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    Understanding the Dangers of Added Sugars

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Riverside Community Hospital has many resources to help you learn about good nutrition, from our bariatric surgery team to our community classes and H2U service. One of the biggest threats to your health is added sugars. What makes sugar so bad? Consider these risks associated with dishing up too much sugar.

    Heart Disease

    Study after study has linked excessive sugar consumption with heart disease. People who eat too much sugar tend to have lower levels of HDL cholesterol—the good cholesterol—in their bloodstream, along with high levels of dangerous triglycerides. According to the American Heart Association, people who get 17 to 34 percent of their calories from sugar have more than three times the risk of dying of heart disease than those who eat less sugar.


    Sugar is fuel for cancer cells. In fact, sugar plays an important role in diagnosing cancer. In one test, patients drink a glucose solution before having a PET scan. During the scan, doctors look to see if any area absorbs the solution faster than others, because those areas are likely cancer cells.

    Type 2 Diabetes

    Unlike type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease, type 2 diabetes is closely linked to excess sugar consumption and the associated obesity. Type 2 diabetes can cause nerve damage, kidney failure, blindness, and more. Eating added sugars can trigger diabetes and exacerbate the condition once you have it.

    Take control of your nutrition and your health with the help of Riverside Community Hospital. Call us at (951) 788-3463 to learn more about the nutritional support services we have that can help. We also have a Heart Care Institute, organ transplant team, OBGYN services, and much more. 

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

    Last updated 6 months ago


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    For further information about the Riverside Community Hospital’s Transplant Programs, please visit

    Hear One Woman's Stroke Recovery Story

    Last updated 6 months ago

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

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

    If you or someone you love is experiencing stroke symptoms, get to the ER at Riverside Community Hospital right away. We’re equipped to handle a range of medical emergencies in our trauma center and heart hospital. Learn more by calling (951) 788-3463. 

    Making Better Dietary Choices with Healthy Proteins

    Last updated 7 months ago

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

    What Are Proteins?

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

    How Much Protein Should I Eat?

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

    What Proteins Should I Eat?

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

    Discover the power of healthy eating with the help of Riverside Community Hospital. All of our bariatric surgery patients get full nutritional support, and we offer nutrition education to the Riverside community through regular classes and our H2U services. Our hospital has a comprehensive range of services ranging from our heart hospital to robotic surgery and organ transplant. Find out more by calling (951) 788-3463.  

    How Does Your Diet Affect Your Stroke Risk?

    Last updated 7 months ago

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

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

    Strokes require immediate medical intervention. If you or someone you care about experiences telltale stroke symptoms like facial drooping, slurred speech, or arm weakness, go to the ER at Riverside Community Hospital right away. You can learn about all of the services at our Riverside hospital by calling (951) 788-3463. 

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