Health

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

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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…

AV Hospital honors families of organ and tissue donors

Firefighter/Paramedic Brian Hinsley, a liver-transplant recipient, shares his gratitude for organ donation. (Contributed)

LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) and OneLegacy, the organ and tissue recovery organization serving the greater Los Angeles area, recently honored families of AVH organ and tissue donors at a Donate Life Rose Ceremony. During the event, staff from AVH thanked the family members for their loved ones’ life-saving and healing gifts of organs…

AV Heart Walk this Saturday

The Cole family took part in last year’s walk. Keyota (fourth from left) and her daughter Faith (in dad’s arms) are both heart disease survivors. (Contributed)

PALMDALE – Hundreds will gather in Palmdale this Saturday for an annual event that raises funds to fight heart disease and stroke while promoting healthy habits, such as walking, as a regular part of life. The American Heart Association’s annual Antelope Valley Heart Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11 at Marie Kerr Park, 39700…

AV Hospital, union officials to host events addressing layoffs

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LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital officials are hosting information sessions for employees, volunteers, physicians and members of the community this Friday to address the health care facility’s recently announced layoffs. The hospital’s outside public relations firm, Kevin/Ross Public Relations, confirmed that Antelope Valley Hospital CEO Dennis M. Knox will hold an informational meeting Friday to…

West Nile virus at highest level ever in mosquitoes

WNV AV Birds

SACRAMENTO – The state’s public health director is reminding Californians to remain vigilant against the threat of West Nile virus. “The proportion of mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus is at the highest level ever detected in California,” said Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer.…

Increased West Nile virus activity ahead of Labor Day weekend

WNV AV Birds

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District urges residents to take precautions while enjoying outdoor celebrations this Labor Day weekend. Two more mosquito samples as well as 22 sentinel chickens have tested positive for West Nile virus in the Antelope Valley. The chickens were from coops located in Palmdale, Quartz Hill and…

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…