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    Managing Your Daily Routine After a Stroke

    Last updated 1 month ago

    After a stroke, it’s normal to need to make some adjustments to your daily routine as you recover. Although what recovery looks like varies from survivor to survivor, problems with motor skills are common. This video looks at just one useful tool that can help you adapt.

    Gripping a can opener can turn into a vexing task after a stroke. Using a motorized opener is a simple way you can adjust to changes after a stroke while maintaining your independence. Many such tools exist that can be useful to stroke survivors. Your rehabilitation team can help you find ones that are right for you.

    You’re not alone after a stroke. Riverside Community Hospital is here to help. We have a certified Primary Stroke Center and offer the support you need as you recover. Call (951) 788-3463 to get more information about stroke care, our heart hospital, and more.

    What Can Men Do to Stay on Top of Their Health?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Any time is a good time for men to spend some time focusing on what they can do to improve their overall well-being. At Riverside Community Hospital, our full-service medical facility has all of the tools you need to learn about living healthier, and we can address any existing problems you have. Consider these simple steps you can implement to stay healthy:

    Have a Check-Up

    When was your last check-up? By having regular preventative care visits, you can keep a wide range of men’s health issues at bay and give your physician a chance to catch any health issue that is brewing in its early stages, when it is likely to be easiest to treat. A check-up is also the perfect excuse to have a talk with your doctor about things that are concerning you about your health and to get tips for everything from eating healthier to stopping smoking. If you’re in need of a new doctor, Riverside Community Hospital can help you find one.

    Schedule Health Screenings

    Along with regular check-ups, screening tests play an important role in managing your health. Get checked for prostate cancer, or schedule a colon cancer screening. Both of these cancers have high survival rates when caught early. The right schedule for screenings for you depends on a number of factors, including your health history. Talk to your doctor about what types of screenings you should be having and how often you should be having them.

    Adopt a Healthy Habit

    Make a lifestyle change that has an impact on your health. Maybe you’ve been thinking about adding exercise to your schedule or getting more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Commit to sticking to your new habit throughout June and see how much better you can feel.

    Your good health starts with the physicians at Riverside Community Hospital. We offer comprehensive healthcare to the Riverside community in the form of bariatric weight loss surgery, heart hospital services, and much more. Get answers to your questions about our healthcare services by calling our Consult-A-Nurse line at (951) 788-3463. 

    What You Need to Know to Get Through Your First Pregnancy

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Finding out that you’re pregnant for the first time is one of life’s most special moments. Then, the questions set in. What should you expect throughout your pregnancy, and what will it really be like to carry a baby for nine months? At Riverside Community Hospital, we have all of the support services you need throughout your pregnancy and your delivery. In fact, our OBGYNs deliver more than 87 percent of the babies in the city of Riverside. As you adjust to being pregnant, here are a few things you should know.

    There’s No Such Thing as Normal

    Every woman’s pregnancy experience is unique. Some women deal with intense morning sickness, while others never even feel queasy. For others, symptoms like headaches and bloating are a problem. While you should always report symptoms that make you uneasy to your doctor, do not worry if your pregnancy isn’t exactly like your friend’s pregnancy. Women experience pregnancy in so many different ways, even from child to child, that gauging what counts as typical is impossible.

    You Need Regular Doctor Visits

    You may feel like you’re constantly running to check-ups when you’re pregnant, but that’s a good thing. At each appointment, your OBGYN will check your weight, blood pressure, and baby’s heartbeat. She will also screen your urine for proteins and sugars. With these regular checks, your OBGYN can catch any complications that may arise early, so treatment can begin as soon as possible.

    Help Is Available for Your Symptoms

    Your body undergoes massive changes when you’re pregnant, thanks to hormonal shifts. It’s unlikely you won’t notice them, but you don’t have to suffer through symptoms that make you truly miserable. Discuss your morning sickness, swelling, acne, or other issues with your OBGYN. You may be surprised by how many options you have to treat your symptoms in ways that are completely safe for your baby.

    If you’re pregnant, schedule an appointment with a Riverside Community Hospital OBGYN. Our doctors can give you care throughout your pregnancy, labor, and delivery. You can learn more about all of our hospital services, from our birth center to our heart hospital, by calling (951) 788-3463. 

    Understanding the Dangers of Added Sugars

    Last updated 4 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 4 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

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