• Obesity Treatment: Tips for Talking to Your Doctor


    Obesity can be a very difficult condition to treat, even with healthy lifestyle changes involving diet and exercise. If you are suffering from obesity and the health complications that are often associated with it, you owe it to yourself to explore the many treatment options available to you. Below are some questions that you may want to ask when consulting with your doctor about your weight loss options.

    What kind of efforts should I be focusing on to reduce my weight?
    Depending on the severity of your condition, your physician may recommend a specific diet or exercise plan to promote healthy weight loss and increased wellness. Other lifestyle factors, such as tobacco use, may also come into play when formulating a weight loss plan.

    Which treatment options do you recommend for me?
    For many men and women, simple lifestyle modifications are not enough to produce satisfying weight loss results. If this is true for you, ask your doctor what other treatments he or she can recommend that could improve your weight loss.

    What changes should I make to my diet to promote weight loss?
    Regardless of the weight loss plan that you choose, you can be sure that diet will be essential in every one. When discussing your treatment options with your doctor, learn the dietary recommendations thoroughly so that you can receive the full benefits of your chosen therapy. Good eating habits will also help you to maintain a healthier weight throughout your life, after your treatment is completed.

    The Riverside Community Hospital Center for Surgical Weight Loss offers the patients in our community three minimally invasive bariatric procedures to improve their health with reduced discomfort and recovery time. If you are wondering whether or not weight loss surgery is an option for you or your loved one, contact the Riverside Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line today at (951) 788-3000. Our nurses can help you find an experienced bariatric surgeon in your area.

  • Staying Healthy After an Organ Transplant

    Healthy Senior

    Organ transplantation provides those in dire need with a second chance at an active, normal life. To return to their pre-surgical routine, transplant patients must commit to a few lifestyle changes that promote continued health and prevent tissue rejection. If you have recently received the gift of a donor organ or are currently on the waiting list, read on to learn more about living a healthy life after transplantation surgery.

    • Get post-transplant testing done
      During follow-up visits, the transplant team may suggest a variety of different tests to assess a patient’s health and detect any possible signs of organ rejection. A lung transplant patient, for example, may undergo a pulmonary function test to determine how efficiently the new organs are transferring oxygen into the circulating blood.
    • Take steps to prevent rejection
      Organ rejection occurs when the recipient’s immune system recognizes the new tissue as a foreign invader and attempts to destroy it. To prevent transplant organs from being rejected, physicians prescribe anti-rejection medications that quiet the immune system’s response to the donated tissue.
    • Learn to avoid infection
      While anti-rejection medications can be very effective in preventing the destruction of the donor organ, these prescriptions can also inhibit the body’s ability to fight off dangerous infectious agents such as the flu. It is important to take the necessary precautions to avoid any pathogens, especially in the months immediately following your surgery.
    • Know your unique health concerns
      Depending on the organ that is transplanted, an organ recipient can have an increased risk of developing certain chronic conditions after his or her procedure.If you are in line for organ transplantation, speak with your doctor about your unique risks and how to manage them.
    • Carefully monitor your diet
      Eating a healthy, balanced diet and participating in regular physical activity are important for all men, women, and children, but become especially important for those who undergo organ transplantation. Living healthier will help to boost immunity and hasten the recovery process.

    Riverside Community Hospital is home to an advanced Transplant Program offering both kidney and kidney/pancreas transplantation. Our program strives to provide only the highest quality of individualized care for patients in need of a donor organ. Contact Riverside today at (951) 788-3000 for more information about our organ donation team.

  • Getting Pregnant: Ovulation

    In most cases, couples looking to start a family will conceive within a year of dedicated effort. Couples suffering from infertility problems, however, can have difficulties conceiving and may not be able to achieve a successful pregnancy without medical intervention. For these couples, knowing the woman’s peak fertility times can improve the likelihood of successful fertilization. Watch this video to learn more about ovulation and what it takes to get pregnant. 

    To assist women in the pregnancy, labor, and delivery processes, Riverside Community Hospital is proud to offer comprehensive women’s and children’s services that focus on patient-centered care and education. If you are interested in learning more about the full range of services we offer the community of Riverside, CA, simply call our staff today at (951) 788-3000.

  • Obesity in Children and Teens

    Childhood Obesity

    Obesity is rapidly becoming a serious epidemic in the United States—and it is not only affecting our country’s adult population. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over one-third of America’s children are obese. Over the past three decades, the prevalence of childhood obesity has more than tripled. Caused by an imbalance in calorie ingestion and expenditure, this condition can significantly increase a child’s risk for developing a variety of other health complications, including:

    • High blood pressure (hypertension)
    • Type-II diabetes mellitus
    • High LDL (“bad”) cholesterol
    • Asthma
    • Sleep apnea
    • Depression
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Some cancers

    Treating obesity in children can be difficult, but it is not impossible. Effective, sustained weight loss depends on the development of healthier habits that carry on into his or her adult life. In some cases, medical professionals such as a dietician or behavioral therapist can help to isolate the cause of weight gain and suggest solutions for treatment.  Typically, weight loss involves encouraging the child to eat a healthy, balanced diet and participate in regular physical activity.

    • Diet
      A child’s diet should be low in saturated fats, trans fats, and sugary juices or soda drinks. Fruits, vegetables, high-fiber foods, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products are all important aspects of a nutritious, balanced diet. Parents should set good examples for their children, avoid fast-food restaurants, and prepare healthy meals.
    • Exercise
      Just as important as a balanced diet is the child’s level of physical activity. With the introduction of computers and video games, children have progressively spent less and less time outside participating in more active pursuits. Children should be encouraged to avoid these sedentary activities and spend at least one hour per day exercising and being physically active.
    • Health concerns
      Lung diseases, joint problems, and other health conditions can contribute to a child’s weight gain. Treating these problems and resolving any symptoms will help to promote healthy weight loss.

    Setting a good example for your child is one of the most important ways to help him or her develop the healthy habits that last a lifetime. To take that first step towards healthy weight loss, contact the Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Riverside Community Hospital by calling (951) 788-3000.

  • Women’s and Children’s Services at Riverside Community Hospital

    Women's Health

    At Riverside Community Hospital, we understand the importance of providing the highest quality of care to the women and children in our community. For this reason, our team of specialized clinicians and medical professionals offers a full range of women’s and children’s services to promote the health of every woman and child. Our services include, but are not limited to:

    • Care for high-risk pregnancies
      Conditions such as gestational diabetes and high blood pressure can endanger the health of an expecting mother and her developing child. At Riverside, we offer pregnant women full assessments and diagnoses before the baby is born, including a personalized plan of care and treatment to ensure the health of mother and baby.
    • Neonatal intensive care unit
      The presence of our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provides new parents with increased feelings of safety and security during their stay. Staffed by specially trained medical professionals, the NICU is prepared all day, every day to care for infants.
    • Breastfeeding clinic
      First-time mothers often have many questions regarding the breastfeeding process. To assist mothers with this experience, Riverside offers a Breastfeeding Clinic to answer questions and provide support. The clinic can also serve as a follow-up visit post delivery—women can have their new baby weighed and bilirubin levels checked.
    • Prenatal education services
      The Women’s Services Center education clinics are meant to provide women and their families with the information they need to promote the physical and emotional health of their new baby. We offer a variety of different courses, from sibling preparation to prepared childbirth.
    • Breast imaging
      Mammograms have the ability to detect dangerous cancers of the breast during their earliest and most treatable stages. At Riverside, we strive to make breast imaging more accessible and comfortable so more women choose to undergo this life-saving exam.

    To learn more about our comprehensive women and child healthcare services, simply call the Riverside Community Hospital Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (951) 788-3000. You can also check our online calendar of events to find out when our classes and clinics are taking place.

  • Happy Mother’s Day! from Riverside Community Hospital


    In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’ve put together a list of quotes honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society:

    • Mother – that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries. –T. DeWitt Talmage
    • There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it. –Chinese Proverb
    • When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. –Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty
    • A mother understands what a child does not say. –Jewish Proverb
    • A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. –Washington Irving (1783-1859)

  • Save a Life: Become a Donor


    When illness or injury threatens the proper functioning of one of the body’s organs, a patient may depend on the availability of a donor organ to keep him or her alive. Unfortunately, only a few of these patients are able to get an organ transplant in time. 

    There are approximately 113, 463 American men and women waiting for organs. Due to a lack of donors, about 18 patients die every day while they wait for a second chance at life. Taking a few minutes to register as an eye, organ, or tissue donor can help save lives. According to the United States Department of Health & Human Services, one organ donor can save up to eight lives

    The process of becoming an organ donor begins when a person recognizes his or her ability to help others. To indicate his or her consent to be an organ donor, a person simply needs to enroll in his or her state’s donor registry, which is often available online. Many of the men and women who decide to register as a donor will also speak with their friends and family about their decision, so that they can support their decision when the need arises.

    Most donated organs go to local patients in need. Riverside Community Hospital provides the only transplant services department in the Riverside community, offering both kidney and kidney/pancreas transplantation. Our comprehensive Transplant Program is dedicated to the health of each patient through individualized diagnostic and treatment services focused on whole body healing. If you would like to find out more about our exceptional multi-disciplinary team of transplant specialists, contact Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000. If you are considering signing up to become an organ, eye, or tissue donor, visit Riverside’s Donate Life page.

  • Happy Nurses Week from HCA and Riverside Community Hospital

    We’re fortunate have some of the best nurses around. We thank you all and wish you a Happy Nurses Week!

  • Would You Like To Learn More About Making Healthy Choices?

    Healthy Living

    If you enjoyed reading our recent blog posts about cardiovascular health and committing to healthy choices, you may also enjoy the helpful articles below. If you have any further questions, please call Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000.

    • When traveling, it is important to stay hydrated. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to learn more about water disinfection and treatment when traveling abroad.
    • Are you looking for more health-related traveling advice This article from the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers (IAMAT) provides more helpful information.
    • More and more Americans are becoming overweight and obese. This fact sheet from the CDC lists the prevalence and cost of this condition in the United States.
    • There is some evidence that links obesity with a higher risk for many types of cancer. Read more about this correlation on the Obesity Society website.
    • Eating right is one of the first steps to losing weight and living healthy. Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website for some great tips for eating well.
    • While some risk factors for stroke cannot be altered, others, such as obesity, can be changed through lifestyle modification. Check out the National Stroke Association website for more information about your possible stroke factors.
    • Millions of Americans suffer from an alcohol use disorder. You can learn more about the symptoms of alcohol abuse and alcoholism on the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence website.
    • Would you like to learn some simple ways to keep your heart healthy? The American Heart Association provides ample information about exercise, diet, weight management, and more.
    • Exercise is one of the best ways to stay healthy and increase your heart’s efficiency. If you suffer from heart disease, read this article from the American College of Sports Medicine to learn more about exercising with coronary heart disease.
    • Becoming an organ donor in your state can give another person a second chance at life. OrganDonor.gov contains some useful information about the enrollment process and how you can register today.

  • Join us for Riverside Community Hospital’s Healthy Heart Rally!

    2012 RCH Biker Poker Run FLYER[1]

    Registration cost is $30 for a single rider and $35 for a couple rider (or two on a bike). Shirt size will be collected during registration. Riders will also receive a patch. The ride will begin at Skipford in Riverside and end at the health fair at Riverside Community Hospital. 

    For more information & registration, please call (951) 788-3530 or go to  www.riversidecommunityhospital.com