Blog Posts in 2019

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  • Volunteer at PVHMC!

    Want to get involved at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center? We are looking for active adults who want to make a big difference in the community. PVHMC is hosting a fall Volunteer recruitment drive for the Auxiliary, and we want you on our volunteer team! PVHMC Volunteers provide services throughout the hospital, and there’s a place for everyone. Meet amazing new people, stay connected to ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Boost Your Breast Health!

    Learn how to be healthier and help to protect yourself against breast cancer. Here are five simple ways to help boost your breast health. Maintain a healthy weight. Keeping a healthy weight is important to reduce your risk of breast cancer, especially post-menopause, due to the increased production of the hormone estrogen in fat tissue. In women with a higher weight, estrogen-sensitive breast ... Read Full Article [+]
  • October Is National Physical Therapy Month!

    October Is National Physical Therapy Month! Choose more movement • Choose better health • Choose physical therapy Rehabilitation Services is extremely proud of its 35 physical therapists, 15 physical therapist assistants and 5 physical therapy aides. We would like to recognize them and the wide range of services and outstanding care both our inpatient and outpatient PT teams provide ... Read Full Article [+]
  • President's Circle Honoree: Toni Leathers

    The kind smile of a volunteer is often one of the first interactions our patients and visitors have when they arrive at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC). Their caring personalities can calm an uneasy patient coming to the Hospital for a procedure, or provide confidence to a visitor worried about the status of their family member. This is especially true for patients checking-in for ... Read Full Article [+]
  • The ABCs and 123s of Backpack Safety

    Wearing a backpack safely is easy! Under the recommendation of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s (PVHMC) Rehabilitation Services team, children—or anyone—should follow these simple tips when wearing a backpack: 1. Wear both straps. Use of one strap causes one side of the body to bear the weight of the backpack. By wearing ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Your Baby-Friendly Hospital is Committed to Helping Moms Succeed at Breastfeeding

    A strong support system is vital for breastfeeding moms. Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, the largest birthing hospital in San Bernardino and Los Angeles Counties – and a Baby-Friendly hospital – is always available to help breastfeeding moms. When you’re in the hospital with your newborn, support is provided to breastfeeding moms 24 hours a day from a lactation consultant ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Mammograms Save Lives

    With no family history of breast cancer, Vivian Ong, a pharmacy technician at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, was shocked to receive a diagnosis of early stage breast cancer earlier this year. She never imagined that the mammogram appointment she made on a whim would end up saving her life. It had been 10 years since Vivian’s last mammogram, so when she saw a flyer advocating for ... Read Full Article [+]
  • President's Circle Honoree: Lauren Vazquez, MSN, RN, PCCN

    Clinical Practice Improvements, or CPIs, are a hallmark of patient care in hospitals such as ours. They help us enhance the quality of care we provide, increase safety standards and improve the patient experience. One such CPI that was recently implemented at our hospital came about through the keen eye and inquisitive nature of Lauren Vazquez, MSN, RN, PCCN, a nurse on Telemetry Unit 3, Stations ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Making Pediatric Rehabilitation Services More Accessible to Families

    A number of babies are born each year pre-mature, with chromosome abnormalities or other birth defects – and many other infants and toddlers receive a diagnosis of autism which contributes to an increased need for pediatric rehabilitation services such as physical, occupational and speech therapy. Hilda Correa is a mother who knows just how vital these services are to families of children ... Read Full Article [+]
  • An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

    On June 1, 2019, when Thomas Stites, a 22-year-old La Verne resident, walked into the shower for the third time, his mother and girlfriend knew something was terribly wrong. They immediately called 9-1-1, and it was a good thing they did. Thomas had just suffered three mini strokes. The paramedics brought Thomas to our Emergency Department, where he was also diagnosed with diabetic ketoacidosis, a ... Read Full Article [+]
  • See More, Do More with Low Vision Rehabilitation

    Degas. Monet. O’Keeffe. What did they all have in common? Each of them created masterpieces despite severe problems with their eyesight. These famous artists did not give up simply because they had trouble seeing, instead, they made the very best of what vision they had. You, too, can make the most of your sight. Low Vision Rehabilitation can help you see more and do more! What Is Low ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Aquatic Therapy - A gentle, effective form of rehabilitation

    For some patients, and for some conditions, rehabilitation from injury or illness can be a long, difficult and painful process. Sometimes traditional land-based exercises may cause symptoms to actually flair in these individuals. In those cases, warm water Aquatic Therapy may offer an alternative road to recovery. Aquatic Therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy conducted in ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Walking Towards Pain-Free Living

    After a hip surgery in 2016, 66-year-old Pomona resident Sally Soverns had hoped she’d get back to an active lifestyle. However, a burning pain in her legs just 15 minutes into walking her dog now was forcing her to stop, sit and rest until the pain subsided. A day at the Los Angeles County Fair, one of her favorite pastimes, seemed completely out of the picture. For years, Sally blamed her ... Read Full Article [+]
  • President's Circle Honoree: Eli Tanenbaum

    Each of our Volunteers works their magic with our patients, but Eli Tanenbaum has some special tricks up his sleeve. Eli, who attends Scripps College as a Post-baccalaureate in the Pre-Med program, also spends his time at our Hospital as one of more than 156 active College Volunteers. He began volunteering here in August of 2017 and originally signed up to volunteer in our Emergency Department ... Read Full Article [+]
  • President's Circle Honoree: Hema Persaud

    On Wednesday, July 18, 2018, Hema Persaud, a patient care support tech in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU), reached out to other Associates with a request. She was caring for a patient who had been diagnosed as brain-dead and was just hours away from a scheduled organ donation surgery through our organ donation partner, OneLegacy. Hema had heard that the patient was a veteran, and ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Breath of Life

    On January 26, 2019, 37-year-old Ernesto Guzman’s sore throat and cough just wasn’t going away. After visiting a local urgent care, his caregivers recognized he needed more advanced care and he was directed to the emergency department at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. Our emergency medicine physicians detected that Ernesto had dangerously low oxygen levels and diagnosed him ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Rialto Community Players Bring Play to Life to Raise Funds for The Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center

    During the 2018-2019 theatre season, the cast of the Rialto Community Players, a theatre troupe, put on the production of “Calendar Girls,” which tells a funny, heartfelt story of a close-knit group of women who deal with the loss of one of the husbands to cancer. In the play, the women devise a plan to raise funds for a new seatee in the hospital’s waiting room by creating and ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center receives get with the guidelines - heart failure and stroke gold plus quality achievement awards

    Pomona, Calif., (June 25, 2019) - Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines ® -Heart Failure and Stroke Care Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards. The awards recognize the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure and stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, ... Read Full Article [+]
  • President's Circle Honorees: Dr. James Kim & Angela Besiant

    Building on our commitment to provide the highest quality care and an excellent patient experience to the communities we serve, our Hospital was proud to announce a new 24-hour Provider on Arrival program in the Emergency Department (ED) in September of 2018. What does Provider on Arrival mean? It means that on any given day, when one of more than 250 patients walks into our ED, one of the first ... Read Full Article [+]
  • President's Circle Honoree: Dr. Rama Thumati

    Oftentimes, the legacy of one person touches the hearts of an entire community, and this is true for our very own Dr. Rama Thumati. His legacy at our Hospital has touched the lives of our patients, inspired the paths of our nurses and physicians, and paved the way for a now nationally-recognized cardiovascular program that provides exceptional medicine. Dr. Thumati began his journey here in 1981 ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Better Hearing & Speech Awareness Month: Communication across the Lifespan

    Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive- communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Our SLPs are certified in working with patients of all ages – from neonatal and pediatric to adolescent, adult and geriatric patients. Ailments occur at any stage of life; because of this, SLPs have ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Our Palliative Care Team Champions Patients' Wishes

    While hospice and palliative care are often confused because they share similar goals of providing symptom relief and obtaining a better quality of life, their role in patient care is different, said Lisa Raptis, MD, Medical Director of Palliative Care at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC). A good example is a cancer patient who is receiving chemotherapy from an oncologist while the ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Happy Earth Day!

    Happy Earth Day! In honor of Earth Day, we’re excited to share with you just a few of the many ways that PVHMC has committed to implementing environmentally-friendly practices. Through our partnership with Valley Vista, which sorts through our comingled regulated waste for all recyclables, NONE of the discarded cans, bottles, and/or other recyclables generated at PVHMC are dumped into the ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Why I Volunteer - Pat Holt

    By Pat Holt Adult Volunteer, Tender Touch Gift Shop (Pictured Left to Right: Tender Touch Gift Shop Volunteers Sharon Statler and Pat Holt) I have had such a blessed life. Not always easy, but definitely blessed. I have been given so much – a wonderful family, great friends, a satisfying career teaching and now the ability to travel and enjoy doing the things I love. I feel I must try to ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Why I Volunteer - Joan Luke

    By Joan Luke Adult Volunteer, Shuttle Service As long as I can remember I wanted to be a nurse and serve people. After graduating, I went on to do just that. As a child I was taught in church that it is a privilege and honor to serve others. My wonderful neighbor is such an example of service to others and is a volunteer at PVHMC. She encouraged me to volunteer when I retired and I did just that. ... Read Full Article [+]
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