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    3 Fun Exercises to Try During American Heart Month

    Last updated 7 months ago

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that the average adult get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (or 75 minutes of intense aerobics) and 2 days of muscle-strengthening exercise every week. Staying in shape is often easier said than done, but there are plenty of simple exercises you can easily incorporate into your life so you can start burning calories. Try out these exercise tips from Riverside Community Hospital to start your exercise resolutions off on the right foot:

    Many people try to set aside a few hours for exercise, but it’s often easy to let school, family, or work obligations get in the way of a consistent routine. The benefits of exercise are cumulative, so try to avoid the excuse that “there isn’t enough time in the day,” and spread out your exercise over the week in short 15-minute bursts. Do you dislike walking? Get out and try some light outdoor sports such as Frisbee or trail biking to get your blood pumping while having fun.

    Outdoor Hobbies
    Exercise doesn’t have to be limited to the gym and running track. Take the opportunity to explore different hobbies, such as dancing instead of aerobics, or backpacking in place of strength training. The possibilities are endless, and bringing along a friend will help you stick to a routine and avoid any last-minute excuses.

    Weightless Water Aerobics
    Water-based activities open up a whole new range of aerobics and stretching exercises. Without the constraints of gravity, you have more freedom to stretch and work out both your upper and lower body.

    Riverside Community Hospital has been a trusted healthcare provider in Riverside County since 1901, and we value patient care and satisfaction above all else. We can help patients explore their options for healthy and sustainable weight loss through diet and exercise or surgery. Contact us online or call (951) 788-3463 to schedule an appointment or to receive a physician referral.

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

    Last updated 7 months ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    About Riverside Community Hospital
    Founded in 1901, Riverside Community Hospital is a 373 licensed bed, full-service acute care hospital in the heart of the Inland Empire. With over 500 physicians on staff, representing over 200 specialties and over 1,800 employees, Riverside Community Hospital is an Inland Empire leader in providing advanced, comprehensive health care to the Inland region.  RCH houses the largest Emergency Room and Trauma Center in the Inland Empire at 50 beds with an average wait time of only 22 minutes.  RCH is one of Riverside County’s only STEMI (heart attack) receiving centers and is a fully accredited Chest Pain Center.  Centers of Excellence include the HeartCare Institute, offering invasive and non-invasive cardiac procedures, the Transplant Program and a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. 

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

    Encouraging Your Child to Eat Healthier

    Last updated 7 months ago

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

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

    Riverside Community Hospital is here to provide advanced treatment and award-winning care to families throughout Riverside County. Our doctors are skilled in heart care, diabetes care, women’s and children’s services, and other areas. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for more health tips and contact us at (951) 788-3463 to receive a physician referral.

    What Is the Difference between Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke?

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the U.S., and a quick response is the best way to minimize the possibility of a permanent disability. There two types of strokes—ischemic and hemorrhagic—and an accurate diagnosis is crucial for providing the appropriate treatment.

    Ischemic stroke is a condition in which the blood supply it cut off from parts of the brain due to a blood clot, and they account for 87 percent of stroke cases. There are FDA-approved clot-busting drugs to provide emergency treatment for ischemic strokes, but these drugs can have an adverse effect on hemorrhagic strokes. Hemorrhagic strokes account for 13 percent of all cases, and they occur when a weakened vessel ruptures and bleeds out into the surrounding brain tissue. In this case, medication and careful emergency treatment is necessary to control pressure in the brain and prevent further complications.

    As an award-winning and nationally accredited healthcare institution, Riverside Community Hospital has the experience and advanced equipment to provide prompt and high-quality emergency care for patients of all ages. Stay connected with our ER unit through our free iTriage app, or contact our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse line at (951) 788-3463 to speak with a healthcare specialist immediately.

    Factors that May Put You at Risk for Stroke

    Last updated 8 months ago

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

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

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

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

    Riverside Community Hospital has been committed to providing a superior level of healthcare and compassionate treatment since 1901, and we continue to put patient safety and satisfaction first. Stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter for more health and wellness advice, or contact our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral line at (951) 788-3463 with any questions or comments.

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