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  • 2017:

  • City of Hope and San Antonio Regional Hospital to expand access to cancer care in the Inland Empire

    World-class cancer care and research programs to local patients in partnership with San Antonio Regional Hospital

    DUARTE, Calif. (February 1, 2017) — City of Hope, a world-renowned independent research and cancer and diabetes treatment center, and San Antonio Regional Hospital, announced today an affiliation agreement that will significantly expand access to leading-edge, high-quality cancer care, research and services in the Inland Empire. 

    The partnership’s goal is to combine City of Hope’s world-class cancer care and research expertise with San Antonio Regional Hospital’s 100-plus year tradition of providing high-quality patient care to improve access to the latest in cancer diagnosis and treatment for residents in the Inland Empire.

    City of Hope physicians will provide clinical leadership for the new effort, including a medical director of the oncology program and a medical director for the radiation oncology program, located on the campus of San Antonio Regional Hospital’s new $160 million expanded facility. 

    The collaboration is focused on creating a seamless oncology system of care where patients can access a full spectrum of medical and surgical cancer services conveniently in their own community.  

    As part of the relationship, City of Hope will develop a comprehensive outpatient cancer center, a multidisciplinary center of excellence providing radiation oncology, medical and surgical oncology, chemotherapy and other cancer-related services in San Antonio Regional Hospital’s new ambulatory center being developed directly across the street from the hospital campus. Construction on the center is expected to begin sometime this year. 

    “Meeting the needs of patients living in the Inland Empire is at the heart of this important affiliation,” said Harlan Levine, M.D., chief executive of City of Hope Medical Foundation. “Partnering with a high-quality, like-minded hospital like San Antonio Regional Hospital, allows us to further expand comprehensive cancer care-level expertise and services in the community, which will be much more convenient for the patients we serve.”

    “As a 109-year-old nonprofit hospital, our focus has always been to put patients’ needs first and foremost,” said Harris Koenig, president and chief executive officer of San Antonio Regional Hospital. “Through this landmark affiliation, our patients will benefit greatly by being able to receive world-class patient-centered cancer care close to their home and families. This is a significant positive milestone in the world of cancer care for the entire Inland Empire,” he said.

    Koenig said the hospital has spent the last several years undergoing a major expansion, investing more than $160 million in a new patient tower and larger emergency room. “This affiliation is consistent with our mission to improve access to highly personalized and advanced medical care as part of our expanded health care footprint in the Inland Empire,” he added.  

    City of Hope is one of 47 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. It is recognized for research and treatment regimens that have helped advance cancer care across the nation and internationally.  

    Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

    About City of Hope
    City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 47 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with community clinics throughout Southern California. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation, diabetes and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs based on technology developed at the institution. 

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    About San Antonio Regional Hospital 
    San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland, California is a 363-bed; nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. The award-winning hospital offers a comprehensive range of general medical and surgical services, along with the latest technological advances in cardiac care, cancer care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s health, maternity and neonatal care, and emergency services. Since 1907, San Antonio Regional Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations across the rapidly expanding Inland Empire. The hospital has completed a major expansion project that adds a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds on its main hospital campus. The expansion positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future, offering state-of-the-art health care services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit www.sarh.org.   

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  • 2016:
  • AVON 39 THE WALK TO END BREAST CANCER RAISES $4.6 MILLION IN SANTA BARBARA

    1,900 Women and Men conquered 39.3-miles to crush breast cancer SANTA BARBARA, September 11 , 2016 – AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer continued its 14th annual event series in Santa Barbara this weekend raising $4.6 million to accelerate breast cancer research; improve access to screening, diagnosis and treatment; and educate people about breast cancer.


    AVON 39 Santa Barbara – the sixth of seven events across the country united by the theme #Powerof39 – drew 1,900 participants from 43 states and Washington, D.C., including 265 breast cancer survivors who walked a total of 39.3 miles over two days. Since the AVON 39’s launch in 2003, more than 220,000 participants have raised nearly $590,000,000. Funds raised are distributed to local, regional and national breast cancer organizations.
    “This weekend, 1,900 AVON 39ers united in Santa Barbara with one common goal: to end breast cancer,” said Jill Surdyka, AVON 39 National Ambassador. “The grants given today will help us do just that – and will help us to further our goal in providing services to those in need, educating the public, and crushing breast cancer once and for all.”


    Yvette Jones, two-time breast cancer survivor and mom shared her inspirational journey with fellow participants, volunteers, family and friends. “After my diagnosis, my best friend was also diagnosed with breast cancer. I realized that my job as her best friend was to help her navigate her journey using my experience as a guide. In January, we both decided to join AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer as Survivors,” said Jones. “I’ve found myself in that position repeatedly since my first fight with cancer and, while difficult, I am glad to provide help and reassurance to loved ones. AVON 39 encourages everyone to be positive, patient and strong.”


    At the event, AVON 39 National Ambassador Jill Surdyka announced 11 new grants to local breast cancer organizations, ensuring the funds raised immediately benefit the local community. Additional grants will be awarded throughout the year, adding to the more than $45 million donated by the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade and Avon Foundation for Women to organizations and institutions in Southern California.


    Representatives from the 11 organizations receiving grants at AVON 39 Santa Barbara thanked participants for their commitment to ending breast cancer and for their spectacular fundraising achievements. All Avon Safety Net and Breast Cancer Outreach Program grantees commit to providing their services to everyone – no matter their insurance status, demographic background or ability to pay.


     Dignity Health French Hospital received a grant of $50,000 to support their Breast Cancer Outreach and Navigation Program, which assists more than 500 low-income Latina women in San Luis Obispo North County. The program provides patients with a bilingual lay patient navigator, education and outreach in multiple languages, and free mammography clinics and diagnostic tests.


     Good Samaritan Hospital received a grant of $65,000 to provide patient navigation services to at least 200 women in Los Angeles. These funds will ensure that their diverse group of Spanish, Korean and English speaking patients receive culturally appropriate breast health education materials.
     San Antonio Regional Hospital received a grant of $85,000 to develop strong relationships with young women diagnosed with breast cancer in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. The hospital’s nurse navigator will ensure that more than 100 women get timely diagnostic and treatment services when they need them.


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     Cancer Center of Santa Barbara received a grant of $100,000 to continue their Breast Cancer Patient Navigation Program, which eliminates barriers to care that underserved women in Santa Barbara County often encounter when they seek breast health care. Over the next year, the Cancer Center will work with 650 patients to develop and maintain their treatment and survivorship plans.


     Northridge Hospital Foundation received a grant of $100,000 to provide more than 14,000 mammograms, navigate more than 1,500 women through diagnostic services, and support 150 women through cancer treatment and survivorship. The funds will also help Northridge Hospital Foundation expand its reach through the San Fernando Valley by providing Spanish-language education at churches, health fairs and breast support groups.
     University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine received a grant of $100,000 to help the AVON Familial Breast and Ovarian Cancer Prevention Clinic continue to serve as a medical home for breast cancer screening and prevention for uninsured women in Los Angeles County, many of which are recent immigrants, who have an elevated inherited breast cancer risk.


     Project Angel Food received a grant of $125,000 to support the delivery of 50,000 medically tailored meals to breast cancer patients in the Los Angeles area. Project Angel Food will also provide personalized nutrition counseling to 175 newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.
     YWCA of North Orange County received a grant of $130,000 on behalf of the Breast Health Outreach Programs of Southern California to help thousands of women living in underserved communities learn about the importance of and options for screening, access to mammography care and any needed follow-up care and treatment.


     Paradigm Shift Therapeutics received a research grant of $200,000 to assist in the development of a high-impact, affordable drug targeting a protein, CD47, in an effort to reduce metastatic breast cancer deaths. In addition, they will observe if existing drugs can block the development of CD47-related tumors in other organs in an effort to fast-track any potential new therapies.  Cedars-Sinai Medical Center received a research grant of $300,000 on behalf of Dr. Phillip Koeffler. Dr. Koeffler will examine various types of triple-negative breast cancer cells to determine if there are existing drugs that can address the gene mutations that cause this type of aggressive breast cancer.  University of California at Los Angeles, home of the Avon Center of Excellence, received a grant of $750,000 to support the Avon Cares for Life program at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Olive View Medical Center and its community clinics. This program will provide underserved women in Los Angeles with on-site patient navigation, survivorship support and access to the high-risk clinic and clinical trials research. In 2017, the program will expand its reach to include another hospital within the Department of Health Services in Los Angeles County.


    Event Details
    AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer Santa Barbara began on Saturday, September 10 at 6:30 a.m. with an inspirational opening ceremony at Chase Palm Park. Participants then walked 26.2 miles through the Santa Barbara area, supported by an all-volunteer crew and cheered on by supporters. AVON 39 participants spent Saturday night at Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, featuring pink two-person tents, hot showers and meals, entertainment and leisure activities, as well as volunteer medical services provided by AVON 39 Medical Sponsor John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. A new element to the campground was Primetime 39, an evening entertainment showcase featuring a local band.


    On Sunday, September 11, after completing the final 13.1 miles, participants joined family and friends to celebrate their achievement at a finish festival and closing ceremony at 2:30 p.m. During the ceremony, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade awarded new grants to Southern California breast cancer organizations to ensure the funds raised will benefit the community immediately.


    Get Involved with AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer Registration for New York (October 15-16), the final event of the 2016 season, is open. Registration for 2017 events in Houston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco and Santa Barbara is also available.
    For more information about AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer, visit www.avon39.org or join the #Powerof39 conversation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.


    About AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer
    AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer is the largest fund-raising event for the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. Since its launch by the Avon Foundation for Women 2003, more than 220,000 participants have trekked 6,868,000 miles and raised nearly $590,000,000 in the fight to end breast cancer. Funds raised at each event provide direct impact in the area where the event takes place, and also help make sure that care and research programs nationwide have adequate resources to make the most progress possible. For more information about AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer, visit www.avon39.org or join the #Powerof39 conversation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

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    Encourage women around you to do the same. Don’t forget, men can get breast cancer, too. For breast cancer information and resources, visit avonfoundation.org.
    AVON 39 Thanks National Sponsor Reebok, Official Sponsor PLS Financial Services,
    Coffee Sponsor Don Francisco’s Coffee, Supplier Sponsor American Medical Response, and
    Medical Sponsor John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center

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    Matthew Yi
    Corporate Communications
    (415) 229-5359
    media@blueshieldca.com


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    Blue Shield of California, PrimeCare Medical Network, Inc., and San Antonio Regional Hospital Collaborate to Expand ACO Network in Southern California
    Accountable Care Organization expansion enhances care in greater Inland Empire region through improved coordination and collaboration across health care system


    UPLAND, Calif. (Aug. 24, 2016) – Blue Shield of California has expanded its Accountable Care Organization (ACO) network in Southern California through a new collaboration with PrimeCare Medical Network, Inc., the Inland Empire’s largest network of independently contracted physicians, and San Antonio Regional Hospital, which has been serving area residents for more than 100 years.


    The collaboration will provide enhanced care coordination for local residents, making it easier to share important health information across the health care system, so providers involved in a patient’s care support the same treatment plan.


    Blue Shield’s newest ACO helps transition the region’s health care system from one that reimburses for quantity of services to one that rewards the quality of patients’ health outcomes while seeking to make care more affordable. The network will serve more than 13,000 people in the Chino/Upland/Rancho Cucamonga region who are enrolled in Blue Shield’s HMO plans.


    “A shared clinical strategy with health care providers is the foundation of our ACO program and an integral part of our ongoing effort to connect Californians with quality care in a cost-effective way,” said Kristen Miranda, senior vice president of strategic partnerships and innovation at Blue Shield of California. “PrimeCare and San Antonio Regional Hospital have shown an incredible level of commitment to this work, including setting important goals in improving quality while controlling cost."
    PrimeCare is a health care delivery network serving more than 187,000 people in the Inland Empire. PrimeCare primary care physicians and specialists have been serving patients since 1994.


    “Together with Blue Shield of California and San Antonio Regional Hospital, we expect to achieve even better health outcomes and greater patient satisfaction,” said Leigh Hutchins, president and CEO of PrimeCare.


    San Antonio Regional Hospital is an acute-care hospital that has been serving the community for more than a century and treats more than 200,000 patients each year. The hospital system includes its main campus in Upland that will soon open a new 52-bed emergency department and patient tower with private rooms to continue its legacy of serving the needs of a growing region. The system also includes medical plazas in Eastvale, Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana.


    “San Antonio Regional Hospital is dedicated to providing exceptional care for the people and communities it serves,” said Harris Koenig, president and CEO of San Antonio Regional Hospital. “Through Blue Shield’s ACO network, we will collaboratively work with Blue Shield, PrimeCare and our physicians to enhance the clinical care provided for our patients. Using common data and metrics available in a clinically integrated system, we will work together to keep Blue Shield members healthy, avoid unnecessary emergency room visits and the need for hospitalization. We are excited about the opportunity to enhance the care delivery system, and we look forward to serving a key role in this Blue Shield ACO relationship.”


    From its first ACO in 2010, Blue Shield’s network now includes 37 ACOs, serving about 340,000 people. In the program’s first five years, Blue Shield and its ACO participants achieved more than $325 million in estimated healthcare savings.


    About PrimeCare
    PrimeCare Medical Network, Inc. has been caring for the communities of San Bernardino and Riverside counties since 1994 through its independently contracted network of 350 local primary care doctors and more than 1,000 specialists. PrimeCare physicians take pride in the relationships they build with their patients and are dedicated to promoting their overall well-being. For more information, visit www.primecare.com.

    About San Antonio Regional Hospital
    San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland, California is a 271-bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. The award-winning hospital offers a comprehensive range of general medical and surgical services, along with the latest technological advances in cardiac care, cancer care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s health, maternity and neonatal care, and emergency services. Since 1907, San Antonio Regional Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations across the rapidly expanding Inland Empire. The hospital is nearing completion of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds on its main hospital campus. The expansion positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future, offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit sarh.org.

    About Blue Shield of California
    Blue Shield of California, an independent member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, is a nonprofit health plan with 4 million members, 6,800 employees and more than $13 billion in annual revenue. Founded in 1939 and headquartered in San Francisco, Blue Shield of California and its affiliates provide health, dental, vision, Medicaid and Medicare health care service plans in California. The company’s mission is to ensure all Californians have access to high-quality care at an affordable price. Blue Shield has contributed more than $325 million over the past ten years to the Blue Shield of California Foundation. Contact your local agent or broker about Blue Shield of California products and services, or visit www.blueshieldca.com.

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    San Antonio Regional Hospital Recognized as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite


    UPLAND, CA (July 23, 2016)
    – San Antonio Regional Hospital has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for their employee wellness activities. Employers qualify for the AHA’s award by offering employees physical activity and healthy eating options at the workplace, and promoting an overall culture of health and wellness.


    “Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at San Antonio Regional Hospital. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite,” states Harris Koenig, President & Chief Executive Officer of San Antonio Regional Hospital. “Just as we encourage preventive care and wellness for our patients, we do the same for our employees.” American employers are losing an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity, and those numbers are rising. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs. Their lack of regular physical activity raises their risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Employers face $12.7 billion in annual medical expenses due to obesity alone.


    In recent years, San Antonio has implemented a robust and comprehensive employee health and wellness program entitled 4URHealth. The program incentivizes employees for improving their personal health through annual health assessments, preventive care actions, and participation in other health and wellness activities. The hospital encourages employee success through monthly health challenges, personal coaching to those who qualify, discounts to gyms and fitness centers, onsite weight loss meetings and exercise classes, and a hiking club.


    Employees can also take advantage of Farm Share, an onsite mini farmer’s market offering access to fresh local produce.
    “We are committed to providing the healthiest environment possible for staff,” states Laura Kato, Vice President of Human Resources, San Antonio Regional Hospital. “This will not only benefit our employees’ individual health and wellness, but it also produces positive results for our hospital overall.” The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping worksites make their employees’ health and well-being a priority.

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    About San Antonio Regional Hospital
    San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland, California is a 271-bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. The award-winning hospital offers a comprehensive range of general medical and surgical services, along with the latest technological advances in cardiac care, cancer care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s health, maternity and neonatal care, and emergency services. Since 1907, San Antonio Regional Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations across the rapidly expanding Inland Empire. The hospital is nearing completion of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds on its main hospital campus. The expansion positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future, offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit sarh.org.

    About the American Heart Association
    The American Heart Association is devoted to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Our mission drives everything we do. To improve the lives of all Americans, we provide public health education in a variety of ways. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit heart.org.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    San Antonio Regional Hospital Earns Blue Distinction® Care Designation for Quality in Knee and Hip Replacement Surgeries


    UPLAND, CA (June 15, 2016) -- Blue Shield of California has selected San Antonio Regional Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.


    Knee and hip replacement procedures are among the fastest growing medical treatments in the U.S., according to studies published in the June 2014 Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery1 and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons2. Hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement demonstrate expertise in total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, resulting in fewer patient complications and hospital readmissions. Designated hospitals must also maintain national accreditation.


    “San Antonio Regional Hospital is proud to be recognized by Blue Shield of California for meeting the robust selection criteria for knee and hip replacements set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program,” states Harris F. Koenig, President and Chief Executive Officer, San Antonio Regional Hospital. The Total Joint Replacement Program located at San Antonio’s Orthopedic Institute offers patients a superior experience on many levels. The program incorporates best practices and a more streamlined, efficient approach to ensure the best outcomes for patients while minimizing recovery time.


    “Our patients benefit from a dedicated orthopedic team that involves many disciplines within the hospital,” Koenig states. “In addition to some of the finest orthopedic surgeons in the region, our registered nurses and physical therapists have special training to concentrate on patients who have undergone a joint replacement surgery. We have also added extra mobility aides on the floor to assist our patients in ambulating more often. This accelerates healing and recovery time. In fact, most of our knee and hip replacement patients go home within one to two days. Our Orthopedic Nurse Navigator is also a valuable part of the team, providing pre-surgery education and post-surgery follow-up, so our patients have a resource to turn to for questions or assistance, every step of the way.”


    Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality providers for their specialty care needs in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, maternity care, spine surgery and transplants, while encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the care they deliver. Research shows that facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients compared with their peers.
    For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the designated facilities, please visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.


    1 J Bone Joint Surg Am, The Role of Overweight and Obesity in Relation to the More Rapid Growth of Total Knee Arthroplasty Volume Compared with Total Hip Arthroplasty Volume, 2014 Jun 04; 96 (11): 922 -928. http://dx.doi.org/10.2106/JBJS.L.01731
    2 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Annual Incidents of Common Musculoskeletal Procedures and Treatment, 2014 March; http://www.aaos.org/research/stats/CommonProceduresTreatments-March2014.pdf


    About San Antonio Regional Hospital
    San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland, California is a 271-bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. The award-winning hospital offers a comprehensive range of general medical and surgical services, along with the latest technological advances in cardiac care, cancer care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s health, maternity and neonatal care, and emergency services. Since 1907, San Antonio Regional Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations across the rapidly expanding Inland Empire. The hospital is nearing completion of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds on its main hospital campus. The expansion positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future, offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit sarh.org.

    About Blue Shield of California
    Blue Shield of California, an independent member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, is a nonprofit health plan with 4 million members, 6,800 employees and more than $13 billion in annual revenue. Founded in 1939 and headquartered in San Francisco, Blue Shield of California and its affiliates provide health, dental, vision, Medicaid and Medicare health care service plans in California. The company’s mission is to ensure all Californians have access to high-quality care at an affordable price. Blue Shield has contributed more than $325 million over the past ten years to the Blue Shield of California Foundation. Contact your local agent or broker about Blue Shield of California products and services, or visit www.blueshieldca.com.


    About Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
    Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for nearly 105 million members – one in three Americans. For more information on the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit www.BCBS.com. We encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and check out The BCBS Blog for up-to-date information about BCBSA.


    About Blue Distinction Centers Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area; for details, contact your Local Blue Plan. Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable health care. Each facility’s cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Facilities in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans’ areas, resulting in two evaluations for cost of care; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both cost of care evaluation(s) must meet BDC+ national criteria. National criteria for BDC and BDC+ are displayed on bcbs.com. Individual outcomes may vary. For details on a provider’s in-network status or your own policy’s coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan and ask your provider before making an appointment. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for non-covered charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.

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    San Antonio Regional Hospital to Hold 4th Annual Health and Hot Rods Event

    Upland, California – June 5, 2016 – June is Men’s Health Month, a great time to remind men about the importance of paying more attention to their own health. In fact, statistics show that many men still do not receive important preventive screenings and care. Men are less likely to have an ongoing relationship with a physician and tend to visit the doctor’s office only after something goes wrong.


    San Antonio Regional Hospital wants to improve the health of men in the community by helping them understand more about health issues unique to men and encouraging routine tests that can help prevent larger, more chronic health problems down the road.


    In honor of Men’s Health Month, the hospital will hold its 4th Annual Health & Hot Rods Men’s Health Event & Car Show. A crowd of over 200 men and couples are expected to attend with approximately 70 cars entered into the car show.


    WHEN:  Saturday, June 25th, 8 am – 12:00pm
    WHERE: San Antonio Regional Hospital
    901 San Bernardino Road, Upland (adjacent to hospital)
    WHAT:
    Attendees will enjoy:
    - Car show with hot rods and classic cars on display
    - Best in Show winner receives a one-of-a-kind designer trophy
    - Healthy eats – continental breakfast and lunch
    - Health conversations – physicians will give 10-15 minute presentations on various health topics unique to men
    - Health screenings – free screenings for cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, and more.
    - Health & Hot Rods t-shirt included with registration


    PRICE: $15 individual/$20 per couple. Advance registration is required. For more information, please call 909.920.6139 or visit sarh.org/menshealthevent.


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    ABOUT SAN ANTONIO REGIONAL HOSPITAL

    San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland, California is a 271-bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. The award-winning hospital offers a comprehensive range of general medical and surgical services, along with the latest technological advances in cardiac care, cancer care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s health, maternity and neonatal care, and emergency services. Since 1907, San Antonio Regional Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations across the rapidly expanding Inland Empire. The hospital is nearing completion of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds on its main hospital campus. The expansion positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future, offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit sarh.org.

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    San Antonio Regional Hospital's TAVR Procedure Offers New Hope to Cardiac Patients 

    UPLAND, Calif. (May 17, 2016) – The Heart Center at San Antonio Regional Hospital is now offering a promising alternative for patients with aortic valve stenosis who may not be candidates for traditional valve replacement surgery.


    Aortic valve stenosis is a narrowing of the heart’s aortic valve. The valve acts in a way that is similar to an old camera shutter--with several pieces (leaflets) that open and close. When the heart contracts, the aortic valve opens to allow blood to flow through. When the heart relaxes, the valve closes to prevent blood from leaking back into the aorta. In some patients, the leaflets in the aortic valve become stiff, reducing their ability to fully open and close and allow normal blood flow. This causes the heart to work harder to push blood through the aortic valve to the rest of the body. Eventually, the heart becomes weaker, increasing the risk for heart failure.


    TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) is considered a last option for patients who are elderly or have complicating medical issues which make open heart surgery too risky for traditional valve replacement. The San Antonio TAVR team includes caradiologists and cardiac surgeons who evaluate and manage these otherwise inoperable patients to determine whether they are candidates for TAVR. “After having good success in clinical trials on high risk patients, the TAVR procedure is now being used at select hospitals for high to moderate risk patients,” states Hossein Dehghani, MD, i and Medical Director of San Antonio’s Coronary Care Unit.


    Performed under general anesthesia in the hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab, TAVR is a less invasive procedure that allows physicians to perform the valve replacement through a small incision in the groin. The procedure requires a trained interventional cardiologist and a cardiothoracic surgeon working side by side to deploy the valve in the correct position. An artificial valve is inserted through a large catheter threaded up to the heart guided by x-ray. Once in place, a balloon at the end of the catheter is inflated to prepare the faulty aortic valve for replacement with the new valve.


    The first two patients to receive the TAVR procedure at San Antonio were both elderly males. Eighty-nine year old Andres Lopez was a strong working man his entire life, and had beaten cancer and other health issues. He had no idea he even had a heart issue until a routine physical led to a diagnosis of severe aortic stenosis due to an undiagnosed cardiac murmur. While his symptoms had not yet appeared obvious, “Severe aortic stenosis is a very serious medical problem,” explains Hossein Shayan, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon. “Without aortic valve replacement, approximately 50% of the people who develop symptoms will succumb within an average of 2 years.”


    On the other end of the spectrum, eighty-one year-old Syed Shah had advanced symptoms. Along with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and dialysis for kidney issues, Mr. Shah also had a stent previously placed in his heart for a coronary blockage. Most days he was unable to even get out of bed because the moment he put his foot down he couldn’t breathe due to the heart failure that had developed. Mr. Shah’s quality of life had declined dramatically. “For patients who are elderly and have complicating medical issues, traditional aortic valve replacement through open heart surgery would be too risky,” adds Dr. Dehghani. “TAVR is a life-saving procedure for them.”


    Recovery is minimal for most patients. Both Mr. Shah and Mr. Syed were released from San Antonio just a few days after the procedure and are doing well. In fact, Mr. Shah noticed a difference almost immediately following the procedure.


    “TAVR offers an opportunity for a better quality of life to patients with aortic stenosis who cannot undergo open heart surgery,” states Nan Wang, MD, Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery. “Many times these patients are older and frail, so providing TAVR to our community allows them to receive this advanced care closer to home, in an environment where they are more familiar. We are grateful to be able to offer this highly specialized procedure here.”


    Dr. Shayan, Dr. Dehghani, and Dr. Hammad Khan, also an interventional cardiologist, have already performed five TAVR procedures at San Antonio with good success. Several more are scheduled for upcoming months.

    About San Antonio Regional Hospital
    San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland, California is a 271-bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. The award-winning hospital offers a comprehensive range of general medical and surgical services, along with the latest technological advances in cardiac care, cancer care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s health, maternity and neonatal care, and emergency services. Since 1907, San Antonio Community Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations across the rapidly expanding Inland Empire. The hospital is nearing completion of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds on its main hospital campus. The expansion, which will be completed in 2015, positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit www.sarh.org.


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    San Antonio Regional Hospital Announces Formation of the Lewis-San Antonio Healthy Communities Institute 

    UPLAND, Calif. (April 20, 2016) – San Antonio Regional Hospital has announced the formation of the Lewis-San Antonio Healthy Communities Institute. The Institute is the result of an innovative health partnership with Randall W. Lewis, Executive Vice President of the Lewis Group of Companies, one of the largest development companies in Southern California. Mr. Lewis not only provided the initial funding to launch and operationalize the Institute, his vision, leadership, and ardent desire to create healthier communities in the Inland Empire served as an inspiration for the work to be accomplished.


    Randall Lewis has long been a respected industry leader, not only in developing the real estate infrastructure for healthy communities, but also as a visionary in promoting education, healthy living, and sustainable development initiatives. Many of the cities he has partnered with in residential development are participating in the Healthy Communities movement, which is a cross-sector initiative that is helping communities work together to improve health for all residents. In fact, several cities in our region are noted leaders in the Healthy Communities Program as a result of their comprehensive approach and the positive outcomes that have been achieved through their programs.


    “The Lewis Group of Companies and the Lewis family treasure our relationship with San Antonio Regional Hospital” states Randall Lewis. “Over the years, my family has received healthcare services from the compassionate doctors, nurses, and support staff that make San Antonio truly an exceptional hospital. In addition to providing acute care in the hospital, San Antonio is becoming a leader in community health, and the Healthy Communities Institute will help to support and further enhance this role,” continues Lewis. “The Institute will serve as another step in our journey to engage people from many disciplines across various sectors, including hospitals, school districts, cities, and other health and social services organizations, in a collaborative effort to solve the healthcare challenges we face today. Together, our goal is to keep people out of the hospital by helping them to improve their own health, the health of their families, and the overall health of their communities.”


    For decades, San Antonio Regional Hospital and the Lewis Group of Companies have worked together to improve health by providing access to high quality healthcare services in local communities throughout the region. San Antonio launched its first satellite facility in 1990 in the Lewis Terra Vista community. Through the development of Rancho San Antonio Medical Plaza, San Antonio forged a relationship with the Lewis Group to create healthy communities through policies, infrastructure, and access to exceptional healthcare services. The opening of Sierra San Antonio Medical Plaza at Sierra Lakes in Fontana in 2006, and most recently, Eastvale San Antonio Medical Plaza in the Eastvale Gateway Shopping Center in 2015, continued to expand this shared vision of improved community health by providing healthcare services in strategic locations easily accessed by people living and working in these growing communities. Through this collaborative effort, the Lewis Group of Companies and San Antonio Regional Hospital are improving health and healthcare services for people in our region.


    “Randall’s passion for health is truly inspirational and not often observed outside of the healthcare industry,” states Harris F. Koenig, President and CEO of San Antonio Regional Hospital. “He is committed to improving the health of the communities he helps build, and he is involved in efforts at the local and regional level to create solutions through bold and innovative partnerships. His vision and leadership is driving results, and we are thrilled to be working closely with him to launch the Healthy Communities Institute. Together, we are committed to achieving our shared vision of healthier communities in our region.”


    Like Mr. Lewis, San Antonio Regional Hospital and has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving the health of our region by forging new pathways, creating innovative solutions, promoting collaboration, and replicating successful programs. “We have enjoyed the opportunity to work with many of the cities in our region to address critical health issues,” states Cathy Rebman, Vice President of Community Outreach at San Antonio Regional Hospital. The Inland Empire has cardiac mortality rates that are among the highest in the state, a burgeoning incidence of diabetes, and an obesity epidemic that is impacting young children as well as adults. In response to these intractable problems, many local cities have built health components into their general plans, but they often need assistance in executing them. “The Healthy Communities Institute is designed to serve as a vehicle to help create innovative solutions and to support the efforts of local Healthy Cities by providing structure, programs, and specific training,” explains Rebman.


    In addition to the growing incidence of chronic diseases, the Inland Empire is experiencing a shortage of healthcare workers to care for the people in our region. More physicians, nurses, technical and professional staff, and those who serve in supportive roles are needed to provide acute care and to help prevent and manage chronic diseases. The Healthy Communities Institute will join regional efforts to attract, train, and retain the best healthcare specialists to meet the needs of the ever-growing Inland Empire.


    “We are excited to be working with Randall Lewis to launch the Healthy Communities Institute,” states Mike Tracey, President of San Antonio Hospital Foundation. “Randall is a true visionary. We value our collaborative relationship and are proud of the results as we have worked together to bring healthcare services to communities throughout the region. With the establishment of the Institute, we look forward to achieving major milestones in our journey to achieve healthier communities our region.”

    About Randall W. Lewis
    With over 40-years’ experience in the real estate industry, Randall Lewis is Executive Vice President and a Principal of Lewis Management Corp., a member of the Lewis Group of Companies. Randall oversees the marketing activities for all regions of the organization. His broad areas of expertise include land acquisition, market research, product design, advertising, and sales.
    Randall is an active and philanthropic supporter of health, education, and the arts. He is the co-chair of the San Bernardino County Alliance for Education, and serves on several executive boards, including the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Randall also serves on the Executive Board of the Southern California Association of Governments, as well as the Southern California Leadership Council. Randall is a past Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, as well as a current Governor of the Urban Land Institute Foundation.
    Recognizing his hard work and dedication to the community, Randall has received numerous prestigious awards, including the 2014 Southern California Association of Government’s President’s Award for Sustainability Leader of the Year and the 2014 Urban Land Institute’s Bob Santos Industry Leadership Award in Sustainable Community Development. Randall and his wife, Janell sponsor the Randall Lewis Health Policy Fellowship and he is heavily involved in the Healthy Cities movement in the Inland Empire.

    About San Antonio Regional Hospital
    San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland, California is a 271-bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. The award-winning hospital offers a comprehensive range of general medical and surgical services, along with the latest technological advances in cardiac care, cancer care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s health, maternity and neonatal care, and emergency services. Since 1907, San Antonio Community Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations across the rapidly expanding Inland Empire. The hospital is nearing completion of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds on its main hospital campus. The expansion, which will be completed in 2015, positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit www.sarh.org.


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    San Antonio Regional Hospital Receives Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care

    Upland, California – April 5, 2016 – For the third consecutive year, San Antonio Regional Hospital has been named a recipient of the Women’s Choice Award® as one of 2016 America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care. San Antonio is one of 353 hospitals nationwide and just two in the Inland Empire to qualify for this evidence-based designation.

    The Women’s Choice Award is the only heart care award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider both clinical excellence and female patient satisfaction. San Antonio performed well clinically with regard to heart care measures, but also had a high recommendation rate, which women have identified as a very important indicator when selecting a hospital.

    Women’s Choice determines the 2016 America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care list by first identifying hospitals across the nation that offer a minimum number of cardiac and/or vascular services. Only hospitals that perform well clinically with regard to heart care measures reported to Medicare, and also have a high Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) recommendation score, are selected. All data used to determine the award recipients is completely objective and evidence-based. “Considering that heart disease is the number one killer of women across the country, helping women find the best in cardiac care is how we empower women to make the best healthcare choices for themselves and for their family,” says Delia Passi, CEO and Founder of the Women’s Choice Award.

    According to the American Heart Association (AHA), one in every three women dies from heart disease and stroke in the United States. “It is an honor to be recognized by the Women’s Choice Organization,” states Harris F. Koenig, President & Chief Executive Officer of San Antonio Regional Hospital. “Considering that one in every three women dies from heart disease and stroke today in the United States, this designation of excellence signifies our ongoing commitment to meeting the highest standards in cardiac and/or vascular services. We are proud to have some of the best cardiac staff in the region. Our staff in the emergency department, cardiac catheterization lab, cardiac care unit, cardiac surgery, and cardiac rehabilitation department work as a multi-disciplinary team to provide the highest standard of care to our patients.”


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    ABOUT SAN ANTONIO REGIONAL HOSPITAL

    San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland, California is a 271-bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. The award-winning hospital offers a comprehensive range of general medical and surgical services, along with the latest technological advances in cardiac care, cancer care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s health, maternity and neonatal care, and emergency services. Since 1907, San Antonio Regional Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations across the rapidly expanding Inland Empire. The hospital is nearing completion of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds on its main hospital campus. The expansion positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future, offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit sarh.org.

    ABOUT THE WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARD®

    The Women’s Choice Award® sets the standard for helping women make smart choices through education, empowerment, and validation. Awards are determined by evidence-based research and identify the brands, products and services most recommended and trusted by women. Visit www.WomensChoiceAward.com to learn more.

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    San Antonio Regional Hospital Announces 2016 Board of Trustees Appointments

    UPLAND, Calif. (January 28, 2016) – San Antonio Regional Hospital announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Trustees. The hospital's board is comprised of 15 members, several of whom are community physicians.

    Sohan Bassi, MD was appointed trustee in January 2016. He was President of the Medical Staff in 2004 and served as an ex officio Board member from 2003 through 2005. Dr. Bassi is the President/Partner for Foothills Infectious Disease Medical Group, Inc. He joined the San Antonio Regional Hospital Medical Staff in 1992 and is the Medical Advisor of Infectious Diseases for San Antonio. He is board certified in Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine and is a member of several infectious disease organizations.

    Deborah Freund, PhD was also appointed trustee in January 2016. She is the Paul O'Neill-Alcoa Chair at the Rand Corporation and past President ofthe Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Freund is a current member of numerous boards, professional and civic organizations including Cedars-Sinai Health System and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. She has written more than 100 articles and chapters, two books, and is an internationally-recognized health economist.

    Bassi and Freund joined an impressive array of existing officers and Board members. Thomas Ritchie, a real estate attorney with Ritchie, Klinkert & McCall ion located in Ontario, joined the board in 2009 and was elected Vice Chairman in 2013 and Chair in 2015. Donald Alpiner, DO, a family medicine physician and surgical assistant, has been a member since 2007 and was elected Treasurer in 2014. Dora Barilla, DrPH, MPH, CHES, President of HC2 Strategies and a Senior Fellow for the Institute for Health Policy and Fellowship at Loma Linda University Health has been a trustee since 2008 and was elected Secretary in 2014. Harris F. Koenig, President and Chief Executive Officer, joined the hospital and the Board of Trustees in 2011.

    Three physicians serve as ex-officio members of the Board of Trustees as elected officers of the hospital's medical staff. Robert Armada, DO, Past-President of the Medical Staff and an obstetrician and gynecologist, began a three-year term in 2014. Carlos Vigil, DO, President of the Medical Staff and an internist, is serving his second year as a trustee. Rohinder Sandhu, MD, President-Elect of the Medical Staff and an internist and pulmonologist, is serving a three-year term that expires in December 2018.

    Howard Borenstein, an Attorney with the Law Office of Howard S. Borenstein, has served on the Board of Trustees since March 2014. Vincent J. Carollo, MD practiced internal medicine at the hospital for 30 years and became a trustee in 2013. Andrea Dutton, Professor and Program Director for the Chaffey College Radiology Technology Program, has been a trustee since 2011. Woody Fox, a partner with Fox and Stephens, CPAs, Inc., has served on the board since 2014. Ronald King, President of SEBINS Healthcare Consultants, became a trustee in 2013. Carl Schultz, MD, a radiologist with San Antonio Radiological Medical Group, has served as a trustee since 2009 and was elected Vice Chair in 2015. Steven H. Spears, a CPA and Managing Partner with Mellon, Johnson & Reardon, was also elected as a trustee in 2009.

    These community members who volunteer their time, energy, skill, and varied experience serve as stewards for a critically important community asset. For more than century, San Antonio Regional Hospital has provided exceptional healthcare in a compassionate and healing environment. The Board of Trustees is dedicated to ensuring that the hospital is positioned to continue this long-standing tradition for the next 100 years and beyond. San Antonio's Board of Trustees is focused on building a healthier future for the communities the hospital serves across the Inland Empire through targeted programs and initiatives and, as a tax exempt hospital, through reinvestment in our network of facilities across the western Inland Empire.

    Harris F. Koenig, President and Chief Executive Officer of San Antonio, states "Our hospital is fortunate to have such dedicated individuals serving as our Board of Trustees. Each member gives freely of his or her time and talents with unwavering dedication to improving the health of the people we serve-whether care is received at the hospital or at one of our growing number of satellite facilities in the region." Koenig went on to comment, "The key role fulfilled by the trustees is represented within the hospital's fleurs-de-lis, a symbol that is a readily associated with San Antonio. The leaves represent our trustees, our medical staff, and our employees, while the central stem symbolizes our patients and the green circle denotes the hospital's regional community. Together, this symbol represents the growth and vitality of San Antonio, but it also embodies the overall health of our regional community. Without the strength of our Board of Trustees, we would be missing a vital element needed to continue our life's legacy and to secure our community's healthy future."

    About San Antonio Regional Hospital
    San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland, California is a 271-bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. The award-winning hospital offers a comprehensive range of general medical and surgical services, along with the latest technological advances in cardiac care, cancer care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s health, maternity and neonatal care, and emergency services. Since 1907, San Antonio Community Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations across the rapidly expanding Inland Empire. The hospital is nearing completion of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds on its main hospital campus. The expansion, which will be completed in 2015, positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit www.sarh.org.


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    San Antonio Regional Hospital Invites Community to Experience the Power to Boogie at National Day of Dance® for Your Health Event

    UPLAND, Calif. (January 18, 2016) – San Antonio Regional Hospital welcomes families to National Day of Dance for Your Health event, the Biggest Dance Party for Better Overall Health, on February 13, 2016 at Victoria Gardens Cultural Center – Imagination Courtyard. The event will take place from 10 am to 3 pm. Residents from throughout the Inland Empire are expected to attend Day of Dance, which is part of San Antonio Regional Hospital’s ongoing initiatives to help create healthier communities.

    "Your heart is the most powerful muscle in your body, and what better way to keep it healthy than dancing? It doesn’t require any special equipment, and anyone can do it! We invite you to join us and participate in the day of activities with other families in our community, showing that health and wellness can be fun," said James R. Scheu, Community Health Specialist for San Antonio.

    Heart disease, which causes heart attacks, is the leading cause of death for Americans. The Power to Boogie will feature health screenings, heart disease education and other important health topics as well as plenty of dancing. Day of Dance is a fun, unique program to teach families about overall health. “By attending The Power to Boogie, you will learn and understand your personal risk factors to prevent heart disease and stroke, all while practicing the latest dance moves and spending time with family and friends,” said Lynn Hill, Administrative Director, Cardiac Services, San Antonio Regional Hospital.

    Dancing can help reduce stress, improves your balance and posture, and keeps our mind and body healthy as we age. It can decrease your blood pressure, manage your cholesterol, help with weight maintenance and weight loss, and even improve your memory skills. People of all ages, shapes, and sizes receive a wide range of physical and mental benefits by dancing on a regular basis.

    The Power to Boogie, the theme of this year’s event, is presented by San Antonio Regional Hospital and the Spirit of Women Hospital Network. The event is held by Spirit hospitals in 60+ communities and attended by more than 70,000 people across the US.

    About San Antonio Regional Hospital
    San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland, California is a 271-bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. The award-winning hospital offers a comprehensive range of general medical and surgical services, along with the latest technological advances in cardiac care, cancer care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s health, maternity and neonatal care, and emergency services. Since 1907, San Antonio Community Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations across the rapidly expanding Inland Empire. The hospital is nearing completion of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds on its main hospital campus. The expansion, which will be completed in 2015, positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit www.sarh.org.

    About Spirit of Women
    Spirit of Women is a national network of leading hospitals dedicated to improving women's lives with innovative health and community programs. Spirit of Women Hospitals touch the lives of millions of women each year through the presentation of educational events, consumer membership programs, annual conferences, marketing communications and grassroots efforts to improve the health and well-being of women everywhere. Spirit of Women enables participating hospitals to focus on community needs while providing the strength of national support. Visit .spiritofwomen.org

    Visit dayofdance.com to learn simple ways to stay healthy and to find an event near you.

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    The Women’s Breast & Imaging Center at San Antonio Regional Hospital
    Designated a “Breast Center of Excellence”

    UPLAND, Calif. (October 12, 2015) – The Women’s Breast & Imaging Center at San Antonio Regional Hospital has been awarded the “Breast Center of Excellence” distinction by the American College of Radiology (ACR). This distinction is considered ACR’s Gold Standard of Accreditation and indicates that the facility has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety. This includes a rigorous review of personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures. The ACR accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert radiologists and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging. The ACR is the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the US and a professional organization of 34,000 physicians.

    For almost a decade, San Antonio’s Women’s Breast & Imaging Center has been helping women screen for and find breast cancers early, when treatments are most effective. The hospital is committed to staying on the forefront of breast imaging technology, and recently installed the latest generation of 3D mammography equipment. 3D mammography is one of the most exciting new technologies in the fight against breast cancer. It allows doctors to examine breast tissue one layer at a time. 3D mammography uses high-powered computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or slices – building what is essentially a 3-dimensional mammogram.

    To encourage women to have their annual screenings, the hospital is offering $49.95 3D mammograms until the end of the year. 3D mammograms are offered at three locations throughout the Inland Empire—San Antonio’s Women’s Breast & Imaging Center in Upland, Rancho San Antonio Medical Plaza in Rancho Cucamonga, and Eastvale San Antonio Medical Plaza in Eastvale.


    About San Antonio Regional Hospital

    San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland, California is a 271-bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. The award-winning hospital offers a comprehensive range of general medical and surgical services, along with the latest technological

    advances in cardiac care, cancer care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s health, maternity and neonatal care, and emergency services. Since 1907, San Antonio Community Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations across the rapidly expanding Inland Empire. The hospital is nearing completion of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds on its main hospital campus. The expansion, which will be completed in 2015, positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit www.sarh.org.


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    Women Sparkled at San Antonio Regional Hospital’s Girls’ Night Out Event  

    UPLAND, CA (October 14, 2015) – Over 250 women joined San Antonio Regional Hospital for their annual Spirit Girls’ Night Out event held October 8, 2015. With the theme of "You Were Born to Sparkle," the evening was designed to engage women in their own health, especially the power of prevention. Hosted by KOLA radio personality Cindy Davis, the event focused on preventing breast and other cancers by taking more control over lifestyle choices. The American Cancer Society estimates that approximately one-quarter to one-third of the more than 1.6 million cancer cases expected to occur in 2015 can be attributed to people having poor nutrition, a lack of physical activity, and being overweight or obese.

    San Antonio physician Dr. Kimberly Bekemeier spoke to the crowd about mindfulness and taking time out of our busy lives to pay more attention to our everyday choices that can have long term effects on our health. Jennifer Liddel, physical therapist and administrator of the hospital’s 4URHealth employee wellness program, shared tips for exercise and healthy eating that women could easily incorporate into their lives. Linda Bosserman, MD, a renowned oncologist with San Antonio Regional Hospital and the City of Hope, engaged the women to join a 30-day challenge by selecting one positive lifestyle change and incorporating it into their daily lives. Research has shown that it takes approximately 30 days for people to develop a lasting habit. The hospital plans to connect with the women to check on their progress and to share results.

    In addition to the important health information and specific steps that can be taken to reduce cancer risk, guests were offered free blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose screenings, hand massages, unique shopping opportunities, and a wonderful appetizer buffet. Tours of the hospital’s Women’s Breast & Imaging Center were also offered.

    During the evening, a surprise presentation was made to Barbara Jo Kirshbaum, friend of the hospital and widow of long time San Antonio physician Robert Kirshbaum, MD. Barbara Jo was recognized for her incredible fundraising efforts for breast cancer research. She has participated in 145 AVON breast cancer walks, often flying across the country for the cause. She has logged close to 7,000 miles and raised nearly $1.8 million dollars, well on the way to her goal of $2 million.

    San Antonio Regional Hospital’s Girls’ Night Out is a Spirit of Women signature event. Spirit of Women is a network of leading hospitals and heathcare providers across the United States that have united to move women and their families to better health. Through the Spirit of Women membership program at San Antonio Regional Hospital, women can take advantage of a variety of health-related activities throughout the year. Membership is FREE and those who sign up receive ongoing discounts to special events, health screenings, an e-newsletter, and more. Spirit members are also given a silver charm bracelet and receive special charms commemorating each Spirit event. Those attending Girls’ Night Out received a rhinestone purse charm to add to their bracelet of previous charms: a little black dress, a red high heeled shoe, and a sports car.

     


    About San Antonio Regional Hospital  

    San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland, California is a 271-bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. The award-winning hospital offers a comprehensive range of general medical and surgical services, along with the latest technological advances in cardiac care, cancer care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s health, maternity and neonatal care, and emergency services. Since 1907, San Antonio Regional Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations across the rapidly expanding Inland Empire. The hospital is nearing completion of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds to its main hospital campus. This expansion, positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit .www.sarh.org.


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    San Antonio Regional Hospital to Hold 3rd Annual Health and Hot Rods Event

    UPLAND, CA (June 1, 2015) – June is Men’s Health Month, a great time to remind men about the importance of paying more attention to their own health. In fact, statistics show that many men still do not receive important preventive screenings and care. Men are less likely to have an ongoing relationship with a physician and tend to visit the doctor’s office only after something goes wrong.

    San Antonio Regional Hospital wants to improve the health of men in the community by helping them understand more about health issues unique to men and encouraging routine tests that can help prevent larger, more chronic health problems down the road.

    In honor of Men’s Health Month, the hospital will hold its 3rd Annual Health and Hot Rods Men’s Health Event and Car Show. A crowd of over 200 participants is expected to attend with approximately 70 cars entered into the car show.

    WHEN:     Saturday, June 27th, 8 am – 12:30 pm

    WHERE:   San Antonio Regional Hospital

    901 San Bernardino Road, Upland (adjacent to hospital)

    WHAT:     Attendees can enjoy:

    • Car show with hot rods and classic cars on display
    • Healthy eats – continental breakfast and lunch
    • Health conversations – physicians will give 10-15 minute presentations on various health topics unique to men
    • Health screenings – free screenings for cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, and more.

    PRICE:    $15 individual/$20 per couple. Advance registration is required. For more information, please call 909.920.6139 or visit sarh.org/menshealthevent.

    About San Antonio Regional Hospital

    San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland, California is a 271-bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. The award-winning hospital offers a comprehensive range of general medical and surgical services, along with the latest technological advances in cardiac care, cancer care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s health, maternity and neonatal care, and emergency services. Since 1907, San Antonio Community Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations across the rapidly expanding Inland Empire. The hospital is nearing completion of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds on its main hospital campus. The expansion, which will be completed in 2015, positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit www.sarh.org.


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    San Antonio Regional Hospital receives Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care

    San Antonio Regional Hospital is recognized for ranking in the 50 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care in the Nation

    Upland, California – May 21, 2015San Antonio Regional Hospital has been named a recipient of the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care. According to the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA), stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the US and the leading cause of adult disability. Every 40 seconds, someone will suffer a stroke, resulting in more than 795,000 annually affected, with more than 137,000 deaths. According to the AHA, 1 in 3 women will die of heart disease and stroke.

    “San Antonio Regional Hospital is honored to receive the Women’s Choice Award. This distinction recognizes our commitment to providing exceptional care with compassion in a healing environment designed to both comfort and cure. Our dedication to improving the community’s health is our life’s legacy and our commitment to the future,” states Harris Koenig, President and CEO of San Antonio Regional Hospital. “We are proud to have some of the best emergency physicians, neurologists, nurses, technicians, therapists, and support staff in the region. Their exceptional skill and compassionate care have made this patient quality award possible.” “To be recognized by WomenCertified is a wonderful affirmation of the excellent stroke care I know we are providing our patients,” states Dr. Faisal Qazi, Director of the Stroke Program. “Our highly skilled team employs the latest technological advances to achieve the best possible outcomes for our stroke patients.”

    Hospitals earning the Stroke Care Award must be accredited by the Joint Commission/ASA as an Advanced Primary Care Stroke Center or an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center. In addition, publicly available data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and patient recommendation ratings data were included, when assessing each hospital’s clinical performance.

    “We congratulate these hospitals and their dedication to education, prevention, and early intervention to reduce the devastating effects of stroke,” said Sharyn S. Lee, RN, MS, FACEHP, President of the Women’s Choice Award Healthcare Division.

    The Women’s Choice Award Seal is the only declaration that integrates clinical excellence (CMS) and consumer experience to provide women, the family’s Chief Health Officers, the ability to make the best healthcare decisions for their families.

    “The women in California’s Inland Empire are extremely fortunate to have access to one of the best Stroke Centers in America. Through our joint efforts with San Antonio Regional Hospital we will empower a woman to make the best healthcare choices for her and her family,” said Delia Passi, Founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award.

    Year after year, the Women’s Choice Award is the only credential that identifies the nation’s best healthcare institutions by measuring against the needs and preferences of women, when it comes to treatment and a quality hospital experience. This credential signifies San Antonio Regional Hospital’s commitment and passion towards an extraordinary healthcare experience for women and all patients.

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    ABOUT SAN ANTONIO REGIONAL HOSPITAL

    San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland, California is a 271-bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. The award-winning hospital offers a comprehensive range of general medical and surgical services, along with the latest technological advances in cardiac care, cancer care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s health, maternity and neonatal care, and emergency services. Since 1907, San Antonio Community Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations across the rapidly expanding Inland Empire. The hospital is in the midst of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds on its main hospital campus. The expansion, which will be completed in 2015, positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit www.sarh.org.

    ABOUT THE WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARD®
    The Women’s Choice Award® sets the standard for helping women make smart choices through education, empowerment, and validation. Awards are determined by evidence-based research and identify the brands, products and services most recommended and trusted by women. Visit www.WomensChoiceAward.com to learn more. 

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    SAN ANTONIO REGIONAL HOSPITAL TO HOLD GRAND OPENING EVENTS FOR NEW EASTVALE SAN ANTONIO MEDICAL PLAZA

    UPLAND, CA (April 23, 2015) – San Antonio Regional Hospital announced plans to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony and a grand opening community event to unveil its newly completed Eastvale San Antonio Medical Plaza, the first medical office complex to be built in the City of Eastvale.


    Eastvale San Antonio Medical Plaza
    12442 Limonite Avenue
    Eastvale, CA 91752

    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 

    Hospital executives, city officials & press
    Thursday, May 14, 2015
    5 - 7 PM
    (Followed by Eastvale Chamber mixer)
    - Speakers to include:
      * Harris F. Koenig, President and Chief Executive Officer, San Antonio Regional Hospital
      * Ike Bottsma, Mayor, City of Eastvale
      * Thomas Ritchie, Chairman, Board of Trustees, San Antonio Regional Hospital
    - Open house
    - Tours
    - Refreshments

    Community Grand Opening Event

    Open to all members of the community, press
    Saturday, May 16, 2015
    1 - 4 PM
    - Open House
    - Tours
    - Free health screenings
    - Activities for children, including face painting, San Antonio teddy bear clinic, and more.
     - KOLA radio will be broadcasting live from the event.


     


    Eastvale San Antonio Medical Plaza is San Antonio Regional Hospital’s newest satellite facility and brings key medical services to the area. Residents of Eastvale, Corona, Norco, South Ontario, and growing communities across the southeast region of the Inland Empire now have access to the high quality care and excellent services for which San Antonio Regional Hospital is known across the region. The plaza joins Rancho San Antonio Medical Plaza in Rancho Cucamonga and Sierra San Antonio Medical Plaza in Fontana as part of the hospital’s network of care.
    The 40,000 square foot plaza includes urgent care services through San Antonio Urgent Care at Eastvale, along with a range of convenient outpatient diagnostic services such as laboratory, X-ray, ultrasound, 3D mammograms, and EKG testing. The plaza also houses several physician suites with a range of primary and specialty care physicians.
    This marks completion of Phase I of a two-phase development. San Antonio Regional Hospital purchased the land from Lewis Retail Centers, the developer and manager of both Eastvale Gateway South and the adjacent Eastvale Gateway shopping center. Phase II will include development of another 30,000 square foot medical office building to house additional physician suites.


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    San Antonio Community Hospital Becomes San Antonio Regional Hospital As Part of New Regional Health Expansion and Identity

    Introducing San Antonio Regional Hospital:  A New Identity for Expanded Hospital Footprint

    UPLAND, CA (March 16, 2015) – San Antonio Community Hospital, a 108-year old independent nonprofit hospital serving communities throughout the Inland Empire, has changed its name to San Antonio Regional Hospital to better reflect its full scope of services and growing service area.

    The new name and identity acknowledges the hospital’s current platform of growth and its expanding footprint of comprehensive healthcare services throughout the Inland Empire.   The hospital is currently in the midst of a $160-million expansion program that will add much needed beds housed in private rooms, an expanded 52-bed Emergency Department, and other critical services to meet the needs of the growing communities it serves.  The new Emergency Department and patient tower are slated to open in 2015.

    “We have literally outgrown our name,” said Harris F. Koenig, president and chief executive officer of San Antonio Regional Hospital.  “We believe that San Antonio Regional Hospital better reflects the depth and breadth of services our hospital provides to patients.”  When Dr. William Howard Craig began caring for his community over a century ago, patients came from just a few square miles.  As the population grew, so did the hospital, expanding to meet this growing demand for healthcare services.  As the decades have passed, San Antonio’s original small community hospital with basic services has become a sophisticated healthcare organization that encompasses a large portion of the Inland Empire.  “Our core services have expanded beyond hospital-based care to include a comprehensive scope of programs and services that encompass more outpatient facilities and a strong emphasis on community health improvement through wellness and prevention,” continues Koenig.  

    Koenig said the new hospital name does not reflect a change in ownership or its mission of serving the community with high quality medical and wellness services. 

    “We are very proud of the people of San Antonio who dedicated themselves to the hospital yesterday and continue this dedication today,” stressed Koenig.  “Through their passion and comforting care, we have evolved into much more than our founding name implies. We have become a regional destination for patients to receive advanced, high quality care that maximizes innovation and state-of- the-art technology.”

    The hospital was founded in 1907 as an 18-bed hospital at the corner of San Antonio Avenue and Arrow Highway.  It had five doctors serving the small citrus-growing community. Last year marked the celebration of 90 years at its current location on San Bernardino Road.

    San Antonio Regional Hospital also operates comprehensive medical service locations throughout the Inland Empire including Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana, as well as a new San Antonio Medical Plaza opening this spring in the City of Eastvale. San Antonio has begun a transformation to embrace a new model of care – treating illness and injury while promoting wellness through prevention services.  

    “Today, San Antonio is more than just a community hospital.  We provide a continuum of inpatient and outpatient services that focus on prevention and wellness supported by medical care known across the region for excellence with compassion. Throughout this continuum of care, we strive to improve the health status of all adults, children, and the elderly in the communities we serve,” added Koenig.

    Over the last year, the hospital’s Board of Trustees, community members, advisors, employees, and medical staff all played a role in shaping the new identity of San Antonio Regional Hospital.   “As Board members, we undertook this new era in our hospital’s growth very seriously,” said Thomas Ritchie, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of San Antonio Regional Hospital and one of the fourteen community members that comprise the hospital’s governing board.  “Changing the identity of a 100-year-old brand that means so much to so many is not an easy undertaking.  However, the Board and the community stakeholders who helped shape this new footprint of care and wellness believed it was important to demonstrate the breadth and depth of our mission as a regional health services provider.”

    The new hospital name will become effective March 16, 2015.   New signage that will be installed throughout the hospital’s campus will be erected during the final stages of construction.

     

    About San Antonio Regional Hospital

    San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland, California is a 271-bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. The award-winning hospital offers a comprehensive range of general medical and surgical services, along with the latest technological advances in cardiac care, cancer care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s health, maternity and neonatal care, and emergency services. Since 1907, San Antonio Community Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations across the rapidly expanding Inland Empire. The hospital is in the midst of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds on its main hospital campus. The expansion, which will be completed in 2015, positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit www.sarh.org.

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    San Antonio Community Hospital Celebrates Heart Month with Spirit’s Annual National Day of Dance® for Heart Health, The Biggest Dance Party for Better Overall Health in the United States

    Upland, CA (February 10, 2015) – San Antonio Community Hospital welcomed families to the Spirit NationalDay of Dance for Heart Health on February 7, 2015 at Victoria Gardens Cultural Center’s Imagination Courtyard.  As a member of the Spirit of Women Hospital Network, San Antonio Community Hospital joined hospitals across the nation in presenting Day of Dance to families in 70 communities.  More than 70,000 people participated nationwide.  

    “Coronary heart disease, which causes heart attacks, is still the leading cause of death for Americans,” stated Lynn Hill, Director of Cardiac Services for the hospital.  Spirit Day of Dance reinforces the benefits of moving, and teaches community members that dancing can be a wonderful form of exercise not only for your heart but your overall well-being.  “Day of Dance is a fun, unique program bringing together doctors, community leaders, media, and businesses to teach families about overall health that they can easily incorporate into their daily lives,” said Tanya Abreu, President and Chief Vision Officer of Spirit of Women.

    Guests at the February 7 event at Victoria Gardens took advantage of free health screenings, learned about risk factors, received heart disease education, and enjoyed a variety of dance performances.  Several San Antonio Community Hospital physicians from the community also participated, giving health talks on various heart-related topics.  A fun highlight was a surprise flash mob dance performed by San Antonio Community Hospital employees.  

    Spirit of Women is a network of leading hospitals and heathcare providers across the United States, uniting to move women and their families to better health. Through the Spirit of Women membership program at San Antonio Community Hospital, women can take advantage of a variety of health-related activities throughout the year.  Membership is FREE and those who sign up receive ongoing discounts to special events, health screenings, walking programs, an e-newsletter, and more.  

    Spirit members are also given a commemorative silver bracelet and receive a special charm at various events that can be added to their bracelet.  So far, members have received a little black dress charm at the hospital’s Spirit Girl’s Night Out event, and a red high heel charm at the Spirit Day of Dance.  The next Spirit event that the hospital will host is Health and Hot Rods in June 2015.  Health and Hot Rods encourages women to bring their men out for important health screenings and education while also enjoying a classic car show. For more information on San Antonio Community Hospital’s Spirit of Women program, go to sach.org/spiritofwomen.

       

    About San Antonio Community Hospital

    San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland, California is a 271-bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. The award-winning hospital offers a comprehensive range of general medical and surgical services, along with the latest technological advances in cardiac care, cancer care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s health, maternity and neonatal care, and emergency services. Since 1907, San Antonio Community Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations across the rapidly expanding Inland Empire. The hospital is in the midst of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds on its main hospital campus. The expansion, which will be completed in 2015, positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit www.sach.org.

    About Spirit of Women

    Spirit of Women is a national network of leading hospitals dedicated to improving women's lives with innovative health and community programs. Spirit of Women hospitals touch the lives of millions of women each year through the presentation of educational events, consumer membership programs, annual conferences, marketing communications and grassroots efforts to improve the health and well-being of women everywhere. Spirit of Women enables participating hospitals to focus on community needs while providing the strength of national support. Visit spiritofwomen.org.  

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    San Antonio Community Hospital is the Only Hospital in the Region to Use ECMO Life Saving Technology on Adults

    UPLAND, CA (June 23, 2014) Doctors at San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland were recently able to put ECMO technology and specialized medical expertise to work to save the lives of two critically ill patients. Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) circulates the patient’s blood through the machine to put oxygen into the blood and take carbon dioxide out of the blood, just like healthy lungs would do. ECMO machines are typically used to save premature infants whose lungs are not developed enough to work on their own. While ECMO is a standardized treatment for premature infants, its use on adults is very rare. In some cases, it can be used as a last resort for critically ill patients when a respirator is still not providing enough oxygen to the organs. Its use, however, requires a physician on staff who has gone through specialized training to be able to correctly apply the technology to an adult case. It is rare to find a hospital with this capability. In fact, San Antonio Community Hospital is the only hospital that provides ECMO for adults in the Inland Empire and surrounding area.

    The two patients who were placed on ECMO were complete strangers, but their stories became remarkably similar. They were admitted within a week of each other, and both were pregnant and had been traveling for work when they came down with cold and flu symptoms. Doctors believe they had both contracted the H1N1 virus, probably while traveling. Within just a few days, their minor cold and flu symptoms escalated into critical illnesses that threatened their lives and the lives of their unborn babies. As their conditions continued to deteriorate, doctors raced to save them in the hospital’s critical care unit. (Read the complete story attached.)

    ABOUT SAN ANTONIO COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

    San Antonio Community Hospital, Upland, California, is a 271 bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. Since 1907, San Antonio Community Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations in the rapidly expanding western portion of the Inland Empire. The hospital is in the midst of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds. The expansion, which will be completed in 2015, positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family.

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    San Antonio Community Hospital to Hold 2nd Annual Men’s Health Event and Car Show

    June is Men’s Health Month, a great time to remind men about the importance of paying more attention to their own health.  In fact, statistics show that many men still do not receive important preventive screenings and care.  Men are less likely to have an ongoing relationship with a physician and tend to visit the doctor’s office only after something goes wrong.  

    San Antonio Community Hospital wants to improve the health of men in the community by helping them understand more about health issues unique to men and encouraging routine tests that can help prevent larger, more chronic health problems down the road.  In honor of Men’s Health Month, the hospital will be holding its 2nd Annual Men’s Health Event and Car Show.  A crowd of close to 200 participants is expected to attend with approximately 70 cars entered into the car show.  

    WHEN:                           Saturday, June 21st, 8 am – 12:30 pm                                         

    WHERE:                         San Antonio Community Hospital

                                          901 San Bernardino Road, Upland (adjacent to hospital)

    WHAT:                           Men can enjoy:

    • Car show with hot rods and classic cars displayed by other men in the community and employees of San Antonio Community Hospital
    • Healthy eats – continental breakfast and lunch
    • Health conversations – physicians will give 10-15 minute presentations on various health topics
    • Health screenings – men can take advantage of on-premise screenings for cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, and more.

    PRICE:                            $15 individual/$20 per couple.  Advance registration is required.  For more information, please call 909.920.6139 or visit sach.org/menshealthevent.

    ABOUT SAN ANTONIO COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

    San Antonio Community Hospital, Upland, California, is a 271 bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. Since 1907, San Antonio Community Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations in the rapidly expanding western portion of the Inland Empire. The hospital is in the midst of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds. The expansion, which will be completed in 2015, positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit www.sach.org.

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    Rich History Remains in San Antonio Community Hospital’s Landmark Fountain

    UPLAND, CA (May 8, 2014) — The fountain at the front entrance of San Antonio Community Hospital (SACH) has stood as an icon of the hospital for decades. While thousands of patients, visitors, and employees have gathered around the fountain for peace, solitude, and healing, many may not know about its rich history. 

    Bob Clark is a landscape architect who has worked with the hospital since the 1960s.  He was involved in the original fountain design.  Bob was fortunate to study under some of the most noteworthy architectural designers in the incredible design movement that took place in Southern California in the 1960s – designers like Frank Lloyd Wright and John Folis.  In fact, John Folis led the design work of SACH’s original fountain, which was a grand project at the time.  

    Bob Clark brought these influences into his renderings for a new fountain to replace the original that was deconstructed to make way for the major expansion project that is currently in progress at the hospital. Bob not only honored the history of the hospital in his design, but he understands the importance of capturing the rich history and culture of the surrounding community as well.  

    A number of stones were retained from the original fountain that John Folis created.  These stones will be moved into the fountains that will be scattered throughout the campus.  “This design pays homage to the original inhabitants of this area—the American Indian culture that was here,” explains Bob Clark.  “The Indians moved from one settlement to another—from tribe to tribe.  It’s marvelous that so much rich culture is reflected here.”  The stones, both in the original and in the new fountain, were placed in a circle formation, which Bob also explains is rich in Native American symbolism.  “The ring of stones was used by Indians to give thanks.  They would go into the center of the ring and give thanks for the sun coming up, the sky, the rain, and for their children.  They had so much compassion.”

    The water in the fountain depicts life—from birth to death.   “Water represents life because it renews itself over and over again,” says Bob.  “It developed our plant life on earth, which is what developed growth.”  The redesigned fountain incorporates a negative edge in the center where the water falls into a void.  “It’s the same effect that the Ground Zero monument has in their magnificent water— the water spills over into a negative edge and goes into eternity forever.”

    As Bob Clark explains it, the main fountain and smaller fountains throughout campus are an important healing tool for patients and visitors who come to see them.  These water features will be designed not only to be aesthetically beautiful, but psychologically soothing as well.   “We want little resting areas where people can come and sit and catch their breath a little.  We want to help our patients heal, and for our visitors to absorb the tranquility that flowing water imparts as they go to see their loved one or dear friend.  Neuroscientists have done incredible research on the brain and the impact of the environment on the brain.  When you’re in a beautifully landscaped environment, your mind relaxes naturally. Ultimately, the patients are the ones who will benefit from everything we are doing here.”

    Bob Clark will join hospital officials to test the operation and features of the redesigned fountain on Thursday, May 15, at 4 pm at the front entrance to the hospital. When construction is completed later this year, the fountain will be unveiled in the circle drive leading to the new main entrance to the hospital. Once again, the fountain will take its place as an icon of the hospital along San Bernardino Road.    

    ABOUT SAN ANTONIO COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

    San Antonio Community Hospital, Upland, California, is a 271 bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. Since 1907, San Antonio Community Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations in the rapidly expanding western portion of the Inland Empire. The hospital is in the midst of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds. The expansion, which will be completed in 2015, positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit www.sach.org.

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    San Antonio Community Hospital Announces Board of Trustees Appointments   

    Upland, CA (February 28, 2014) – San Antonio Community Hospital (SACH) announced the appointment of two new members of its Board of Trustees. The hospital’s board is comprised of 15 members, several of whom are community physicians. 

    Howard Borenstein, an Upland attorney, specializes in tax law and estate planning and has been serving the surrounding communities for 25 years. Mr. Borenstein is a Certified Specialist in Tax Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and a California Certified Public Accountant.  Prior to opening his own law practice in 1998, he worked for Covington and Crowe in Ontario. He has served as a past board member and officer of Temple Sholom of Ontario and Western San Bernardino Bar Association.  He also served as a board member of the San Bernardino County Bar Association. Mr. Borenstein served as treasurer for the committees to approve the Chaffey Joint Union School District bonds that provided the funds to improve existing high schools and build two new high schools.

    Woody Fox is a Certified Public Accountant and a licensed Investment Advisor with expertise in personal and corporate taxation, investment and financial planning, and business planning, accounting, and review. Prior to forming Fox and Stephens, CPAs, Inc. in Rancho Cucamonga, Fox served as the Controller for a large wholesale firm, the General Manager of the building products division of a publicly traded conglomerate, and a Partner in a software development and consulting firm. Fox has served on the Board of Directors for a variety of business, nonprofit, and community service organizations. He coaches the Claremont Colleges Men’s Rugby Football Club, a team that won the Division II National Championship in 2010.

    Borenstein and Fox joined an impressive array of existing members and officers of San Antonio’s Board of Trustees. Mark Bertone, President of Madole Communities Group, LLC, has served on the board since 2008 and was elected Chairman of the Board in 2013. Thomas Ritchie, a real estate attorney with Ritchie, Klinkert and McCallion located in Ontario, joined the board in 2009 and was elected Vice Chairman in 2013. Donald Alpiner, DO, a family medicine physician and surgical assistant, has been a member since 2007 and was elected Treasurer in 2014. Dora Barilla, DrPH, MPH, CHES , Executive Director for the Office of Health Policy and Leadership at Loma Linda University, has been a trustee since 2008 and was elected Secretary in 2014. 

    Three physicians serve as trustees as elected officers of the hospital’s medical staff. Harvey D. Cohen, MD, Past-President of the Medical Staff and an internist and geriatrician, is completing his three-year term in 2014. Jay Shah, MD, President of the Medical Staff and an orthopedic surgeon, is serving his second year as a trustee. Robert Armada, DO, President-Elect of the Medical Staff and an obstetrician, joined in 2014. 

    Vincent J. Carollo, MD practiced internal medicine at the hospital for 30 years and became a trustee in 2013. Andrea Dutton, Professor and Program Director for the Chaffey College Radiology Technology Program, has been a trustee since 2011. Ronald King, President of SEBINS Healthcare Consultants, became a trustee in 2013. Carl Schultz, MD, a radiologist with San Antonio Radiological Medical Group, has served as a trustee since 2009. Steven H. Spears, a CPA with Mellon, Johnson and Reardon, was also elected as a trustee in 2009.

    These community members who volunteer their time, energy, skill, and varied experience serve as stewards for a critically important community asset. For more than century, San Antonio Community Hospital has provided exceptional healthcare in a compassionate and healing environment. The Board of Trustees is dedicated to ensuring that the hospital is positioned to continue this long-standing tradition for the next 100 years and beyond. San Antonio’s Board of Trustees is focused on building a healthier future for the communities the hospital serves across the western Inland Empire through targeted programs and initiatives and, as a tax exempt hospital, through reinvestment in our multiple local facilities. 

    Harris F. Koenig, President and Chief Executive Officer of SACH, states “Our hospital is fortunate to have such dedicated individuals serving as our Board of Trustees. Each member gives freely of his or her time and talents with unwavering dedication to improving the health of the people we serve–whether care is received at the hospital or at one of our growing number of satellite facilities in the region.” Koenig went on to comment, “The key role fulfilled by the trustees is represented within the hospital’s fleurs-de-lis, a symbol that is a readily associated with San Antonio. The leaves represent our trustees, our medical staff, and our employees, while the central stem symbolizes our patients and the green circle denotes the hospital’s regional community. Together, this symbol represents the growth and vitality of San Antonio, but it also embodies the overall health of our regional community. Without the strength of our Board of Trustees, we would be missing a vital element needed to continue our life’s legacy and to secure our community’s healthy future.”

    ABOUT SAN ANTONIO COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

    San Antonio Community Hospital, Upland, California, is a 271 bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. Since 1907, San Antonio Community Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations in the rapidly expanding western portion of the Inland Empire. The hospital is in the midst of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds. The expansion, which will be completed in 2015, positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit www.sach.org.

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    San Antonio Community Hospital to Hold Official Tilt-Up Ceremony for Eastvale San Antonio Medical Plaza

    WHAT: San Antonio Regional Hospital announces a construction milestone in the development of their Eastvale San Antonio Medical Plaza, the first medical office complex in the City of Eastvale.

    PHOTO OPPS: 1) A large crane will be lifting the walls of the tilt-up structure into place, signifying the end of the excavation/foundation phase and the beginning of the structure going up.

    2) Key executives from the City of Eastvale and San Antonio Community Hospital will also be on hand.

    WHO: Eastvale Mayor Ike Bootsman; Harris F. Koenig, President and CEO of San Antonio Community Hospital; and Mark Bertone, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of San Antonio Community Hospital will be on-hand to witness the tilt-up walls being raised onto the foundation. 

    WHEN: Wednesday, February 5 - 12:00pm

    WHERE: Eastvale Gateway South Shopping Center

    South side of Limonite Avenue, just west of Interstate 15

    BACKGROUND: The development of Eastvale San Antonio Medical Plaza allows San Antonio Community Hospital to expand its healthcare services to meet the needs of Eastvale residents and the growing communities across the western Inland Empire.   The 70,000 square foot medical office complex is the first in the newly incorporated City of Eastvale.  The project will be comprised of two buildings to be developed in separate phases.  Phase I will consist of a 40,000 square foot medical office building that will include a combination of outpatient diagnostic services and primary and specialty care physician offices. 

    Eastvale San Antonio Medical Plaza is the latest of San Antonio satellite facilities, joining Rancho San Antonio Medical Plaza in Rancho Cucamonga and Sierra San Antonio Medical Plaza in Fontana. Over its 107-year history, San Antonio Community Hospital has been transformed from a small community hospital into a regional healthcare provider serving the multi-faceted health needs of diverse communities across the Inland Empire. Despite its growth, San Antonio retains its mission to provide excellent care with compassion, supported by advanced technologies and a healing environment - all vital to achieving optimal health for the individuals, families, and communities it serves.


    ABOUT SAN ANTONIO COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

    San Antonio Community Hospital, Upland, California, is a 271 bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. Since 1907, San Antonio Community Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations in the rapidly expanding western portion of the Inland Empire. The hospital is in the midst of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds. The expansion, which will be completed in 2015, positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit www.sach.org.

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    San Antonio Community Hospital Receives The Women’s Choice Award As One of America’s Best Heart Care Hospitals  

    San Antonio Community Hospital recognized for creating an extraordinary patient experience by individualizing, personalizing, and humanizing healthcare for women and their families

    Upland, CA – (January 31, 2014) -- San Antonio Community Hospital is a winner of the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals in Heart Care. As more women self-manage their care and seek providers they can trust, the Women’s Choice Award is the only distinction that identifies the nation’s best healthcare institutions and signifies San Antonio Community Hospital’s commitment and passion for creating an extraordinary healthcare experience.

    February is American Heart Month and it is more important than ever to raise awareness of heart care, as one in every four women dies from heart disease in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    “The Women’s Choice Award is based on robust criteria that considers patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women really want when it comes to treatment and a quality hospital experience,” says Delia Passi, CEO and Founder of WomenCertified, home of the Women’s Choice Award. “San Antonio Community Hospital not only performed well clinically with regard to heart care measures, but it also had a high recommendation rate, a measure that is very important to women in choosing a hospital.”

    As the collective voice of female consumers, the Women’s Choice Award provides women with recommendations they can trust, from other women. Eighty percent of women will choose a brand that is highly recommended by others and over 92 percent of women will trust a hospital more if it carries the Women’s Choice Award seal, according to MedeliaMonitor, Independent Poll (2013).

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    “San Antonio Community Hospital is honored to receive the Women’s Choice Award. This distinction recognizes our commitment to providing exceptional care with compassion in a healing environment designed to both comfort and cure.  Our dedication to improving the community’s health is our life’s legacy and our commitment to the future,” states Harris Koenig, President and CEO of San Antonio Community Hospital. “We are proud to have some of the best cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, nurses, technicians, therapists, and support staff in the region. Their exceptional skill and compassionate care have made this patient quality award possible.”  “To be recognized by WomenCertified is a wonderful affirmation of the excellent cardiac care I know we are providing our patients,” states Dr. Nan Wang, Director of the Cardiac Surgery Program. “Our highly skilled team employs the latest technological advances to achieve the best possible outcomes for our cardiac patients.”

     “As the primary healthcare decision makers, women account for about 90 percent of all family choices when it comes to matters of health,” added Passi. “Making quick decisions goes against her grain and women are seeking more information than ever before when making healthcare or hospital selections. Women appreciate learning from the experiences of others, as they take more time to identify the best hospitals and seek validation in their choices. Our mission is to reduce the risk for women and their families so they can make smarter healthcare choices. ” 


    ABOUT SAN ANTONIO COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

    San Antonio Community Hospital, Upland, California, is a 271 bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. Since 1907, San Antonio Community Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations in the rapidly expanding western portion of the Inland Empire. The hospital is in the midst of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds. The expansion, which will be completed in 2015, positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit www.sach.org.

    ABOUT THE WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARD

    The Women’s Choice Award sets the standard for helping women make smarter choices by collectively identifying the brands, products and services most recommended and trusted by women and those that deliver a customer experience worthy of her recommendation. Awards are based on surveys of thousands of women, as well as research conducted in partnership with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania on what drives the consumer experience for women vs. men. As the leading advocate for female consumers, WomenCertified®, home of the Women’s Choice Award, created the first national award based on the ratings and preferences of women to provide them with a collective voice. Women can make their preferences heard and be part of the mission toward a million voices strong by visiting the Women’s Choice Award official website at www.womenschoiceaward.com

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    San Antonio Community Hospital Honors Long-Time Employees

    Upland, CA (January 27, 2014) – San Antonio Community Hospital (SACH) held its annual Service Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 25, 2014, to honor those employees with 15 or more years of service to the hospital.  The dinner is a long-standing tradition SACH initiated nearly 50 years ago.  This annual event recognizes both clinical and support staff for their years of dedication and excellent service to the hospital and its patients. A luncheon was held the previous day to honor employees who achieved 5 and 10 year service milestones in 2013. In total, the hospital honored 301 employees at the two Service Awards events. 

    Over the years, SACH has been known for its long-tenured staff.  Over 300 of the hospital’s employees have been with the organization for more than 20 years, and nearly 550 have been employed for 15 years or more.   At Saturday’s Service Awards Dinner, three employees were specially recognized for having 40 years of service to the hospital. Joining the hospital staff in 1974 were Jeronimo Barron from the Facilities Department, Hortensia Carrasco from Nutritional Services, and Gail Titus, RN from Healthy Beginnings. Nearly everyone who has had a baby at SACH knows Gail as she manages both the maternal/child education programs and the Healthy Beginnings Newborn Center, where new families receive postpartum education and support. In addition to being recognized for his years of service, Jeronimo Barron received a special tribute as the first employee to be honored for perfect attendance throughout his 40-year career at the hospital.

    A special event during the Service Awards Dinner is the surprise presentation of the Craig Award.  Each year, SACH honors an employee with the prestigious Craig Award, given to a nominated employee who goes above and beyond to exemplify SACH’s values.  The award is named in honor of William Howard Craig, MD, a founding father of San Antonio Community Hospital.  This year’s Craig Award was presented to Hope Hernandez.  

    Hope began her career at SACH as a phlebotomist over 35 years ago.  Today, she is an outstanding Client Services Representative at the laboratory draw station in the Outpatient Service Center at Building 685 on the hospital’s main campus.  Hope is known for her dedication, commitment, loyalty, and high standards of service to the community.  She receives many written compliments as both patients and fellow employees comment on her exceptional customer service, noting that she always goes above and beyond to assist others.  She lights up a room with her smile, and her compassion and empathy for others knows no bounds.  Hope’s family was on hand to witness her surprise award.

    Harris F. Koenig, President and Chief Executive Officer of SACH, was on hand to present the awards.  “Our employees are the heart and soul of San Antonio Community Hospital,” stated Koenig.  “We are fortunate to have so many experienced, long-term employees who have been dedicated to the hospital and its patients for decades. They all contribute to the outstanding reputation San Antonio has earned for exceptional service and compassionate care.” Mark Bertone, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the hospital, and Jay Shah, MD, President of the Medical Staff, were also present to honor SACH’s employees for their unwavering service to their community. Shah commented that “as doctors we work closely with the hospital staff and truly appreciate their exceptional skill and dedication in caring for our patients.” Bertone noted that, “as a Board member, a community member, and one who has experienced the personal care provided by SACH’s employees firsthand, I am proud to be associated with the hospital that is known for excellence in clinical care and an outstanding patient experience.”        


    ABOUT SAN ANTONIO COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

    San Antonio Community Hospital, Upland, California, is a 271 bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. Since 1907, San Antonio Community Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations in the rapidly expanding western portion of the Inland Empire. The hospital is in the midst of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds. The expansion, which will be completed in 2015, positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit www.sach.org.

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    San Antonio Community Hospital Earns the Women’s Choice Award for Excellence in Orthopedics

    Selection of San Antonio Community Hospital on list of “America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Orthopedics” is based on women’s preferences, recommendation rating, and clinical excellence

    Upland, CA – San Antonio Community Hospital (SACH) received the Women’s Choice Award®, distinguishing it as one of the 2013 America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Orthopedics. The award is based on robust criteria that include female patient satisfaction measurements as well as clinical excellence considerations.  WomenCertified awards products and services based on the collective recommendations of women and serves to empower women to make smart healthcare choices.

    “San Antonio Community Hospital is honored to receive the Women’s Choice Award. This distinction recognizes our commitment to providing exceptional care in a healing environment designed to both comfort and cure.  Our dedication to improving the community’s health is our life’s legacy,” states

    Mr. Harris Koenig, President and CEO of SACH. “We are proud to have some of the best surgeons, nurses, physical therapists, and support staff in the region. Their exceptional skill and compassionate care have made this patient quality award possible.”  “To be recognized by WomenCertified is a wonderful affirmation of the excellent orthopedic care I know we are providing our patients,” states Dr. Jay Shah, Orthopedic Surgeon and Chairman of SACH’s Orthopedic Division. “Our highly skilled team employs the latest technological advances to achieve the best possible outcomes for our orthopedic patients.”

    Women make 90 percent of healthcare decisions for themselves and their families, according to a study published by the American Academy of Family Physicians, and over 91% of women feel that marketers and businesses don’t understand them.

     “We provide women with a trusted third party endorsement based on hospital experiences by women in their community and back that with clinical data to empower them to make smarter healthcare choices. As one of the America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Orthopedics, San Antonio Community Hospital meets the toughest standards of excellence set by women,” states Delia Passi, CEO and founder of WomenCertified, and former publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines. “Women have many choices when it comes to Orthopedics.  Now they can make informed choices based on the recommendations of women who have had a personal experience at that hospital.  Most importantly, when a woman sees the Women’s Choice Award at her local hospital, she’ll know the hospital values her experience as a critical component of care for her and her loved ones.”

    Hospitals qualify for this highly selective annual list based on an in-depth proprietary scoring process.  The scoring utilizes data reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The selection process identifies those hospitals that provide comprehensive orthopedic services, and that meet criteria for patient satisfaction and surgical excellence based on female needs and preferences.

    About San Antonio Community Hospital

    San Antonio Community Hospital, Upland, California, is a 271 bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. Since 1907, San Antonio Community Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations in the rapidly expanding western portion of the Inland Empire. The hospital is in the midst of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds. The expansion, which will be completed in 2015, positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit www.sach.org.

    About the Women’s Choice Awards®

    WomenCertified® is the home of the Women’s Choice Awards, The Voice of Women. The Women’s Choice Award is the first national award based on the recommendations and preferences of women. We are the source for women seeking credible recommendations. Our hundreds of thousands of members each share a lifetime of experiences as a woman and vote for businesses and brands who are meeting their high expectations.  Awards are based on surveys of tens of thousands of women, as well as research conducted in partnership with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania on what drives the consumer experience for women vs. men.  To learn more, visit www.womencertified.com.

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    San Antonio Community Hospital to Bring First Medical Office Complex to the City of Eastvale  

    Upland, CA (November 8, 2013) – San Antonio Community Hospital (SACH) announced today the development of a medical office complex in the City of Eastvale.  “People in the city are excited that San Antonio Community Hospital is bringing key medical services to our region,” commented Eastvale Mayor Ike Bootsma. “Residents of Eastvale will have access to the high quality care and excellent services for which San Antonio Community Hospital is known across the region, and the project will offer new job opportunities for medical professionals who live in our area.”

    SACH’s new satellite facility, Eastvale San Antonio Medical Plaza, will be located in Lewis Retail Center’s Eastvale Gateway South Shopping Center.  This location is particularly well-positioned to allow the hospital to expand its nationally recognized healthcare services to meet the needs of Eastvale residents and the growing communities across the southeast region of California’s Inland Empire.  

    SACH has purchased 5.4 acres of land located on Limonite Avenue just west of Interstate 15.  The project to be constructed on this site will be the first medical office building in the growing, newly incorporated City of Eastvale. The 70,000 square foot medical office complex will be comprised of two buildings to be developed in separate phases.  Phase I will consist of a 40,000 square foot medical office building that will include a combination of outpatient diagnostic services and primary and specialty care physician offices.   The total project cost for Phase I is anticipated to be approximately $15 million dollars.  

    San Antonio Community Hospital’s main campus in Upland has been serving residents of the Inland Empire for the last 106 years, and its satellite facilities in Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana offer diagnostic services and physician offices similar to those planned for Eastvale.  “We are pleased to extend our award-winning care to Eastvale, South Ontario, Norco and the surrounding communities,” states Harris F. Koenig, President and Chief Executive Officer of SACH.  “We believe that having ready access to quality healthcare is a critical component in building healthy individuals, healthy families, and a healthy community.  We are looking forward to developing a long-term relationship with the people who live and work in the Eastvale region.  In addition, we are pleased to bring up to 100 new jobs to the area that will include healthcare and support positions that will staff the healthcare services to be offered at Eastvale San Antonio Medical Plaza.”

     “This is exciting news for the Eastvale area,” states Randall W. Lewis, Executive Vice President of Lewis Retail Centers.  “San Antonio Community Hospital has a long history within the region for providing quality healthcare.   They have a community-oriented, forward-thinking approach to medical services which will make them an excellent hospital, business, and community partner.” 

    SACH purchased the land from Lewis Retail Centers, the developer and manager of both Eastvale Gateway South and the adjacent Eastvale Gateway shopping center that combined total over 1,000,000 square feet of retail, services, and dining. 

    SACH’s Eastvale medical plaza, which is being developed by Strategic Medical Properties, is anticipated to open in late 2014.


    ABOUT SAN ANTONIO COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

    San Antonio Community Hospital, Upland, California, is a 271 bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. Since 1907, San Antonio Community Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations in the rapidly expanding western portion of the Inland Empire. The hospital is in the midst of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds. The expansion, which will be completed in 2015, positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit www.sach.org.

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    NICU Graduates Come Back to Celebrate at San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland

    Upland, CA (October 30, 2013) — The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at San Antonio Community Hospital (SACH) held its 23rd annual NICU Reunion on October 30, 2013.  Everyone looks forward to this event each year as the hospital celebrates the “graduates” of their NICU and their parents.  The reunion is a time for medical staff, parents, and the patients themselves to re-connect, catch up, and see how everyone has grown! While there are many little ones in attendance, some of the NICU graduates are now in their teens and twenties, and it is a delight to hear their success stories.  Some families have been attending the event for years, never forgetting the care they received from the hospital staff during their young lives.

    The reunion is planned each year around Halloween, and the children always come in costume.   It was a special day for everyone with food, face painting, a balloon artist, caricatures, commemorative photos, and a variety of Halloween activities, including pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins.  

    SACH’s NICU is a level II neonatal intensive care unit that handles premature babies, as well as infants with other complications. Every year, the NICU staff enjoys seeing the fruits of their efforts as NICU graduates come back for the reunion. “It’s really a celebration of what we do,” says Cindy Albright, RNC, MHA, and SACH’s Nursing Director for NICU and Pediatrics.  Cindy remembers an extremely sick, premature baby with multiple complications that the NICU took care of years ago. “By all measures, she shouldn’t be here,” states Cindy.   “But she is alive and thriving.” That tiny baby is now a teenager and comes to the NICU reunion each year to see the staff that saved her life. 

    ABOUT SAN ANTONIO COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

    San Antonio Community Hospital, Upland, California, is a 271 bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. Since 1907, San Antonio Community Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations in the rapidly expanding western portion of the Inland Empire. The hospital is in the midst of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds. The expansion, which will be completed in 2015, positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit www.sach.org.

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    San Antonio Community Hospital’s Women Caring for Women Program Helps Women Receive Critical Breast Diagnostic Exams

    Upland, CA (October 14, 2013) – Breast cancer awareness month provides the perfect opportunity to raise awareness about San Antonio Community Hospital’s Women Caring for Women (WCW) program.  WCW, funded in part by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Inland Empire Affiliate grant, is an outreach program designed to bring the exceptional services offered by the hospital’s Women’s Breast and Imaging Center to low-income, uninsured women in the west end of the Inland Empire.  WCW bridges a critical gap in services by removing traditional barriers that prevent women from accessing critically important diagnostic services that go beyond an initial screening mammogram. 

    For women without financial resources, navigating the healthcare system is daunting; for an uninsured woman who has an abnormal screening mammogram, the obstacles leading to diagnosis and early treatment seem to be insurmountable.  Few programs are available to provide the diagnostic follow-up testing needed to determine if an abnormality is breast cancer.  San Antonio’s WCW program, in concert with the support provided by the Women’s Breast and Imaging Center’s technologists, radiologists, and nurse navigator, has removed these obstacles and provided a safety net of care. 

    Local 21-year-old Sydnee Parks of Rancho Cucamonga is just one example of the WCW program at work in the community.  Sydney’s mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer two years earlier, so when Sydnee felt a lump in her breast upon self-examination, mother and daughter were concerned.   Both uninsured, they sought an exam through a local public health department where a physician confirmed that Sydnee’s lump did seem suspicious. Sydnee’s mother had been attending support groups at the Women’s Breast and Imaging Center for her own cancer, so she immediately thought of the center for help. Nurse Navigator Livia Vargas was able to accept Sydnee into the Women Caring for Women program for further diagnostic testing.  Through the WCW program, Sydnee was able to undergo ultrasound testing and a biopsy to determine if her lump was cancerous.  Fortunately, radiologists at the hospital were able to tell Sydnee that her results were negative.  Sydnee was also able to return for a three-month follow-up ultrasound under the Women Caring for Women program.   She and her mother are eternally grateful that the WCW program exists. “At my age, I didn’t think it was something I had to worry about,” says Sydnee.  “We are so grateful that we had this program.   They made me feel so welcome, and the nurse navigator, Livia, was really great.   If we didn’t have San Antonio, I don’t know what we would have done.” 

    The team at San Antonio Community Hospital has encouraged Sydnee to continue her breast self-exams, and if she is unsure, to make another appointment.   Thanks to WCW, Sydnee can continue to pursue life with peace of mind, knowing she is currently free from cancer.

    For more information on the Women Caring for Women program offered through the Women’s Breast and Imaging Center at San Antonio Community Hospital, call 909.579.6700.  

    ABOUT SAN ANTONIO COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

    San Antonio Community Hospital, Upland, California, is a 271 bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. Since 1907, San Antonio Community Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations in the rapidly expanding western portion of the Inland Empire. The hospital is in the midst of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds. The expansion, which will be completed in 2015, positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit www.sach.org.

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    San Antonio Community Hospital’s Record-Holding Volunteer Turns 100!                                                                                           

    UPLAND, CA (April 11, 2013) – Helen Ammannito holds the record for the most volunteer time ever donated to San Antonio Community Hospital (SACH) – 23,522 hours! Now she can add another record to her name—on May 6, 2013 she will turn 100 years old, making her the first active volunteer in the hospital’s history to achieve that milestone.  

    Born in Pennsylvania in 1913, Helen moved to Upland in 1945 and began as a volunteer at SACH in 1982.  She has given her time and talents to the hospital and its patients and visitors for the last 31 years.  Helen has volunteered in several hospital departments, but spent many hours of her volunteer career in the hospital’s gift shop.  At one time she was the Gift Shop’s Co-Chair, and was insistent that the Gift Shop should not close between 4 to 6 pm as it had done for many years, because she could easily cover the extra hours herself.  While volunteering at the hospital, Helen was never far from family.  Her daughter Flora Magnon, now 80 years old, is also a volunteer who joined the program three years after her mother in 1985. The mother-daughter team worked side-by-side in the Gift Shop for many years.

    “As we approach National Volunteer Appreciation Week, there couldn't be a better time to thank Helen for her energy, enthusiasm, and tireless devotion to SACH,” states Harris F. Koenig, President and Chief Executive Officer of SACH.  “She is truly the role model of selfless giving.  She has contributed so much of herself to the hospital. What an inspiration. We wish her all the best on her 100th birthday!”

    ABOUT SAN ANTONIO COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

    San Antonio Community Hospital, Upland, California, is a 271 bed, nonprofit, acute care hospital that combines excellent clinical care with exceptional compassion. Since 1907, San Antonio Community Hospital has emerged as a premier regional medical facility with satellite locations in the rapidly expanding western portion of the Inland Empire. The hospital is in the midst of a major expansion project that will add a new 52-bed emergency department and a 92-bed patient tower comprised of 80 private rooms and 12 critical care beds. The expansion, which will be completed in 2015, positions San Antonio as a hospital of the future offering state-of-the-art healthcare services in a healing environment that is focused on the patient and family. To learn more, visit www.sach.org.

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