Blog Posts in 2018

  • President's Circle Award - A Dance for Kelly

    Each year, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) recognizes Associates who have truly lived out our organization's C.H.A.N.G.E. Values through their exemplary actions. Our C.H.A.N.G.E. Values, which stand for Customer Satisfaction, Honor & Respect, Accountability, New Ideas, Growing Continuously, and Excellence, are values that each of our Associates commit to implementing in their ... Read Full Article [+]
  • "Gift of the Valley" Honors the Late Donald R. DesCombes, Long-Time Supporter and Board Member

    Richard E. Yochum, FACHE, President/CEO It’s so very fitting that we honor and remember Donald R. DesCombes, who tirelessly devoted many years of his life to serving Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, with the Hospital’s new mural, “Gift of the Valley” – because he was indeed a gift to our organization. We are deeply grateful to Elizabeth “Betty” ... Read Full Article [+]
  • SET for PAD - Saving Limbs, Saving Lives

    September is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month! PAD is a chronic circulatory condition, which if left untreated can result in unnecessary limb amputations. PAD affects approximately 18 million US citizens, and 160,000 to 180,000 of those patients are estimated to undergo limb amputation this year. PAD is a condition in which plaque build-up reduces the blood flow to your extremities. ... Read Full Article [+]
  • What School Lunch Items Would Your Child Choose?

    Lisa Diaz, Diabetes Manager, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) empty calories from sugars and fats contribute to 40 percent of the calories ingested by children ages two to 18 every day. A recent CDC study also indicated that childhood obesity is still on the rise. These numbers shed light on the importance of parents having ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Pedaling Past a Hamstring Injury with Physical Therapy

    As Garret Lopez, a 39-year-old Glendora resident, began to ride his bike up a steep section of the Corona Hills, he began to feel pain behind his knee. He pushed through the pain by restricting the rest of his 40-mile session to using only one leg. At home, he elevated his leg, took Advil, applied ice and even used an at-home e-stimulation machine, but after two weekends of continued training ... Read Full Article [+]
  • President's Circle Award - A Lifesaving Response

    Each year, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) recognizes Associates who have truly lived out our organization's C.H.A.N.G.E. Values through their exemplary actions. Our C.H.A.N.G.E. Values, which stand for Customer Satisfaction, Honor & Respect, Accountability, New Ideas, Growing Continuously, and Excellence, are values that each of our Associates commit to implementing in their ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Annual New Beginnings Picnic

    We hosted our Fourth Annual New Beginnings Picnic on July 26 to celebrate cardiac rehab, heart failure and stroke survivors along with their families and caregivers. While both heart and stroke patients have individual support groups, this picnic provided the opportunity for survivors and caregivers to come together to share their experiences and celebrate triumphs. Our cardiovascular team also ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Summer Camping Safety

    It’s no wonder that camping is rising in popularity (2018 North American Camping Report), as busy, over-programmed families seek activities that allow them to unplug and recharge their emotional and physical health. Connecting with nature can be good for the body and mind, but there are some health and safety tips to keep in mind before you pitch a tent at your favorite campground. 1. ... Read Full Article [+]
  • President's Circle Award - Honoring Pomona's Finest

    Each year, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) recognizes Associates who have truly lived out our organization's C.H.A.N.G.E. Values through their exemplary actions. Our C.H.A.N.G.E. Values, which stand for Customer Satisfaction, Honor & Respect, Accountability, New Ideas, Growing Continuously, and Excellence, are values that each of our Associates commit to implementing in their ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Once a C-Section, Always a C-Section?

    By Maria Siu, DO, FACOG, Obstetrician/Gynecologist Between 1970 and 2016, the Cesarean-section (C-section) rate in the United States increased from 5% to 31.9%. The belief in "once a C-section, always a C-section" is one of the reasons that the C-section rate has increased. However, in 2010, the National Institutes of Health recognized that trying vaginal birth after C-section was a ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Avoid Trauma This Fourth of July

    By Dr. Michael Jimenez, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Director of Trauma If there’s one thing that says “summer,” it’s the thought of celebrating July Fourth. Americans across the country fire up the grill, lay out their blankets for the biggest and best fireworks that light up the night, and enjoy libations with friends and family. But sometimes, the fun comes with ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Screening Tests Every Man Should Consider

    By Elmer Pineda, M.D., President, Medical Staff Most of us know that routine physical exams are critical to maintaining good health. So, why are men less likely to get annual physicals and screening exams? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), women are 33 percent more likely than men to visit a doctor—even excluding pregnancy-related visits. The CDC also ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Five Ways to Prevent the Most Commonly Diagnosed and Most Preventable Type of Cancer

    Five Ways to Prevent the Most Commonly Diagnosed and Most Preventable Type of Cancer By Preeti Chaudhary, MD, Medical Oncologist, PVHMC Did you know Pomona has an average of 284 sunny days per year? This means we are vulnerable to the dangerous effects of the sun for most of the year. But in the summer months, we tend to spend even more time outside—visiting the beach, a baseball game, ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Aquatic Therapy Pool in La Verne Now Open!

    Our Second Aquatic Therapy Pool is Now Open in La Verne! We are pleased to announce our brand new aquatic therapy pool in La Verne is Medicare approved and ready for Aquatic Therapy and Aquatic Wellness. The pool is located inside our Physical Therapy Clinic at the new PVHC La Verne—2333 Foothill Blvd, Suite A. Our other aquatic therapy pool is housed inside our Chino Hills Physical Therapy ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Recognizing and Reducing Stress

    By Dr. Michael Deanda, Medical Director at Pomona Valley Health Center La Verne One of the best ways to manage stress and its effects on the body is to become aware of it. Now is an ideal time to pause and assess your stress, the toll it might be taking on your mental and physical well-being and ways to better manage it. What is stress? Stress is the tension you feel when dealing with challenging ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Better Speech and Hearing - Communication for All

    Did you know? Communication disorders are among the most common childhood disabilities nationwide, with 11% of children ages 3–6 having a speech, language, voice, or swallowing disorder—and almost 15% of school-age children experiencing some degree of hearing loss. These disorders are treatable and, in some cases, can be reversed or even prevented with the help of a pediatric ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Occupational Therapy - Living Life to its Fullest

    What is Occupational Therapy? Occupational therapy (OT) helps patients of all ages lead active, independent, and productive lives by improving their ability to develop, recover, or safely perform activities of daily living. Using a variety of methods and adaptive equipment, occupational therapists evaluate and provide treatment plans that focus on controlling pain, swelling and abnormal ... Read Full Article [+]
  • A Colonoscopy Saved My Life, and it Could Save Yours, Too

    Colorectal cancer screenings save lives. In fact, nearly 60 percent of colorectal cancer deaths could have been prevented with a screening, according to the National Cancer Institute. Lorraine Missick, resident of La Verne, and 17-year Volunteer at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, couldn't agree more. A screening saved her life, too. Years ago, at 68 years old, both her primary care ... Read Full Article [+]
  • March is National Nutrition Month

    March is National Nutrition Month! By Shannon Perrett, RD, Clinical Nutrition Manager National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. "Go Further with ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Lowering Your Risk of Colorectal Cancer

    By Jasmine N. Aragon BSN, RN, CNML, Nurse Manager, Gastrointestinal Lab March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and now is a good time to learn more about colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon and rectum) and how it can be prevented or best treated. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States for both men and women combined. In 2014, an ... Read Full Article [+]
  • We've opened our fifth health center in La Verne to serve primary and urgent health care needs

    We have expanded our health care footprint in Los Angeles County by opening our fifth Pomona Valley Health Center (PVHC) in La Verne. The new facility opened February 12, 2018 and will now give residents a nearby choice for primary and urgent health care as well as diagnostic and outpatient rehabilitation services. “The opening of the La Verne Health Center furthers our commitment to deliver ... Read Full Article [+]
  • PVHMC Responds to increased Emergency Department Volume due to Flu

    Like other hospitals in the nation, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) is seeing a tremendous increase in patients with flu-like symptoms. In response to a 25% increase in it's Emergency Department (ED) volume, amounting to more than 300 patients per day, the hospital has opened an ED surge clinic to provide additional capacity for minor cases, freeing up ED beds for those who need ... Read Full Article [+]

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