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Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District offers new radiology technology

Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District purchased an additional new radiology device that will provide better diagnoses and treat many forms of cancer, gastrointestinal and genitourinary disorders, and other traumatic injuries for Imperial Valley families.

The newly purchased TOSHIBA Aquilion 64 CT SYSTEM with the VeloCT console will improve image quality without risking patients and emits 40 percent less radiation than its previous version.

Pioneers Memorial also welcomed Dr. George Rapp, a native of the Imperial Valley. Dr. Rapp returns from the University of Southern California, where he recently completed a Fellowship in Vascular and Interventional Radiology. “I was born and raised in the Imperial Valley, I was born in El Centro. And I’m returning just to be able to provide a service to the community, something that has been a goal of mine since I went into medicine. So I’m very happy to be back to help take care of the people of the valley,” added Rapp.

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Sequoia Healthcare District’s 70 Strong program aims to engage, help seniors

At 88, Surlene Grant is the kind of person the Sequoia Healthcare District and Peninsula Family Service are targeting with a new program to help seniors live more fulfilling lives.

Called 70 Strong, it connects the district’s 40,000 seniors with a directory website, phone line and network of social workers who can refer them to any of 300 partners providing free or low-cost local services aimed at improving the older adults’ physical and mental health.

Grant had a bit of a head start. Even before she lost her husband in 2014, the former high school attendance office worker was going to weekly yoga classes and Bible study. But when the classes at the nearby health club were canceled late last year, she was flummoxed. Where could she find another class?  Where should she look? Who could help her? Enter 70 Strong — a moniker that honors the Health Care District’s 70th anniversary and those district residents who are 70 and older.

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Youth advocates knock on doors for community safety (Fallbrook Regional Health District)

Teenagers in North County are teaming up with the San Diego Sheriff's Department and other community partners to make their neighborhood safer. Whether it's not enough street lighting or too much graffiti, they're knocking on doors to find out.

"We're moving place by place in the community to make sure we get everybody's opinions," said Debra Lorenzen, a community organizer specialist with the North Inland Community Prevention Program. Lorenzen is working with over a dozen teens who are part of the Fallbrook Youth Advocacy Coalition. The group works to reduce youth access to alcohol and other drugs in unincorporated areas served by the Fallbrook Regional Health District.

They're going door-to-door with a two-page survey created by the Center for Community Research organization. It asks residents what could be changed to make their neighborhood safer.

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San Diego area teens develop leadership skills (Fallbrook Regional Health District)

A small group of Fallbrook and San Marcos teens learned new leadership skills and tools that can be used to help reduce alcohol and drug abuse among their peers at an all-day “Youth Advocacy Leadership Event” at the Fallbrook Community Center June 3, 2017.

Sponsored by the North Inland Community Prevention Program and the Fallbrook Regional Health District, the workshop mixed motivational speakers with brainstorming and activity sessions focused on positive leadership attributes, environmental prevention strategies, social media and communication. The final session challenged participants to think of teen-friendly social media strategies that would help get alcohol and drug abuse prevention messages to their peers.

Participant Vanessa Hernandez, 13, said she was glad she attended the workshop. “I had a lot of fun, and I feel like I know a lot more about what makes a good leader and how to be one now,” she said.

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California Healthcare Districts Applaud Budget Investments for People in Underserved Areas

June 27, 2017

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Sacramento, CA –  Ken Cohen, Executive Director of the Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD), released the following statement regarding Governor Brown’s signing of the 2017-18 state budget today:

“California Healthcare Districts applaud the Governor and Legislature for making valuable investments in health care and public health that will meet the critical needs of people who live in some of the most underserved areas of the state – areas where Healthcare Districts are charged with serving tens of millions of Californians who might not otherwise receive care.

“Whether it’s our Healthcare Districts tucked into rural areas or based in urban centers, there are many pockets of California that for varied and unique reasons struggle to attract primary care physicians, so our members are especially pleased to see the $100 million support of primary care workforce to assist in attracting doctors and filling primary care residency slots to underserved areas.

“This is also why the increases to Medi-Cal provider rates are greatly appreciated. With more than a third of the state’s residents receiving Medi-Cal and many of them turning to the hospitals and clinics operated by our Healthcare Districts, keeping up with demand for services while provider rates have stagnated for years has been one of the greatest challenges faced by California health care providers. We are pleased to see the Governor and Legislature recognize that tension and appropriately invest Proposition 56 funds in provider rates.

“The launch of the Community Clinic Lifeline Grant Program is also welcome news, providing a needed boost to eligible small and rural health care clinics who serve some of the most vulnerable residents in the state.”


The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) serves the diverse needs of California Healthcare Districts through advocacy and education. California Healthcare Districts respond to the specialized health needs of California communities. Voters created 79 Healthcare Districts to fulfill health local care needs. Of these, 54 serve the state’s rural areas.


Students get a taste of healthy eating (Tulare Local Healthcare District)

Nearly 50 percent of Tulare County fifth-graders are obese, according to 2015 data from the California Department of Education.

With that rate steadily rising, from 44.4 percent in 2014 to 48.6 percent in 2015, Tulare Regional Medical Center decided to educate those who are currently in the process of developing relationships with food: elementary school students.

On Thursday, hospital district staff spent the afternoon teaching summer school students at Heritage Elementary School in Tulare about healthy eating.

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Fallbrook Regional Health District grows affordable public health services by 35% for low and fixed income populations

The Fallbrook Regional Health District board at the regular board meeting on June 14 approved $858,721.35 in affordable public health services for 16 applicant agencies providing 21 programs, accounting for a 35 percent increase - or $224,413 more in public health services over last year.

The no-cost health services will benefit about 75,000 low- and fixed-income patients facing the area's top health concerns, including cancer, diabetes and hypertension. The voter-approved special district collects roughly $1.6 million annually to cover health care provider shortages, uninsured Californians, low-income patients and underserved populations.

Since the closure of the Fallbrook Hospital, the district carried about $200,000 in annual costs to maintain the building as it sought a buyer. With the sale of the property to Crestwood Behavioral Health, Inc. to build the Fallbrook Healing Center, the district could offer greater health service coverage for the district’s communities of Bonsall, De Luz, Fallbrook and Rainbow.

To read the entire press release, click here.

Mayers Memorial Hospital District selects high school interns

Mayers Memorial Hospital District is excited to announce our summer interns from the three local high schools. Stevie Collins from Fall River High School, Crystal Flores from Burney High School and Savanna Miller for Big Valley High School.

The three students will be a part of the second year of the program established for high school seniors at MMHD to provide the opportunity to obtain skills, knowledge and insight to career opportunities at Mayers Memorial Hospital District and in the healthcare field.  The project is a part of Mayers’ “Planting Seeds and Growing Our Own” initiative which involves collaboration with the local school district.

Collins will be working in clinical departments and will be attending California State University, Chico in the fall. He will be majoring in human biology. He plans to pursue a career as a surgeon. He has been involved in Peer Mentoring, Future Farmers of America (FFA) and multiple sports. Flores will also focus on clinical services. She will be attending Shasta College and wishes to pursue a career in nursing. Flores has been very active in sports, Native American Indian Education and community service. Miller wishes to pursue a career as a paramedic and eventually a trauma surgeon. She will be involved in various clinical departments at MMHD for her internship. She will attend Lassen Community College in the fall. She has been involved in FFA, California Scholarship Federation and multiple sports while at Big Valley High School.

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Antelope Valley Hospital Auxiliary presents Healthcare Career Scholarships to 10 recent graduates (Antelope Valley Healthcare District)

For the 23rd consecutive year, the Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) Auxiliary presented $1,000 scholarships to 10 high school seniors who are planning to pursue a career in healthcare. Chosen from a pool of 84 applicants, each of the recipients has a minimum 3.5 grade point average; graduated from a local high school; and has been accepted to study a health career curriculum at an accredited college, university or technical school.

“Each recipient has demonstrated exceptional dedication and determination to their studies and future goals,” said AVH Auxiliary Scholarship Chair Bobbie Patton. “It is encouraging to receive so many qualified scholarship applicants from local students, and it is our hope that many of these recipients will choose to care for patients in our valley when they complete their studies.”

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Marin Healthcare District opens 10,000 square foot “health care hub”

The Marin Healthcare District has opened a $2.2 million health care hub in Novato. Patients at the 10,000-square-foot medical office at 75 Rowland Way can receive primary care, behavioral health services, surgeries and more.

“We’ve created a multi-specialty hub of medicine,” said Joel Sklar, chief medical officer for Marin General Hospital, which is overseen by Marin Healthcare District. Primary care providers and a rotating roster of specialists provide services at the medical office, just a stone’s throw from Novato Community Hospital. Six Marin Healthcare District physicians offer check-ups and other general services, with specialists in endocrinology, rheumatology, urology, urologic oncology and behavioral health care. The center also allows for general and vascular surgeries and houses a clinical laboratory and ultrasound equipment.

“I think just from the physician standpoint, it makes coordination of care easier,” said Dr. Irene Teper, an internist stationed at the hub. “It’s much more convenient for patients.”

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