Health

Cooling trend in the forecast

Heat

The Antelope Valley will bake for one more day before the three-day heat wave gives way to a cooling trend. Lower temperatures are expected to kick in Saturday, helped by a return of onshore winds, according to National Weather Service forecasts. Saturday’s highs will be about one to five degrees lower than Friday’s 100-plus degrees…

More West Nile Virus positive chickens in the AV

WNV AV Birds

PALMDALE – The Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District confirmed Thursday that a sentinel chicken from a flock in east Palmdale tested positive for West Nile Virus, the second positive test for the virus this year. “We utilize 10 flocks of chickens that are strategically located around the Antelope Valley to monitor for West…

‘Walk a Mile’ event to benefit AVH Forensic Services Unit

Hatami walk mile

LANCASTER — Members of the Antelope Valley’s medical and educational communities are joining forces next month to raise funds for and awareness about gender-based violence. This year’s local Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, at Antelope Valley College, Football Field Parking Lot, located…

First sign of West Nile Virus in the AV for 2015

WNV AV Birds

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District was notified that one chicken from a sentinel flock in Rancho Vista tested positive for West Nile Virus, officials announced Thursday. This is the first sign of the mosquito-borne disease in the AV for 2015. “This is the latest in the season that West Nile…

Recent rains increase mosquito numbers

Even a small amount of water on top of a plastic bag that might have blown into your yard can hold enough water for mosquito larvae to thrive, according to the Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District.

LANCASTER –The Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District (AVMVCD) reports that the number of mosquitoes caught in traps throughout the valley has increased since the recent thunderstorms. The rains created standing water in areas that had been dry for a long time. And though some of those areas have since dried up, others have…

AVH Foundation celebrates 40 years of fundraising

[Left to right] AVH Foundation Board Chairman Johnny Zamrzla; AVH CFO
Paul Brydon; Foundation board members Jennifer Hill, MD, Scott Evans, Hank Marvin, Sr., Janet Berard, Becky Smith; and AVH Interim CEO Jack Burke. (contributed)

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Hospital Foundation recently presented a check to the hospital for nearly $1 million, the latest donation in a 40 year history of support for the only full-service acute care hospital in the Antelope Valley. This latest monetary gift was raised through the Foundation Golf Tournament, which took place at the…

AV Hospital CEO Dennis Knox resigns for ‘personal reasons’

Dennis M. Knox discusses Antelope Valley Hospital's plan for restructuring in an informational session with with employees and local residents in September of 2014. (File photo by JIM E. WINBURN)

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Healthcare District Board of Directors announced Friday that AV Hospital CEO Dennis Knox tendered his resignation citing little more than “personal reasons.” Knox’s resignation was effective Thursday, according to the healthcare district’s press statement, which followed a closed-session executive board meeting on Wednesday. No other decisions from the board regarding…

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…