Last updated 15 days ago
When you’re in the emergency room, seconds count. That’s why Riverside Community Hospital urges patients to keep an I.C.E. card with them at all times. I.C.E., which stands for “in case of emergency,” allows the triage staff to better assess a person’s condition and advise appropriate care. Riverside area residents may request an I.C.E. card from Riverside Community Hospital. You also create your own with the following data:
First, your I.C.E. card should have all pertinent contact information, including your name, date of birth, address, and telephone number. To ensure that your healthcare providers may reach your immediate family to inform them of your condition, you should also include an emergency contact name and telephone number.
Providing all necessary medical information is vital to the usefulness of an I.C.E. card. Individuals with existing conditions such as diabetes or heart disease should consider including that data on their cards; people with allergies, especially to penicillin or anesthesia, may also want to put this information on their I.C.E. cards. The sooner the emergency room staff knows of your medical conditions and allergies, the greater chance you have of receiving care that accurately addresses your individual needs.
The emergency room staff’s first priority is to give you the best care possible. However, to facilitate your treatment, you may also want to provide your insurance information on your I.C.E. card. By including your insurance provider contact information, you can focus solely on your health needs without having to worry about tracking down your insurance company or policy number.
Riverside Community Hospital aims to give each emergency room patient the highest level of care possible. To request an I.C.E. card, call (951) 788-3463 or visit our website. If you require emergency care, be sure to use our iTriage symptom checker, which informs our staff of your specific medical needs and imminent arrival.
Last updated 20 days ago
Bariatric weight loss is often recommended for individuals who are obese and unable to lose weight through healthy eating and regular exercise. By restricting a patient’s stomach size, physicians can effectively limit that patient’s food intake, which allows him to lose weight. However, as with any other type of surgical procedure, traditional bariatric surgery comes with some risks, including blood loss and possible infection. With the introduction of the da Vinci robotic surgery system, though, patients undergoing bariatric procedures can receive less invasive care and fewer complications. The da Vinci system affords surgeons higher precision and better control during each bariatric procedure. Smaller incisions also result in less pain, blood loss, and scarring for patients. Individuals who are considering bariatric weight loss should consult their doctors about their robotic surgery options.
Riverside Community Hospital provides several bariatric surgical procedures for eligible Riverside area patients. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of robotic surgery for bariatric weight loss, call (951) 788-3463 or visit our website. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff can help you decide if bariatric surgery is right for you.
Last updated 22 days ago
Pregnancy is often a joyous time for expectant mothers and fathers. However, whether due to preexisting conditions or concerns that develop during pregnancy, some women may be diagnosed with a high-risk pregnancy. Quality medical centers like Riverside Community Hospital can provide expert care that looks after the needs of both mother and child. Here’s what you can do to ensure your health and that of your baby if you have a high-risk pregnancy.
Understand Your Risks
Some risk factors, such as older age, may not come with any discernable complications. However, any expectant mother aged 35 and older will receive a high-risk pregnancy diagnosis, no matter how healthy she may be. Other conditions, such as heart disease, gestational diabetes, or HIV, may require the use of certain medications to alleviate the side effects that these ailments can have on either the mother or baby.
Communicate with Your OBGYN
Expectant mothers must be proactive during their high-risk pregnancy. Aside from your regularly scheduled prenatal visits, you must be vigilant in monitoring your own condition to assure your health and your baby’s wellbeing. Be sure to contact your OBGYN should you experience any unusual circumstances, such as bleeding, extreme cramping, or reduced fetal activity, as they may indicate the presence of a potential problem.
Take All Necessary Precautions
Though many women with high-risk pregnancies go on to have healthy babies, it’s important to heed your OBGYN’s advice during this time. Adhere closely to his diet and exercise recommendations, and take all prescribed medications as directed. Also, remember to practice techniques to help you relax during your pregnancy. Though a high-risk pregnancy diagnosis should be taken seriously, undue stress and anxiety can further compromise your baby’s health.
Riverside Community Hospital offers special high-risk pregnancy services for Riverside area patients. If you are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, we can help. Call (951) 788-3463 or visit our website to learn more about how to successfully manage your risk factors. We also encourage patients to use our Consult-A-Nurse referral system for all pregnancy-related concerns.
Last updated 27 days ago
Riverside Community Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Bowers as the new Chief Operating Officer effective Monday, April 15, 2013. Mr. Bowers replaces Doug Long who left Riverside Community Hospital on January 1, 2013 to join West Hills Medical Center in West Hills, California as CEO.
Mr. Bowers brings extensive health administration background to his new role at Riverside Community Hospital. Prior to joining the Riverside Community Hospital’s leadership team, Bowers served as Vice President for Accountable Care and Clinic Operations at Heritage Provider Network in Northridge, CA.
Before his time at Heritage, Mr. Bowers had a 15-year career with Tenet Healthcare including as Corporate Director of Rehabilitation and Post-Acute Services, and also as CEO of several Tenet facilities including Joellen Smith Regional Medical Center and RINO in New Orleans, San Dimas Community Hospital and JFK Memorial Hospital in California.
“I am very pleased to be a part of the Riverside Community Hospital family and working for the healthcare benefit of the greater Riverside community. I believe Riverside Community Hospital has a long history of being a community partner and I look forward to enhancing that partnership,” said Mr. Bowers. “I have lived and or worked in the greater Riverside area most of my professional career so I feel like I am at home. I am looking forward to developing relationships within and outside the hospital as we continue to move forward with our expansion plans to enhance the overall health of those we serve”.
Dan has a Masters in Organizational Management from Chapman University and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winona State University. Dan currently lives in Corona, is familiar with the area and has participated as a member on several community governing boards.
"We are delighted that Dan has joined Riverside Community Hospital as Chief Operating Officer and as a part of our executive team,” says President and CEO Patrick Brilliant. “Dan brings a wealth of health care experience to Riverside Community Hospital along with extensive experience in construction, program growth and development which will be instrumental as we continue to move forward in our hospital expansion project.”
About Riverside Community Hospital (RCH)
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 1,700 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. 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.
Last updated 27 days ago
Individuals with diabetes must regularly assess their blood glucose levels to avoid both hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. This video explains these conditions and their potentially dangerous effects.
Hyperglycemia occurs when blood glucose levels are too high, which can lead to damage of the blood vessels, nerves, and eyes. Hypoglycemia results from insufficient levels of blood glucose. People with hypoglycemia may become confused, faint, or even fall into a coma. To avoid hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, monitor your blood glucose levels as recommended by your physician.
Would you like to learn more about how to keep your diabetes in check? Then call Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3463 or visit our website. We offer diabetes management classes for residents in the Riverside area.