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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…

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.

Helping the helpless: LLU, U of Redlands offer walk-In medical services to homeless

Loma Linda University and University of Redlands have partnered to offer free walk-in medical services for the homeless throughout the duration of the California order to shelter in place. The Redlands Walk-In Medical Services comes from both universities’ commitment to service and advancing the health of the community.  The walk-in medical services is located at University of Redlands main campus in Hentschke Hall, Room 102 (chosen for its proximity to Sylvan Park and the availability of restroom facilities). Hours of operation are Tuesday and Thursday 4-6 pm, and Saturday 5-6 pm. Redlands Walk-In Medical Services is operated by the faculty of Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions, Department of Physician Assistant Sciences. The healthcare team is composed of licensed and board-certified PAs who are providing medical care to help the homeless and transient members of the Redlands community most at risk amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Mark Milliron, MSC, MPA, PA-C, assistant professor of Physician Assistant Sciences and the clinic’s coordinator, says the services being offered are in response to the California order to shelter in place. Many resources for obtaining food, showers and shelter have been…

Aventon Bicycles donates N95 and surgical masks to Loma Linda University Medical Center

Aventon Bicycles, an Ontario, California-based E-bike manufacturer and retailer recently donated thousands of surgical masks and N95 masks to Loma Linda University Medical Center, and two E-Bikes to help them with their medical supply deliveries. Luis Razo, Manager of Operations at Aventon Bicycles, says the community has supported the company, so now it’s time to give back. It’s a personal mission for Luis Razo – his wife Gracie is an RN at Loma Linda Hospital, on the front lines of this pandemic. “When we told the hospital about the mask donation, they explained they needed help transporting them and that’s when we decided to donate the two E-bikes as well,” says Razo. “I feel fortunate to work for Aventon Bicycles which cares about its community and supports a cause that is so near and dear to my heart. Aventon donating these E-bikes and masks to Loma Linda Hospital, where my wife works as an RN, reinforces its commitment to people and shows how much they care. In this crisis, everyone must do their part because it’s the right thing to do.” Kent Broersma, Warehouse Manager…

County COVID-19 dashboard now includes confirmed cases by city

The County COVID-19 dashboard now includes confirmed cases of COVID-19 by city. The dashboard can be viewed on wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus. “The number of cases by city provides a picture of community spread within our county,” stated County Acting Health Officer Dr. Erin Gustafson. “However, residents of cities not listed or with low case numbers should assume and behave as if there are cases within their communities and comply with the statewide stay-at-home order. Residents of cities that are listed should not panic and feel the need to go somewhere else. I cannot stress strongly enough the importance of staying at home and practicing good hygiene to reduce further community spread.” The city data added today is intended to represent the places of residence for each confirmed case within the county, regardless of where they were tested or where they might be hospitalized. Cities and communities not listed have zero confirmed cases.Those who view the data should also keep in mind that residence data is based on information contained on lab slips that accompany test results. In some cases, that information might pertain the hospital where a…

San Bernardino County school districts extend school closures through May 1

In a unified effort to protect the health of students, staff and school communities, San Bernardino County Superintendent Ted Alejandre and school district superintendents countywide, in collaboration with the County Department of Public Health, made the collective decision to extend public school closures at least through May 1. “Because of the increasing spread of the novel coronavirus in our region and across the state, we are taking a proactive and aggressive approach to maintain the health, safety and well-being of our schools and communities,” County Superintendent Alejandre said. “These are very difficult circumstances for our education leaders, since developments with this virus are happening so quickly,” he added. “I fully support our district superintendents’ collective decision to do what is best for our students, employees and families across our county.” Most districts in the county decided on March 13 to close schools as a preventative measure to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Since the closures, confirmed cases of COVID-19 in San Bernardino County continue to rise. On March 17, the Board of Supervisors issued a countywide order to help stop the spread of…

International Heart Institute launches Inland Empire’s first Women’s Heart Health Clinic

Loma Linda University International Heart Institute has launched a Women’s Heart Health Clinic to help provide specialized cardiac care for women, many of whom are misdiagnosed for cardiovascular conditions. Our women heart experts are able to diagnose and treat different cardiovascular conditions seen in women. Patients are empowered through guided talks with physicians about detecting heart issues and receive resources that will teach them how to advocate for themselves. The clinic’s founder and director, Purvi Parwani, MD, says women are often ignored when presenting with heart attack symptoms in emergency rooms. Parwani says, “This clinic provides specialized care to a population that is often ignored even when presenting with classic chest pain and equips women with the diagnosis, treatment and information regarding their complex cardiac conditions.” Heart disease is the No. 1 killer for women in the United States every year, according to the American Heart Association; yet only 56% of women are aware of this statistic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The International Heart Institute, founded in 2019, has already helped saved the lives of many women in the Inland Empire, like that of Lisa…

Over $1 million raised for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital at 27th annual Foundation Gala

More than 1,000 community philanthropists and hospital supporters raised $1,452,685 for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital during the 27th annual Foundation Gala presented by Walter’s Automotive Group on February 20. The theme, “Creating a Masterpiece,” points to the hospital’s strides toward healthcare excellence through Vision 2020 Campaign — bringing hope and healing to the children in the community and beyond. Scott Perryman, senior vice president and administrator of Children’s Hospital, addressed guests saying their collective investments were flourishing teaching and healing efforts for children throughout the region. “As we move many of our services into the new tower next spring, we will be able to expand our care,” said Perryman. “This has been made possible by the thousands of friendships and partnerships in this room tonight. Thank you for what your big hearts have given to improve the little hearts of our children.” Funds raised will benefit Vision 2020 – The Campaign for a Whole Tomorrow, which supports the continued construction of the new Children’s Hospital tower, leading up to its expected opening in mid-2021. The new tower opening will provide enhanced access for mothers and…

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…

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