• Riverside Community Hospital has been designated as a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery


    Riverside, CA (January 27, 2014) — Riverside Community Hospital (RCH) today announced that it has been designated as a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (COEMBS) by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC).  The COEMBS designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.

    The SRC promotes the delivery of bariatric surgical care with the highest levels of efficacy, efficiency, and patient safety. To qualify as a Center of Excellence, the surgeon and hospital must meet stringent requirements. Surgeons must complete at least 50 bariatric surgeries per year with a minimum lifetime experience of 125 surgeries.

    Since the Center for Surgical Weight Loss opened at Riverside Community Hospital in 2011, under the direction of John Coon, MD, it has grown to include a nurse coordinator, several dietitians, physical therapists and several key departments to ensure comprehensive, coordinated care.

    “Riverside Community Hospital is very proud to achieve this recognition as a Center of Excellence,” said Patrick Brilliant, Chief Executive Officer.   “Our team members worked very hard to prepare for the extensive onsite review. Our Bariatric Coordinator, Latanya Davidson-Wilson and program Director Dr. John Coon, did an extraordinary job building a program that demonstrates excellence and a higher level of care for our bariatric patients. We know that our patients have a choice when it comes to their healthcare.  This recognition recognizes the superior care and outstanding patient experience one can expect from our Riverside Community Hospital team.”

    “As a Center of Excellence, patients are able to identify hospitals and facilities that deliver the highest quality of care,” said John Coon, M.D, Program Director of the Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Riverside Community Hospital. “I am privileged to be a part of an organization that holds quality care, patient safety and excellence as the utmost importance. We have a good team who truly does care about the well-being and overall satisfaction of the patient.

    To earn a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation, Riverside Community Hospital’s Center for Surgical Weight Loss Program underwent a site inspection during which all aspects of the program’s surgical processes were closely examined and data on health outcomes was collected.  Riverside Community Hospital and other centers receiving the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation agree to continue to share information on clinical pathways, protocols and outcomes data to maintain their designation.

    Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), an organization dedicated to pursuing surgical excellence, formulates and establishes the rigorous standards with which Riverside Community Hospital and other Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence must comply. They thoroughly inspect and evaluate each candidate for designation, and upon review, recommend approval of designation for those physicians and facilities whose practices and outcomes meet the stringent demands set forth by SRC.

    Obesity has become a significant national health issue, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that 66 percent of all U.S. adults are overweight or obese.  Morbid obesity is closely correlated with a number of serious conditions that severely undermine the health of overweight patients, including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

    Bariatric surgery, when performed correctly, can help patients of size manage these conditions.  By definition, surgeons with SOEMBS (Surgeon of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery) designation, practice only top-quality care, ensuring efficacy of the procedure with each patient.

    As a pioneering organization, designating Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence based on top quality care and efficacious outcomes, SRC is working to align the common interests of patients, surgeons, hospitals and insurers, all of whom suffer when complications develop after surgical care.

    About Surgical Review Corporation
    Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an independent, nonprofit organization governed by industry stakeholders and dedicated to advancing the safety, efficacy and efficiency of surgical care worldwide. Initially focused on bariatric and metabolic surgery, SRC has emerged as the leading administrator of Center of Excellence and Surgeon of Excellence programs for surgical specialties such as minimally invasive gynecology, hernia surgery and robotic surgery. The organization manages programs on behalf of top medical societies around the world, setting a global standard for excellence. To support program compliance and quality improvement in patient care, SRC developed BOLD, a longitudinal outcomes database. BOLD is the world’s largest repository of clinical patient data for the bariatric surgery specialty. For more information, visit www.surgicalreview.org.

    About Riverside Community Hospital
    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 1,800 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 with an average wait time of only 22 minutes.  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. 

    For more information about Riverside Community Hospital’s Center for Surgical Weight Loss or for information on free support groups, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.riversidecommunityhospital.com  or call 951.788.3463.

  • Encouraging Your Child to Eat Healthier

    It isn’t always easy for parents to encourage healthy eating for their children, but it’s a lesson that’s well worth teaching. This PSA serves as a quick reminder of the benefits of developing healthy eating habits at a young age.

    Estimates show that approximately 92% of children have a poor diet. Avoid putting your child at risk for health conditions later in life; make sure his diet is rich in essential vitamins and nutrients and low in saturated fats and sugar.

    Riverside Community Hospital is here to provide advanced treatment and award-winning care to families throughout Riverside County. Our doctors are skilled in heart care, diabetes care,  women’s and children’s services, and other areas. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for more health tips and contact us at (951) 788-3000 to receive a physician referral.

  • Factors that May Put You at Risk for Stroke

    Stroke is a serious cardiovascular condition that occurs when the brain’s blood supply is interrupted by a blood clot (ischemic) or ruptured vessel (hemorrhagic). Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the U.S., and permanent brain damage can occur in a matter of minutes. Lower your risk for stroke with help from this brief overview of preventable risk factors from Riverside Community Hospital :


    Alcohol and Tobacco Use
    It is common knowledge that alcohol can affect the liver and that smoking affects the lungs, but fewer people know that both habits also affect cardiovascular health. The effects of alcohol on stroke risk are still being studied, but anything more than moderate alcohol consumption—one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men—can lead to heart and liver disease. Smokers have double the risk for stroke compared to nonsmokers, as tobacco smoke reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood and increases the amount of buildup in the arteries.

    People with diabetes are 2 to 4 times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke, and two-thirds die from some form of these conditions. Most people with diabetes also have other controllable stroke risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a history of obesity. Brain damage may be more severe if a stroke happens when blood sugar is high.

    Cardiovascular Conditions
    High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and atherosclerosis are some of the most common heart conditions that directly contribute to an increased risk for stroke. Most of these can be managed through lifestyle changes and medication. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine are the most effective methods of controlling stroke and heart disease risk.

    Riverside Community Hospital has been committed to providing a superior level of healthcare and compassionate treatment since 1901, and we continue to put patient safety and satisfaction first. Stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter for more health and wellness advice, or contact our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral line at (951) 788-3000 with any questions or comments.

  • Stroke Warning Signs

    Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States. Because permanent brain damage can occur so quickly, spotting the signs of stroke and responding as soon as possible is crucial for effective treatment. This video provides a closer look at stroke symptoms as identified by actual survivors.

    Because stroke can affect different parts of the brain, individuals can experience vastly different symptoms, even if they’ve had a previous stroke. Victims often experience numbness in one half of the body, loss of speech or vision, vertigo, or a sudden headache.

    The team at the Riverside Community Hospital ER is always here to provide compassionate and high-quality emergency care to residents of Riverside, CA. Stay connected with us through our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral line at (951) 788-3000, or take advantage of our free iTriage app.

  • A Look at Life After Bariatric Surgery

    For individuals with a long history of severe obesity, it’s often difficult to lose weight through traditional diet and exercise methods. Bariatric surgery is a viable long-term weight loss option for qualifying individuals, but it is not a quick fix. Various post-surgery lifestyle adjustments are necessary to reinforce positive outcomes and to prevent potential complications. To that end, the team at Riverside Community Hospital offers this general guide to living healthfully after bariatric surgery:

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    Diet and Recovery
    Though your dietary needs will depend on your individual health history and the type of bariatric procedure you undergo, you must follow your doctor’s guidelines. General post-surgery dietary guidelines recommend that you chew thoroughly and eat slowly to aid digestion. It is also discouraged to avoid fluids while eating so you don’t feel full before you have eaten enough. Recovery times also vary depending on your physical condition and the type of procedure, but most patients return to work within one to three weeks after a laparoscopic gastric bypass. Patients who have an open procedure generally require about six weeks of recovery.

    Birth Control and Pregnancy
    Pregnancy has significant demands on the body, and the metabolic changes immediately after bariatric surgery can increase the risk of fetal damage until recovery is complete. Healthcare guidelines strongly recommend the most effective forms of birth control during the 16 to 24 months after surgery.

    Long-Term Follow-Up
    The short-term effects of bariatric surgery have been extensively researched, but periodic check-ups are still necessary to monitor any long-term effects on nutritional deficiencies. These check-ups generally involve checks for red blood cell, vitamin B12, folate, and iron levels and may be scheduled yearly or more often as necessary.

    The Riverside Community Hospital Center for Surgical Weight Loss can help you understand the health consequences of being overweight and explore your options for effective and long-term weight loss. We have access to the advanced equipment and resources necessary to provide optimal outcomes, faster recovery times, and ongoing support to all of our patients. To schedule a consultation with a specialist in your area, contact us at (951) 788-3000 today.

  • The Relationship Between Heart Disease and Diabetes

    Diabetes is a condition in which the body is unable to produce or process adequate insulin, and patients often have difficulty controlling blood sugar and blood pressure. These factors significantly increase the risk of heart-related conditions later in life—in fact, people with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke than those without the disease.

    Though diabetes is treatable, individuals with diabetes—particularly type 2 diabetes—often have contributing conditions that increase the risk of heart disease. It isn’t uncommon for individuals with diabetes to also have high blood pressure (hypertension), which is a recognized major risk factor of heart disease. Patients with diabetes often exhibit abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels similar to those found in patients with premature heart disease. Fortunately, most of the risk factors for heart disease can be controlled by working closely with a diabetes specialist.

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    The team of Certified Diabetes Educators at  Riverside Community Hospital  has the background and resources to help patients with diabetes regain control over their health. To receive a physician referral, contact us at (951) 788-3000 today.

  • What Is the Age of Your Child’s Heart?

    Various factors such as heredity and lifestyle affect cardiovascular health. As a result, two people of the same age can have significantly different hearts. Learn more about the age of your child’s heart in this video.

    According to research from the American Heart Association, unhealthy teenagers can develop arterial conditions similar to those of a 45-year-old. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in both men and women, and regular diet and exercise is crucial for minimizing long-term risk for various health conditions.

    At  Riverside Community Hospital, we’re here to provide families throughout Riverside County with the resources and advanced treatments they need to stay healthy at all ages. Subscribe to our blog for lifestyle health tips and contact our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral line at (951) 788-3000 with any questions.

  • Understanding How the Flu Can Impact Other Health Conditions

    The seasonal flu affects an estimated 5 to 20 percent of Americans every year. While most healthy individuals can cope with flu symptoms and overcome the virus, the flu can cause potentially serious complications in those with compromised immune systems. Riverside Community Hospital recommends that you stay safe this holiday season and be aware of potential flu complications with this brief guide:

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    Chronic Respiratory Illness
    Asthma is the most common health condition among children and adults who are hospitalized with the flu, which can increase the risk of flu-related complications. The flu can cause inflammation in the lungs and airways, resulting in pneumonia or other acute respiratory diseases.

    Diabetes can weaken the immune system and make it more difficult to fight the flu virus. Flu symptoms can also interfere with normal appetite and food intake, potentially resulting in an increase in blood glucose levels. Those with diabetes must be particularly vigilant when grappling with flu symptoms.

    There are over 100 different types of arthritis. Some types of arthritis and even some arthritis-related medications can  weaken the immune system. People with arthritis who take steroids, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, or biological response modifiers may wish to consult their doctor about potential complications from the flu and other common diseases.

    Heart Disease
    People with heart disease already have an increased risk of heart attack, and those who get the flu are at an even higher risk. Heart disease can make the body too weak to fight off the flu, which can worsen heart disease symptoms and cause further complications.

    The staff at  Riverside Community Hospital  is here to provide comprehensive medical care and personalized treatment options for a wide range of conditions. As an award-winning healthcare provider in Riverside County, we take pride in putting patient health and happiness above all else. Call (951) 788-3000 to receive a physician referral.

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  • Proper Lifting Techniques to Help You Avoid Spinal Injuries

    It’s important to know how to properly lift large gifts, furniture, and other heavy objects in order to avoid a potentially dangerous spinal injury. A trip to the emergency room can ruin any holiday.

    A basic rule of thumb is that it’s always safer to get help from a friend for especially heavy or bulky objects. Objects in an average-sized container should be placed flat on the ground. When lifting, kneel near the object, use your hands and arms to lift the box onto your knee, then lift the object while maintaining the natural curve of your back and holding it as close to your body as possible. You may also squat instead of kneeling if the object is light enough. Avoid twisting your back while carrying heavy loads. If an object is too heavy, consider using a dolly to make your life easier.

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    Riverside Community Hospital is here to provide reliable and compassionate medical care. Check out our free iTriage app to instantly check our current ER waiting times, or call us at (951) 788-3000 for more information.