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spring 2007   Bringing Wellness and health News to Northern california

                         Where’s the Fruit?
                                      eat More for healthy
                                                              Page 8

                                                Improving Our
                                 Services for You
                                                              Page 3

                    We’re Helping Women
                                          to Be heart­smart
                                                              Page 6
                                                                                                 Volume 8, No. 1

The Sutter Health Network

                                                                                                 6 Medicine Tips to Keep You Safe                 4
                                                                                                 Our patient-safety officers offer
                                                                                                 timely tips for reducing drug
                                                                                                 interactions and side effects.

                                                                                                 Springtime Allergies                             5
                                                                                                 Take the Sutter Health allergy
                                                                                                 quiz and find out how to manage
                                                                                                 your springtime allergies.

                                                                                                 Healthy Cholesterol Highs and Lows               8
                                                                                                 Carol Sandoval didn’t know her
                                                                                                 cholesterol numbers until she had
                                                                                                 a heart attack. She tells her story to
                                                                                                 encourage others to get checked.

                                                                                                 Beyond the Number on the Scale                  10
                                                                                                 When it comes to weight, the scale
                                                                                                 doesn’t tell the whole story. Learn
                                                                                                 better measures for healthy weight.

                                                                                                 Screenings Men Shouldn’t Miss                   11
                                                                                                 Men are less likely to get regular
                                                                                                 checkups. Use these strategies to
                                                                                                 help the man in your life stay healthy.

                                                                                                 Community Education and Support                 14
                                                                                                 Find out what classes and support
                                                                                                 groups we have available.

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Welcome to Your Health
Memorial Hospital Los Banos is part of Sutter Health, a family of not-
for-profit hospitals, physician organizations, and other health care
services that share resources and expertise to advance health care qual-
ity. Serving more than 100 communities in Northern California, Sutter
Health is a regional leader in obstetrics, cardiac care, neurosciences,
cancer services and orthopedics. Working together and sharing ideas,
doctors, hospitals and other health professionals across the Sutter
Health network partner with each other and their patients to provide
the highest quality, most personalized care possible. Your Health is
designed to help you and your family make informed decisions about
your health care.

                                                                                                 Want to learn more about healthy lifestyles? Visit us
Please note that while the information in Your Health is gathered from a wide range of           online at www.memoriallosbanos.org. Our Web
medical experts, it may not apply to your particular situation. If you have specific questions   site contains hundreds of health topics, the latest
about your health, contact your personal physician. Nothing contained in this publication is     news on our programs and services, and a direc­
intended to be for medical diagnosis or treatment.                                               tory to help you find a physician.

2    yourhealth       spring 2007
Preparing for
                the Future                                                        MHLB Wins Award
                                                                                  for Outstanding
                                                                                  Memorial hospital Los Banos (MhLB) is
                     As Los Banos continues its remarkable growth, we’re          the proud recipient of the 2006 sutter
                       hard at work planning the hospital’s future. Recruiting    health President’s award for Most
                       new physicians, evaluating new services and equip-
                                                                                  Improved Dashboards Performance.
                       ment, and altering our facility to satisfy our patients’
                                                                                  sutter health, our parent organization,
                       expectations are among our top priorities.
                           Taking into account that the projected growth in       recognized MhLB out of 26 network
                       population and services outstrips our current location,    hospitals for outstanding improvement
                       we have identified a parcel of land as the site for a      achievement in the areas of:
                       new hospital. Conveniently located in the western part      clinical excellence
Richard Liszewski
                       of town, the parcel positions the hospital in a rapidly
                                                                                   employee and physician satisfaction
                       growing part of Los Banos while maintaining excellent
                                                                                   service excellence and patient
accessibility for the community at large.
    Acquiring the land is the next step in a long hospital-replacement pro-          satisfaction
cess, which normally takes eight to 10 years before a new hospital opens.          community benefit and charity care
Obtaining sufficient funding as well as regulatory approvals and construc-         targeted growth
tion itself contribute to this timeline.                                           Financial stability
    In the meantime, we continue to make our current location more
comfortable and accessible. This year, we remodeled and enlarged our
                                                                                  “the award says a lot about the hos­
Radiology and Emergency departments, opened a new Support Services
Building, and moved our Rural Health Clinic to a larger, nicer location. We       pital and the people who work here,”
continue to plan enhancements to our emergency area to accommodate an             says hospital administrator richard
increasing demand for those services.                                             Liszewski. “We’ve all pulled together
    A growing population also means a need for more physicians. In 2006,          over the past year to make many
we assisted in recruiting two new internal medicine physicians to the Apex
                                                                                  changes that have benefited patients
Medical Group and recruited a third internal medicine doctor who will be
                                                                                  and their families, as well as our
part of the Sutter Gould Medical Group practice opening in early 2007. A
work group composed of board, medical staff and administration members            employees and physicians. But we’re
is busy projecting our physician needs for 2008 and beyond.                       not about to rest on our laurels. We’ll
    Throughout all the changes and growth, we will remain dedicated to not        continue to work hard to improve our
only providing top-quality medical services to you and your family, but           facilities and services and provide our
also ensuring your complete satisfaction with our efforts. We are at your
                                                                                  community with the best health care
service and want you to know that we are grateful for and honored by
being entrusted with your health care needs.

Richard S. Liszewski, CHE
Hospital Administrator

Memorial Hospital Los Banos                                                              www.memoriallosbanos.org           3
         Medicine Alert

6 Tips to Keep You Safe
                                 I n t h e U . S . , m o re t h a n 2 m i l l i o n a d v e r s e d r u g re a c t i o n s are reported
                                 every year and are a leading cause of hospitalization and death. Most prescription
                                 and over-the-counter (OTC) medications are safe and effective when used properly.
                                 Taking them in the wrong combination, however, can lead to serious side effects or
                                 make the medications less effective. Even vitamins, herbal supplements and certain
                                 foods may interfere with some medications.
                                     “The best way to avoid negative drug interactions is to tell your doctor about all
                                 the medications you take, including any nonprescription drugs and dietary supple-
                                 ments,” says Theresa Manley, R.N., MBA, patient safety officer for the Sutter Health–
                                 affiliated Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “Simple aspirin or the herb ginkgo biloba can
                                 be harmful if taken with prescription blood thinners. Antacids and milk can prevent
                                 some antibiotics and other medications from working as well as they should.”

                                       Tips From Our Patient-Safety Officers
                                       1	   B r i n g a n u p - t o - d a t e l i s t 	or	the	bottles	of	your	prescriptions	and	OTC	
                                            medications	and	supplements	with	you	to	your	doctor’s	appointment.	
                                            Update	your	list	with	your	doctor	whenever	something	changes.	
                                            Sutter Health can help! Simply print out our handy form available at
                                       2	   F i n d o u t e v e r y t h i n g 	you	can	about	your	medications	from	your	doctor,	
                                            including	what	to	avoid	(if	anything)	when	taking	them.	Take	notes	and	ask	
                                       3	   D o u b l e - c h e c k t h e l a b e l on	the	bottle	to	make	sure	you	have	the	right	
                                            medication,	and	repeat	the	instructions	back	to	your	doctor	or	pharmacist.
                                       4	   Te l l y o u r d o c t o r about	any	adverse	reactions	you	have	to	a	medication.	
                                            He	or	she	may	be	able	to	adjust	the	dose	or	prescribe	something	different.	
                                       5	   D o n ’t s t o p t a k i n g a m e d i c a t i o n 	or	change	the	dose	yourself	before	
                                            talking	with	your	doctor	first.
                                       6	   N e v e r t a k e s o m e o n e e l s e ’s m e d i c a t i o n . 	You	could	have	a	bad	

                                 Putting Your Safety First
                                 Sutter Health has long been focused on patient safety and the factors that con-
                                 tribute to safe medical outcomes. By investing in innovative technologies such as
                                 medication bar coding, the electronic intensive care unit and the electronic health
                                 record, the not-for-profit network is continuing to lead the transformation of
                                 health care to achieve the highest levels of clinical quality. Find out more at

4			 yourhealth			 spring 2007
What’s Your Strategy for
Take the Sutter Health Allergy Quiz

Spring will be here s o o n along with blooming flowers, trees and grass
— and lots of pollen. If you’re among the 50 million Americans suffering
from seasonal allergies, all that pollen could leave you with a sneezy, runny,
stuffy nose; itchy, red, watery eyes; and a scratchy throat.
   “You can minimize allergy symptoms by knowing
what triggers your allergies and taking steps to
minimize your exposure,” says Wallace
B. Carroll, M.D., allergist with Sutter Gould
Medical Foundation in Modesto. “Over-the-
counter or prescription allergy medications
may help relieve symptoms. If your allergy
symptoms persist or get worse, however, it’s
best to talk with your doctor or an allergist.”
   How much do you know about aller-
gies? Take our quiz and find out!

                                                                                          season begins.
                                                                                          sign of symptoms or before allergy
Test Your Allergy IQ                                                                      to work. Start using them at the earliest
                                                                                          sprays are effective but take a few days

1. Which situation is most likely to trigger an allergy attack?
                                                                                          swell. Prescription nasal corticosteroid
                                                                                          effect that causes the nasal lining to
   n a. Taking a shower after being outdoors
                                                                                          5. False. These sprays have a rebound
   n b. Staying in an air-conditioned environment with the windows closed
                                                                                          bagless vacuum with a HEPA filter.
   n c. Driving with the windows open to let in fresh air
                                                                                          allergen-approved vacuum bags or a
   n d. Beginning a series of allergy shots
                                                                                          and cooling system once a month. Use

2. If you have seasonal allergies, it’s best to exercise outdoors early in the morning.
                                                                                          Change the filters on your home heating
                                                                                          4. True. Keep your house dust-free.
   n True       n False

3. To help relieve allergy symptoms, you should:
                                                                                          3. All of the answers help ease allergy
                                                                                          limit your pollen exposure.
   n a. Drink plenty of fluids
                                                                                          Exercise indoors or later in the day to
   n b. Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke
                                                                                          workout opens up nasal passages.
   n c. Limit alcohol consumption
                                                                                          as an excuse to avoid exercise. A good
   n d. Do a thorough spring-cleaning of your home
                                                                                          However, don’t use high pollen counts
   n e. Try an over-the-counter (OTC) remedy
                                                                                          highest between about 5 and 10 a.m.

4. More than half of those with allergies are allergic to dust mites.
                                                                                          2. False. Pollen counts are usually
                                                                                          to recirculate or use the air conditioner.
   n True     n False
                                                                                          dows and vents closed. Set the air flow

5. OTC nasal sprays are effective and harmless.
                                                                                          1. c. When riding in a car, keep the win-

   n True     n False

Memorial Hospital Los Banos                                                                   www.memoriallosbanos.org        5
Teaching Women
     to Be Heart-Smart
True or false: B re a s t c a n c e r k i l l s m o re w o m e n t h a n h e a r t
disease. False! Heart disease kills more women in the U.S. than all
forms of cancer combined.                                                            Know the Signs
   “Many women don’t think they are at risk for heart disease, so                    of a Heart Attack
they often ignore symptoms or don’t know what symptoms to look
for until it is too late,” says Jason R. Mevi, M.D., of Memorial Hospital             chest discomfort, pressure
Los Banos (MHLB). “Heart disease can also look and act differently in                   or burning
women than it does in men. As a result, women are less likely to be
                                                                                      chest or abdominal discomfort,
diagnosed and treated early.”
                                                                                        or pain spreading to the shoul­
   MHLB and other Sutter Health hospitals are working to reverse this
trend through the Sutter Health Women’s Heart Advantage Program.                        ders, neck, arm or jaw
The educational and clinical initiative was created to raise awareness                Discomfort or pain between
of heart disease in women and improve early detection and treatment.                    the shoulder blades*
   The hospital will also participate in the American Heart                           shortness of breath*
Association’s annual Go Red for Women campaign in February.
                                                                                      sweating*
Festivities will include a Wear Red Day promotion and women’s health
                                                                                      Nausea or vomiting*
fair held at the Los Banos Fairgrounds. The fun-filled event will feature
health exhibits and lectures, tips from fitness and beauty experts, and               Indigestion or gaslike pain*
free heart-health screenings. Exciting prizes, food and special attrac-               Dizziness or fainting
tions for children will make for a great day for the entire family.                   unexplained weakness or
   “These educational campaigns can increase awareness and make a                       fatigue
real impact on women and heart disease, just like the campaigns that
                                                                                      sense of impending doom
target breast cancer have,” says Jessica Gomez, R.N., patient education
coordinator. “Women are so used to being caregivers that they often
forget to take care of themselves. It’s time we change that.”                        *these symptoms are more
   See “Giving Women the Advantage” on page 9 to learn how you can                   common in women than men.
find out your risk for heart disease. For more information or to sched-
ule a speaker for your club or event, please call 209-826-0591, ext. 256.

6   yourhealth    spring 2007
“Thank You” to Our
Respiratory Therapists!
You’ll find our respiratory therapists hard at
work throughout the hospital every day taking
care of patients of all ages — from critically ill
adults on life support to children with asthma
who need oxygen therapy. We are proud to
recognize two outstanding respiratory thera-
pists for their dedication, compassion and
excellence — traits typical of our entire respira-
tory therapy team!

Sharon Stevens, R.T.
Sharon Stevens, R.T., joined Memorial Hospital
Los Banos (MHLB) in 1978 and has been man-
ager of the Respiratory Therapy and Physical
Therapy Department since 1996. She currently
oversees 15 employees as well as Maric College
respiratory therapy students doing their clinical
rotation at the hospital.
   Originally in nursing school, Stevens switched
gears after her son was hospitalized numerous
times for respiratory problems. Watching the
respiratory therapists care for her young son
inspired Stevens to earn a degree in respiratory
therapy from Pruitt College in Concord.
   “I love my job and the variety that comes
with it,” says Stevens. “Most of all, I love seeing
patients get well and knowing that I played a
part in their recovery. I feel very fortunate to be
a part of this hospital. The patients and staff are
   “Our staff really counts on the critical care the
respiratory therapists provide our patients,” says
Sharon Palmer, R.N., Emergency Department
manager. “Sharon is an excellent manager and always               Nunes earned his degree as a respiratory care practitioner
makes sure that her team is up-to-date on the newest           in 2003 and spent a year working at Doctor’s Hospital in
equipment and techniques. We’re lucky to have her.”            Modesto. He joined MHLB in 2004 at the suggestion of his
                                                               wife, Sandy, a nurse in the hospital’s Obstetrics Department.
Rick Nunes, RCP                                                   “I really enjoy what I do and being able to help people
Watching respiratory therapists care for his infant son also   every day,” says Nunes. “It’s a very interesting and fulfilling
inspired Rick Nunes, RCP, to become a respiratory thera-       job. I also learn a lot from my co-workers, who have a great
pist. Before enrolling in the respiratory therapy program at   deal of talent and experience. I’m very happy to be here.”
Modesto Junior College, however, Nunes spent nine years           “Rick is awesome and constantly goes above and beyond
working for the City of Los Banos Public Works Department.     the call of duty,” says Stevens. “He’s very thorough and great
He also volunteered for the California Department of           with patients, family members and staff. It’s wonderful to
Forestry.                                                      have him as part of our team.”

Memorial Hospital Los Banos                                                                   www.memoriallosbanos.org       7
 The         High, the Low and the Healthy
 You probably kn o w t h a t h a v i n g c e r t a i n   was told I had had open-heart surgery,” says
 high cholestero l numbers isn’t good for you,           Sandoval, director of information technology at
 but do you know that having a low cholesterol           Sutter-affiliated Eden Medical Center in Castro
 number can also be unhealthy? When it comes             Valley.
 to cholesterol, there are three numbers to track:          Sandoval had suffered a major heart attack
 	 LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol — this number             and was transferred to Sutter-affiliated Alta
    should be lower than 100 mg/dl.                      Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland for
 	 HDL, or “good,” cholesterol — this number            specialized heart surgery.
    should be higher than 40 mg/dl for men and
    50 mg/dl for women.                                  Proactive Prevention
 	 Triglycerides — this number should be lower          Sandoval, 56, has since recovered. She likes
    than 150 mg/dl.                                      Jazzercise, body sculpting and walking, and she
                                                         watches her diet. Although she always thought
 A recent study in American Heart Journal showed         she was in good shape and ate pretty well,
 that a decrease in HDL led to an increase in            Sandoval didn’t learn until after her heart attack
 heart attack or other sudden heart problems.            that her cholesterol level was unhealthy.
 Experts agree that it’s not enough to lower your            “It was all such a big surprise,” says
 LDL number; you also need to increase your              Sandoval. “I didn’t have any symptoms before
 HDL. Luckily, this can be done by first knowing         the attack, and I never thought I was at risk for
 your numbers. It’s important to get a cholesterol       heart disease. I really want to encourage women
 screening test called a lipid profile, which mea-       to be more proactive about their health. Maybe
 sures all three levels. Then you can change your        if I had seen my doctor for regular checkups
 numbers with lifestyle adjustments.                     and cholesterol screenings, I could have done
                                                         something to prevent all this.”
 One Woman’s Surprising Story
 For Carol Sandoval, not knowing her cholesterol         Raise Your Cholesterol Awareness
 numbers almost took her life. Although she              You can increase your HDL level and prevent
 had a normal LDL cholesterol level, her HDL             the heart problems that affected Sandoval
 cholesterol was too low. That scenario put her          by making some lifestyle changes. Engage in
 at higher risk for having a heart attack, which is      regular physical activity (at least 30 minutes on
 exactly what happened.                                  most, if not all, days), quit smoking, lose weight
    One morning about two years ago, Sandoval            if you are overweight and eat a healthy diet that
 was busy gearing up for a big event at work             is low in trans fats. Eat fats sparingly, and when
 and went to get something from her car. That’s          you do eat them, fats such as those found in
 when she felt a severe pain in her chest that           olive oil, nuts, and certain fish can help increase
 stopped her in her tracks.                              your HDL.
    “I remember making it to the emergency                   Get to know your cholesterol numbers, and
 department, but my next memory wasn’t until             you can help prevent heart disease.
 I woke up in the hospital 10 days later and

8			 yourhealth			 spring 2007
                              Women’s Top Three
                              Health Risks
                              heart disease may be the biggest threat to
                              women’s health, but it’s not the only one.
                              knowing the other risks can help you make
                              healthier choices for the future.
                              1 . H e a r t d i s e a s e . heart disease kills more
                                 women in the u.s. than the next seven
                                 causes of death combined.
                              2 . C a n c e r. Lung, breast and colorectal
                                 cancers are the three most deadly cancers
                                 in women. and cancer accounts for the
                                 second largest number of deaths among
                                 women in the u.s. to find out about can­
                                 cer prevention and early detection, visit
                              3 . S t ro k e . More than 160,000 people die
                                 of stroke every year in the u.s. — about
                                 two­thirds are women. stroke and heart
                                 disease share many of the same risk fac­
                                 tors. reducing your risk factors can go
                                 a long way toward preventing stroke and
                                 helping you live a long, healthy life.

                                               Giving Women
                                               the Advantage
                                               Women tend to have a lower total
                                               cholesterol level than men of the
                                               same age. After menopause, wom-
                                               en’s LDL level tends to rise. Sutter
                                               Health’s Women’s Heart Advantage
                                               program aims to raise awareness of
                                               heart disease in women and improve
                                               early detection and treatment. Visit
                                               and take our 10-minute heart quiz to
                                               find out your risk for heart disease.
                                               Then read more about heart disease
                                               and what you can do to protect
                                               yourself against it.

Memorial Hospital Los Banos                     www.memoriallosbanos.org               9
Beyond the Number
         on the Scale
You’re eating be t t e r a n d e x e rc i s i n g m o re , but you
still haven’t lost a pound, according to your bathroom scale.
What gives?
     “If you’ve lost fat and gained muscle, you may not show
any weight loss on the scale, but your clothes will probably
fit looser, and you’ll look better,” says Jeffrey Jenkins, M.D.,
FACS, general and bariatric surgeon with Sutter Auburn Faith
Hospital. “Muscle is denser than body fat. This means that
pound for pound, muscle takes up less space than fat.”

Measuring Up
If you can’t rely on your scale to tell if your weight is healthy,
what can you use? The body mass index (BMI) is considered
a reliable way to measure healthy body weight for most men
and women older than age 20. BMI is a measure of body fat
based on height and weight. How can you find your BMI?
Use the Sutter Health online calculator at www.sutterhealth.org/
health/bmi_calculator.html. Compare your BMI number to the
chart below.

BMI Numbers             18.4 or less           underweight
                        18.5 to 24.9           normal
                        25 to 29.9             overweight
                        30 or more             obese

BMI is a less accurate measure for athletes and older people, so
they should see their doctor to determine their healthy weight.
                                                                           Did you know?
The Bottom Line on Fat
“Having a large percentage of body fat is unhealthy regardless             A waist measurement greater than
of how much you weigh or how thin you look. Women with
more than 30 percent body fat and men with more than 25 per-               40 inches in men or 35 inches
cent are considered obese and putting their health in serious
danger,” says Dr. Jenkins. “The safest and most effective way
                                                                           in women increases your risk of
to decrease overall body fat is to eat healthy foods in smaller            developing obesity-related diseases.
quantities and exercise regularly. Judge your progress by how
your clothes fit and how you feel rather than by a number on
the bathroom scale.”

Watch Your Health — on TV!                              What’s the skinny with trans fats, and why are
they being banned from some Northern California restaurants? Learn more by watching
the Your Health TV show. Tune in any Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., on Channel 14.

10    yourhealth     spring 2007
         Miss                               Men’s Health Screening Guidelines
                                            Screening                Age to Start*                        How Often*
For a lot of guys, a trip to the doctor     Blood Pressure           18                                   at least every two years
is not a high priority. Pride may play      cholesterol              35                                   every five years
a role in this pattern of behavior. Our
                                            colorectal cancer        50                                   Depends on type of test
culture equates being male with being
healthy and strong, and a hint of vul-      Diabetes                 talk with your doctor                talk with your doctor
nerability to illness might be seen as a    Prostate cancer          50                                   Yearly
sign of weakness.                                                    (40 to 45 for african­americans
    “Many men don’t bother going to                                  and others at high risk)
the doctor if they feel healthy, but that   testicular cancer        talk with your doctor                talk with your doctor
can be a dangerous way of thinking,”
says Sean Hennessey, M.D., family           * Your doctor may recommend screening at an earlier age or more frequent
medicine physician affiliated with            screening if you have any of the following risk factors:
Sutter Solano Medical Center. “Men           a personal or family history of a disease                   Diabetes
need regular health screenings, just like
                                               or condition                                               high blood pressure
women. They should also get checked
out if they notice changes to their body,    Being overweight                                            high cholesterol
such as blood in the urine, abnormal         smoking
bowel habits or chest pain. These could
be signs of a serious illness.”
    Fear, denial or simply lack of time
are common excuses men or anyone
might use to avoid seeing their doctor       3 Ways to Set a Date Your Man Won’t Dodge
or health care provider.
                                             surveys have shown that men actually get most of their health information from
    “Colorectal cancer and other health
screenings are very easy and virtu-          their wife, girlfriend or mother. to help your guy set a date to see his doctor, try
ally painless nowadays. There’s no           these three tips:
good reason to avoid them,” adds              Make it convenient. schedule an appointment for the evening after work or on
Dr. Hennessey. “If you wait too long,           the weekend, if possible.
you could put your health at risk. You        Get a recommendation. ask your family, friends or co­workers whom they go
owe it to yourself and to your family to
                                                to. Most people are eager to recommend a good doctor.
get checked.”
                                              Show support. Let him know that you have his best interests in mind — and so
                                                will his doctors. the more they know about his health, the more they can do
                                                to help.

Memorial Hospital Los Banos                                                                     www.memoriallosbanos.org            11
Getting to Know the
Memorial Hospital Los Banos

Board of Directors

     Brian Walker                               Michael K. Larson                          William K.
                                                                                           Rapp Jr., DDS

Brian Walker                                Michael K. Larson                          William K. Rapp Jr., DDS
Brian Walker is superintendent of           Mike K. Larson is a certified pub-         William K. Rapp Jr., DDS, opened his
schools for the Dos Palos–Oro Loma          lic accountant for O. Ray Sheets           general dentistry practice in Los Banos
Joint Unified School District. He started   Accountancy Corporation in Los Banos,      in 1978 and cares for patients of all
his education career more than 20 years     where he works with both individuals       ages. Prior to starting his own practice,
ago and taught in a private American        and businesses. He joined the Memorial     he served as a lieutenant in the U.S.
school in South America before moving       Hospital Los Banos board of directors      Navy Dental Corps for three years. He
to Los Banos in 1988. Walker joined the     in 2001. Larson currently serves as vice   joined the Memorial Hospital Los Banos
Memorial Hospital Los Banos board           chair of the board and will assume the     board of directors in 2005.
of directors in 1998 and has served as      position of board chair in June. He has        “As board members, it’s our job to
board president, treasurer and secretary.   also served as secretary and treasurer.    help guide and direct the future of our
   “Serving on the hospital board has           “The board functions very well as      community hospital,” says Dr. Rapp.
been a very worthwhile and educa-           a team, and I’m honored to be work-        “The hospital faces some tough chal-
tional experience for me,” says Walker.     ing with such dedicated and intelligent    lenges ahead, and I’m excited to be part
“The hospital is very important to          people, both on the board and at the       of the team responsible for moving the
everyone in the greater Los Banos area,     hospital,” says Larson. “I look forward    hospital forward.”
and the board’s job is to ensure that it    to continuing our work to make sure            Dr. Rapp has served on the Ken
continues to meet the growing health        that the hospital remains financially      Anderson cancer fund-raising commit-
care needs of our community well into       healthy and continues to grow and keep     tee for the American Cancer Society
the future.”                                pace with our community.”                  for the past 25 years. He also served
   Walker is a member of the Dos Palos          Larson also serves as treasurer of     as president of the Yosemite Dental
“Y” Service Club, a past president of       the Los Banos Rotary and chairs the        Society, Los Banos Lions Club and Our
the Dos Palos Rotary and involved with      Fatjo Corporation. He and his wife,        Lady of Fatima School Advisory Board.
numerous youth athletic groups. He          Marsha, moved to Los Banos with            He and his wife, Deborah, have three
and his wife, Shelly, have four children.   their two sons in 1990.                    children.

12   yourhealth     spring 2007
                                               Who Makes Up the
                                               Board of Directors?
                                               Memorial hospital Los Banos, affiliated with Memorial hospital
                                               association, is locally governed by a volunteer board of directors
                                               that lends its expertise, knowledge and commitment to guide the
                                               hospital toward its mission. here is a list of the current board:

                                                David P. Benn                   John Mevi, M.D.
                                                Loretta garcia                    (not pictured)
                                                Joe gutierrez                   William k. rapp Jr., DDs
                                                Joe hirt                        Brian Walker
                                                Michael k. Larson               tony Whitehurst
                                                richard Liszewski               Julian Y. Yip, M.D.


Anthony Whitehurst
Anthony Whitehurst is a planning and           David P. Benn                    Loretta Garcia
development consultant serving the Central
Valley area. For the past 15 years, he has
assisted land owners and developers
throughout the entitlement and develop-
ment process. He joined the Memorial
Hospital Los Banos board of directors
in 2003 and currently serves as board
    “I feel honored to be able to contribute
to the growth and development of the hos-
pital and the medical care in our commu-
nity,” says Whitehurst. “As our community      Joe Hirt                         Richard Liszewski
expands and becomes more diverse, it’s
important that the hospital also grow and
offer a broader range of services.”
    A Los Banos native, Whitehurst has
served on the Chamber of Commerce
board of directors and been a member of
the Rotary Club for nearly 30 years. He
also serves on the Los Banos City General
Planning Advisory Committee and has
been involved with many youth groups.
He and his wife, Mary Jean, have six grown
children.                                      Joe Gutierrez                    Julian Y. Yip, M.D.

Memorial Hospital Los Banos                                                    www.memoriallosbanos.org            13
                 Community Education
                 and Support Groups

	 Childbirth and New Parent Classes                                 Spanish Childbirth Education
                                                                     	 this one­day childbirth class, taught in spanish, teaches
Breast-Feeding Support                                                  basic breathing and relaxation techniques and gives a better
	 Learn the basics of breast­feeding, how to get started and           understanding of the birthing process.
     how to avoid difficulties. We offer free one­on­one consulta­
     tions as well as free support classes. call 209­826­0591,       Stork Tour
     ext. 270, for more information.                                 	 take a free tour of our Labor and Delivery Department
                                                                        and meet our staff before you deliver your baby. tours
Car Seat Safety                                                         are available every tuesday, thursday and Friday. Please
	 this class teaches you how to protect your infant or child           call 209­826­0591, ext. 270, to register.
     when riding in a car. It meets on one saturday a month, from
     10 a.m. to noon for english speakers or 1 to 2:30 p.m. for      Teen Childbirth Education
     spanish speakers. the $20 fee includes one child car seat       	 this free eight­week program, designed especially for teens,
     or child booster seat. a parent or guardian must attend.           provides parents­to­be with the information they need to
     call 209­826­0591, ext. 270, for more information.                 become responsible parents, with an emphasis on infant
                                                                        care. classes are held on thursdays, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Car Seat Safety Checks                                                  Patients can enroll at any time by calling 209­826­0591,
	 every Friday afternoon we offer free checks to ensure that           ext. 270.
     your car seat is safe and installed properly. Please call
     209­826­0591, ext. 270 or 356, for an appointment.
                                                                     	 Classes for Children and Teens
Childbirth Education
	 this free six­week course gives expectant parents the tools       Safe Sitter Babysitting Class
     and knowledge needed to make the transition from preg­          	 this class teaches safe and fun babysitting techniques,
     nancy to parenthood. Patients can enroll in the class at any       along with some first aid and rescue breathing. adolescents
     time and are encouraged to bring their partner. classes            must be at least 11 years old to attend. Fee is $20. the
     are held every Wednesday, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. call              class is held every Wednesday, from 4 to 6 p.m. call
     209­826­0591, ext. 270.                                            209­826­0591, ext. 270, to enroll.

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Sibling Class                                                        Diabetes Support Group for Parents
	 this class is designed to help children prepare for the           	 this free support group for parents of children with diabetes
   arrival of a new baby in the home. the class is offered once         meets on the second tuesday of every month, from 7 to 8 p.m.
   a month, but special dates and times may be arranged. call           Please call 209­826­0591, ext. 356, for more information.
   209­826­0591, ext. 270, to make an appointment.
                                                                     Diabetes Support Group for Teens
                                                                     	 this free support group for teenagers with diabetes meets
	 CPR and Other Programs                                               on the second thursday of every month, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
                                                                        Please call 209­826­0591, ext. 356, for more information.
CPR Certification or Renewal
	 Learn the basics of cPr through this hands­on course.             Mom’s Support Group
   certification class is held every Friday, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.     	 Meet new people and learn new things about common con­
   renewal class is every Friday, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. the fee          cerns of motherhood while giving your baby, toddler or pre­
   is $15. call 209­826­0591, ext. 270, to join.                        schooler a chance to interact with others. this free group meets
                                                                        bimonthly. call 209­826­0591, ext. 356, for more information.
Heartsaver CPR
	 For only $10, learn the basic adult, child and infant cPr tech­   Personal Patient Education
   niques through our partnership with the american red cross.       	 We offer one­on­one sessions for patients concerning diabetes,
   classes are offered every saturday, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.          congestive heart failure, cholesterol and much more. Please call
   the cPr card you earn will be good for two years.                    209­826­0591, ext. 356, to make an appointment.

	 Personal Support Classes

                                                                          Our Lab Has Moved!
Diabetes Support Group for Adults
	 this is a free support group for adults who have diabetes.             Our laboratory has moved to the new support services
   It meets on the second Wednesday of every month, from                  Building. the lab is open Monday through Friday,
   10:30 a.m. to noon. Please call 209­826­0591, ext. 356,                from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. the new phone number is
   for more information.                                                  209­826­0591, ext. 423.

Memorial Hospital Los Banos                                                                         www.memoriallosbanos.org          15
Foundation Gala Raises
     $93,000 for Great Cause!
This past Octob e r, m o re t h a n 5 0 0 p e o p l e e n j o y e d a
night of great food, entertainment and dancing at the Arabian
Nights Foundation Gala. The hospital foundation’s annual event
raised a whopping $93,000! The proceeds are already being put to
good use remodeling the hospital’s Obstetrics (OB) Department.
   Family members and visitors will appreciate the new couches
and pull-out guest beds in the labor and delivery rooms, and
everyone will enjoy the brighter, cozier postpartum rooms. The
face-lift will include newly painted walls, pretty valances, quilted
bedspreads and attractive cabinets to hide equipment and give
rooms a homier feel. A reorganization of the floor will free up
space for an additional postpartum room, while an existing
labor and delivery room will be completely updated.
   “We delivered more than 750 babies by November 2006, and
things can get a bit crowded when the unit is full,” says Barbara
Gettings-Bourque, R.N., perinatal nurse manager. “I think every-
one will appreciate the extra space and more comfortable sur-
roundings, especially women and their families. We want the
birthing experience to be as enjoyable as possible for them.”
   A not-for-profit organization, Memorial Hospital Los Banos
appreciates your support, which has helped expand health care
services, invest in new technology and fund numerous commu-
nity programs. The foundation raises money through the annual
gala and other special events and donations from individuals
and businesses.
   To learn how you can support the foundation and become
a partner in our community’s health, please call 209-826-0691,
ext. 276. All donations are tax-deductible.

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                                                                           Los Banos

          Memorial hospital Los Banos
          520 West I st.
          Los Banos, ca 93635

          Call 1-800-4SUTTER or visit
          thedoctorforyou.com to find
          a physician affiliated with
          Memorial Hospital Los Banos.

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