• Obesity: It’s the Little Things

    Obesity is not a condition that develops overnight. As this video animation demonstrates, it results from the accumulation of small actions that cause subtle weight gain.

    Every time you choose to use the escalator instead of the stairs, or you drink a soda instead of water, you contribute to a future weight problem. For every pound that your body gains, your cardiovascular and skeletal system endures a little more pressure. Obesity can lead to serious conditions such heart disease, arthritis, and type 2 diabetes. By making small changes to your diet and exercise routine, you can ward off obesity and its dangers.

    Riverside Community Hospital offers prevention and treatment options for Riverside area patients experiencing weight issues. To learn more about our healthcare services, including bariatric weight loss surgery, call (951) 788-3000.

  • A Special Thank You to Our Doctors

    National Doctors Day

    Today, as hospitals and communities nationwide observe National Doctors Day, Riverside Community Hospital would like to send a special” thank you” to the people who make a difference in the lives of many.  Everyday lives are saved or touched by the sacrifice and dedication that is made by physicians who endlessly serve their community.

    They dedicate their lives to the care of others, tendering hope and healing that only doctors can. These extraordinary individuals reach out to bring comfort and second chances to patients and families every day. At Riverside Community Hospital our goal and mission is to improve the overall health of those we care for in our community.  Our physicians play a vital role as we work together fulfilling this mission. As we celebrate National Doctors Day, we have the opportunity to recognize the hard work and outstanding dedication that the physicians demonstrate in our hospital each day.

    We ask that you take the time today to wish your physician a Happy Doctors Day,  and let them know how much they are valued and how they have made a difference in your life.

    Happy Doctors Day to all of the Physicians at Riverside Community Hospital from all of us at RCH.

  • Cancer Treatment: The CyberKnife Technology

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    When you’re diagnosed with lung cancer, it’s important to know and understand all your treatment options. Traditional surgery and chemotherapy are two of the most commonly known procedures, but they are far from the only effective cancer care methods. Medical advances now allow for a diverse array of cancer-fighting treatments that produce little to no complications. At the forefront of this technology is the CyberKnife system. If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, read the following information on why you may want to consult your Riverside Community Hospital doctor about your CyberKnife options:

    What is CyberKnife?
    The CyberKnife system is a robotic radiosurgery treatment method that uses no incisions when treating cancer. This means that the patient never experiences any of the invasive measures they would when undergoing traditional surgery. Instead, CyberKnife relies on concentrated radiation energy that is administered directly to the cancer site. As they receive treatment, each patient is alert and rests comfortably on a treatment table. Most sessions average approximately one hour, after which patients can leave and resume their normal activities.

    How can CyberKnife assist lung cancer treatment?
    The CyberKnife system utilizes the most innovative practices in both radiation therapy and imaging technology. Prior to treatment, the lung cancer patient receives a CT scan that identifies the cancer’s current state of progress. Once the intensity and location of treatment is determined, CyberKnife care can be immediately administered. Due to the efficiency of the CyberKnife system, physicians are able to target only the regions affected by lung cancer; healthy tissues, organs, and bones are unharmed.

    Who is a candidate for CyberKnife?
    Because CyberKnife allows for treatment at any angle, it affords care to those with difficult-to-reach cancer. As a result, lung cancer patients who cannot be treated with surgery or traditional radiation therapy can receive CyberKnife for their condition. Individuals who are too weak to have invasive surgery or chemotherapy can also benefit from this treatment method.

    Would you like to learn more about the CyberKnife system? Then call Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000. Our CyberKnife Center offers the most advanced cancer care treatment options for Riverside area patients. To learn more about your lung cancer diagnosis, use our Consult-A-Nurse referral system.

  • More Helpful Health Resources

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    Riverside Community Hospital offers comprehensive medical care for patients in the greater Riverside region. Our heart hospital can help you and your loved ones learn the steps to safeguarding your heart health for a lifetime of well-being. Call (951) 788-3000 or visit our website to learn more about the extensive number of services we provide. You can also click through the links below for more on our recent blog topics.

  • Treating Heart Disease: Why Prevention is Better

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    Heart disease often stems from a lifetime of unhealthy habits that produce ill effects on the cardiovascular system. As a result, many older individuals either suffer heart attacks or get diagnosed with other heart problems. While the senior community experiences a high percentage of heart disease issues, heart hospital specialists stress that these problems begin with behaviors exhibited during young adulthood. If you don’t think you’re at risk of heart disease, think again. What you do today directly impacts how you feel tomorrow. Read on to learn about a few of the reasons why you should reassess your prevention habits.

    Feeling Stronger
    The advantages of taking care of your heart are immediate. When you eat nutritious foods and engage in regular physical activity, you feel more robust and energetic. Maintaining a healthy weight and quitting your tobacco usage can also make you feel better. Life becomes more enjoyable when you take the proper steps to avoid heart disease, which is reason enough to practice them.

    Living Longer
    The evidence is conclusive. When you demonstrate heart healthy habits, you lower your risk of heart disease, which can increase your lifespan. However, adding more years to your life isn’t just about a number. It also means having more opportunities to accomplish what you want and spending more time with loved ones.

    Avoiding Medical Costs
    Heart disease manifests itself in many ways, all of which may require extensive and expensive medical intervention. From needing blood pressure medication to requiring heart surgery, heart disease typically translates into high medical bills. Don’t compromise your physical and financial well-being; begin practicing heart healthy behaviors today to avoid the costs of heart disease.

    Would you like to learn more about what you can do for your heart? Contact Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000 to schedule a consultation at our heart care institute. Our Riverside heart hospital can see to it that you have all the information and support you need to safeguard your heart health both now and in the future.

  • Riverside Community Hospital Holds Ground Breaking Ceremony for New $315 Million Major Expansion Project

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    Plans for the new major $315 million expansion project finally came to fruition for Riverside Community Hospital when over 300 individuals including hospital administrators and board members, local and state officials, community representatives, local business owners and Chamber members celebrated the official ground breaking Friday, March 1, 2013.

    The ground breaking ceremony took place at the site of the future parking garage to formally kick off a significant expansion of the facility.  State Senator Richard Roth, District 31, and Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey were among officials who took part in the ceremonial start of the expansion project.  After completion, expected by 2017, Riverside Community Hospital will feature a new 5-story parking garage with 1,061 parking spaces, a 3-story medical office building, and a new 7-story, 292,000 square-foot patient tower with 72 private patient rooms, bringing the 373-bed hospital to a 445-bed hospital.

    The addition of the new patient tower will provide more space to accommodate families and expand services to more critically ill patients. Several floors of the patient tower will be shelled space available for future growth and expansion.

    “This is truly an exciting time for Riverside Community Hospital, the community of Riverside and the entire Inland Empire region we serve” stated Patrick Brilliant, Riverside Community Hospital President and CEO. “We’ve been working for the better part of seven years to reach this point and begin construction on this campus expansion project. Many people in this community deserve to share this momentous event which their hard work and support helped create. We are honored to have community leaders including Senator Roth, Mayor Rusty Bailey, Cindy Roth and Brian Hawley from the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce, our City Council officials, Pastor Harry Cole of Calvary Presbyterian Church and my hospital staff officials and board members join us in celebration of this occasion and the first steps toward the completion of our future hospital.”

    “This project truly represents Riverside Community Hospital’s commitment to patient care for our residents,” Chief of Medical Staff, Dr. Lawrence Clark said. “With the expansion, we will be able to meet the needs of a growing community for generations to come. Over the last 110 years, this hospital has established a reputation and trust within our community, and I’m excited that together we will have the opportunity to watch this vision of the new hospital tower become a reality.”

    The construction project will result in 400 jobs over the duration of the project in various construction trades and nearly 300 full-time hospital positions when completed. 

    Visit www.riversidecommunityhospital.com for routine updates about the expansion project and other healthcare news.

  • Know the Right Medication for Flu Season Relief

    Flu season is here, but knowing how to fight off the illness may not always be clear. This video explains when to seek medications and when to use at-home remedies for your children.

    Illnesses such as colds and the flu develop from viruses, which cannot be eliminated with antibiotics. In fact, using antibiotics for these illnesses may make your child less likely to resist bacterial infections in the future. Instead, doctors advise that parents address the symptoms of their child’s cold or flu and try to make them more comfortable. Ease a sore throat with ice chips. Alleviate an earache with a warm cloth. When in doubt about how to help your child, consult with a physician for further advice.

    Riverside Community Hospital wants to help parents trying to cope with this year’s severe flu season. If you have questions about how to treat your child’s flu, call our Riverside facility at (951) 788-3000 for more information. You can also take advantage of our Consult-A-Nurse service, which can help to identify flu symptoms.

  • Common Misconceptions About the Flu

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    The United States is facing a particularly severe flu season this year. Unfortunately, this news is often not enough to prompt people to get a flu shot to protect themselves from the flu’s effects. Though the flu can result in serious repercussions for even healthy adults, many people neglect their well-being because of widespread flu misconceptions. The following statements constitute just a few of the many myths surrounding the flu.

    You can contract the flu from the flu shot.
    Many people fear that the flu vaccination will actually cause them to develop the flu. This idea is wholly incorrect, as the flu shot contains only a dead flu virus. No dead virus can cause you to get sick. Though some individuals may experience minor side effects from getting a flu immunization, no one is at risk for contracting the virus from a shot.

    You don’t need a vaccine if you’re younger than 65 years of age.
    Older individuals are highly encouraged to get a flu shot, as the immune systems of seniors are typically weaker than those of younger people. However, young adults are not invulnerable to getting the flu. Though healthy people under the age of 65 have a greater likelihood of making a full recovery from the flu, it can still cause days or weeks of illness and complications. To avoid the inconvenience and discomfort of the flu, see a doctor for a flu shot.

    You can treat the flu with antibiotics.
    Antibiotics are effective only against bacterial infections. Given the fact that a virus causes the flu, antibiotics are useless. Despite this fact, many people assume that should they get influenza, they can be quickly treated with antibiotics. Even worse, they may try to treat themselves with older antibiotic prescriptions left over from previous illnesses. It’s important to understand the dangers of using antibiotics for the flu. Not only will they not alleviate your symptoms, but they can also make it harder to fight off bacterial infections in the future. To stay healthy and avoid unnecessary medications, get a flu vaccination today.

    Riverside Community Hospital offers influenza vaccinations for patients in the greater Riverside area. If you are suffering from extreme flu symptoms or complications, use our iTriage symptom checker or call (951) 788-3000 for further help.

  • Find the Health Information You Are Looking For at These Pages

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    Taking good care of your heart today can mean years of well-being in the future. These articles discuss the components that can affect the health of your heart and ways to monitor them.

    • Your dietary habits are a major influence on your heart’s health. ChooseMyPlate.gov provides readers with a breakdown of nutritious proteins.
    • What does your blood pressure reading mean? The American Heart Association explains what your blood pressure numbers indicate for your heart.
    • Elevated cholesterol can increase your risk for both heart attack and stroke. The National Stroke Association offers some helpful suggestions on how to keep your cholesterol at a healthy level.
    • Watching your weight is important, but managing your body mass index is equally essential to protecting your heart health. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute offers readers the opportunity to calculate their BMI.
    • Obese individuals may want to consider bariatric weight loss to alleviate their risk for heart disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration describes the gastric banding process, a form of bariatric surgery.

    Riverside Community Hospital offers comprehensive medical care for patients in the greater Riverside region. Our heart hospital can help you and your loved ones learn the steps to safeguarding your heart health for a lifetime of well-being. Call (951) 788-3000 or visit our website to learn more about the extensive number of services we provide.

  • How to Make Silent Heart Disease Risk Factors Speak Up

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    A major reason why heart disease is so prevalent in the United States is because too few people realize that they’re at risk. Serious conditions like heart attack and congestive heart failure may either come on suddenly or develop without warning signs. That’s why heart hospital specialists urge adults to know the facts about their heart health. In particular, the following three numbers can help individuals recognize early risk factors that may lead to more severe heart problems in the future.

    Body Mass Index
    Your weight plays a big part in determining your heart health, but stepping onto a scale each morning is not enough. Your weight number is important to know, but more imperative to safeguarding your heart is ascertaining your body mass index, or BMI. Your BMI is a calculation that factors in both your weight and height to determine if you are overweight or obese. If a person’s BMI is 30 or above, they are considered obese and may require bariatric weight loss to alleviate the risk of heart disease.

    Cholesterol
    Cholesterol is not an inherently harmful substance, but most people consume more of it than necessary. When this happens, cholesterol will collect in the bloodstream, which can lead to dangerous artery blockages over time. Unfortunately, high cholesterol is not evident in most people. To find out whether you suffer from elevated cholesterol, make an appointment at your heart hospital to have your levels checked.

    Blood Pressure
    High blood pressure typically shows no signs, which is why you should see a heart hospital specialist on a regular basis to have your blood pressure read. Without consistent supervision of your blood pressure readings, you may be inadvertently putting additional stress on your arteries, which can lead to a heart attack in the future.

    Do you know what your BMI, cholesterol, and blood pressure numbers are? If not, call Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000 to schedule an appointment at our Riverside facility. You can also learn more about the effects of obesity, elevated cholesterol, and high blood pressure by using our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral system.