Healthcare

Hospitals note uptick in ER visits post-Obamacare

Debbie Hemker, senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente Fresno, said the hospital has seen a number of new patients who have no previous experience with primary care physicians who are now taking advantage of their medical coverage. Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect last year, hospitals across the Central Valley have seen a dramatic increase in the number of patients visiting their emergency departments.

Kellogg Foundation gives $100K to Valley health fund

The Sierra Health Foundation has announced an award of $100,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The money will be used for its San Joaquin Valley Health Fund to address critical health inequalities for young children throughout the region. 

Rabobank gives $150K to Terry's House

Terry's House at Community Regional Medical Center received a $150,000 gift from Rabobank today.  

UCSF Fresno fills 100% of residency positions

UCSF Fresno has filled 100 percent of available residency positions for its medical education program for the fifth year in a row.

Community Medical lauded as 'great place to work'

Community Medical Centers has been named one of the 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare by industry publication Becker's Hospital Review. 

Walgreens: Central Valley missed worst of flu season

The new Walgreens "Flu Index" found the Central Valley No. 4 on the top-ten list of markets with the least activity.The Central Valley was one of the country's least active regions for flu activity this past season, according to information from pharmacy chain Walgreens.

Tulare hospital to reopen Lindsay center with extended hours

Tulare Regional Medical Center has announced that its Lindsay Healthcare Center will reopen this Thursday with full-time hours and additional medical services. 

Standard and Poor's upgrades Community's credit rating

Standard and Poor's Ratings Services has raised its long-term credit rating for Community Medical Centers (CMC) from "BBB" to "A-" with a stable outlook. 

Report highlights indigent care needs in Fresno Co.

A new report by Health Access California has revealed that hundreds, and potentially thousands, of Central Valley residents still depend on indigent services despite increased access to state and federal health programs. 

Fresno's Gurnick Academy now offers ultrasound degree

Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts has added an Associate of Science degree in ultrasound technology to the programs at its Fresno campus.