Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera made U.S. News & World Report’s new 2017-2018 Best Children’s Hospitals list in the categories of Pediatric Orthopedics (36th), Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology (46th) and Pediatric Gastroenterology & Gastrointestinal Surgery (50th).
The rankings highlight the top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities and are designed to help parents find the best care for their kids. (Bakersfield.com)
Modesto-based E. & J. Gallo Winery is donating $500,000 to Valley Children’s Healthcare to support its expansion efforts in the North Valley, specifically the construction of the Pelandale Specialty Care Center in north Modesto.
Valley Children’s Vice President of Philanthropy and Chief Development Officer Robert Saroyan said the children’s health care provider is appreciative of E. & J. Gallo’s support and generosity. (The Business Journal)
Kelly Tyler’s next sacrifice in the name of helping children: Duct taping herself to a wall for cash.
“I may not be happy, but I’m going to do it with a – smile on my face?” Tyler says to a roomful of giggling children.
This stunt – selling pieces of duct tape to temporarily entrap Tyler on a wall – is just the latest quirky fundraiser dreamed up by her middle school leadership class at Sundale Elementary School to support Valley Children’s Hospital. (The Fresno Bee)
George the giraffe has officially made his way to Visalia.
On Wednesday, Kaweah Delta Medical Center began it’s partnership with Valley Children’s Medical Group to provide medical staffing for Kaweah Delta’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatrics Unit. (Visalia Times-Delta)
Six-year-old Jaskaran Singh gleefully pulled a red Radio Flyer wagon transporting some precious cargo – his little brother – around a floor at Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera County last week.
These wagon rides are 4-year-old Arshveer Singh’s preferred method of transport around the hospital, far superior to being pushed around in a wheelchair or medical transport bed. It’s part of brother-bonding time. (The Fresno Bee)
Valley Children’s Hospital of Madera County has unveiled plans for a specialty care center on Pelandale Avenue in north Modesto.
Calling it a major investment in the patients and families it serves in Modesto, Valley Children’s said the first phase will encompass 36,000 square feet and offer outpatient services in 11 medical specialties, including pediatric cardiology, endocrinology, metabolic genetics, neurology and urology. The $25 million center could open in summer 2018. (The Modesto Bee)
Kinsley is four-years-old and it’s hard to imagine she has already had four open heart surgeries. In addition to her family support system, Kinsley is being guided through her medical journey by Marian Facciani–one of Valley Children’s Hospital’s Childlife Specialists.
“My job here in the hospital is to help kids cope with being in the hospital.” (ABC30 Action News)
Two Valley hospitals recently received large gifts that will be utilized to bolster area medical services.
Saint Agnes Medical Center received over $208,000 from the Saint Agnes Men’s Club. The gift, raised from various 2015 club fundraisers, will benefit the advancement of 16 hospital programs and services impacting patients and the community.
Valley Children’s Hospital now has a nationally accredited pediatric residency program. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) notified Valley Children’s this week of its decision to grant accreditation to the Valley Children’s Pediatric Residency Program, Affiliated with Stanford University School of Medicine. The ACGME is a nonprofit council that oversees graduate medical training programs in hospitals throughout the country. (The Business Journal)
It’s getting easier to find a doctor for a sick child in the San Joaquin Valley. Valley Children’s Hospital and Community Medical Centers – competitors for pediatric patients – are recruiting pediatricians and spending millions on buildings where they will work. Community Medical Centers has plans for a five-story pediatric office building near its downtown Fresno trauma and medical center.
Valley Children’s hospital ranks in the top four percent of the country for enrolling pediatric cancer patients into therapeutic programs through the Children’s Oncology Group. The Children’s Oncology Group is the world’s largest organization devoted to childhood and adolescent cancer research. (Visalia Times-Delta)
In 1974, I was in third grade at Robinson Elementary School in Fresno when Congress passed the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act.
Flash forward some 40 years and I have three children of my own. I’m still a part of the community where I was born and raised. And the health and welfare of the children of this entire region is my No. 1 priority. It’s something that I think about on a daily (if not hourly) basis. (The Fresno Bee)
A new UCSF Fresno clinic at Community Regional Medical Center is prolonging the lives of those affected with cystic fibrosis. The only one of its kind in the central San Joaquin Valley, the clinic currently treats more than 40 patients with the disease. (The Fresno Bee)
A total of $591,559 was raised in Kids Day 2016, a new record for the event that benefits Valley Children’s Hospital, organizers said Wednesday.
Kids Day was started in 1988 by The Bee and ABC30. It has raised a total of $7.9 million in its 29 years. It is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for Valley Children’s, the not-for-profit hospital that serves children and patients from an area that covers 11 counties and more than 45,000 square miles. (The Fresno Bee)
Like any 6-year-old boy, Jayden Ortiz wants to get taller if for no other reason than to loom over his older brother, Jesiah. Oh, and the Reedley boy has another special reason.
“I want to be able to ride the Jurassic Park ride,” Jayden says during a visit to see Dr. Michael Elliott at Valley Children’s Hospital. Like many theme park rides, the Universal Studios Hollywood attraction has a height restriction.
At one point, height wasn’t Jayden’s only concern. There was concern he might never be able to walk. (Fresno Bee)
Children’s Hospital Central California has been awarded the designation of “Center of Excellence” for achieving 26 levels of competency related to sterile processing. Children’s is the only hospital to earn the designation this year. (The Business Journal 9/5/12)
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