Health

More West Nile virus in the AV

WNV AV Birds

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District was informed that a second dead bird found in the Antelope Valley has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The dead raven was spotted near Avenue M-8 and 45th Street West and reported to the State’s Dead Bird Hotline (www.westnile.ca.gov) on July 9, 2014. “Our…

AV Hospital recognized for reducing infections

Susan Hiyama, MSN, CPHQ of HSAG presents the award to AVH employees.  Pictured left to right:  Paul Brydon; Evelyn Elliot, RPh, MHA; Radha Krishnan, M.D.; Dennis Knox, FACHE; Anne Peterson, BSN, PHN, CIC; Hiyama; Helen Garcia, BSN,PHN; Jill Bennett, RPh, BCPS; and Jack Burke, RN, MS.

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) has been recognized by the Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) for its dedication to patient safety. The recognition highlights the hospital’s success in reducing healthcare-associated infections. Healthcare-associated infections, or HAIs, specifically are infections acquired while patients are receiving treatment for another condition in a healthcare setting. HSAG is a…

First signs of West Nile virus in the AV for 2014

WNV AV Birds

PALMDALE  – A dead bird found in Palmdale has tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District.  The dead raven was reported to the State’s Dead Bird Hotline on July 1 by an observant resident near Avenue S and 10th Street East. “After the hotline staff determines…

Local graduates awarded healthcare career scholarships

Back row left to right: Mary Overton (Auxiliary scholarship committee member), Josephine Pourdavoud (AVH volunteer and previous scholarship recipient), Bobbie Patton (Auxiliary scholarship committee member), Katrina Volk, Cynthia Alvarado, Harriet Lee (AVH Auxiliary president), April Garcia (volunteer coordinator), Mary Theobald (director of patient & guest relations) Front Row left to right: Myranda Levenson, Justin Cortina, Antonio Melgoza, Sean Hormozian (AVH teen volunteer)

LANCASTER — For the 20th consecutive year, the Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) Auxiliary has shown its support for the future of healthcare in the valley by awarding scholarships to 15 local high school students interested in pursuing a career in medicine. “One of the greatest contributions we can make as a hospital is to help…

AV Hospital’s Dr. Don Parazo named Trustee of the Year

Dr. Don Parazo

LANCASTER — For the second consecutive year, a board member from Antelope Valley Hospital has been named Trustee of the Year by the Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD). The award was presented to Dr. Don Parazo, a member of the hospital’s board of directors, during the ACHD’s 2014 Annual Meeting in Pasadena. This is…

Free lecture on AV Hospital’s response to violence

Violence

LANCASTER – A free community health lecture this Thursday will focus on Antelope Valley Hospital’s Forensic Services Unit (FSU) and how it addresses violence in the local community. “We need everybody to understand that violence is an issue, but we’re trying to address it,” said FSU Director, Mary Reina, who will be presenting an overview…

Record-breaking blood drive at Antelope Valley Hospital

Tony Johnny is assisted by Phlebotomist Joie Bergeon in donating blood at the Church’s one-day blood drive. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – More than 80 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from throughout Lancaster turned out recently to donate blood at Antelope Valley Hospital’s Donation Center for the Church’s one-day blood drive. Of those, 66 were able to successfully donate. “This was a new record for the highest collection from any…

Antelope Valley parvo alert

Parvovirus infection does not make people sick but can be fatal for dogs. The most common signs of Canine parvovirus infection, commonly referred to as Parvo, include fever, anorexia, lethargy, dehydration, vomiting and diarrhea, which may or may not be bloody.

ANTELOPE VALLEY – Parvo, a highly contagious and often deadly virus in dogs, is being diagnosed in concerning numbers in the Antelope Valley, Los Angeles County officials warn. In the first four months of this year, 70 of the 162 parvo cases reported to the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health were in Lancaster…

Walk MS: Antelope Valley set for Saturday

Nearly 2000 people took part in Walk MS Antelope Valley last year. Organizers are hoping for an even greater turnout Saturday, May 3, starting 9:30 a.m., at Lancaster Marketplace.

LANCASTER – More than 1,500 supporters will be walking together this weekend to create a world free of multiple sclerosis. Walk MS: Antelope Valley 2014 kicks off Saturday, May 3, at Lancaster Marketplace, located at 44950 Valley Central Way in Lancaster. Opening ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the official walk kicks off at…

Warm temperatures give mosquitoes early start

WNV AV Birds

LANCASTER – Above normal temperatures have sped up mosquito development, and the Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District has seen higher than usual mosquito counts in some traps around the district. The California Department of Public Health already reported West Nile Virus activity in 12 dead birds, two mosquito samples, and one sentinel chicken…

April is Autism Awareness Month, Walk set for April 12

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LANCASTER – April is Autism Awareness Month, which promotes support and understanding of the lifelong diagnosis affecting an average of one in 68 children. Locally, organizers are gearing up for the 6th annual Antelope Valley Autism Awareness Walk and Resource Fair, a day of family fun and entertainment that raises funds for local families affected…

AV Hospital receives $45K donation

Alpha Charter Guild members join AV Hospital Administrators at the check presentation.  (L to R) Wynne May, Dennis Knox, Fran Marroquin, Phyliss Reily, Beverly Horwedel and  Antelope Valley Healthcare District Board Member, Doddanna Krishna, M.D.

LANCASTER — The Alpha Charter Guild recently presented Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) with a check for $45,000, the result of fundraising during 2013. The donation will benefit the hospital’s Resource Center and Women and Infants Pavilion.  The Guild exists to build a healthy community by supporting programs and services that enable AVH to provide high…

Blood drive coming to Palmdale City Hall Tuesday

Jenny Zamora preps Aaron Price at a previous City of Palmdale blood drive.

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale will host a blood drive this coming Tuesday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Poncitlán Square, located on 9th Street East, between Avenues Q-9 and Q-10. “For this drive, all blood donations will go to Providence Health and Services, a non-profit Catholic hospital organization,” said Administrative…

“Welcome Baby” program expands to Antelope Valley

The Welcome Baby program includes prenatal and postpartum home-based visits, as well as a hospital visit at the time of the child's birth. It will be offered free to all families delivering at Antelope Valley Hospital (residing in LA County) regardless of risk factors or socio-economic status.

LANCASTER – The Welcome Baby program, which offers hospital and home-based services for pregnant women and mothers who have just given birth, has expanded to the Antelope Valley, officials announced this week. The program will provide free support and information to pregnant women and new mothers at the hospital and in their home; provide primary…

BLVD fitness program kicks off this week

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LANCASTER – Thanks to a grant received through Kaiser Permanente, the city of Lancaster will host a 12-week, multi-faceted free campaign that challenges residents to eat healthy, exercise and make healthy lifestyle choices. The BLVD Project Get Fit Campaign is being held in conjunction with the city’s weekly Thursday Farmers Market, so participants won’t have…

AVH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit celebrates 30th anniversary

Dr. Thangavel checks on one of his tiny patients in the NICU. (Courtesy AVH)

LANCASTER — The Antelope Valley Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) recently marked 30 years of service to the community. AVH also recognized the NICU’s Medical Director, Murugesa Thangavel, M.D., a neonatologist who has been caring for the Antelope Valley’s tiniest patients since the NICU opened in 1984. The care a baby receives during the…

AV Hospital hosting “Pints for Pies” next week

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LANCASTER – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and the Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) Blood Donor Center is asking you to consider giving blood to mark this special day. The AVH Blood Donor Center will be offering an incentive during the week leading up to Valentine’s Day:  a free cherry pie to those who…

AV Hospital receives rating update

AV Hospital logo

LANCASTER — The Antelope Valley Healthcare District, which runs Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH), recently received a Ba2 rating from Moody’s Investors Service, a downgrade from the previous rating of Baa3. In a statement released Wednesday, hospital officials said the downgrade does not reflect on AVH’s ability to maintain current obligations to employees, hospital operations or…

Edwards AFB dining hall wins prestigious award

In the kitchen, a pot of chili-mac is being prepared as one of the lunch entrees of the day. (REBECCA AMBER)

EDWARDS AFB – Edwards AFB’s Joshua Tree Dining Facility was recently awarded the annual Hennessy Award for Air Force Materiel Command, Region 2, at the Major Command level. Now, the staff is preparing for the next level of competition to win the 58th annual John L. Hennessy trophy, which is presented to the best food…