Health

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

Antelope Valley Hospital serves over 1/20th of the trauma patient volume in L.A. County, but receives less than 1/200th of the funding, said CEO Dennis Knox. “We believe that we've been shorted at Antelope Valley Hospital in excess of $10 million per year,” Knox said at Tuesday’s press conference.

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…

AVH recognized for best practices

L to R: AVH Chief Executive Officer Dennis Knox and ACHD Executive Director Tom Petersen with AVH Board of Directors Dr. Mukund Shah, chair; Dr. Abdallah Farrukh, first vice chair; Dr. Don Parazo, treasurer; and Dr. Doddanna Krishna, secretary. (Not pictured: Berna Mayer, MN, CFNP, second vice chair) [Contributed]

LANCASTER – The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) presented the prestigious designation of Certified Healthcare District to the Antelope Valley Healthcare District (AVHD) at its board meeting last week. To be designated as a Certified Healthcare District, the district must demonstrate, among other things, compliance with best practices in governance, as defined by the…

Hospital auxiliary donates $100k for medical equipment

AVH Auxiliary board members: (back row left to right) Harriet Lee, president; Judy Vaughn, treasurer; Marsha Pedersen, recording secretary; (front row left to right) Donna Sweikow, 1st vice president; Pearl Bogard, 2nd vice president; Mary Overton, parliamentarian; and Bobbie Patton, corresponding secretary. (contributed)

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) Auxiliary, which is made up of more than 500 adult and teen volunteers, recently donated $100,000. The funds were used to purchase much-needed medical equipment, including ten AccuVein Illuminators and a pulmonary function test booth. The vein illuminators, which allow medical personnel to easily identify veins, are especially…

AV Hospital welcomes its first baby born in 2015

Mother Nicole Jackson proudly introduces her new daughter, Millissa. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER — While Antelope Valley residents were busy greeting the New Year with family and friends, Millissa Metaline Jeigh Jackson was greeting the world with her first cries of life at Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH). Thousands are born annually at AVH, and the cycle begins anew each January with the celebration of the first birth…

AVH ‘excellent’ in treating stroke patients

Antelope Valley Hospital serves over 1/20th of the trauma patient volume in L.A. County, but receives less than 1/200th of the funding, said CEO Dennis Knox. “We believe that we've been shorted at Antelope Valley Hospital in excess of $10 million per year,” Knox said at Tuesday’s press conference.

LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) has achieved Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification from The Joint Commission and the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency. This designation signifies that AVH has the equipment, infrastructure, staff and training programs needed to quickly diagnose and treat patients presenting with acute stroke. The Joint Commission performed an…

Blood drive at Palmdale City Hall Tuesday

Palmdale Blood Drive 2

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale will host a blood drive Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Poncitlán Square, (9th St. East between Ave. Q-9 & Ave. Q-10). All donors will receive a coupon good for a free pint of Baskin-Robbins ice cream. To sign up for the blood drive, call…

Give the gift of life this holiday season

Blood donor

LANCASTER – During the holiday season, blood donations often decline as people become busy with holiday preparations and travel. Yet the need for blood remains constant, which is why the Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) Blood Donor Center is encouraging local residents to give the gift of life this time of year. All of the blood…

AVH to host “Pints for Pies” next week

apple pie

LANCASTER — Finding enough blood donors to sustain an adequate blood supply is a challenge at any time of the year. Add in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and that task becomes even more difficult. To help boost the blood supply this holiday season, the Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) Blood Donor Center is…

Local workshop Saturday on teen pregnancy, STD prevention

The Antelope Valley is number two in teen pregnancy in Los Angeles County, according to local health officials.

LANCASTER – Local parents and their teens are invited to a free workshop this Saturday to encourage parent/teen discussions on healthy relationships, dating practices and sexual responsibility. Sponsored by the Youth Support Association’s Teen Talk Program, the workshop with take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, at the AV YMCA, located…

Volunteer chaplains honored

AVH's Pastoral Care Department began in 1972, and the current chaplain roster includes 34 volunteers who minister to the spiritual needs of patients. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital’s Pastoral Care Department recognized 34 chaplains during its 24th Annual Volunteer Chaplains Banquet last week. The volunteer chaplains were commended for their hours of ministering to the spiritual needs of patients, family and staff at the hospital. As part of Antelope Valley Hospital’s interdisciplinary healthcare team, volunteer chaplains serve as…