Health

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

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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

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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

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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

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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…

Local graduates awarded healthcare career scholarships

Back row left to right: Mary Overton (Auxiliary scholarship committee member), Josephine Pourdavoud (AVH volunteer and previous scholarship recipient), Bobbie Patton (Auxiliary scholarship committee member), Katrina Volk, Cynthia Alvarado, Harriet Lee (AVH Auxiliary president), April Garcia (volunteer coordinator), Mary Theobald (director of patient & guest relations) Front Row left to right: Myranda Levenson, Justin Cortina, Antonio Melgoza, Sean Hormozian (AVH teen volunteer)

LANCASTER — For the 20th consecutive year, the Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) Auxiliary has shown its support for the future of healthcare in the valley by awarding scholarships to 15 local high school students interested in pursuing a career in medicine. “One of the greatest contributions we can make as a hospital is to help…

AV Hospital’s Dr. Don Parazo named Trustee of the Year

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LANCASTER — For the second consecutive year, a board member from Antelope Valley Hospital has been named Trustee of the Year by the Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD). The award was presented to Dr. Don Parazo, a member of the hospital’s board of directors, during the ACHD’s 2014 Annual Meeting in Pasadena. This is…

Free lecture on AV Hospital’s response to violence

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LANCASTER – A free community health lecture this Thursday will focus on Antelope Valley Hospital’s Forensic Services Unit (FSU) and how it addresses violence in the local community. “We need everybody to understand that violence is an issue, but we’re trying to address it,” said FSU Director, Mary Reina, who will be presenting an overview…

Record-breaking blood drive at Antelope Valley Hospital

Tony Johnny is assisted by Phlebotomist Joie Bergeon in donating blood at the Church’s one-day blood drive. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – More than 80 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from throughout Lancaster turned out recently to donate blood at Antelope Valley Hospital’s Donation Center for the Church’s one-day blood drive. Of those, 66 were able to successfully donate. “This was a new record for the highest collection from any…

Antelope Valley parvo alert

Parvovirus infection does not make people sick but can be fatal for dogs. The most common signs of Canine parvovirus infection, commonly referred to as Parvo, include fever, anorexia, lethargy, dehydration, vomiting and diarrhea, which may or may not be bloody.

ANTELOPE VALLEY – Parvo, a highly contagious and often deadly virus in dogs, is being diagnosed in concerning numbers in the Antelope Valley, Los Angeles County officials warn. In the first four months of this year, 70 of the 162 parvo cases reported to the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health were in Lancaster…

Walk MS: Antelope Valley set for Saturday

Nearly 2000 people took part in Walk MS Antelope Valley last year. Organizers are hoping for an even greater turnout Saturday, May 3, starting 9:30 a.m., at Lancaster Marketplace.

LANCASTER – More than 1,500 supporters will be walking together this weekend to create a world free of multiple sclerosis. Walk MS: Antelope Valley 2014 kicks off Saturday, May 3, at Lancaster Marketplace, located at 44950 Valley Central Way in Lancaster. Opening ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the official walk kicks off at…

Warm temperatures give mosquitoes early start

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LANCASTER – Above normal temperatures have sped up mosquito development, and the Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District has seen higher than usual mosquito counts in some traps around the district. The California Department of Public Health already reported West Nile Virus activity in 12 dead birds, two mosquito samples, and one sentinel chicken…

April is Autism Awareness Month, Walk set for April 12

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LANCASTER – April is Autism Awareness Month, which promotes support and understanding of the lifelong diagnosis affecting an average of one in 68 children. Locally, organizers are gearing up for the 6th annual Antelope Valley Autism Awareness Walk and Resource Fair, a day of family fun and entertainment that raises funds for local families affected…

AV Hospital receives $45K donation

Alpha Charter Guild members join AV Hospital Administrators at the check presentation.  (L to R) Wynne May, Dennis Knox, Fran Marroquin, Phyliss Reily, Beverly Horwedel and  Antelope Valley Healthcare District Board Member, Doddanna Krishna, M.D.

LANCASTER — The Alpha Charter Guild recently presented Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) with a check for $45,000, the result of fundraising during 2013. The donation will benefit the hospital’s Resource Center and Women and Infants Pavilion.  The Guild exists to build a healthy community by supporting programs and services that enable AVH to provide high…