Health

The Oasis Wellness Village coming to Palmdale

The Oasis Wellness Village (contributed concept image) [click to enlarge]

PALMDALE – A first of its kind wellness village real estate development called The Oasis is coming to Palmdale, Thomas Partners Properties (TPP) announced Wednesday. With groundbreaking expected in June of 2016, The Oasis Wellness Village will offer a continuum of care at 864 W. Palmdale Boulevard – adjacent to Palmdale Regional Medical Center. The…

AV Hospital adopts high-tech infection prevention system

Antelope Valley Hospital Environmental Services Aid Osvaldo Dominguez preps the Surfacide tower for cleaning in a patient room. (contributed)

LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) has a new weapon against germs— the Surfacide® Helios™ Disinfection System. It is the second hospital in California to strengthen its infection-prevention efforts using Surfacide’s ultra-violet (UV-C) light energy, an evidence-based method of controlling microorganisms. “Patient safety and satisfaction are our top priorities at Antelope Valley Hospital, and this…

AV Hospital Auxiliary presents health care scholarships

Back row [left to right]: volunteer, Mary Overton; AVH Volunteer Coordinator Mary Binkowski; volunteers Millie McMillan, Harriet Lee, Marsha Pedersen and Bobbie Patton. Front row [left to right]: scholarship recipients Carmela Martinez, Jeanie Paek, Ryan Bugsch, Chau Le and Jamie Gordon. Other recipients not pictured include Kathryn Davis, Cassandra Quijada, Cindy Noriega, Stepheny Saavedra, Jelci Barraza, Oscar Buenrostro, Stephanie De La Melena, Arshlee Mamangun, Alexis Gomez and Irene Ramos. (contributed)

LANCASTER — For the 21st consecutive year, Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) Auxiliary awarded scholarships to 15 local high school students interested in pursuing a career in medicine. Scholarship recipients include: Kathryn Davis, Chau Le and Cassandra Quijada of Quartz Hill High School; Cindy Noriega, Stepheny Saavedra, Jelci Barraza and Oscar Buenrostro of Palmdale High School;…

Kaiser Permanente AV kicks-off ‘Walk with a Doc’

(Contributed photo)

LANCASTER –Physicians, employees, patients, community leaders and local residents kicked-off Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley’s inaugural Walk with a Doc community program this week. Pediatrician David Bronstein, MD, led the 30-minute walk on Wednesday, June 17, around the Thrive path at the Antelope Valley Medical Offices. The Thrive Path offers two walking trails—quarter mile and half…

Inaugural “Expo De Salud” to feature Angélica María

Angélica María

LANCASTER – Free health-screenings, entertainment and activities for children are what attendees can expect at the inaugural “Expo De Salud” this Saturday. Presented by High Desert Medical Group (HDMG) and Heritage Health Care, the expo will be held from 12 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at the Pioneer Event Center, located at 45000 Valley…

Palmdale hospital sued for alleged elderly neglect

AV Cancer Center's new location is in a medical office building directly attached to the Palmdale Regional Medical Center. The new office opens on June 10.

PALMDALE – A recently filed lawsuit is charging Palmdale Regional Medical Center with dependent adult abuse and negligence, despite the hospital’s stellar record for patient safety. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Eckard Nichols by the law firm of Garcia, Artigliere & Medby, alleges that Nichols developed a “baseball-size infected pressure sore on his coccyx”…

AVH celebrates Healthcare District Month

Celebrating 60 years of community care, Antelope Valley Hospital is located in Lancaster. The 420-bed district hospital is a Level II trauma center and provides a full array of medical/surgical services, pediatric treatment, NICU, mental health, cancer care and more.

LANCASTER – In honor of Healthcare District Month this May, Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) is celebrating its heritage as a district hospital. Formed 60 years ago, the Antelope Valley Healthcare District is one of 78 districts in the state created to address a shortage of access to acute hospital care, particularly in rural areas. Today…

AV Hospital receives baby-friendly designation

AVH baby friendly hospital

LANCASTER – Baby-Friendly USA, Inc., the accrediting body of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in the United States, has designated Antelope Valley Hospital as a Baby-Friendly birth facility. This designation means that AV Hospital has met the gold standard in maternity care operations. Currently there are 256 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the…

AV Hospital files claim against L.A. County

Celebrating 60 years of community care, Antelope Valley Hospital is located in Lancaster. The 420-bed district hospital is a Level II trauma center and provides a full array of medical/surgical services, pediatric treatment, NICU, mental health, cancer care and more.

LOS ANGELES – Antelope Valley Hospital filed a claim Monday against Los Angeles County and its Board of Supervisors for failing to properly administer and allocate billions of dollars of property tax revenue per Measure B to L.A. County trauma centers. The hospital’s legal team will hold a press conference Tuesday in Los Angeles to…

AV Hospital appoints chief human resources officer

Lynn M. Gomez

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital has named Lynn M. Gomez, MBA, GPHR, as chief human resources officer (CHRO), effective Monday. Gomez previously served for five years as CHRO at San Gorgonio Memorial Veterans Hospital in Banning, California. She was responsible for providing strategic direction for the overall human resources operations of the California Region, including…

AVH appoints chief nursing officer

Donald T. Wenzler (contributed)

LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Hospital has named Donald T. Wenzler, DNP(c), MBA, RN, as chief nursing officer (CNO), effective today. Wenzler previously served as chief nursing officer at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Philadelphia, where he was responsible for overseeing the operations and quality of the hospital’s patient care services. He has 34 years of…

AVH marks ‘National Donate Life Month’

Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) staff and OneLegacy representatives join corneal transplant recipient and AVH Respiratory Therapist Jessica Horton (shown in center of flag) at the Donate Life Flag Raising Ceremony. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) on Wednesday joined more than 50 southern California hospitals and transplant centers in promoting “National Donate Life Month” by flying or displaying “Donate Life” flags in honor of organ, eye and tissue donors. Hospitals across the nation take part in this month’s “Flags Across America” campaign as a way…

AVH appoints new emergency department director

Ryan White

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital has named Ryan White, MSN, RN, as emergency department (ED) director, effective March 23. White previously served as senior director of adult and pediatric emergency services at the Brooklyn Hospital in New York. White brings 20 years of experience as a nurse within the specialty of emergency services. His previous…

National MS Society to host workshop in Palmdale Saturday

(Photo of past workshop courtesy National MS Society.)

PALMDALE – Having problems with attention, memory, concentration, and other cognitive skills is difficult enough for most people. But the challenges can be far greater for people who live with multiple sclerosis (MS). That is why the National MS Society, Southern California & Nevada Chapter, is hosting a one-day CogniFitness workshop this Saturday Palmdale. The…