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Riverside Community Hospital named one of the nation’s top performing hospitals by The Joint Commission

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Riverside - Riverside Community Hospital has been named one of the nation’s top performing hospitals on The Joint Commission’s list of Top Performers on Key Quality Measures™ program for 2012. RCH was one of only two hospitals in the Inland Empire to receive this recognition.

RCH was one of Healthcare Corporation of America’s (HCA’s) 96 hospitals recognized for attaining and sustaining excellence in The Joint Commission Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2012. Riverside Community Hospital received national recognition as a top performer in the areas of: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.

“Riverside Community Hospital is proud to be named on the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures and to be recognized as a national leader in providing quality patient care. This achievement validates RCH’s dedication and commitment to our patients through providing high quality, safe and compassionate care resulting in positive outcomes through evidence-based measures,” said Patrick Brilliant, President and CEO of Riverside Community Hospital.

“We have an excellent team here at RCH who truly care about our patients by making sure we provide a nurturing and healing environment away from home. Our goal is to create a positive and safe experience for each patient. By having accountability and standardized measures in place, and a “No Excuse” policy, we are able to ensure the best results and outcomes for our patients,” said Brilliant.

“Making the Top Performers list is no easy feat. Each recognized hospital met two 95 percent performance thresholds,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, President, The Joint Commission. “These hospitals are leading the way in quality improvement.”

RAAHS Honors Dr. Barnett Grier & Mr. Herman Carpenter

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Dr. Barnett Grier Mr. Herman Carpenter (posthumously)

The Riverside African American Historical Society, Inc. (RAAHS) will hold their 12th Annual Dinner Meeting on Sunday, October 14, 2012 from 2:30PM – 4:30PM at Cal Baptist University, 8432 Magnolia Avenue, Yeager Center – 2nd floor (Copenbager Room). The guest speaker is Dr. Vince Moses. The honorees are Dr. Barnett Grier and Mr. Herman Carpenter.

Mr. Herman Carpenter, Sr. joined the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1960 after being honorably discharged from the Air Force. He was the 2nd African American to become Deputy Sheriff in Riverside, and the 1st African American to be promoted to investigator. He was later promoted to Commander of the Crime Lab, and retired 20 years later at the rank of Lieutenant. He then became a supervisor for the San Bernardino County Probation Department, Juvenile Hall, where he also served on the Spiritual Concerns Committee. After 13-years, he retired from Probation and became a licensed realtor. He was a member of the MLK Senior’s Club and the Riverside African American Historical Society. Mr. Carpenter passed away at age 80 on Sunday, July 1, 2012. He was an asset to our community and loved by all.

Dr. Barnett John Wesley Grier, until retirement, was a successful physicist, businessman, teacher, civil rights activist, and author of Trek to Equality: An Autobiography. He received his 1st degree as Cum Laude with a BS in mathematics and physics from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina followed by a distinguished career as a physicist with the National Bureau of Standards. In 1951, the Bureau relocated Dr. Grier to the Corona Laboratories, later known as the Naval Ordinance Laboratory of Corona. Dr. Grier earned a Ph.D in Ministry from the Claremont School of Theology. He was a Life and Founding member of RAAHS. As a team, the Grier’s served as an inspiration to others by effectively working together for the betterment of the community. The “Grier Scholarship Fund” is the legacy of their efforts to ensure equality for all. The Grier Pavilion, located in City Hall, will long stand as a monument to their will, their spirit, and their contributions.

Please RSVP to Cleda Givens-Bullock (951) 683-2505. The cost is $35.00.

Open House For Prospective CSUSB Students Set For Oct. 27

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SAN BERNARDINO - High school students interested in applying to Cal State San Bernardino, as well as college and community college students thinking about transferring to CSUSB, are invited to get a first-hand look at the university, meet faculty and staff members, tour the campus and talk with admissions counselors at the university’s annual open house on Saturday, Oct. 27. Prospective students, their families and the community are invited to learn about the university, its academic and student life programs, financial aid opportunities, and to meet with faculty from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CSUSB Santos Manuel Student Union.

A separate open house event will be held at Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus on Saturday, Nov. 3.

The open house will be held during the California State University’s priority application period, which runs from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30. Students interested in attending Cal State San Bernardino must apply during this period to be considered for fall 2013 admission. Fall 2013 applicants to all CSU campuses will not receive an admission decision until after the results of the November election are known. The ballot includes Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative, Proposition 30, which would trigger a $250 million budget cut to the CSU if the measure is rejected. Guests to the CSUSB open house will have the opportunity to meet with faculty from the university’s five academic colleges and interact with representatives from various campus offices, including financial aid, student housing, student leadership and development and other student support programs. In addition, attendees can take tours of the campus, meet with representatives from student clubs and organizations on campus and visit with current CSUSB students.

There also will be workshops on how to fill out applications to the university. To make reservations and for additional information, contact (909) 537-5192 or e-mail HYPERLINK "mailto:asrevents@csusb.edu" asrevents@csusb.edu. More information about applying to Cal State San Bernardino is available at HYPERLINK "http://www.csumentor.edu" www.csumentor.edu.

'Tis the Season for New Store Openings at Galleria at Tyler Crocs, 2b and Color Me Mine to Open November 2012

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Riverside -- Galleria at Tyler will open three new stores just in time for the holiday season. "Galleria at Tyler is gearing up for a busy holiday season by delivering exciting retailers for our shoppers," says Christina Riojas, Galleria at Tyler's marketing manager. "Crocs, 2b and Color Me Mine are solid businesses with great products."

Crocs (1,700 sqft) is celebrating its 10 anniversary this year, and plans on opening its newest location on the Upper Level next to GUESS. Known for their innovative casual footwear, Crocs offers more than 300 four-season styles for men, women and children. All CrocsTM shoes feature CrosliteTM material, a proprietary, revolutionary technology that gives each pair of shoes the soft, comfortable, lightweight, non-marking and odor-resistant qualities.

2b (5,397 sqft), the junior retail collection by the popular bebe stores, will be located near Forever 21 on the Lower Level. Affordable, fun and flirty, 2b's fashion-driven apparel and accessories is inspired by the glitz, glam and high energy of Las Vegas. There are currently 45 stores throughout the US and Canada.

Color Me Mine (908 sqft) is a paint-it-yourself ceramic studio, which will be on the Lower Level near Macy's. Visitors can choose from 400 ceramic items and create an original piece in the store's Design Center which features 22,000 images and over 60 colors of paint.  Customers design and paint their pieces however they like. Talented staff members are available to help with painting tips.  Ceramic items are glazed and fired before being taken home.  Color Me Mine is also a great venue for birthday parties, showers, handprints, fundraisers, scouting, and school programs.

New Law Bans Cash for Copper

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California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law a bill by Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter, D-Rialto, that prevents metal recyclers from paying quick cash for copper.   
The "No Cash for Copper" Metal Theft Prevention Act, Assembly Bill 1508, goes into effect on January 1, 2013. The measure will bar copper thieves from getting up to $20 in cash on the spot from scrap metal recyclers for small amounts of copper that are combined with the redemption of beverage containers.  
Existing law requires all recycling centers that buy copper to check the seller's photo ID, take video or a photo of the seller and the material being sold, and also collect their thumb print. Cash is not allowed to be given instantly. The seller must come back three days later or have a check mailed to them.

Sellers, however, found a way to redeem quick cash for their scrap metals through a loophole in current law which allows an instant redemption of up to $20 if the metals were mixed with recyclables.

"The law had encouraged copper wire thieves to cut up the metal into little pieces. When combining it with recyclable cans, they could walk away with cash in hand," Carter said.

Over the past several years, copper theft has reached epidemic proportions, jeopardizing public safety and leading to severe injury or even death. Although the street value of stolen copper is usually only a few hundred dollars, time and resources spent to repair damage to businesses, schools, construction sites and utilities can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"The damage to property and the risk to public safety can be much greater than the value of the metal," said Carter, who successfully championed legislation in 2011 which stiffen penalties for copper theft.

"Now that these two laws are in place, my hope is that thieves will think twice before they steal from our farmers, schools, churches, business owners, utilities and California taxpayers," Assemblymember Carter said.

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