• The Differences Between Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia

    Individuals with diabetes must regularly assess their blood glucose levels to avoid both hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. This video explains these conditions and their potentially dangerous effects.

    Hyperglycemia occurs when blood glucose levels are too high, which can lead to damage of the blood vessels, nerves, and eyes. Hypoglycemia results from insufficient levels of blood glucose. People with hypoglycemia may become confused, faint, or even fall into a coma. To avoid hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, monitor your blood glucose levels as recommended by your physician.

    Would you like to learn more about how to keep your diabetes in check? Then call Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000 or visit our website. We offer diabetes management classes for residents in the Riverside area.

  • Riverside Community Hospital Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

    Dan Bowers

    Riverside Community Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Bowers as the new Chief Operating Officer effective Monday, April 15, 2013.  Mr. Bowers replaces Doug Long who left Riverside Community Hospital on January 1, 2013 to join West Hills Medical Center in West Hills, California as CEO.

    Mr. Bowers brings extensive health administration background to his new role at Riverside Community Hospital.  Prior to joining the Riverside Community Hospital’s leadership team, Bowers served as Vice President for Accountable Care and Clinic Operations at Heritage Provider Network in Northridge, CA.

     Before his time at Heritage, Mr. Bowers had a 15-year career with Tenet Healthcare including as Corporate Director of Rehabilitation and Post-Acute Services, and also as CEO of several Tenet facilities including Joellen Smith Regional Medical Center and RINO in New Orleans, San Dimas Community Hospital and JFK Memorial Hospital in California.

    “I am very pleased to be a part of the Riverside Community Hospital family and working for the healthcare benefit of the greater Riverside community.  I believe Riverside Community Hospital has a long history of being a community partner and I look forward to enhancing that partnership,” said Mr. Bowers. “I have lived and or worked in the greater Riverside area most of my professional career so I feel like I am at home. I am looking forward to developing relationships within and outside the hospital as we continue to move forward with our expansion plans to enhance the overall health of those we serve”.

    Dan has a Masters in Organizational Management from Chapman University and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winona State University.  Dan currently lives in Corona, is familiar with the area and has participated as a member on several community governing boards.

    “We are delighted that Dan has joined Riverside Community Hospital as Chief Operating Officer and as a part of our executive team,” says President and CEO Patrick Brilliant.  “Dan brings a wealth of health care experience to Riverside Community Hospital along with extensive experience in construction, program growth and development which will be instrumental as we continue to move forward in our hospital expansion project.”

    About Riverside Community Hospital (RCH)
    Founded in 1901, Riverside Community Hospital is a 373 licensed bed, full-service acute care hospital in the heart of the Inland Empire. With over 500 physicians on staff, representing over 200 specialties and over 1,700 employees, Riverside Community Hospital is an Inland Empire leader in providing advanced, comprehensive health care to the Inland region.  RCH houses the largest Emergency Room and Trauma Center in the Inland Empire at 50 beds.  RCH is one of Riverside County’s only STEMI (heart attack) receiving centers and is a fully accredited Chest Pain Center.  Centers of Excellence include the HeartCare Institute, offering invasive and non-invasive cardiac procedures, the Transplant Program and a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

  • Understanding the Basics of Infertility

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    Some couples that wish to have a family may find it more difficult than they expected. A woman may not be able to conceive or stay pregnant due to her health issues, those of her partner, or a combination of the two. Finding out that you are infertile can be challenging, but it does not necessarily mean that you can’t have children in the future. In many cases, couples can have healthy babies by staying hopeful and persistent and working with specialists at Riverside Community Hospital. The following questions and answers will help you learn more about infertility and its treatment options:

    How does infertility happen?
    Infertility can occur for a myriad of reasons. In some cases, the female partner may experience a health condition such as endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, or uterine fibroids that hinders her ability to conceive. Other women may suffer from infertility due to smoking, excessive drinking, or obesity. Others may find pregnancy more difficult to achieve later in life. Male partners can also suffer from medical conditions, such as low sperm count or reduced sperm movement, that complicate the chances of conception.

    How is infertility diagnosed?
    If a woman is under the age of 35, infertility is typically diagnosed if she has been trying to get pregnant for more than 12 months to no avail. Women aged 35 and older may be diagnosed as infertile if they have been attempting conception for six months with no success.

    Can infertility be overcome?
    Infertile couples have many options to surmount their infertility diagnosis. If infertility stems from a preexisting condition like endometriosis, a physician may recommend surgery to remove tissue growth, which may then enable a future pregnancy. Other patients may undergo treatment services ranging from hormone medication to in vitro fertilization to conceive. Some couples may also choose to have their children with the help of egg donation, sperm donation, or surrogacy.

    April 21 to April 27 is National Infertility Awareness Week. If you suspect that you are infertile, call Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000 for an appointment. Our Riverside area OBGYN specialists can help you determine if you are experiencing infertility issues and advise you on further care.

  • Experience the Wellness You Deserve at Riverside Community Hospital

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    Riverside Community Hospital can see to it that your family experiences the wellness you deserve. We offer a wide range of prevention and treatment services for patients of all ages. To learn more about our care options, call (951) 788-3000 or visit our website. If you require immediate medical help, our iTriage Symptom Checker can alert our hospital staff to your urgent care needs.

    • Though it does not cause cancer, endometriosis can significantly diminish a woman’s quality of life. WomensHealth.gov provides readers with an extensive look at this condition.
    • Robotic surgery affords surgeons the chance to administer quality care during delicate surgical procedures, such as the removal of endometrial tissue. The National Institutes of Health breaks down how robotic surgery works.
    • The Colon Cancer Alliance discusses the high occurrence of colon cancer in the U.S.
    • Knowing whether you are at risk for colon cancer is central to getting the appropriate care for it. The National Cancer Institute breaks down common colon cancer risk factors.
    • Early screenings for colon cancer is the best way to safeguard your colon health. The American Cancer Society explains what to expect during a colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy.

  • RCH is a Proud Sponsor of the 2013 March of Dimes, Hosted at Riverside Community College

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    Riverside Community Hospital is proud to be a sponsor of the 2013 March of Dimes event being hosted at Riverside Community College on Saturday, April 27th.  Our Hospital and NICU department have put together a walk team as we march together for healthier babies by preventing premature births. We would like to invite all our NICU graduates, staff, past patients, families and friends to be our honored guests by join us as a part of our team.

    To register, please go to www.marchforbabies.org, click on “Join a Team”, and type in “Riverside Community Hospital” under team name.  IF YOU REGISTER BY APRIL 18TH, YOU WILL RECEIVE A FREE RCH TEAM SHIRT AT THE RCH BOOTH AT THE WALK. Please call our RSVP line at (951)788-3538 with your shirt sizes no later than April 18th.   We look forward to seeing you there as we walk together for healthier babies in the Inland Empire.

  • A Guide for Those Recently Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes

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    Learning that you have type 2 diabetes can be a distressing event. Though a diabetes diagnosis necessitates significant life changes, you can still have a long and healthy future. To enjoy the life you want, you must adhere to a few healthy lifestyle alterations. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, consider these suggestions:

    Establish Healthy Eating Habits
    A nutritious diet is fundamental for individuals with diabetes. What you eat directly affects your blood glucose levels, which is why physicians advise diabetic patients to carefully regard the sugar content in their meals and beverages. Eliminate sugary soft drinks and juices from your diet. Cut out processed foods that can cause unhealthy blood glucose spikes. To maintain a nutritious eating regimen, include a wide selection of colorful fruits and vegetables at every meal. Eat only whole grains and lean proteins. You can also substitute skim milk and low-fat cheeses for high-fat dairy products.

    Implement a Regular Exercise Routine
    Physical activity is imperative for stabilizing your blood glucose levels. Diabetic individuals may also suffer from nerve damage and cardiovascular issues, which consistent exercise can help alleviate. Physical activity is important for your general health, too; when you exercise, you boost your immune system. With a strong immune system, you decrease your chances of suffering from diabetes-related complications.

    Monitor Your Weight
    What you eat and how much you exercise will largely determine your weight. However, you must still be careful about maintaining a healthy weight once diagnosed with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes frequently results from obesity, which can lead to other life-endangering concerns such as stroke or heart disease. Diabetes may be a chronic condition, but if you take the appropriate measures to control your weight, you can prevent the onset of other problems that further complicate your health.

    To learn more about this initiative to educate the public on type 2 diabetes, call Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000. Our facility also offers diabetes education classes for Riverside residents.

  • Behind the Science of Cancer Screening

    Cancer care experts often look to statistics as a measure of how influential their prevention messages are. This video describes the efforts that the American Cancer Society is making to encourage more cancer screenings.

    One figure that has remained static over the past few years is the number of lung cancer cases. Though the public is well educated on the dangers of smoking, the American Cancer Society is finding ways to more clearly demonstrate why smokers must stop. The rate of mammograms among women has also plateaued, which is why the ACS is trying to teach women the importance of annual screenings after 40 years of age.

    Don’t wait until it’s too late to get checked for cancer. Riverside Community Hospital can help you assess your cancer risk. Riverside residents are encouraged to call (951) 788-3000 for cancer screenings at our facility.

  • How to Assess Your Risk for a Colon Cancer

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    Second only to lung cancer, colon cancer is the most common fatal cancer among American adults. This cancer develops in the large intestine and rectum, but frequently exhibits no symptoms in its early stages. That’s why cancer care experts stress the importance of getting colon cancer screenings early and often. With early detection and medical intervention by the medical staff at Riverside Community Hospital, many individuals recover from colon cancer. However, it’s imperative that you understand your risk factors and take the necessary steps to address them:

    Your Age
    Colon cancer is a condition that largely affects older adults. In fact, approximately nine in ten people who get colon cancer are 50 years old or older. Because its presence is so pronounced among older demographics, physicians recommend that any adult who is at least 50 years old be screened for colon cancer. Among the more common screening procedures are colonoscopies, double-contrast barium enemas, and fecal occult blood tests. If you have already passed your 50th birthday, talk to your doctor about which screening method is right for you.

    Your Family History
    Regardless of your age, you may have a heightened risk for colon cancer if one or more of your immediate family members have already been diagnosed with the disease. If you’re not sure about your family’s health history, make a point to research it. Should you find that you have a family history of the disease, you may want to schedule a screening, even if you are not yet 50 years old.

    Your Current Health
    Screenings are imperative to your colon health because they can alert you to another risk factor: polyps. Colon polyps are non-cancerous growths that have the potential to turn malignant if not treated. Because polyps often exhibit no symptoms, individuals must undergo colon cancer screenings to determine their presence. Once identified, your physician can administer treatment to prevent colon cancer.

    To schedule a colon cancer screening at Riverside Community Hospital, call us at (951) 788-3000. To learn more about the risk factors and symptoms of this disease, we encourage our patients to take advantage of our Consult-A-Nurse referral program.

  • April is National Donate Life Month

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    Every year, April is celebrated as National Donate Life Month.  Hospitals, organizations and individuals nationwide come together to help promote organ donation and celebrate those who have given the gift of life.  Riverside Community Hospital and the Transplant Center at Riverside Community Hospital are proud partners of OneLegacy and Donate Life.  National Donate Life month is a time that is dedicated to bring awareness of the need of organ donations and is also a time dedicated to educating the public about organ and tissue donation. Through organ donating, the Gift of Hope and the Gift of Life is shared with those in need who may not have a second chance of life. 

    More than 117,000 men, women and children nationwide await lifesaving organ transplants today. Thousands more await tissue transplants to help them resume their normal lives. There is a great need for more donors to continue saving more lives. During National Donate Life Month, people are encourage and educated on how they too can become donors.

    The Transplant Center at Riverside Community Hospital offers both Kidney and  Pancreas transplantation, and in addition offers a Living Donor Transplant Program.  Our Program offers individualized diagnostic and treatment services, provided in a compassionate, safe environment that embraces whole body healing.  The Transplant Center was established in 1996, and to date has performed over 485 transplant. For more information, call 951.684.1415.

    Join us for a special Flag raising Ceremony on Thursday, April 18th from 9:00am-9:45am near the flag in front of the main hospital entrance. 

  • Take a Look at These Links for Helpful Information About Your Health

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    Are you in touch with your health? These articles discuss common health conditions that you can avoid with prevention and medical intervention :

    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explain what defines obesity at this page.
    • Obesity is a common condition among those with type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association offers guidance for diabetics.
    • A lifetime of smoking frequently leads to lung cancer. NIHSeniorHealth.gov describes the risks that can lead to this disease.
    • Do you know the signs of lung cancer? The American Lung Association details what to look for when assessing lung cancer symptoms.
    • CyberKnife is an innovative radiation therapy technique for cancer patients. CyberKnife.com explains how lung cancer patients can benefit from this treatment method.

    Riverside Community Hospital can see to it that your family experiences the wellness you deserve. Our Riverside facility offers a wide range of prevention and treatment services for patients of all ages. To learn more about our care options, call (951) 788-3000 or visit our website. If you require immediate medical help, our iTriage Symptom Checker can alert our hospital staff to your urgent care needs.