• Halloween Safety Tips from Riverside Community Hospital

    Riverside Community Hospital would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy Halloween!

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  • Behind the Science: Cancer Facts, Figures, and Statistics – 2011

    Each year, the American Cancer Society publishes statistics regarding the number of new cancer diagnoses and cancer-related deaths. In this video, the American Cancer Society provides an overview of this years’ statistics. For 2011, the leading cancers in men include prostate, lung, colorectal, and urinary or bladder cancer. The most common for women, on the other hand, include breast, lung, colorectal, and uterine cancer. However, the leading causes for cancer-related deaths differ for men and women. Learn more in this full clip.

    If you’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer, then Riverside Community Hospital is here to help. Learn more about your treatment options and our Cancer Center by visiting our website or by calling (951) 788-3000.

  • Riverside Community Hospital Hosts 4th Semi-Annual NICU Reunion

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    Saturday, October 8th was a special day for the NICU staff at Riverside Community Hospital.  More than 1,200 guests, including NICU graduates and their families, attended Riverside Community Hospital’s 4th bi-annual NICU Reunion. 

    The reunion took place from 12:00pm to 4:00pm in the hospital’s physician’s parking lot and the Health Education Center. The fun-filled event included a petting zoo, clowns, food, jumpers, a cake walk, and more.  At the event, the staff and physicians from Riverside Community Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) reunited with past patients and their families. 

    This was an emotional, yet joyous occasion for some families as they hugged and thanked the staff members who cared for them and their babies during that very stressful time in the family’s life.

    Riverside Community Hospital’s  Level 3B Neonatal Intensive Care Unit serves infants born between 22 -24 weeks of gestation and later. A transport team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, traveling to hospitals throughout the region to pick up and stabilize infants in need of specialized intensive care.
    For more information, please call 951.788.3463.

  • Riverside Community Presents Our 2011 Breast Cancer Forum

    2011 Breast Cancer Forum at Riverside Community Hospital:

    • Wednesday, October 26, 2011 in the Health Education Center at Riverside Community Hospital:
    • Dinner will be served at 6:00pm and the program will begin at 7:00pm.

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    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and increasing breast cancer awareness is the goal of the Cancer and Breast Imaging Centers at Riverside Community Hospital.

    Our mission is simple: We want to find a cure.

    In our continuing effort to educate our community and increase awareness of breast cancer, Riverside Community Hospital and the American Cancer Society invite you to participate in an educational event designed to empower women to take charge of their breast health.

    Every three minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. One out of every eight women living in the Inland Empire will be treated for breast cancer in their lifetime. In the United States alone 40,970 women will lose their battle to this devastating disease this year.

    Knowledge is power. That’s why we are inviting you to participate in our celebration. Join us for a special evening and dinner Wednesday, October 26th at 6:00pm at Riverside Community Hospital for a panel discussion as we discuss topics including:

    • Breast Imaging, Including Breast Ultrasound & Breast MRI”
    • Understanding Your Surgical Options
    • Advances in Breast Reconstruction
    • After Surgery, What’s Next?

    Space is limited. To reserve a spot, call 951.788.3463 by Friday, October 21st.

    *Remember, knowledge is the key to prevention. 

  • Breast Cancer Awareness

    Breast Cancer Awareness

    The month of October celebrates National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a month dedicated to educating patients and consumers on the importance of breast health and reducing the risk of breast cancer. Consider the following information on breast cancer to learn more about how you can maintain your long-term breast health and reduce your risk of breast cancer.

    What is Breast Cancer?
    Breast cancer refers to a disease in which cancer cells or tumors grow within the tissue of the breasts. While some types of breast cancer may be localized within the breast tissue, the cancer cells may also metastasize and spread to other areas of the body.  Studies show that approximately 1 in every 8 women will suffer from breast cancer over the course of their lifetime; however, breast cancer may develop in men as well.

    Risk Factors
    While the direct cause of breast cancer is unknown, there are several factors that may increase the risk of developing cancer, including:

    • Increased age
    • Family history of cancer
    • Changes in breast tissue or increased breast density
    • Gene mutations
    • Tobacco use
    • Overuse of alcohol
    • Early onset of menstruation

    Signs and Symptoms
    Early stages of breast cancer may not demonstrate any symptoms, but as the cancer grows, the common signs include:

    • A lump or the thickening of the tissue in the breast or in the underarm
    • Change in size or shape of breast
    • Nipple discharge
    • Changes in the feel or look of the breast tissue, areola, or nipple

    Prevention and Treatment
    The best way to treat breast cancer is to find it early through the use of clinical breast exams, self-breast exams, and mammograms. However, individuals suffering from breast cancer have a number of treatment options, including a lumpectomy, mastectomy, sentinel lymph node biopsy, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, biologic therapy, and hormonal therapy.

    Here at Riverside Community Hospital, our Cancer Center provides ongoing cancer support services, diagnostic imaging, and treatment services to help cancer patients beat this devastating disease. Learn more about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by contacting us at (951) 788-3000 today!

  • Eye Conditions and Injury Prevention

    Eye Health

    It’s important to always wear protective eye equipment when playing sports, handling chemicals, and for any activity that may allow particles or debris to enter the eye. Studies show that half all eye injuries that occur each year take place in or around the home. While half of eye injuries are caused by activities, the other half of eye injuries refer to actual conditions that affect or interfere with one’s visual capacity. Some of the most common eye ailments include:

    • Presbyopia
      Many individuals over age 40 suffer from a type of refractive error known as presbyopia, or a condition in which an individual cannot see items unless they are an arm’s length away. This is often the result of a change in the lens due to the natural aging process.
    • Glaucoma
      Glaucoma is characterized by increased pressure in the eye that presses on the optic nerve, distorting vision and leading to blindness if not treated.
    • Diabetic Retinopathy
      This is an eye condition suffered by diabetics in which the blood vessels break open and leak, distorting vision and making the eyes appear red.
    • Cataracts
      A Cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that lessens visual ability. However, cataracts are slowly progressive which means that patients may not realize that they are losing sharpness in their vision for a long period of time.

    The best way to reduce your risk for eye injury or a degenerative eye condition is to undergo an eye screening every two to three years. Individuals who are over than 65 years of age, have a family history of eye conditions or diabetes, or have suffered a serious eye injury in the past should undergo more frequent screenings. Let the highly trained physicians and nurses at Riverside Community Hospital help you maintain the best eye health possible. We also provide emergency and trauma services for serious eye injuries. Contact us online or give us a call at (951) 788-3000.

  • Do You Want to Learn More About Our Recent Blog Topics? Dig Deeper With These Helpful Resources!

    Medical Research

    Are you interested in your weight loss surgery options? What are some of the most commonly used radiology and medical imaging technologies? If you’re looking for more information on heart health, bariatric weight loss surgery, radiology and imaging techniques, or organ transplantation, then check out some of these great resources.

    • Learn more about obesity statistics with this link from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    • Find out more information regarding bariatric weight loss surgery methods with this article from win.niddk.nih.gov.
    • Is your weight putting you at risk for certain health risks Find out with this overview from webmd.com.
    • Check out this link from gehealthcare.com for more information on the GE Innova 3100.
    • This link from pbs.org provides an overview on the anatomy and function of the human heart.
    • Are you at risk for heart disease? Visit this heartdisease.about.com link to assess your risk.
    • Why are mammograms so important? Find out with this link from cancer.gov.
    • This link from livestrong.com discusses the main reasons to undergo a diagnostic mammogram or ultrasound.
    • Visit this emedicinehealth.com link for more information on kidney transplants.
    • How is a pancreas transplant performed? Check out this mayoclinic.com overview for more information on the reasons for and procedural steps for pancreas transplantations.

    For more information about Riverside Community Hospital and our services, call at (951) 788-3000 or visit our website.

  • The Heart Care Institute at Riverside Community Hospital

    Heart Care

    Here at Riverside Community Hospital, our physicians and medical specialists are devoted to treating and combating heart disease using the most comprehensive, high-tech services in the Inland Empire. In fact, our Heart Care Institute is the first designated STEMI Receiving Center in Riverside County—with a time-to-treatment goal of 90 minutes or less and with the quickest time-to-treatment recorded at a mere 23 minutes!

    Our Heart Care Institute also serves as the first hospital in California accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. With over 50 beds in our emergency room and three new GE Innova 3100 catheterization labs, our Heart Care Institute provides easy access during the entire hospitalization process. Additional services at the Heart Care Institute include the following:

    • Catheterization Laboratory
    • Rapid Response AMI Program
    • Cardiac Patient Transfers
    • Diagnostic and Intervention Peripheral Procedures
    • Diagnostic and Intervention Coronary Procedures
    • Electrophysiology Studies and Ablations
    • Cardiac Rhythm Management (including pacemakers and internal defibrillator implants)
    • Cardiovascular Surgery (including open heart surgery, MAZE procedures, and AAA stent grafting)
    • Cardiac Rehabilitation for Phases I, II, and III
    • Transfusion-Free Blood Management Programs

    If you’re interested in more information on our heart health services or treatment options for a number of heart conditions, then contact the Heart Care Institute at Riverside Community Hospital. Visit our website to review our cardiac physicians and locations or give us a call at (951) 788-3000. Your heart health is our number one priority, so contact us today.