Health

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…

AVH commemorates National Donate Life Month

AVH One Legacy

LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) was recognized Friday as the top-performing hospital for organ donation. The recognition came from OneLegacy, the organ and tissue recovery organization serving the seven-county greater Los Angeles area.   AVH received a $10,000 grant from OneLegacy to build a donor memorial. “This achievement is a testimony to the entire…

High temperatures and rain lead to early mosquito season

West Nile Virus is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito.

LANCASTER – Recent rains and higher than normal temperatures in the Antelope Valley have resulted in an early start to the 2016 mosquito season, according to the Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District (AVMVCD). Technicians have been finding mosquito larvae and pupae in unkempt pools, ditches and basins all over the Antelope Valley in…

Antelope Valley Healthcare District announces debt refinancing

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LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Healthcare District has closed a structure to refinance all of the district’s debt into a fixed-rate long-term public bond issue, officials announced Tuesday. This refinancing strengthens Antelope Valley Hospital’s financial flexibility by eliminating the balloon payment on its existing debt that was due in September 2017. The $140 million Series 2016A…

Lancaster resident wins PGA Tour Volunteer Challenge

PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge winner Richard Olmsted of Lancaster, Calif., (second from left), joined Deidra Ellis, Specialty Regional Sales Manager, Southern California, for Astellas Pharma US, Inc. (left), Robert Stone, Chief Executive Officer, City of Hope (second from right); and Kristin Bertell, Chief Philanthropy Officer, City of Hope (right), to present a $10,000 check to City of Hope on behalf of Astellas. The donation honors Olmstead for winning the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge at the recent Northern Trust Open at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.  [contributed]

Lancaster resident Richard Olmsted won the PGA Tour Volunteer Challenge at the recent Northern Trust Open in Pacific Palisades. The “vote-for-me” competition is designed to raise funds for charity while recognizing the commitment of the Tour’s more than 100,000 tournament volunteers nationwide. To participate in the program, tournament volunteers encouraged their friends and family to…

Women’s Heart Health Awareness Fair set for Feb. 27

heart month

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital is hosting a free Women’s Heart Health Awareness Fair on Saturday, Feb. 27. Titled “Get Pumped About Heart Health,” the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the AVH Community Resource Center/City of Hope Auditorium, located at 44105 15th Street West in Lancaster. It will feature…

Non-fatal strangulation seminar set for Thursday

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LANCASTER – In an effort to raise community awareness, Antelope Valley Hospital’s Forensic Services Unit will be hosting a seminar on non-fatal strangulation this Thursday, Feb. 18. Titled “Non-Fatal Strangulation: What Our Community Should Know,” the seminar will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. at the hospital’s Community Resource Center Auditorium, located at 44151…

AVH exchanging pies for pints Feb. 9-11

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LANCASTER – With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Antelope Valley Hospital’s Blood Donor Center is giving away free apple or cherry pies to the first 20 people who donate a pint of blood on Feb. 9, 10 and 11. All blood collected will be used for patients at Antelope Valley Hospital. “There’s no better way to…

Is Zika virus threatening the Antelope Valley?

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. [Image via CDC]

LANCASTER – Zika virus is making headlines throughout the country, but is it a concern in the Antelope Valley? The Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District reports that there is currently no evidence of mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus anywhere in California, and the mosquito species that transmits the virus has not been detected…

L.A. County health officials again warn of Zika virus

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. [Image via CDC]

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County health officials again warned residents on Wednesday  to take precautions against mosquito bites, particularly if they’re planning to travel to areas experiencing outbreaks of the Zika virus. They particularly warned pregnant women to avoid traveling altogether to affected areas, including Latin America, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico, since the…

AVH announces partnership with UCLA for pediatric services

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LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital has entered into a partnership with Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA for inpatient neonatal and pediatric services, hospital officials announced this week. The chief of pediatrics and medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit at AVH said the partnership expands the neonatal and pediatric sub-specialty care available at the hospital,…

L.A. County health officials warn travelers of Zika virus

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. [Image via CDC]

LOS ANGELES – County health officials on Tuesday urged travelers to Latin America, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico, especially pregnant women, to take precautions to protect themselves from contracting a mosquito-borne virus that can cause birth defects. The Zika virus outbreak is ongoing in nearly two dozen countries, including the Mexico, according to the Centers…

AVH marks 45th anniversary of mental health unit

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LANCASTER — In January of 1971, Antelope Valley Hospital opened an in-patient mental health unit to allow local residents to access mental health services without leaving the Antelope Valley. Today, the unit includes 30 licensed beds and offers care for a range of mental health needs, including schizophrenia, depression and substance abuse. The unit serves…

AVH recognized as top performer

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LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) has been recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in the United States. AVH was the only hospital in the Antelope Valley to achieve this honor. Announced in The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report, “America’s Hospitals: Improving…

AV Hospital welcomes first baby born in 2016

Isabel first baby of 2016

LANCASTER— While Antelope Valley residents were busy greeting the new year with family and friends, Isabel Hannah Lockshin was greeting the world with her first cries of life. Born at 12:27 a.m. on Jan. 1,  Isabel is Antelope Valley Hospital’s first baby of 2016. She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces; measured 19 inches in length;…

Rossfeld appointed CEO of Antelope Valley Hospital

John Rossfeld [contributed]

LANCASTER – John Rossfeld has been appointed chief executive officer of Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH), effective immediately. The appointment of Rossfeld was made by Alecto Healthcare Services, the management company overseeing AVH, and ratified by the Antelope Valley Healthcare District board of directors during its December board meeting. While he is an Alecto employee, Rossfeld…

Give the gift of life this winter

National Blood Donor Month

LANCASTER – January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month and Antelope Valley Hospital is partnering with local Rotary clubs to help save lives in the community. A blood drive is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the AVH Blood Donor Center, located in the Antelope Valley Outpatient Imaging Center…

Palmdale to residents: Have a FOG free Christmas!

Prior to washing, scrape and dry wipe pans with paper towels and dispose of those materials in the trash, city officials advise. [contributed]

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale is reminding residents as they gather to celebrate Christmas this year, to keep FOG —fats, oils and grease— out of household sinks and drains. “The chances of sewer blockages greatly increases around the holidays because of the accumulation of FOG,” said Palmdale’s Utilities Services Manager Gordon Phair. “FOG comes…

Consider giving to AVH this holiday season

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LANCASTER – As local residents embrace the spirit of the season with family and friends, Antelope Valley Hospital reminds people to remember their own community hospital in their year-end gift giving. “It is the ongoing support of our community that makes it possible for Antelope Valley Hospital to continue to provide the exceptional clinical care…