• Riverside Community Hosts Special Donate Life Flag Raising Ceremony to Honor Donors


    RIVERSIDE, California, Friday, April 08, 2014- Riverside Community Hospital and OneLegacy – the non-profit organ and tissue recovery agency in Riverside County – honored organ, eye and tissue donors and their families by hosting a special Donate Life Flag Raising Ceremony on April 8th. The hospital is flying the Donate Life Flag during the month of April in recognition of National Donate Life month. This display is part of a national initiative known as ‘Flags Across America’ which celebrates the hundreds of thousands of donors and recipients whose lives have been affected by organ, eye and tissue donation.

    At the ceremony, donor and recipient families, community leaders and health care professionals gathered with team members of Riverside Community Hospital for a heartfelt ceremony to raise awareness about donation. Tina York, the mother of Arlington High School football player Tyler Lewellen, along with his grandparents, were also among those in attendance.  As part of the ceremony, Mrs. York spoke about her son’s life and her family’s choice to donate.  Through her decision, five lives were saved.  At the end of her testimony, Mrs. York encouraged those in the crowd to make the decision to register to become organ, eye and tissue donors.

    Others who participated in the Donate Life Flag Raising Ceremony included Fran Paschall, Chief Nursing Officer of Riverside Community Hospital, Ron Martin, Director of Transplant at Riverside Community Hospital, Mayor Rusty Bailey of the City of Riverside, Kathy Vasilopulos, Director of Donation Development at OneLegacy, and Lena Russell, a transplant recipient and Donate Life Ambassador. The ceremony concluded with the Riverside Fire Department together with Riverside Community Hospital Security Officers raising the Donate Life flag.  The flag pole was surrounded with 201 miniature Donate Life flags which signified the number of RCH patients who are on the national waitlist awaiting a life-saving transplant.

    Riverside Community Hospital, OneLegacy, and the City of Riverside are working together to launch a city wide initiative to grow awareness on the need for donors and increase the number of registered donors within our community.

    “Riverside Community Hospital is proud to be part of this national initiative to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation and to honor our donors, recipients and their families. The kindness of these patients and their families allows us to continue our ground-breaking work in transplantation,” said Patrick Brilliant, President & CEO of Riverside Community Hospital. “Thanks to their generous and heroic acts, our team of surgeons and healthcare professionals have saved innumerable lives.”

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    Every year, thousands of lives are saved by the selfless act of those who give through the gift of organ, eye or tissue donation. In some cases, family members give life-saving gifts during a time of tragedy by donating a loved one’s organs.  And for every one person who does, as many as 8 lives can be saved through organ donation and up to 50 lives can be saved or enhanced through tissue donation.

    To learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation, visit www.onelegacy.org.  Anyone, regardless of age or medical history, can sign up to be a donor. You can register to be a donor by visiting, www.donatelifecalifornia.org/riverside. In-person organ donor registration is available at a local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office.

    For further information about the Riverside Community Hospital’s Transplant Programs, please visit www.riversidecommunityhospital.com.

  • Hear One Woman’s Stroke Recovery Story

    A stroke can strike without warning. Fast recognition of the signs and urgent medical care are essential for good outcomes. In this video, hear the amazing story of one stroke survivor, from the first signs of trouble to her treatment and recovery.

    Julie’s stroke happened while she was out for lunch. Fast action by her friend and the restaurant manager got her to the hospital quickly, where she received life-saving treatments. Within days, despite suffering a massive stroke, she was back home with her family and was soon back to living a healthy life.

    If you or someone you love is experiencing stroke symptoms, get to the ER at Riverside Community Hospital right away. We’re equipped to handle a range of medical emergencies in our trauma center and heart hospital. Learn more by calling (951) 788-3000. 

  • Making Better Dietary Choices with Healthy Proteins

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    When it comes to good nutrition, protein is often misunderstood. Some people believe that proteins will increase their cholesterol levels and risk of developing heart disease. In reality, it all comes down to the kinds of proteins you pick. The right proteins can be a very important part of a healthy eating plan. In fact, proteins play a central role in the post-bariatric surgery eating plan we recommend to patients at Riverside Community Hospital. Here is your guide to incorporating proteins into your diet the right way.

    What Are Proteins?

    Protein sources include foods that come from animals, such as beef, poultry, eggs, and seafood, as well as beans, nuts, seeds, and soy products. Foods rich in protein support muscle growth and heart health. Eating proteins can also help you manage your weight.

    How Much Protein Should I Eat?

    Most people should aim to get between 10 and 35 percent of their daily calories from protein. That breaks down to about 46 grams per day for women and 56 grams for men. It is easy to reach these healthy levels of protein by including a serving per meal. Check nutrition labels to see how much protein is in the foods you’re eating. A three-ounce piece of lean meat provides about 21 grams of protein, while a cup of dry beans has around 16 grams. Some people, like women who are pregnant, athletes, and those who have had bariatric surgery, may need more protein, so always consult with your doctor.

    What Proteins Should I Eat?

    When choosing proteins, always pick lean cuts of meat and poultry. Broil, bake, or grill instead of frying. Pick low-fat dairy products and beans without added sugars. Avoid processed meats, like cold cuts, that have added sodium.

    Discover the power of healthy eating with the help of Riverside Community Hospital. All of our bariatric surgery patients get full nutritional support, and we offer nutrition education to the Riverside community through regular classes and our H2U services. Our hospital has a comprehensive range of services ranging from our heart hospital to robotic surgery and organ transplant. Find out more by calling (951) 788-3000.  

  • How Does Your Diet Affect Your Stroke Risk?

    Choices: Junk Food vs. Salad

    Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. for men and women alike. Doctors suspect that one of the reasons why strokes are so common is obesity. Although you can’t entirely eradicate your risk of having a stroke, you can significantly reduce it by adopting healthy eating habits and maintaining a healthy weight.

    If you want to cut your chances of having a stroke, start by cutting fried foods from your diet. These foods contribute to high cholesterol and obesity-related conditions like high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, which can all increase your risk of stroke. Fatty cuts of red meat, processed meats, salt, and even diet soda have all been linked higher incidences of strokes.

    Strokes require immediate medical intervention. If you or someone you care about experiences telltale stroke symptoms like facial drooping, slurred speech, or arm weakness, go to the ER at Riverside Community Hospital right away. You can learn about all of the services at our Riverside hospital by calling (951) 788-3000. 

  • What Can a Healthy Diet Do For Your Brain?

    When most people think about the benefits of sticking to a healthy diet, they think of things like heart health and  weight loss. However, did you know that what you eat can also help keep your brain healthy? A growing body of evidence suggests that eating certain foods can improve brain functioning, protect you from stroke, and help to stave off Alzheimer’s disease. Put these nutrition tips into action to preserve your brain health.

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    Choose Dark-Skinned Fruits and Vegetables

    Any fruits and vegetables you add to your diet are good news for your health, but the dark-skinned ones are especially good for your brain health. That is because dark-skinned fruits and vegetables have the highest levels of antioxidants that protect your brain. When selecting fruits, choose things like berries, prunes, plums, red grapes, and cherries. For vegetables, dish up kale, spinach, beets, and red bell peppers.

    Eat Cold-Water Fish

    Cold-water fish, like salmon, halibut, trout, and tuna, have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s can help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular issues that can lead to stroke. Aim to eat these fish a few times per week. If you aren’t a fan of fish, you can get the same benefits by adding walnuts to your diet and taking an omega-3 supplement. However, be sure to check with your doctor before adding any supplements to avoid interactions with your existing medications.

    Watch Your Caloric Intake

    Maintaining a healthy weight is important for brain health. When you’re obese, you have an increased risk of stroke and dementia. Eat a balanced diet filled with plant-based foods, low-fat dairy, whole grains, and lean proteins. Consider talking to your doctor about a healthy calorie range for you. Managing your weight reduces your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, which can all impact brain health.

    Make an appointment with a physician at Riverside Community Hospital to learn more about adopting a healthy eating plan and the benefits of nutrition for your brain. At our Riverside hospital, you will also find a heart hospital, robotic surgery, OBGYN care, and much more. To make an appointment, call (951) 788-3000. 

  • A Look at the FDA Ban on Trans Fats

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    Trans fats have long been used as an additive to increase the shelf life of certain foods. They are also used in cooking, particularly in fast food restaurants. However, thanks to the direct link between trans fats and heart disease, the FDA is cracking down and taking steps to outlaw the use of trans fats in foods.

    Although some trans fats occur naturally in foods, the substance that the FDA is tackling is created when hydrogen is added to liquid oils to turn them into a solid. Margarine and shortening are two prime examples. This process allows food to last longer on store shelves. It also acts as a flavor enhancer. The FDA has labeled trans fats as not “generally recognized as safe,” a distinction that is the first step towards banning trans fats from the food supply.

    Avoiding trans fats is an important step in protecting your heart health. For patients already dealing with heart disease, Riverside Community Hospital’s heart hospital offers a range of effective treatment options. Find out more about our Riverside hospital by calling (951) 788-3000. 

  • Caring for Yourself After Cancer Treatment

    When you’re diagnosed with cancer, you are understandably focused completely on treatment and reaching remission. But what happens next? This video offers advice to help you thrive as a cancer survivor.

    Controlling your weight is one of the most important things you can do after cancer treatment to feel your best and reduce the risk of recurrence. Getting active and sticking to a plant-based diet that incorporates lean proteins and low-fat dairy may also help reduce your risk of having your cancer return.

    At Riverside Community Hospital, we’re here to help you through every stage of your cancer care, including re-adjusting to life after cancer. Our full-service hospital is also home to a bariatric surgery center, robotic surgery, and more. Find out how we can help you by calling (951) 788-3000. 

  • Debunking Common Nutrition Myths

    Good nutrition is the foundation of good health. However, it’s not always easy to stick to a healthy diet because there is so much misinformation out there about what you should—and shouldn’t—be eating. At Riverside Community Hospital, we’re committed to helping our community learn the real truth about healthy eating through our bariatric surgery center, H2U network, and classes. As you make dietary choices, don’t let these myths derail your efforts.

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    Table Sugar Is Better Than High Fructose Corn Syrup

    Added sugars are bad for you, period. High fructose corn syrup and table sugar have very similar makeups. They both contain about 50 percent fructose and glucose. There is no evidence that your body can tell the difference between the two or that high fructose corn syrup impacts your blood sugar in any way that is different from table sugar. The nutritional problem with high fructose corn syrup is that it is added to so many different foods that you likely get more of it than table sugar, but cutting added sugars in any form is what really matters for good health.

    Sea Salt Is Better Than Table Salt

    Sea salt and table salt both contain 2,300 mgs of sodium per teaspoon. It is true that sea salt contains minerals that are important for your health, including magnesium and iron. However, you would need to eat extremely dangerous amounts of sea salt to get more than negligible amounts. What you don’t get in sea salt is the iodine that is added to table salt to support healthy thyroid function.

    Limiting Carbs Makes You Lose Weight

    Limiting any food group may make you lose weight temporarily, simply because you are likely to consume fewer calories. Eating fewer calories than you burn is the secret to weight loss. For health reasons, getting your calories from a variety of foods is important. Whole grain carbs are a crucial part of good nutrition.

    Get a handle on good nutrition with the help of Riverside Community Hospital. We’re here for all of your health concerns with services like our heart hospital, bariatric surgery center, organ transplant, and robotic surgery. You can reach our Riverside hospital at (951) 788-3000.