• How to Get More Vegetables into Your Diet

    Eating a wide spectrum of vegetables provides the body with crucial nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Since vegetables are low in calories, including more veggies in your diet and fewer high-calorie foods may help you lose weight. Individuals who are considering becoming bariatric weight loss patients at Riverside Community Hospital will receive extensive patient education and support services, including nutritional guidance.

    Selecting Vegetables

    Your first step to getting more vegetables in your diet is to visit a supermarket or farmer’s market. Peruse the produce section for vegetables that you already know you enjoy eating and then select a few that you’re less familiar with. One of the tricks to a healthy diet is to select a wide variety of nutrient-dense foods. Try veggies such as leafy green kale, rainbow chard, and baby carrots. Then, head for the frozen food aisle and stock up on frozen veggies. Choose packages that contain only frozen vegetables, sans sauces, such as French cut green beans, broccoli florets, and peas. Frozen vegetables are convenient for busy weeknight meals and they’ll stay well preserved for quite a while.

    Preparing Vegetables

    If you’re in a rush to get dinner on the table, pour some frozen veggies in a saucepan with a dab of olive oil to make a healthy side. Experiment with various spices and herbs for a boost of flavor. For example, add a few shakes of garlic powder and turmeric to green beans. If you do have time to prepare fresh vegetables, you can experiment with different cooking techniques. Try roasting cauliflower and broccoli with fresh garlic cloves and a little olive oil, or make a salad of kale and spinach.

    Planning Meals

    There’s no need to limit your vegetable intake to side dishes—or to limit vegetables to your dinner menu. Add some mushrooms and spinach to your morning omelet or try making low-fat muffins with shredded zucchini and carrots. Choose low-sodium vegetable soup or a veggie burger topped with spinach for lunch.

    When you’re ready to improve your wellness through bariatric weight loss, you can count on the team at Riverside Community Hospital to provide the support services and information you need. Our hospital proudly serves the Riverside community with exceptional healthcare services such as robotic surgery, heart care, and organ transplant procedures. You can speak with a registered nurse at our hospital by calling (951) 788-3463.

  • Making Important Decisions About Your Bariatric Surgery Procedure

    Bariatric weight loss procedures are tools that can help patients with obesity reach a healthy weight. If you’re considering whether bariatric weight loss might be right for you, your first step is to consult a bariatric specialist at Riverside Community Hospital. Your doctor will determine if you’re a good candidate for bariatric surgery. If so, you’ll receive extensive guidance as you work toward making key decisions for your surgery.

    Choosing a Surgical Approach

    After you’ve decided to move forward with bariatric weight loss, you’ll need to determine which approach is right for you. Your healthcare team will ensure that you’re fully informed of the options available to you, which might include adjustable gastric banding, gastric bypass, or sleeve gastrectomy. Bariatric weight loss surgeries fall into two general categories. Some of them can help you lose weight by interfering with the absorption of calories, while others restrict the amount of food you can eat. Gastric bypass surgery is a combination of these approaches.

    Scheduling the Procedure

    Before you can schedule the bariatric weight loss procedure, there are some requirements to meet and some factors to consider. You can expect to fulfill some patient education requirements at the hospital, and to have some health exams and tests. You may be asked to lose a certain amount of weight before having the procedure. This can help reduce the risk of complications from the surgery and it can help you adjust to your post-surgery lifestyle. Additionally, you’ll need to check with your insurance carrier; you may need to wait a while for preapproval of coverage. Finally, decide when you’ll be able to take several weeks off of work. The exact amount of time you’ll need to recover depends on the specific bariatric weight loss procedure you have and your general health.

    The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Riverside Community Hospital has been designated as a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. We invite Riverside residents to attend one of our bariatric weight loss seminars or support groups for further information about these procedures. To request a referral to a specialist in bariatric weight loss, contact our Consult-A-Nurse line at (951) 788-3463.

  • New Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at Riverside Community Hospital Receives ACGME Accreditation

    October 16, 2015


    Contact: Cherie Russell

    Director, Marketing, Communications and Public Relations

    951.788.3547 office


    New Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at Riverside Community Hospital Receives ACGME Accreditation

    First 25 Internal Medicine residents will begin training in July 2016 in affiliation with the UC Riverside School of Medicine

    Riverside, Calif, October 13, 2015 – Riverside Community Hospital announced today it has received notice of accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME ) to sponsor a residency training program with its first class of internal medicine residents in July 2016.

    Dr. Robby Gulati, Program Director for Internal Medicine at Riverside Community Hospital, was notified of the accreditation by ACGME, the national body responsible for post-graduate physician training programs in the U.S. This program has been developed in affiliation with the UCR School of Medicine and marks an important milestone for Riverside Community Hospital’s Graduate Medical Education Program.

    “I am proud of the program we have developed in partnership with UC Riverside School of Medicine and with the Riverside Medical Clinic,” said Dr. Gulati. “We have excellent clinicians as educators who are looking forward to training more Internal Medicine physicians to meet the needs of our Inland Empire communities.”

    “RCH is pleased to offer Riverside’s newest residency program with the UC Riverside School of Medicine,” said Patrick Brilliant, President and CEO of Riverside Community Hospital. “Our Internal Medicine program, together with the next programs being developed, will attract the next generation of physicians into our medical community. Riverside Community Hospital is committed to training the next generation of physicians through its Graduate Medical Education programs.”

    The Riverside Community Hospital/UC Riverside School of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program is listed with the National Resident Matching Program and will begin interviewing medical school seniors for positions in the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

    Internal medicine is a medical specialty in which physicians specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illness in adults. Following graduation from medical school, physicians interested in internal medicine train an additional three years in order to become fully independent practicing physicians and eligible for board certification. During training, residents provide patient care under the supervision of attending physicians who are faculty of the residency program.

    Riverside Community Hospital will be the primary inpatient training facility for the new program, with additional training at Riverside Medical Clinic and other specialty sites. As the academic partner of the new program, the UCR School of Medicine will provide educational support and some teaching faculty.

    “The approval of the RCH residency program helps reinforce the medical school’s mission to expand and diversify the physician workforce in Inland Southern California. This region has a severe shortage of physicians – particularly in primary care specialties like internal medicine,” said Neal Schiller, Ph.D., Interim Dean of the UCR School of Medicine. “By building new residency training programs in our area, over time we will begin to reverse that shortage. That is because one of the primary drivers of where physicians practice is where they complete residency training.”

    The Internal Medicine program will have a total of 55 residents by 2018. Several additional residency programs are being planned.

    About Riverside Community Hospital

    Founded in 1901, Riverside Community Hospital (RCH) 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 one of the largest Emergency Room and Trauma Centers 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. Other Centers of Excellence include the Heart Care Institute, offering invasive and non-invasive cardiac procedures, the Transplant Program, and a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

    About the UCR School of Medicine

    The UCR School of Medicine, one of more than 15 new medical schools established in the U.S. over the last decade, is the sixth medical school in the University of California system. Currently enrolling 50 new medical students each year, the school’s mission is to expand and diversify the region’s physician workforce and develop innovative research and healthcare delivery models that improve the health of people living in Inland Southern California. The medical school also offers a Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences, and operates five residency training programs in the medical specialties of family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery and psychiatry, and partners with Loma Linda University in a primary care pediatrics residency training program.


  • Nutrition Tips the Whole Family Can Follow

    Healthy eating habits are a cornerstone of wellness, yet families can sometimes find it difficult to choose nutritious foods in the midst of their busy schedules. However, it isn’t necessary to spend hours in the kitchen to adopt healthier eating habits. Instead, focus on gradually acquiring better eating habits that your whole family can easily follow. Members of the Riverside community can turn to the physicians at Riverside Community Hospital for patient-specific nutrition recommendations. Our hospital also provides bariatric weight loss services.

    Smart Snacking Tips

    Snacks are often a source of excess sugars, fats, and calories. Stock your pantry and fridge with healthier snack options, such as sliced vegetables, dried fruit without added sugar, nuts and seeds, and cottage cheese. Keep a bowl of fresh fruit on the kitchen counter. You could also invite your kids to help you bake homemade cereal bars, made with oats and fruit.

    Healthy Beverage Choices

    Like unhealthy snacks, beverages can add hundreds of empty calories to a person’s daily diet. Avoid purchasing beverages such as whole milk, soda, and other sugar-laden choices. Instead, purchase low-fat or nonfat milk, and 100 percent fruit and vegetable juices. Encourage your family to drink more water; purchasing a water filtration pitcher can help.

    Reasonable Portion Sizes

    If your family members need to lose weight, it’s time to take a closer look at portion sizes. You can talk to a physician to determine how many calories per day your family members should be consuming. Some easy ways to reduce portion sizes include using smaller plates and bowls. Avoid requiring your kids to clean their plates; let their hunger regulate their food intake.

    Family Meal Times

    Sit down at the table together as a family to share meals. You can model healthy behaviors, such as eating slowly. Family meals are not only an opportunity to grow closer together; they can also help reduce the risk of childhood obesity and disordered eating.

    Riverside Community Hospital partners with families to promote healthy lifestyle choices. At our state-of-the-art medical facility in Riverside, you’ll find nutrition support and advanced medical services, such as robotic surgery, bariatric weight loss, heart care, and organ transplant procedures. Visit our website to browse our collection of healthy recipes or speak with a registered nurse by calling (951) 788-3463.

  • Getting to Know the Members of the ER Team

    From heart attacks to broken bones, the ER team can handle it all. Healthcare providers who work in emergency departments are highly trained individuals who know how to quickly evaluate patients and rapidly initiate the treatment process. The ER team is comprised of multidisciplinary healthcare workers, including triage nurses, attending physicians, and specialist physicians, just to name a few. When you need to visit the ER of a community hospital, you’ll interact with many different staff members.

    Registration Personnel

    The first person you meet at an ER will likely be an administrative registration clerk. The clerk will enter your information into the hospital’s computer system, such as your full name, date of birth, and reason for your visit to the hospital. The clerk may also ask for the name of your primary care physician.

    Triage Nurses

    After registration is complete, a triage nurse will take over. The role of the triage nurse is to assess the severity of your health problem to determine whether you need to be seen right away or whether you can wait a little while. This way, someone with a life-threatening medical condition is evaluated immediately, whereas a person with a respiratory infection is directed to the waiting area. To help make this decision, the triage nurse will take your vital signs and ask you some questions about your health issue.

    Treatment Area Staff

    Once you’ve been shown to an exam room, the next person you meet is likely to be the primary ER registered nurse. This nurse can diagnose conditions, respond to injuries, and coordinate your care. It’s also likely that you’ll see an attending physician, who may have completed training in emergency medicine. Some patients may be seen by a specialist physician, depending on the circumstances. For example, some ER physicians specialize in cardiology, orthopedics, or neurology.

    At Riverside Community Hospital, our highly trained ER team makes every effort to see each patient as quickly as possible. Residents of the Riverside area can find a comprehensive range of healthcare services at our community hospital, including OB/GYN services, organ transplant procedures, heart care, robotic surgery, and bariatric weight loss. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately; otherwise, you can direct non-emergent inquiries to a registered nurse at (951) 788-3463.