Health

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

WNV mosquito samples

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

AV Hospital

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

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

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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…

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…