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  • 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 [+]
  • 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 [+]
  • 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 [+]
  • Creative Corridors Program

    Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center is proud to announce that in conjunction with The dA Center for the Arts in Pomona, we will be showcasing paintings in the waiting area of Outpatient Surgery on the second floor of the Robert & Beverly Lewis Outpatient Pavilion. A portion of sales goes to the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Foundation. Artwork will be rotated in order to feature a ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Physical Therapy & Pain Management - Ten Effective Methods

    “Each October, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) celebrates the profession of Physical Therapy. This year, no doubt influenced by America’s opioid abuse challenges, the role Physical Therapy plays in pain management is being highlighted. Pain is one of the primary reasons patients seek out care from their physicians, and reducing or eliminating pain is typically one of ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Recognizing Delays In A Child's Gross Motor Development

    Gross motor development involves the muscle groups required for larger-whole body. It is the development of these muscles that enable a child to hold their head up, roll, sit, crawl, and eventually walk, run, and skip. Below are the most basic and typical developmental milestones for gross motor skills that should be accomplished by the age stated. Red flags are listed and if present, indicate a ... Read Full Article [+]
  • From a Fractured Ankle to the Finish Line

    Fractured ankles are among the most common orthopedic injuries and are often caused by a fall. For Adam Guerrero, 33, of Rancho Cucamonga, a fall at a local rock climbing gym landed him in the Emergency Department. He was diagnosed with a fracture in his left ankle...and as an avid runner with three races scheduled on his calendar, his disappointment was obvious. After it was determined that he ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Is Your Child's Backpack Making the Grade?

    Fall seems the perfect time to talk about student backpack safety and injury prevention. The following news release from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) lays out the injury risks associated with carrying an overloaded or improperly worn backpack and provides tips and suggestions for safe backpack use. Read the APTA’s article to help you protect your children. The tips and ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Women's Health Care is a Local Issue

    Long before the advent of the Affordable Care Act, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC), was making big strides towards improving access to care for women in our immediate and surrounding communities. Thirty years ago the Hospital made it a priority to provide state-of-the-art care to the women in the region by investing in both the physical and the human resources necessary to accomplish ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Water Safety is a Priority!

    Its hot outside and many parents take to the pool to help their children cool off and burn some energy. While it can be fun for the whole family, safety needs to come first. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional deaths for children between 1 and 4 years old. Here are some pool safety tips for you to keep in mind when preparing for a day in the water. Know What to Do in an Emergency. If a ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Less Screen Time and More Sunscreen

    As a primary care physician, I see skin cancer on a weekly basis during routine physicals and skin checks. I have extracted skin cancer in patients as young as 30. By the time they reach their late 60s, their back becomes heavily scarred due to the extraction process. This article is not aimed at diagnosing skin cancer, but rather at preventing it. So how do we prevent skin cancer from occurring? ... Read Full Article [+]
  • A Life Saved!

    After reading a “US News and World Report” magazine article about our Heart program Fred Faught, of La Verne, told his wife Joanne to always take him to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) if something happened to him. Well, the night of May 24, 2017, they went to bed, as they would any other night. While Joanne was brushing her teeth, Fred suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. ... Read Full Article [+]
  • How a Big Sister Helped Bring her Little Brother into the World

    The Women’s Center at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center is known for offering family-centered care, but on June 26, 2017, Danielle Rodrigues and Ernest Ortegon truly had a family-involved birthing experience. Under the direction, supervision and guidance of Stephanie Cropper, MD, OB/GYN, Hailey Ortegon, 15, assisted in the delivery of Danielle’s third son, Matthew Ortegon, born ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Heat Illness: What You Need To Know

    Heat illness is preventable. It is an accumulation of body heat that results when the body’s ability to cool itself is overwhelmed. There are different types of heat illness, such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and the most severe, heat stroke. However, symptoms don’t always progress from one type of heat illness to the next. Body heat increases during exercise but the body can cool ... Read Full Article [+]
  • An Unexpected Wedding at PVHMC

    Medical emergencies don't always have the best timing. For Rodney Heinrich, his emergency came just one day before he was to officiate a wedding. In his mind, there was no option but to make the best of the situation - which resulted in a wedding here at PVHMC! Desiree McMahon has worked as a registered nurse (RN) in Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s (PVHMC) Labor and Delivery ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Boot Camp for New Dads an Important Step in Preparing Fathers-to-be

    Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s (PVHMC) Boot Camp for New Dads (BCND) is a unique workshop that inspires expectant new dads to be prepared before, during and after the birth of a baby. It gives them a safe space to learn to become confidently engaged with infants, support their partners, and personally navigate their transformation into dads. Communication, teamwork, and safety are ... Read Full Article [+]
  • PVHMC Recognized with Gold Plus Award for Heart Failure Care

    Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure. This marks the seventh consecutive year that ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Recognizing Delays in a Child's Speech and Language Development

    Children vary in their development of speech and language. There is, however, a natural progression or "timeline" for mastery of these skills for each area of development. Milestones are identifiable skills that can serve as a guide to normal development. Typically, simple skills need to be reached before the more complex skills can be learned. There is a general age and time when most ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Maternal Mental Health Awareness

    This May, we celebrate Maternal Mental Health Awareness. So, what is Maternal Mental Health? Well, it’s all about our emotional and mental wellness during conception, pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Most people think that being pregnant and having a baby is the most wonderful time in a woman’s life. For some women, it is! However, for about 20 percent of women, that’s about 1 in ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Recognizing Delays in a Child's Fine Motor Development

    Fine motor refers to the movements we make with the small muscles of the hands. Children start to use their hands right at birth to explore their own bodies and the world around them. Their fine motor skills develop as their whole body starts to move and become more stable. They also learn to do more things with their hands as their cognitive and social/emotional skills improve. Below are some of ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Where You Have Your Baby Matters

    Having a baby is one of the most significant milestones in your life, and the hospital where you decide to deliver your baby will be one of the most important decisions that you make during your pregnancy. Your birth experience, likelihood of cesarean section (C-section) and risks of complications are all affected by the hospital you choose. It is worth doing some research to make sure the ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Safe to Sleep

    Welcoming home your new baby is one of the most exciting (and exhausting and overwhelming!) experiences you will have as new parents. There is so much to learn about being a parent, and getting to know your baby is both emotional and rewarding. You will learn how to feed and nurture your baby during their quiet awake time, and how to calm and soothe them when they cry. One of the most common ... Read Full Article [+]
  • Introducing Hrayr Basmajian, MD, Orthopedic Trauma Medical Director

    After five years of providing care for Orthopedic Trauma patients at Loma Linda University Medical Center, PVHMC is proud to welcome Hrayr Basmajian, MD, as the new Medical Director of Orthopedic Trauma. After growing up in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Basmajian attended the Chicago Medical School, followed by an orthopedic residency at LAC+USC Medical Center. He completed an Orthopedic Trauma ... Read Full Article [+]
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