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John C. Fremont Healthcare District to offer Certified Nursing Assistant paid training program

John C. Fremont Healthcare District is offering a Nursing Assistant Training Program. The start date of the training program is July 10, and it runs for 8 weeks through September 1, 2017. The application deadline is Monday, June 12. This is a paid on-the-job training program in which trainees are hired as temporary employees. Trainees will earn $10.50 per hour, and upon satisfactory completion of the educational requirements and successfully passing the State’s nursing assistant exam will continue as a JCF employee, and their hourly rate increases to $11.62, the base rate of pay for Level I Certified Nursing Assistants.

The District provides trainees’ books, a uniform, equipment, fingerprinting fee and the State’s certification test fee. Persons applying for this job training program must meet the State’s criteria for nursing assistant certification as well as the District’s employment criteria, which includes: a background check, drug and alcohol testing, and a physical. The District is a drug-free workplace. Candidates must be 18 years old by the start of the program and be a high school graduate or GED equivalent. The program is limited to eight students.

To read the entire article, click here.

Petaluma Health Care District honors community leader and three non-profits with second annual Community Health Awards

Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) is pleased to announce the recipients of its second annual Community Health Awards, recognizing outstanding service benefitting the health and wellness needs of Southern Sonoma County residents. The awards are comprised of three categories – Health Hero, Nonprofit Equity and Golden Heart – and were established by PHCD as a new recognition program in celebration of Health Care District Month in May.

PHCD will host the upcoming Community Partnership Appreciation Breakfast on May 25 at the Petaluma Women’s Club in gratitude of its local partners, including nonprofits, health and social service providers, community volunteers, businesses, and public agencies. The event will draw more than 100 attendees, including California State Senator Bill Dodd and representatives from the office of Assemblymember Marc Levine.

To read the entire press release, click here.

Healthcare Heroes Award winners of 2017 (Grossmont Healthcare District)

The Grossmont Healthcare District presented the eleventh annual Healthcare Heroes award at the Steele Canyon Golf Club. The Healthcare Heroes award are meant to be given to the unrecognized volunteers who assist in health care in San Diego’s East Region community.

Barry Jantz, CEO of Grossmont Healthcare District, said that at nonprofits, clinics and other facilities “with volunteers, and there are thousands of them, they’re not getting any recognition.” He added, “These are our unsung heroes.”

This year’s honorees included a camp counselor with a big (and new) heart, a woman who drives seniors to doctor appointments, an 83-year-old man who remains at the bedside of dying hospital patients, a new U.S. citizen from Iraq who helps newly arriving refugees understand the U.S. healthcare system, and a 17-year-old who oversees other youth junior volunteers at Sharp Grossmont Hospital.

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Antelope Valley Hospital hosting Sidewalk CPR Day (Antelope Valley Healthcare District)

Antelope Valley residents can learn to save a life for free during Sidewalk CPR Day on Thursday, June 1. Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) in partnership with American Medical Response will provide “hands-only” CPR training from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Community Resource Center, 44151 15th Street West in Lancaster. AVH is one of nearly 100 sites throughout Los Angeles County to participate in Sidewalk CPR Day.

Hands-only CPR, also known as compression-only CPR, is different from conventional mouth-to-mouth CPR. Sidewalk CPR is designed to give people basic skills, which if provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival until emergency responders arrive. Frequent chest compressions move oxygenated blood through the body, keeping the brain and other vital organs alive until the heart can be restarted.

To read the entire press release, click here.

Camarillo Health Care District named Ventura County’s ‘Optimal Aging Organization’

The Camarillo Health Care District was named Ventura County’s 'Optimal Aging Organization' in a ceremony Wednesday, May 10, by the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging, in an inaugural presentation recognizing several agencies for their dedication and innovation in providing services that enhance quality of life for older adults.

The District was recognized for its long history of supporting, serving and inspiring the community in maximizing health status and independent living, while optimizing aging. The District provides resources and education to support both the aging individual and his/her family and caregivers through a variety of services and programs, including Home Assessments, Hospital-to-Home Care Transitions Services, Case Management, the Building Hope Adult Day Center, the Wellness & Caregiver Center of Ventura County, Memory Cafés, a Senior Nutrition Program, and Care-A-Van Transportation Services.

“The District is very honored to be selected from such a great and diverse group of Ventura County entities who advocate for older adults,” says District CEO Kara Ralston.

To view the entire press release, click here.

Older Americans share their stories (Fallbrook Regional Health District)

The May 4 Woman of Wellness program was all about honoring and celebrating “Older Americans Month.” In talking about this year’s theme, “Age Out Loud,” Fallbrook Regional Health District board member Barbara Mroz said, “what it means to age has certainly changed” as seniors today “have not only survived but thrived.” Four local residents were chosen as presenters to share their inspirational stories, Richard “Dick” Bledsoe, Lucy Taylor, Jackie Heyneman and Roger Elyea.

Each of the four presenters was given a certificate of recognition from Supervisor Bill Horn in honor of their contributions to their community. Horn also sent a framed proclamation honoring Older Americans Month. It explained that the theme of “Age Out Loud” is “designed to give aging a new voice, one that reflects what today’s older adults have to say…” and commended the Fallbrook Regional Health District “for its outstanding service, leadership and commitment to the health and wellness of San Diego residents.”

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Gala raises $750K for new Breast Health Center at Marin General Hospital (Marin Healthcare District)

Marin General Hospital Foundation’s annual black-tie gala, New York, New York, was held in Corte Madera on May 6 raising $750,000 for Marin’s new Breast Health Center. The sold-out celebration drew more than 600 attendees in support of this year’s beneficiary, slated for a spring 2017 opening.

“We are thrilled with the overwhelming success and support of our gala and its recipient, our new Breast Health Center,” said 2017 gala committee chairs Karen Pell and Heather Lupa. “To be able to offer the residents of Marin an industry-leading facility with state-of-the-art services is truly one of the cornerstones of the Foundation’s mission.”

The center will usher in a new era of personalized treatment and services for the women of Marin with the opening of the new Breast Health Center at Drake’s Landing. The comprehensive breast health program encompasses breast wellness, as well as diagnostics, treatment, reconstruction, and breast cancer survivorship.

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How predictive analytics, telehealth helped one hospital make patients safer (El Camino Healthcare District)

El Camino Hospital had a problem: Patient falls were increasing, according to Chief Nursing Officer Cheryl Reinking. "We take pride in high quality,” Reinking said at the Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum on Tuesday. "That was very concerning to us."

So El Camino, put advanced analytics to work tackling the serious patient safety issue. Effective fall prevention comes down to keeping tabs on different variables, of course. A hospital needs to know its patients, and which ones are at higher risk. El Camino performs and documents a fall risk assessment in its Epic electronic health record.

Some strategies are lower-tech: yellow slippers, for instance, to identify the patients at highest risk. But clearly there was more technology could do. So El Camino partnered with Qventus, based in next-door Los Altos, California, to put machine learning to work improving the problem.

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Hearing device recipients no longer hear the sound of silence (Palomar Health)

To more than 300 million people across the world, silence is not golden.

That’s the number of people who have disabled hearing loss, with 97 percent unable to afford a hearing device. Partnering with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, Palomar Health and Chief Audiologist Dr. David Illich are collecting used hearing devices to change people’s lives all over the world. People like Silvia who is about to become the first hearing impaired architect in El Salvador.

Silvia was born with profound hearing loss and wasn’t able to lead a normal life. At age seven she was fitted with donated hearing aids from the Starkey Hearing Foundation and it opened up a whole new world of possibilities.

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A community health program that’s ‘all eyes’ on youth (Eden Health District)

A $20,500 Community Health Fund Grant from Eden Health District enables Hayward Unified School District to continue the Prevent Blindness Northern California’s "See Well to Learn" program. The program provides vision screenings for approximately 700 three-to-five-year-old low-income preschoolers. For some preschoolers the exams result in their first pair of eye glasses.

It has been estimated that as much as 80% of the learning a child does occurs through his or her eyes. Reading, writing, and using computers are among the visual tasks students perform daily. A child's eyes are constantly in use in the classroom and on the playground. When his or her vision is not functioning properly, education and participation in school activities can suffer. Nowhere is this truer than for low income This comprehensive program focuses on preschoolers so they enter kindergarten socially well-adjusted and ready to learn.

"We are proud to be a "partner in health" with the Hayward Unified School District, and Prevent Blindness Northern California's "See Well to Learn" program," said Dev Mahadevan, CEO, Eden Health District. Investing our grant monies in the youth of the communities we serve is central to Eden Health District's mission.”

To view the entire press release, click here.