• The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Riverside Community Hospital

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one-third of all adults in the United States are considered obese. Individuals who are considered morbidly obese have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher or those who have a BMI of 35 coupled with obesity-related health conditions. If you’re struggling to lose weight on your own, then it may be time to consider bariatric weight loss surgery.

    The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Riverside Community Hospital offers three innovative procedures to achieve surgical weight loss, including:

    Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
    During this procedure, the stomach’s capacity is limited by placing an inflatable band around the upper portion of the stomach, ultimately decreasing its capacity and increasing the feeling of fullness. This band can be adjusted as needed to achieve optimal weight loss. Most procedures are done on an outpatient basis and can be completed in as little as 45 minutes.


    Laparoscopic Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass
    This procedure is used to reduce the size of a patient’s stomach by stapling and separating the upper portion. Part of the intestine is also bypassed to inhibit food absorption and aid in rapid weight loss. Most patients are required to stay in the hospital for 1-2 nights following this 90 minute procedure.


    Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
    This restrictive procedure is designed to create a sleeve-shaped stomach pouch by removing a remnant of the stomach and stapling the remaining tissue so that it only has a 1-4 ounce capacity. Generally completed in an hour to an hour and 15 minutes, this procedure typically requires the patient to remain in the hospital overnight.


    If you’re searching for the best minimally invasive surgery procedures to help you lose weight, then look no further than the Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Riverside Community Hospital. Calculate your BMI and find out more about our services by visiting our website, or set up a consultation by calling (951) 788-3000.

  • Text “ER” to 23000 | ER Wait Times | Riverside Community Hospital

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  • Riverside County’s Only Transplant Program | Riverside Community Hospital

    Studies show that at least 47,000 people were waiting for kidney transplants as of the year 2000 in the United States. And while the exact numbers have changed over the years, thousands of individuals are still currently waiting for a kidney and/or pancreas transplants. Fortunately, the Transplant Program at Riverside Community Hospital offers patients both kidney and kidney/pancreas transplantations.

    Medical Team

    Our physicians and surgeons ensure a patient-centered program that offers individualized diagnostic and treatment services for transplantation candidates. We strive to provide all of our services in a safe, compassionate environment to facilitate whole-body healing, rather than just treating the isolated problem. Our program is dedicated to helping patients receive the most comprehensive treatments when an organ transplant is the best or only option. Our team of board certified physicians and surgeons, all of whom are part of our highly trained multi-disciplinary transplantation team, are known for providing comprehensive, exceptional clinical services with survival statistics surpassing the national average.

    All of our kidney and kidney/pancreas transplantation procedures are performed by an interdisciplinary team of specialists to ensure procedure success and high survival rates. In order to be put on a transplant donor list, all patients are required to undergo a thorough evaluation and medical screening to ensure candidacy. After an individual is placed on the donor list, they are still required to undergo monitoring on a consistent basis during the entire waiting period. This not only ensures the patient’s ongoing eligibility, but it also helps physicians identify any health risks that may developed during the waiting process. Once the transplant is completed, our transplant team escorts all patients to the inpatient transplant unit where they will be monitored. This helps identify any necessary follow-up care and also helps our team identify any signs of transplant rejection or bodily infection.

    Let our organ transplant specialists at Riverside Community Hospital help you determine your transplant candidacy and treat you with the quality care you deserve by calling (951) 788-3000 today.

  • ER Wait Times | Text “ER” to 23000

    Here at Riverside Community Hospital, we recognize that text messaging is one of today’s fastest communication methods; that’s why we’ve implemented our new ER Wait Time Text Messaging Program to allow our patients to receive our average emergency room wait times directly to their phone. Our text messaging program also provides patients with occasional updates on hospital events and health information.


    Our ER wait times represent the time it takes for a patient to see a qualified medical professional from the moment they reach our facility. Updated every 30 minutes, our emergency room wait times represent a four-hour rolling average. We strive to beat the national ER wait time average, which is approximately one hour, and provide quality patient care to you and your loved ones.

    Text “ER” to 23000 to be notified of our ER wait times via text message. For more information about our services, contact Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000 today.

  • Breast Imaging Technology

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    Radiology refers to the science of using x-rays and various high-energy radiation methods to diagnose and treat a number of medical conditions. Medical imaging technology, on the other hand, is the process used to create images of the body for clinical purposes—including the various organs and associated functions.

    When it comes to diagnosing and treating conditions of the breasts, there are several different imaging techniques available. Some of the most common breast imaging services include:

    • Mammogram
      A mammogram is an x-ray examination in which the patient’s breasts are compressed between two plastic plates to help get a clear x-ray image of the interior tissues.
    • Breast Needle Localization
      During this procedure, a wire is inserted to mark the position of a breast abnormality. Breast needle localization is often used when the breast abnormality cannot be palpated and only appears on a mammogram. This procedure increases the surgeon’s ability to remove abnormal tissue while reducing the removal of any healthy tissue.
    • Stereotactic Biopsy
      During a stereotactic biopsy, a needle is used to extract tissue samples from a breast abnormality found during a mammogram. These procedures are performed under local anesthesia and guided by computer images.
    • Ultrasound (or Sonogram)
      This procedure uses high-frequency sound waves to create patterns of echoes within the breast tissue, ultimately evaluating breast masses that may be detected in a mammogram or physical examination.
    • Galactogram (or Ductogram)
      During this procedure, a small amount of dye is injected into the pore of the nipple to help identify abnormal nipple discharge.

    Here at Riverside Community Hospital, our Breast Imaging Center offers a wide range of imaging services, including digital mammography, stereotactic & ultrasound guided breast biopsy, MRI services, diagnostic & interventional radiology services, nuclear medicine, and board-certified radiologists.

    Visit our website to learn more about your options, or schedule your annual mammogram today at (951) 276-7550.