Health

L.A. County reports state’s first flu-related death

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LOS ANGELES – A north Los Angeles County patient was confirmed Thursday by state health officials as California’s first flu-related death of a person under age 65 for the 2016-17 flu season. The death was the first flu-related fatality in the county. According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the patient was…

Free “Drive-Thru Flu Clinic” at AV Hospital

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LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) will be holding a drive-thru flu clinic for the public from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9,  in the City of Hope front parking lot, located at 44151 15th Street West in Lancaster. Adults (age 18 and older) can receive their flu vaccination free of charge, without…

AV Heart Walk coming to Palmdale Nov. 5

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PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale’s Marie Kerr Park, located at 39700 30th Street West, will host the American Heart Association’s Antelope Valley Heart Walk on Saturday, Nov. 5. Registration and expo begin at 7:30 a.m. at the recreation center off of 30th Street West. The opening ceremony will be held at 9 a.m., and…

Senior Expo at AV Fairgrounds this Thursday

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LANCASTER – World famous game show host Peter Marshall will be one of the many highlights of the 26th annual Senior Expo, happening this Thursday, Oct. 20. Themed “The Game of Life…,” the premier annual event for active seniors in the Antelope Valley begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. at the AV…

Old mosquito-borne virus reappears in the AV

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LANCASTER – A blood sample taken from a sentinel chicken in Palmdale has tested positive for Saint Louis Encephalitis (SLE), according to the Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District . The coop is located near 30th Street West and Avenue N-8 in Palmdale. This is the first time in nearly 30 years that SLE…

L.A. County Supervisors appoint Mental Health director

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LOS ANGELES  – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday formally appointed Dr. Jonathan Sherin as director of the Department of Mental Health, noting his years of experience with the Veterans Administration locally and in South Florida. Sherin’s most recent post was with the nonprofit Volunteers of America, where he served as chief…

Antelope Valley Hospital nurses go on strike

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LANCASTER – Hundreds of nurses hit the picket line Wednesday outside Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH). The nurses are striking to draw attention to issues such as safe staffing and retention of experienced nurses, according to a statement from the California Nurses Association (CNA), which represents about 1,000 registered nurses at AVH. The strike began around…

AV mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile Virus

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LANCASTER –A mosquito sample collected in Palmdale near 20th Street East and Avenue Q has tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District. This is the first positive mosquito sample in the area this year, officials said. District staff collects mosquitoes in different areas of the Antelope…

AV Hospital seeking volunteers

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LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital  is looking for volunteers who want to help others and gain experience in a healthcare setting. “Volunteers at Antelope Valley Hospital represent a diverse variety of backgrounds, ages, interests and experience levels,” stated Mary Binkowski, director of volunteer resources. “We rely on the talent of our volunteers to support our…

Local nurses receive DAISY awards

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…