerio, RN in the post-partum unit. “Community Hospital is accepting more patients than it can safely take care of. It’s time Dignity Health invests in staffing and prioritizes safe patient care.” The informational picket is scheduled to take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Dignity Health Community Hospital, located at 1805 Medical Center Dr., San Bernardino. Lidya Sihotang

School of Medicine Class of 2024 Receives Residency Placements During Annual Match Day Ceremony

As the clock struck 9 a.m. today, fourth-year medical students at Loma Linda University (LLU) eagerly opened their envelopes, revealing their future specialties and residency training locations as part of the annual Match Day ceremonies. Fourth-year medical students across the county participate in Match Day every year on the third Friday in March, an event of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). After months of applications and interviews, over 44,000 applicants across the world learned today where and in what specialties they will train. Kevin Codorniz, MD, associate dean of clinic education at LLU School of Medicine, who graduated from the school in 2005, addressed students and their families, saying that 58% of LLU medical students will remain in California, 35% of whom matched at Loma Linda University Health. Others will start their residencies at numerous programs across the nation, including Mayo Clinic Rochester and Arizona, UCLA, University of California San Francisco, UC Irvine, and University of Colorado. The program included remarks from deans and student leadership before an official countdown was held to find out where the medical students will be assigned for the

St. Bernardine Medical Center Achieves Designation as Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center

Dignity Health St. Bernardine Medical Center is proud to announce its designation as a Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center, underscoring the Hospital’s commitment to providing advanced and comprehensive stroke care to our community. Thrombectomy is a life-saving procedure that involves the removal of blood clots from the brain, significantly improving outcomes for stroke patients. As a Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center, St. Bernardine has met rigorous standards and criteria set forth by regulatory bodies, demonstrating its ability to deliver timely and specialized care to individuals experiencing acute stroke symptoms. “We are incredibly proud to announce St. Bernardine Medical Center’s achievement of becoming a Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center”, shares Doug Kleam, Hospital President. “This designation reflects our unwavering commitment to advancing healthcare and underscores our dedication to providing the highest level of care to our community. The ability to perform thrombectomy procedures positions us at the forefront of stroke care, empowering us to make a meaningful impact on the lives of our patients.”  To be eligible for the certification, the hospital was required to meet strict guidelines that include performing EVT on a minimum of 15 patients in