Children with autism will now have a better experience when it
comes to taking in the beauty, fun, and education of Fresno
Together with Valley Children’s hospital, the zoo is launching
‘George’s Pass’, a program that will make the zoo more accessible
and an inclusive place for families who have a child with
autism. (ABC30 Action News)
Valley Children’s Hospital has achieved verification as a Level
II Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons
(ACS), highlighting its quality of care for injured patients
throughout Central California. It is the only pediatric trauma
center in the region. (The Madera Tribune)
Valley Children’s Healthcare is on a land-buying spree.
The Madera County-based pediatric health system has bought 4.4
acres at Herndon Avenue and First Street in Fresno for a
50,000-60,000-square-foot specialty clinic, hospital spokeswoman
Zara Arboleda said Tuesday. (The Fresno Bee)
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.
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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