Health

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…

Blood drive coming to Palmdale City Hall Tuesday

Jenny Zamora preps Aaron Price at a previous City of Palmdale blood drive.

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale will host a blood drive this coming Tuesday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Poncitlán Square, located on 9th Street East, between Avenues Q-9 and Q-10. “For this drive, all blood donations will go to Providence Health and Services, a non-profit Catholic hospital organization,” said Administrative…

“Welcome Baby” program expands to Antelope Valley

The Welcome Baby program includes prenatal and postpartum home-based visits, as well as a hospital visit at the time of the child's birth. It will be offered free to all families delivering at Antelope Valley Hospital (residing in LA County) regardless of risk factors or socio-economic status.

LANCASTER – The Welcome Baby program, which offers hospital and home-based services for pregnant women and mothers who have just given birth, has expanded to the Antelope Valley, officials announced this week. The program will provide free support and information to pregnant women and new mothers at the hospital and in their home; provide primary…

BLVD fitness program kicks off this week

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LANCASTER – Thanks to a grant received through Kaiser Permanente, the city of Lancaster will host a 12-week, multi-faceted free campaign that challenges residents to eat healthy, exercise and make healthy lifestyle choices. The BLVD Project Get Fit Campaign is being held in conjunction with the city’s weekly Thursday Farmers Market, so participants won’t have…

AVH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit celebrates 30th anniversary

Dr. Thangavel checks on one of his tiny patients in the NICU. (Courtesy AVH)

LANCASTER — The Antelope Valley Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) recently marked 30 years of service to the community. AVH also recognized the NICU’s Medical Director, Murugesa Thangavel, M.D., a neonatologist who has been caring for the Antelope Valley’s tiniest patients since the NICU opened in 1984. The care a baby receives during the…

AV Hospital hosting “Pints for Pies” next week

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LANCASTER – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and the Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) Blood Donor Center is asking you to consider giving blood to mark this special day. The AVH Blood Donor Center will be offering an incentive during the week leading up to Valentine’s Day:  a free cherry pie to those who…

AV Hospital receives rating update

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LANCASTER — The Antelope Valley Healthcare District, which runs Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH), recently received a Ba2 rating from Moody’s Investors Service, a downgrade from the previous rating of Baa3. In a statement released Wednesday, hospital officials said the downgrade does not reflect on AVH’s ability to maintain current obligations to employees, hospital operations or…

Edwards AFB dining hall wins prestigious award

In the kitchen, a pot of chili-mac is being prepared as one of the lunch entrees of the day. (REBECCA AMBER)

EDWARDS AFB – Edwards AFB’s Joshua Tree Dining Facility was recently awarded the annual Hennessy Award for Air Force Materiel Command, Region 2, at the Major Command level. Now, the staff is preparing for the next level of competition to win the 58th annual John L. Hennessy trophy, which is presented to the best food…

Stress, nutrition program for people with MS coming to AV

The featured presenters will be Kenneth M. Nowack, PhD and Denise Nowack, RD.

LANCASTER – Stress is a daily part of life. Sometimes it can be healthy, but when you can’t control it, stress can lead to frustration, anger, hopelessness and depression, especially when living with a chronic disease such as multiple sclerosis (MS), experts say. Studies show rates of depression are up to three times higher for…

‘Battle of the Badges’ blood drive Monday

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LANCASTER – Calling all badge carrying personnel! The American Red Cross would like you to come out and donate blood at the annual Battle of the Badges blood drive. Hosted locally by American Medical Response, the Battle of the Badges blood drive takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the…

AV Hospital introduces first baby born in 2014

Baby Isabelle and her parents were given a new car seat and carrier, a large pink teddy bear and a gift basket filled with a variety of baby gifts. (Photo courtesy AVH)

LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) celebrates the first baby born each year. This year that honor goes to Isabelle Marie Rodriguez, who was born at 12:43 a.m. on January 1, 2014. She weighs 7 pounds and is 19 inches long. Proud parents Cristal Perez and Jonathan Rodriguez are excited to bring Isabelle home to…

City of Hope | Antelope Valley hosts grand opening

Officials cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of the new facility.

LANCASTER — Because many cancer patients find it difficult to travel long distances for the care they need, City of Hope — in partnership with Antelope Valley Hospital — has opened a full-service cancer center in Lancaster. The brand-new City of Hope | Antelope Valley Cancer and Community Education Center opened its doors last week,…

Local paramedic to receive statewide recognition

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LANCASTER – Chana Alexander, a paramedic with American Medical Response in Lancaster, is one of 23 Californians who will be honored for heroic acts and extraordinary contributions to EMS on December 4 in San Francisco. “I am pleased to announce a select group of EMS professionals who are being honored for their exhibited professional excellence…

AV makes strides against breast cancer

Support Waunette Cullors (right) pins 25-year breast cancer survivor Elena Vasquez.

PALMDALE – Lancaster resident Naima Moore was about to fulfill a lifelong goal last year when she received some life-changing news. “I was just about to graduate with my master’s degree,” she said. “Two weeks before, I was diagnosed with [breast] cancer.” For Palmdale resident Earline Fontenette, the diagnosis came more than 17 years ago.…

REMINDER: Making Strides Breast Cancer walk this Saturday

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PALMDALE – In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the American Cancer Society is inviting the Antelope Valley community to its inaugural Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. The 5K noncompetitive walk will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Palmdale Amphitheatre/Marie Kerr Park, located at 2723 West Rancho Vista Boulevard. Registration begins…

Ladies First Fitness donates one-month memberships to breast cancer walk

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LANCASTER – Ladies First Fitness & Spa is donating 500 one-month free membership passes to breast cancer survivors who participate in the inaugural Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K this Saturday. The noncompetitive walk, held in conjunction with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is scheduled for Saturday, October 19 at the Palmdale Amphitheatre/Marie Kerr Park,…

Countdown to AV Heart & Stroke Walk

PALMDALE – Palmdale residents Keyota Cole and her daughter Faith are participating for the first time in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Antelope Valley Heart & Stroke Walk. They are joining hundreds of other walkers this Saturday (Oct. 12) at Marie Kerr Park in Palmdale to celebrate life and join the fight against heart disease…