Health

Chickens test positive for West Nile Virus in Palmdale

WNV AV Birds

LANCASTER – Three chickens from a coop in West Palmdale have tested positive for West Nile Virus, bringing the 2016 total to four WNV positive chickens in the Antelope Valley, officials announced Monday. The latest positive chickens came from a coop near 50th Street West and Avenue N, according to the Antelope Valley Mosquito &…

AVH sees record number of trauma visits

Antelope Valley Hospital serves 5 percent of Los Angeles County’s population, yet receives less than one-half of 1 percent of all Measure B funds annually.

LANCASTER – Nearly 1,100 patients visited Antelope Valley Hospital’s (AVH) trauma department in the last 12 months, the hospital announced Monday. That volume marks a 31 percent increase from two years ago and accentuates the hospital’s need for additional Measure B funding for which the hospital has filed suit against Los Angeles County and the…

Heat wave continues, health tips from AV Hospital

Heat

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley remained in the grip of a heat wave Wednesday, with temperatures again climbing into triple-digit territory. Highs are expected to remain in the low 100s for Thursday and Friday before reverting to the 90s on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Antelope Valley Hospital is offering the following tips…

No-grow ordinance extended one year

Marijuana ban

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to extend a ban on growing marijuana in unincorporated areas of the county — including Quartz Hill, Littlerock and Lake Los Angeles — for one year. The ordinance — banning the cultivation, manufacturing, laboratory testing and distribution of medical marijuana while zoning officials…

West Nile Virus season begins in the Antelope Valley

WNV AV Birds

LANCASTER – A West Nile Virus positive chicken in Quartz Hill marks the start of the 2016 WNV season in the Antelope Valley. The chicken is located in a flock near 45th Street West and Avenue L, authorities said Thursday. “The hot weather that we have been experiencing lately is creating ideal conditions for mosquito…

AV Hospital kicks off annual summer blood drive

Palmdale blood drive

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital has kicked-off Lucky Ducky Days, its annual summer blood drive designed to help ensure a sufficient local blood supply. Now through Sept. 21, blood donors will receive a free rubber ducky and will be entered into a monthly prize drawing. “During the summer months, when blood donations are low, our…

AVH Auxiliary presents scholarships to local high school seniors

[Front row, left to right] Scholarship Winners Lilly Bolton-Rodriguez, Darla Mirsky, Clarissa Savko, Adiba Jahin Chowdhury, Emilie Anne Hatcher, LySandra Vuong and Hyeveen Cho. Not pictured: Jennifer Feeley, Gabriela Romero and Tyler Bybee. [Back row, left to right] Volunteer Resources Director Mary Binkowski; Auxiliary Board Members Margaret Capell, Bobbie Patton, Harriet Lee, Judy Vaughn, Marsha Pedersen, and Mary Overton.  [contributed]

LANCASTER — The Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) Auxiliary recently presented $1,000 scholarships to 10 high school seniors who are planning to pursue a career in healthcare. The following students earned scholarship awards: Darla Lynn Mirsky, Antelope Valley High School Emile Anne Hatcher, Desert Christian High School Adiba Jahin Chowdhury and Jennifer Aleen Feeley, Highland High…

Motorcycle Awareness Blood Drive this Saturday

The fourth annual “Motorcycle Awareness Blood Drive AV: Payin’ it forward” will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Antelope Valley Hospital Blood Donor Center, located at 44105 15th Street West in Lancaster. (Contributed photo of previous event.)

LANCASTER – The fifth annual Motorcycle Awareness Blood Drive kicks off this Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Antelope Valley Hospital Blood Donor Center, located at 44105 15th Street West in Lancaster. Blood will be drawn in Suite 305, and there will be a party in the parking lot, according to organizers. Festivities…

AV Hospital says “Thank You” to volunteers

Volunteers Karen and Chuck Duty, who together have volunteered more than 1,000 hours, pose with pet-therapy volunteers, Daisy Mae and Cody Jake. [contributed]

LANCASTER – At a special volunteer appreciation banquet Thursday, April 14, Antelope Valley Hospital recognized its 500 volunteers who collectively contributed nearly 60,000 hours of service to the hospital in 2015. “We are fortunate to have a wonderful team of volunteers who give so much of their time to care for our patients,” stated John…

AVH commemorates National Donate Life Month

AVH One Legacy

LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) was recognized Friday as the top-performing hospital for organ donation. The recognition came from OneLegacy, the organ and tissue recovery organization serving the seven-county greater Los Angeles area.   AVH received a $10,000 grant from OneLegacy to build a donor memorial. “This achievement is a testimony to the entire…

High temperatures and rain lead to early mosquito season

West Nile Virus is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito.

LANCASTER – Recent rains and higher than normal temperatures in the Antelope Valley have resulted in an early start to the 2016 mosquito season, according to the Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District (AVMVCD). Technicians have been finding mosquito larvae and pupae in unkempt pools, ditches and basins all over the Antelope Valley in…

Antelope Valley Healthcare District announces debt refinancing

Antelope Valley Hospital serves 5 percent of Los Angeles County’s population, yet receives less than one-half of 1 percent of all Measure B funds annually.

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Healthcare District has closed a structure to refinance all of the district’s debt into a fixed-rate long-term public bond issue, officials announced Tuesday. This refinancing strengthens Antelope Valley Hospital’s financial flexibility by eliminating the balloon payment on its existing debt that was due in September 2017. The $140 million Series 2016A…

Lancaster resident wins PGA Tour Volunteer Challenge

PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge winner Richard Olmsted of Lancaster, Calif., (second from left), joined Deidra Ellis, Specialty Regional Sales Manager, Southern California, for Astellas Pharma US, Inc. (left), Robert Stone, Chief Executive Officer, City of Hope (second from right); and Kristin Bertell, Chief Philanthropy Officer, City of Hope (right), to present a $10,000 check to City of Hope on behalf of Astellas. The donation honors Olmstead for winning the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge at the recent Northern Trust Open at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.  [contributed]

Lancaster resident Richard Olmsted won the PGA Tour Volunteer Challenge at the recent Northern Trust Open in Pacific Palisades. The “vote-for-me” competition is designed to raise funds for charity while recognizing the commitment of the Tour’s more than 100,000 tournament volunteers nationwide. To participate in the program, tournament volunteers encouraged their friends and family to…

Women’s Heart Health Awareness Fair set for Feb. 27

heart month

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital is hosting a free Women’s Heart Health Awareness Fair on Saturday, Feb. 27. Titled “Get Pumped About Heart Health,” the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the AVH Community Resource Center/City of Hope Auditorium, located at 44105 15th Street West in Lancaster. It will feature…

Non-fatal strangulation seminar set for Thursday

prevent domestic violence

LANCASTER – In an effort to raise community awareness, Antelope Valley Hospital’s Forensic Services Unit will be hosting a seminar on non-fatal strangulation this Thursday, Feb. 18. Titled “Non-Fatal Strangulation: What Our Community Should Know,” the seminar will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. at the hospital’s Community Resource Center Auditorium, located at 44151…

AVH exchanging pies for pints Feb. 9-11

apple pie

LANCASTER – With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Antelope Valley Hospital’s Blood Donor Center is giving away free apple or cherry pies to the first 20 people who donate a pint of blood on Feb. 9, 10 and 11. All blood collected will be used for patients at Antelope Valley Hospital. “There’s no better way to…

Is Zika virus threatening the Antelope Valley?

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. [Image via CDC]

LANCASTER – Zika virus is making headlines throughout the country, but is it a concern in the Antelope Valley? The Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District reports that there is currently no evidence of mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus anywhere in California, and the mosquito species that transmits the virus has not been detected…

L.A. County health officials again warn of Zika virus

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. [Image via CDC]

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County health officials again warned residents on Wednesday  to take precautions against mosquito bites, particularly if they’re planning to travel to areas experiencing outbreaks of the Zika virus. They particularly warned pregnant women to avoid traveling altogether to affected areas, including Latin America, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico, since the…

AVH announces partnership with UCLA for pediatric services

Antelope Valley Hospital serves 5 percent of Los Angeles County’s population, yet receives less than one-half of 1 percent of all Measure B funds annually.

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital has entered into a partnership with Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA for inpatient neonatal and pediatric services, hospital officials announced this week. The chief of pediatrics and medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit at AVH said the partnership expands the neonatal and pediatric sub-specialty care available at the hospital,…