Health

Local nurses receive DAISY awards

AVH nurses DAISY award

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital nurses Terry Horton, RN, and Ally Conway, RN, have each been honored with the DAISY Award, an internationally respected honor that recognizes extraordinary nursing care. AVH has been participating in the DAISY Award program since 2012. Local recipients are selected based on their clinical expertise and demonstration of extraordinary compassionate…

2 human cases of West Nile Virus reported in AV

WNV AV Birds

LANCASTER – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has reported the first human cases of West Nile virus in the Antelope Valley for 2016, authorities said. One case is a male blood donor who lives in Lancaster and has no symptoms, and the other is a female resident of Palmdale who fell ill,…

AV Hospital, Kaiser Permanente reach three-year agreement

AV Hospital

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) and Kaiser Permanente have reached a three-year agreement for Kaiser Permanente members to continue to receive care from Kaiser physicians at AVH, officials announced Wednesday. AVH is the only full-service acute care hospital in the greater Antelope Valley. The agreement enables local residents to remain in the Antelope Valley…

AV Hospital and SEIU reach three-year agreement

agreement

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital has reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), hospital officials announced Tuesday. The agreement concludes three months of negotiations between the hospital and the union. “The new agreement achieves an honest balance by fairly compensating SEIU employees for their dedication and wonderful…

Supervisors approve $3 million for HIV care

HIV ribbon

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved $3 million in funding to expand access to HIV medical care. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl recommended the expansion, saying nearly 60,000 people in Los Angeles County live with the virus that causes AIDS. “When people living with HIV get regular medical treatment, they…

County to expand access to anti-HIV pill

PrEP anti HIV pill

LOS ANGELES – The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to spend $11.5 million over two years to expand access to PrEP, an anti-HIV pill, for uninsured and under-insured patients. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl championed broader use of PrEP, telling her colleagues that HIV still amounts to an epidemic. “L.A. County continues to experience the second…

Sand Fire at 38,000+ acres, 40% contained

[Image via Incident Information System.]

SANTA CLARITA – With the majority of evacuated residents back home Wednesday, fire crews were working to add to their hard-fought progress against the deadly Sand Fire in the Santa Clarita area. Nearly 3,000 firefighters were on the lines working to knock down the blaze, which began Friday afternoon near Sand Canyon Road in Santa…

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

AV Hospital

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…