Enloe Medical Center’s emergency medicine specialist Dr. Charles
Merriman has received the 2020 Physician Legacy Award.
For 26 years Merriman, who retired in fall 2020, has been a
hospital leader and champion of quality patient care. According
to Enloe, Merriman leaves a legacy of engaging and developing
physicians and fostering a culture of quality improvement.
Ginny Pacheco is one of the many residents who lived on Wheeler
Road who comes back regularly to visit the spot where her home
once stood. The entire neighborhood was decimated by the Camp
Fire in November.
Since then, much of the debris has been cleared out.
“This is probably the last time I’ll see it,” Pacheco said. “Next
time I come up, all of this will be gone.” (Fox 40)
He doesn’t know it now but when Grayson James Wright is old
enough to speak, he’ll have quite a story to tell about how he
came into the world.
“Oh, it was terrifying,” said Kamber Wright, Grayson’s mother,
who was one week away from her due date of November 15 and her
husband Matthew was at work when the phone started ringing.
(KRCR News Channel)
There’s a new dog in town, but he isn’t your average pup! ‘Enloe’
the Labrador will soon be trained to sniff cancer.
“The early warning system, the dog’s ability to find it at this
tiny, tiny stage because of their incredibly powerful nose really
gives us a lot of possibility and hope,” explained Founder and
CEO of the In Situ Foundation, Dina Zaphiris. (KRCR News 7)
Like hundreds of thousands of people in the North State, Kiyomi
Bird vividly remembers how she spent the night of Feb. 12.
Bird, director for the Community Health and Sciences division of
the Butte County Public Health Department, got word in the
afternoon that public safety authorities might call for an
evacuation south of Oroville Dam. With the main spillway and
emergency spillway damaged, Lake Oroville had reached a
critically high level that threatened flooding of low-lying
areas. (Chico News & Review)
When asked about the most serious health care issues facing the
nation, Americans consistently name cost and access as the two
most pressing problems. This has been the case since at least
2001, when the pollsters at Gallup began posing the question each
November. Last year, 42 percent chose one of the two as the
biggest challenges to living healthy.
Enloe Medical Center received $250,000 Monday from the Chuck and
Sharon Patterson Charitable Fund toward the construction of its
Cardiovascular Care Center, the largest donation for this project
The center will be the central point of heart care for the
hospital, doubling the current capacity for patients. It’ll have
three procedure rooms, medical imaging equipment, 10 bays for
patient care, a diagnostic treatment area, a family lounge and a
private meeting room for physicians and patients’ families.
More than 80 percent of emergency room physicians say the mental
healthcare systems in their regions are dysfunctional, and do not
adequately serve patients, according to a survey done in December
by the American College of Emergency Physicians involving 1,500
of its members.
Unfortunately, thousands of people in need of mental health
treatment are often being dropped at the emergency departments of
their local hospitals, where under federal law doctors must
evaluate these patients despite the limitations on ER-based
mental health treatment. (Healthcare Finance)
Enloe Medical Center has been designated a hospital that
systematically encourages new mothers to breastfeed their
The Chico hospital has won “recognition as a Baby-Friendly birth
facility,” according to a news release.
The award means Enloe is certified under criteria established by
the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s
Fund as providing an excellent environment for promoting and
supporting breastfeeding. (Chico Enterprise-Record
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