Bishop location of Mammoth Orthopedic Institute and SPORT Physical Therapy will stay open
Submitted by Mammoth Hospital
December 21st, 2015
In furtherance of the lawsuit filed by Northern Inyo Hospital District and Inyo County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) against Southern Mono Healthcare District and Mammoth Hospital, they failed to obtain a temporary restraining order and were denied a request for a hearing for the court to issue a preliminary injunction that would have immediately closed operations and disrupted ongoing orthopedic and physical therapy care for hundreds of Inyo County residents and residents of the Swall Meadows and Paradise communities who have chosen to obtain their care at the Bishop location of Mammoth Orthopedic Institute and S.P.O.R.T. Physical Therapy. The Honorable Shelleyanne W.L. Chang heard arguments from all parties in the Sacramento County Superior Court on December 18, 2015 and ruled in favor of Mammoth Hospital. Mammoth Hospital’s lead attorney defending the lawsuit is David Baumwohl.
“We’re obviously pleased with Judge Chang’s ruling against the Temporary Restraining Order and the application to pursue a preliminary injunction,” said Gary Myers, CEO of Mammoth Hospital. “Among other reasons for denying the application of Northern Inyo Hospital District and Inyo LAFCO, the judge felt that interrupting the long-standing and on-going medical and rehabilitative care for hundreds of people in a remote rural area was completely unjustified and inappropriate, regardless of the location of the clinic. All of these patients have exercised their right to freely choose to obtain their care from M.O.I. physicians and S.P.O.R.T. Center therapists. We believe very strongly in that right of choice. The Northern Inyo Hospital Board and administration apparently believe they have the right to control and limit that freedom of choice. We will continue to vigorously defend against this unfortunate lawsuit.”
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Neonatal Intensive Care Training Held at Mammoth Hospital
submitted by Mammoth Hospital
Mammoth Hospital recently invited a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) team to Mammoth for a special training on life saving skills for newborn babies.
Neonatologist, Dr. Anand Rajani from Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno led the instruction along with Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Abby Van Den Broeke and Respiratory Therapists Curt Partain and Hank Perry.
Mammoth Hospital Labor and Delivery nurses and Pediatricians, ED physicians, and respiratory therapists participated in collaboration with a team of nurses and physicians from Northern Inyo Hospital. Teams were instructed on techniques including umbilical line placement, a procedure that enables quick access to an infant’s bloodstream to deliver lifesaving medications. Also demonstrated were neonatal IV placement for the nurses and various lectures on issues relevant to the critically ill newborn.
“Living in a rural community, the nearest Children’s Hospital is many hours away,” says Pediatrician, Dr. Kristin Collins. “This training by NICU professionals allows us to continue to enhance our life-saving skills, and keep us well-informed on how to provide the best care possible for sick babies before the NICU team can arrive for transport. Maintaining an exceptional level of care is important to all of us who work in the Obstetric and Neonatal Department at Mammoth Hospital and continuing education is imperative to ensuring that happens.”
For more information on Mammoth Hospital’s Birthing Center and Obstetric Specialties, please contact (760) 924-4044 or visit www.mammothhospital.com.
Mammoth Hospital is proud to be participating in “No Shave November.” The month-long journey encourages participants to forgo shaving and grooming in order to raise cancer awareness. “For No Shave November we are honoring the memory of Dr. Tomi Bortolazzo, a longtime resident of Mono County and Mammoth Lakes, California,” said Dr. Craig Burrows, Chief Medical Officer at Mammoth Hospital. “In her career in Urology, Dr. Bortolazzo dedicated herself to the diagnosis and management of all Urologic conditions, including bladder cancer, and prostate cancer. She always went above and beyond what was required to make certain that her patients received everything they needed. It only seems fitting that we do what we can to continue her fight.”
The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Please join us in this endeavor. Don’t shave all of November and please donate to Mammoth Hospital’s Cancer Outreach fund.
Mammoth Hospital’s Cancer Outreach Program provides support, resources and financial assistance to cancer patients living and working in Mono County. Thanks to donations, we can help offset travel expenses for those receiving their cancer care out of the area.
Mammoth Hospital’s Foundation Partners with the Vons Foundation to Raise Funds for Breast Cancer
submitted by Bubby Greene
In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mammoth Hospital Foundation and The Vons Foundation partnered to raise $10,000 for Mammoth Hospital’s Breast Care Fund.
All donations will help underprivileged women of Inyo and Mono Counties pay for mammograms as part of Mammoth Hospital’s Breast Care Fund. This was the third year that Mammoth Hospital and Vons have collaborated for the cause.
Yuri Parisky, M.D., Medical Imaging Director at Mammoth Hospital is very grateful to the Vons Foundation in generously supporting the Breast Care Fund for the last few years. “The Vons Foundation has again demonstrated its commitment to this community by keeping it local, and supporting Mammoth Hospital in its vigilance against Breast Cancer,” said Parisky.
“The Vons Foundation is proud to continue our support of Mammoth Hospital’s life-saving mammography program,” said Jenna Watkinson, Manager of Communications and Community Relations for Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions. “We hope with this commitment, we are able to make an impact on the community need.”
To show your support for Breast Cancer and the Breast Care Fund serving the underprivileged women in Inyo and Mono Counties, contact Bubby Greene, Mammoth Hospital Marketing/Foundation Coordinator at (760) 924-4128.
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Statement from the Mono County Sheriffs Department
Date: October, 20, 2015
Subject: Fatal dirt bike accident near Mammoth Lakes
On the afternoon of Friday, October 16, 2015, at approximately 3:00pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 911 call regarding a single dirt bike collision near the Chair 2 parking lot at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.
Kurt Kruse, age 59, of Mammoth Lakes, California, was riding dirt bikes with his son when he crashed into a fallen tree while going around a curve. Mono County Paramedics, Mammoth Lakes Police Department, and the Mono County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the area. Upon arrival, CPR was in progress and Mr. Kruse was transported by ambulance to Mammoth Hospital. Mr. Kruse was pronounced deceased at Mammoth Hospital.
The cause of death is pending autopsy results but appears to be of traumatic injuries caused by the crash. – Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer
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On Sunday, October 5 at approximately 5:40 pm Mammoth Lakes Police Officers and Mono County Paramedics responded to the scene of a solo motorcycle traffic collision on Meridian Blvd. near Valley Vista Drive. Both the driver and passenger were transported to Mammoth Hospital. The passenger, a 21 year old female, visiting from out of the area, was pronounced deceased. Her name is being withheld pending notification to next of kin. The driver of the motorcycle, Edgar Lee Weaver, Jr., age 31 of Mammoth Lakes, was flown to Renown Medical Center in Reno in critical condition.
The investigation is being handled by the Mammoth Lakes Police Department with technical assistance provided by the Bridgeport office of the California Highway Patrol.
The preliminary investigation indicates that excessive speed and alcohol were involved. Weaver was arrested for Penal Code Section 192(c)(1) (Vehicular Manslaughter with Gross Negligence), but not booked due to his hospitalization.
Anyone with information is requested to contact the Mammoth Lakes Police Department at (760) 934-2011.
Notification to the next of kin of the passenger has been made. The passenger on the motorcycle was Rebecca Anne Dempsey, age 21, who was visiting the United States on a Visa from the United Kingdom. Her hometown is London, England.
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