Health

AVH exchanging pies for pints Feb. 9-11

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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

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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,…

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

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

LOS ANGELES – County health officials on Tuesday urged travelers to Latin America, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico, especially pregnant women, to take precautions to protect themselves from contracting a mosquito-borne virus that can cause birth defects. The Zika virus outbreak is ongoing in nearly two dozen countries, including the Mexico, according to the Centers…

AVH marks 45th anniversary of mental health unit

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LANCASTER — In January of 1971, Antelope Valley Hospital opened an in-patient mental health unit to allow local residents to access mental health services without leaving the Antelope Valley. Today, the unit includes 30 licensed beds and offers care for a range of mental health needs, including schizophrenia, depression and substance abuse. The unit serves…

AVH recognized as top performer

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LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) has been recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States. AVH was the only hospital in the Antelope Valley to achieve this honor. Announced in The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving…

AV Hospital welcomes first baby born in 2016

Isabel first baby of 2016

LANCASTER— While Antelope Valley residents were busy greeting the new year with family and friends, Isabel Hannah Lockshin was greeting the world with her first cries of life. Born at 12:27 a.m. on Jan. 1,  Isabel is Antelope Valley Hospital’s first baby of 2016. She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces; measured 19 inches in length;…

Rossfeld appointed CEO of Antelope Valley Hospital

John Rossfeld [contributed]

LANCASTER – John Rossfeld has been appointed chief executive officer of Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH), effective immediately. The appointment of Rossfeld was made by Alecto Healthcare Services, the management company overseeing AVH, and ratified by the Antelope Valley Healthcare District board of directors during its December board meeting. While he is an Alecto employee, Rossfeld…

Give the gift of life this winter

National Blood Donor Month

LANCASTER – January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month and Antelope Valley Hospital is partnering with local Rotary clubs to help save lives in the community. A blood drive is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the AVH Blood Donor Center, located in the Antelope Valley Outpatient Imaging Center…

Palmdale to residents: Have a FOG free Christmas!

Prior to washing, scrape and dry wipe pans with paper towels and dispose of those materials in the trash, city officials advise. [contributed]

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale is reminding residents as they gather to celebrate Christmas this year, to keep FOG —fats, oils and grease— out of household sinks and drains. “The chances of sewer blockages greatly increases around the holidays because of the accumulation of FOG,” said Palmdale’s Utilities Services Manager Gordon Phair. “FOG comes…

Consider giving to AVH this holiday season

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LANCASTER – As local residents embrace the spirit of the season with family and friends, Antelope Valley Hospital reminds people to remember their own community hospital in their year-end gift giving. “It is the ongoing support of our community that makes it possible for Antelope Valley Hospital to continue to provide the exceptional clinical care…

Free flu vaccinations Monday at Yucca Neighborhood House

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PALMDALE – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will hold a flu vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at Palmdale’s Yucca Neighborhood Home, located at 503 East Avenue Q-3. The vaccinations will be provided at no charge to people who have no health insurance or whose healthcare provider does not offer flu…

AV Hospital achieves chest pain center accreditation

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LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Hospital has received full Chest Pain Center (CPC) accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), making it the first facility in the Antelope Valley to achieve this designation. This comes one year after the opening of the Institute for Heart & Vascular Care (IHVC) located on the hospital campus.…

AVH hosting “Pies for Pints” this week

apple pie

LANCASTER — To help boost the blood supply this holiday season, the Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) Blood Donor Center is giving away free apple or pumpkin pies to the first 24 donors who donate a pint of blood on Tuesday, Nov. 24, and Wednesday, Nov. 25. “We hope that the community will find a little…

AVH honors organ and tissue donors

Artist rendering of the13th Donate Life parade float, entitled “Treasure Life’s Journey.” [contributed]

LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Hospital and OneLegacy held a ceremony recently to thank the families of AVH organ and tissue donors for their loved ones’ life-saving and healing gifts. At a Donate Life Rose Dedication Ceremony on Nov. 9, hospital staff presented family members with a certificate of appreciation, a silk dedication rose and a…

“Drive-Thru Flu Shots” this Thursday

Flu shots here

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) will be giving away 400 flu shots during its “Community Drive-Thru Flu Shot” clinic this Thursday, Nov. 19, the hospital announced. The clinic will open at 9 a.m. and is scheduled to continue until to 2 p.m. [It may close earlier if all 400 doses have been delivered.] The…

Antelope Valley Heart Walk deemed a success

Time Warner Cable news anchor Mitchell Chase, Palmdale City Councilmember Fred Thompson, Ticker and Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. [contributed]

PALMDALE – The American Heart Association’s Heart Walk in Palmdale Nov. 7 drew about 500 people and raised more than $40,000 for the fight against heart disease and stroke, organizers announced Thursday. Participants included Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford, a heart attack survivor and longtime supporter of the American Heart Association, Councilmember Fred Thompson and Time…

Third human case of West Nile virus in the AV for 2015

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LANCASTER – A Lancaster resident is the third person in the Antelope Valley to be infected with the mosquito-borne West Nile virus this year, local authorities said Monday. The first human case of West Nile virus for 2015 was reported in late September. The second human case was reported in mid-October, when a middle-aged Lancaster…