Delano Regional Medical Center Becomes Tobacco Free Campus

Delano Regional Medical Center (DRMC) went “tobacco free” on January 1, 2014. The hospital will no longer permit employees, physicians, patients or visitors to use tobacco products anywhere on any hospital and clinic properties, including outdoor areas and parking lots.

DRMC is joining hospitals across the country that have already committed to a tobacco-free campus. As a healthcare organization we are committed to the health and safety of our employees and patients.

Tobacco use can cause diseases such as cancer, lung disease, heart disease, stroke and more.  Secondhand smoke also is linked to cancer and heart disease and according to the U.S. Surgeon General, “there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.”

“By becoming a tobacco-free campus, DRMC is reinforcing our commitment to providing a healthy environment for all of our patients, employees and visitors,” says Sherri Johnson, RN, Chief Nursing Officer.

DRMC brought together a tobacco-free team of both tobacco users and non-users to help implement the policy and develop a program to assist employees who use tobacco and wish to quit.

DRMC’s decision to go tobacco-free requires the cooperation of the entire community as we work together for a healthier community.

Free Tobacco Cessation Program

If you smoke, quitting is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health. Tobacco use in the United States causes more than 440,000 deaths each year. Of those deaths, 170,000 are from cancer. The positive effects of quitting begin very soon after you stop using tobacco and continue long after you’ve quit.

  • Your blood pressure, pulse and body temperature which were abnormally elevated by nicotine, return to normal.
  • Carbon monoxide and oxygen levels in your blood return to normal.
  • Nerve ending start to regrow; your ability to taste and smell improves.
  • Lung function returns to normal and coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decreases.

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Health Benefits to Quitting 

  • Better breathing
  • Less coughing
  • Increased energy
  • Reduction in some medications
  • Improved taste and smell

Program Sessions:

Session 1: January 17th

Session 2: January 24th

Session 3: February 7th

Session 4: February 21st

Session 5: February 28th

Session 6: March 7th

Time: 5:00PM to 6:00PM

Location: Education Department

Press Release: Delano Regional Medical Center to Launch Patient Internet Portal

Delano, California, October 15, 2013 — Delano Regional Medical Center (DRMC) was recently awarded $300,000 from Kern Health Systems to develop an internet portal for patients.  This valuable tool will enable patients to communicate more effectively with the hospital and clinic caregivers and better manager their health care by using the internet portal.

MyDRMC Patient Portal will be launched in December, 2013 and allow hospital and clinic patients fast, easy access to their personal health information. MyDRMC is a personalized, safe, secure and completely confidential communication link between the patient and the hospital caregivers.

Through a secure Internet portal, patients can view portions of the medical record, including lab results, medications, immunizations andcurrent health problems. Patients will also be able to communicate with their caregivers, schedule routine appointments online, received appointment alerts, as well as view and pay bills.

“While MyDRMC patient portal is not a replacement for personal contact, it is a vital tool to improve communications between the patient and their caregivers,” says Sandra Bakich, Director of Information Management at DRMC.

Patients can access the portal from home once they have registered for an account and established a secure username and password.

“Our goal is to keep patients informed and involved in their health care every step of the way.  MyDRMC will enable our patients to always get the best medical care we have to offer, from anywhere and at any time,” stated Bahram Ghaffari, President, DRMC.

MyDRMC is just another way the hospital, partnering with Kern Health Systems, is fulfilling their health leadership role in local communities.

Delano Regional Medical Center is a fully accredited acute care hospital with five satellite clinics serving the city of Delano and surrounding communities.

Press Release: Delano Welcomes First Baby of 2013

Dimitri Cudal Castellanos arrived at Delano Regional Medical Center on January 1st at 2:30 a.m. and was officially crowned Delano’s First Baby of 2013.   The son of Romalyn Cudal and Javier Castellanos, he weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces and measured 19 1/2 inches long.

Baby Dimitri has three big sisters that are anxiously awaiting his arrival at home.  He has also created some excitement at the hospital since his mommy is  an employee at Delano Regional Medical Center.

Local merchants and DRMC provided Dimitri and his parents a room full of gifts to celebrate the birth.  The gifts included baby furniture, clothes, blankets, diapers and more.

Mom and Dad were delighted when they learned their son was Delano’s first baby of 2013.  “Thank you to everyone who gave our baby these gifts,” said the parents.

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Press Release: DRMC Honors its patients on national patient recognition day

February 7, 2013 – Delano Regional Medical Center honored patients in tangible ways on National Patient Recognition Day, February 7th .

“Patient well being, loyalty, and satisfaction are continually cited as a top concern among healthcare providers,” says Bahram Ghaffari, Executive Director.  Further, “National Patient Recognition Day is a golden opportunity for our management team, physicians, nurses, technologists, technicians, ancillary personnel, and volunteers to demonstrate that patient needs go beyond the technical aspects of medical care.  It also includes empathy, accuracy, and encouragement,” said Mr. Ghaffari.

At DRMC we believe National Patient Recognition Day is a chance to examine and demonstrate our commitment to patient care, consumer advocacy, and patient-inspired best practices and outcomes. “Most healthcare observances focus on healthcare personnel,” said, Sherri Johnson, RN, Chief Nursing Officer. “National Patient Recognition Day is a chance to honor the patients we serve.”

Founded in 1995, and celebrated the first week (seven days) in February and officially recognized on February 7, National Patient Recognition Week recalls the mindset to put care before capitalism, so we don’t forget our reason for being, caring for those in need of medical and health care.

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Photo:  Ester Tugade, DRMC Nutritional Services Coordinator, with DRMC patient Nicasiso Alejandro.  Patients were treated to flowers, cards, and a dessert prepared for their specific dietary needs.

What is a Hospitalist?

The high cost of medical care and demands from an aging population have forced many changes in the health field.

Many physicians and hospitals today use hospitalists to care for patients when they are admitted to the hospital. The hospitalist communicates with the primary physician, but handles the patient’s care during time spent in the hospital.

Because the hospital is the primary site of their practice they are usually able to spend more time with patients than would the  regular physician making “rounds” of all of his patients on his lunch hour, or on his way home after office hours.

Who are hospitalists?

Hospitalists complete med school and usually specialize in internal medicine, family practice or pediatrics. They might be members of a medical practice, or they may cover for one or several physicians independently. They might even be former students of your physician if s/he has taught in a local medical school. Physicians looking to reduce their workload may choose to become a hospitalist and give up their regular practice.

Hospitalists may sometimes be hired to handle on-call services for your physician after hours or weekends and holidays. So you may have contact with them if you need assistance after hours.

Who follows up?

Usually the only time you would be seen by the hospitalist is during and ER visit or hospital stay. Most do not provide follow-up care or have their own practice.

Be Proactive

To ensure you have the best care, you should always carry a list of :

  • your current medications
  • allergies
  • medical conditions and on-going treatments
  • physicians names and phone numbers.

At Discharge

If you visit the emergency room or are admitted to the hospital, ask for a complete discharge summary upon discharge to take to your physician. Insist that the hospitalist communicate with your physician regularly as well as any consultants s/he calls in to see you. After you have been discharged, make sure to call for a follow-up appointment with your physician. Take with you any new or changed medications, and any other new orders for diet, therapy or follow-up care.

What about home health care?

If you need home health care such as a visiting nurse or therapist, be sure the hospitalist orders the care and that your physician is notified so s/he can attend to oversight of this care. The hospitalist won’t continue to give orders beyond the initial order.

Healthier Holiday Recipes

From the American Association of Diabetes Educators

Healthier Holiday Recipes

Happy Healthy New Year’s Menu

 Happy Holidays

Women’s Health Day, Saturday, Oct. 27th

Dia De Salud Para Las Mujeres, Sabado, Octubre 27

POWER Up! Lights On Afterschool Event

Join the Delano Union School District, 7,500 communities, and 1 million Americans in celebrating afterschool programs at the Afterschool Alliance’s 13th annual POWER UP!  Lights On Afterschool! 

Our event will take place at Cecil Avenue Math & Science Academy on Thursday, October 18th from 4pm to 7 pm!!  This nationwide event calls attention to the importance of afterschool programs and the resources required to keep the lights on and the doors open. The Delano Union School District is proud to be a Lights On Afterschool National Partner.

 Student work in POWER will be on display, student performances will be showcased, and the after school opportunities available throughout our community will be promoted at this community event!

 Food will be provided, and fun activities will be available for all attendees!  Bring the whole family to Cecil Avenue Math & Science Academy from 4pm – 7pm on October 18th to celebrate Delano’s commitment to POWER UP! and keep the Lights On Afterschool!

Too many children — 15.1 million — are missing out on afterschool opportunities. Participate in POWER UP! Lights On Afterschool and help call attention to this important issue.

New DRMC Services

DRMC recognizes that as the population of Delano (and the surrounding communities we serve) continues to increase, so do the health care needs. We are constantly looking for ways to expand and meet the growing needs of our community and so we are excited to announce the opening of two new services.

In partnership with Kern Family Health Care, DRMC has opened the Delano Diabetes Clinic, a pilot project for future potential growth.  The clinic will provide Kern Family Health Care patients with the tools needed to manage and prevent the common complications from uncontrolled diabetes.  The clinic has a team of professionals including a RN diabetes educator, a pharmacist, a dietician and a physical therapist/personal exercise trainer to assist diabetic patients with a well-rounded health care plan. If you or a member of your family are members of Kern Family Health Care and are diabetic, call your physician for a referral so that you can benefit from this new program.

In addition, DRMC Pediatric Therapy Services is now welcoming and accepting new patients in the areas of physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language pathology services.

Both the Diabetes Clinic and Pediatric Therapy Services are currently located in the Triangle Eye Building. 

Delano Diabetic Clinic Brochure        Delano Clinica de Diabetes Espanol

1519 Garces Highway Suite 103, Delano, CA  93215 * 661-721-1497

Pediatric Therpy Services Brochure      Servicios de Terapia Pediatrica Espanol

1201 Garces Highway Suite 208, Delano, CA  93215 * 661-721-5337

Feria De Salud Comunitaria

Gratis – Informacion Y Chequeos sobre la Salud. Y diversion para los ninos con juegos y premios

Community Health Fair

Free Health Information and Screenings, plus fun for the kids!

DRMC Earns Excellence Through Insight Award for Overall Outpatient Satisfaction

Delano, CA – April 24, 2012:  Delano Regional Medical Center was recently recognized with an Excellence through Insight award for “Overall Outpatient Satisfaction” for a medium size hospital by HealthStream, Inc.  The announcement of the award was made during HealthStream’s Customer Summit 2012, in Nashville, Tennessee and a formal presentation was made to the hospital and staff by HealthStream on April 24, 2012.

DRMC was awarded this honor for it’s commitment to excellence in patient care. To qualify for an award, a hospital must have been a patient satisfaction-tracking client of HealthStream in 2011, scored in the 75% percentile or higher, and surveyed a minimum of 100 patients.  DRMC was chosen for receiving the highest ratings in outpatient satisfaction from among 466 HealthStream hospital clients, as well as exceeding industry standards.

At the Customer Summit 2012, HealthStream CEO Robert A. Frist, Jr., said, “We applaud Delano Regional Medical Center’s high-level commitment to excellence in healthcare – we are pleased to recognize their achievement through our Excellence through Insight award.”

Jeremy Klemm, HealthStream Regional Director, commended the staff during today’s presentation stating, “This award represents a cultural change that involves all staff that has a part in taking care of the patient.  It shows a high level of commitment from DRMC’s staff to provide excellence to the patient.”

HealthStream is a leading provider of research and learning solutions for the healthcare industry.  Concentrating primarily on the patient experience, HealthStream reaches  patients through phone surveys.   With that data, they are able to deliver information that healthcare facilities can then use to educate staff and change behaviors  that will ultimately improve the patient experience.

DRMC Performs First Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Recently, Sheikh Latif, D.O. and the Surgery Team at Delano Regional Medical Center performed the first Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm procedure for the hospital.

Each year, 15,000 Americans die from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm.  Over 1.1 million Americans have an abdominal aneurysm with over 100,000 new cases diagnosed each year and 50,000 requiring surgical repair.  These numbers seem staggering but today, with early detection, the disease can be repaired using newer technology. This technology allows for a lesser invasive approach and faster recovery compared to the traditional open repair.

The aorta, the biggest blood vessel in the body, runs from the heart through the chest to the diaphragm and down to the abdomen. It then splits into two arteries that travel to the legs. An aneurysm occurs when a blood vessel widens or dilates. The majority of aneurysms occur in the abdominal portion of the aorta.

“An aortic aneurysm is when a part of the artery becomes too large, or balloons outward, due to weakness in the wall of the artery,” says Dr. Latif.  “Unlike standard surgery, in which a surgical incision is made in the abdomen, we performed the repair using the percutaneous approach which is a needle-puncture of the skin in the groin area.”

With state of the art equipment, this milestone procedure was performed at DRMC using the intravascular ultrasound method which gives the surgeon the best vision of the disease by wires that are guided through the arteries.

“The recovery time is remarkable,” stated Judi Herrick, RN, CNOR, Director of Surgery. “Our patient was sitting up in bed the next morning eating breakfast and went home later that day.”

A ruptured aortic aneurysm is the 13th leading cause of death in the United States, with women having a more serious outcome. Greater than 50% of patients who rupture an aortic aneurysm will die before reaching the emergency room.  According to Dr. Latif, a simple ultrasound can provide early detection and possibly prevent a fatal outcome.