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Loma Linda University Medical Center earns Joint Commission certification to treat ‘destination’ heart patients

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LOMA LINDA, CA – Loma Linda University Medical Center has become the first medical facility in the Inland Empire to receive certification to implant a heart assist device as destination therapy for patients with heart failure, similar to the one implanted in former Vice-President Dick Cheney before his recent heart transplant.

The Joint Commission Certification for Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) was granted to the hospital following a rigorous on-site survey recently. The certification authorizes the hospital to perform “destination therapy,” since the patients typically are not candidates for heart transplant and the device implanted in them is their “life destination.”

The VAD was in the news recently in connection with the recent heart transplant of Vice-President Cheney, who received an implanted heart assist device two years ago that helped keep him alive.

“The certification award recognizes our staff and our institution’s dedication to meeting all of the state-of-the-art standards in treating our heart patients,” said Dr. Liset Stoletniy, medical director of cardiomyopathy and heart transplant at Loma Linda University Medical Center. “Receiving this certification for destination therapy from the Joint Commission is a major step toward continually improving the care we provide our patients.

“Ventricular Assist Devices offer patients with advanced heart failure improved survival with a better quality of living,” said Dr. Anees Razzouk, chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center. “The VAD team at Loma Linda University Medical Center is excited to provide this advanced technology to our patients with heart failure.”

At present, the only approved such device is HeartMate II, and Loma Linda University Medical Center is among the few institutions in Southern California to offer the implant procedure. Loma Linda University Medical Center has been implanting heart assist devices since 1994. This certification from the Joint Commission means the hospital’s program has been evaluated and found to meet national standards for implanting in an expanded population for destination therapy. The certification also paves the way for payment by Medicare for patients receiving the HeartMate II for destination therapy.

NewMark Merrill Announces New University Village Leases

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Riverside -- NewMark Merrill Companies continues to attract new tenants to University Village, located just off the 215 freeway. NewMark Merrill companies has already leased over 27,000 square feet of retail space this year at the Riverside shopping center. University of Riverside (UCR) added 21,672 square feet to expand its educational services. Darren Bovard, NewMark Merrill Companies Director of Leasing, represented the landlord. Cali Basil & Oven signed a 7-year lease for the 2,589 square foot space located near 7- Eleven. Mark Gallucci, NewMark Merrill Companies Senior Leasing Associate, represented the landlord. Cali Basil & Oven specializes in Vietnamese cuisine.

Fire and Ice Land signed a 5 year lease for the 1,795 square feet location at the pad building on the west side of the center near T-Mobile. Mark Gallucci with NewMark Merrill Companies represented the landlord. Fire and Ice Land specializes in Asian American style cuisine. Haagen Dazs signed a 5-year lease for the 1,100 square foot space located near Quiznos. Mark Gallucci, NewMark Merrill Companies Senior Leasing Associate, represented the landlord. Haagen Dazs specializes in ice cream.

University Village Shopping Center is a 178,020 square foot outdoor community center. Other tenants include Regency Theatres, Starbucks, Fatburger, Rubio’s, Quizno’s, Service Plus Credit Union and Juice It Up.

University Village is part of a portfolio of over 67 shopping centers that the company owns or manages. NewMark Merrill Companies has the unique ability to draw from over 25 years of experience to provide a higher level of property management, development and asset management services for its clients. NewMark Merrill Companies has ranked among the top 20 Largest Property Management Firms and Top 10 Largest Commercial Real Estate Developers from 2007-2011 by the LA Business Journal. In addition to Woodland Hills, regional offices are located in Orange County, Ventura County, San Francisco, San Diego County, Colorado and Illinois. The company currently owns and/or operates over 60 shopping centers in three different states representing over 8 million square feet and over $1 billion in value. The Company owns LandMark Retail Group, a preferred developer for CVS Pharmacy which is developing new stores throughout California.

For more information about NewMark Merrill Companies, contact Marketing Coordinator, Danielle Bovard at 818-710-6100 or dlbovard@newmarkmerrill.com or visit www.newmarkmerrill.com.

Statement from Speaker John A. Pérez on Announcement of VA Grants to Aid Homeless and At-Risk Veterans and Their Families

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SACRAMENTO - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement on the announcement by U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki of $100 million in federal grants to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families:

"Today's announcement by Secretary Shinseki of federal grants for services to at-risk veterans and their families is welcome news for veterans across California. Our state's share of these funds will be over 14 million dollars, which will help make a genuine difference in the lives of veterans who are at-risk, homeless or transitioning to permanent housing. Aiding our veterans is a job for everyone, and I am pleased at this latest addition to the efforts being made here in California and throughout the country to do just that."

According to the Veterans Administration, the grants will go to 151 community agencies in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico that provide services to very low-income veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing. California agencies will receive approximately $14.2 million.

Speaker Pérez is currently leading a bipartisan Assembly delegation to Washington, D.C., which included a meeting this afternoon with the VA on ways to increase support for veterans.

Over the past two years, Speaker Pérez and the Assembly have directed $2 million in savings from the Assembly operating budget to fund programs for veterans, ranging from job training to mental health counseling to employment assistance.

Community Enjoys A Fun-Filled Day At Riverside Community Hospital During Hospital’s 2nd Annual Family Health Fair

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Riverside, CA - Riverside Community Hospital hosted its 2nd Annual “Family Health and Fitness Fair and Motorcycle Rally” on Saturday, June 9 with over 3,000 in attendance from the community. Families from all over the Inland Empire spent the day at the Hospital while enjoying fun-filled activities, raffle prizes, giveaways, and live music performances by the TMK All Star Band and special guest Bryan Duncan, a Dove and Grammy Award winning soloist, who was also the Master of Ceremonies for the day. The purpose of the Health Fair was to raise heart disease awareness and to promote heart-healthy lifestyles. It was also an opportunity for Riverside Community Hospital to provide materials and health education to the community on the importance of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

The Health Fair took place from 9:00am-2:00pm in the parking lots behind the Hospital along Brockton and 14th Street. It was hosted by Riverside Community Hospital and co-sponsored by Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation. Karla Adams Fitness, a fitness gym located on Magnolia near Central Ave, joined efforts with the Hospital to sponsor a kid’s health and fitness zone which included mini kid’s runs, an air weight lift contest, dance performances, water balloon toss and more. Through these activities, the hospital in joint efforts with Karla Adams and Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation along with other community partners, focused on addressing issues of such as childhood diabetes and obesity. While having fun, kids were encouraged to eat healthier, and spend less time sitting around and more time outside engaging in outdoor activities such as running, dancing and exercising.

Special guest appearances were made by NFL Players Kermit Alexander from the Philadelphia Eagles, and Ricky Ellis and Efren Herrera from the Seattle Seahawks who participated in the kid’s fitness activities while encouraging kids to exercise on a daily basis. At noon, crowds of people gathered around the Edible Fruit Arrangement booth to watch the NFL players who were joined by Karla Adams and Mayor Ron Loveridge, who stopped by to greet the community, compete in a friendly fruit eating contest.

Nearly 60 vendors supported the event and provided health education and tools to families at the Health Fair. Clarks Nutrition, one of the event sponsors, gave out healthy snack samples to parents and their kids. During the event, families were able to meet physicians at ‘Ask the Doc’ booths and had the opportunity to get to know Riverside Community Hospital’s HeartCare Institute team. Dr. Patankar, a Cardiologist at the Hospital and Dr. Carl Knopke, a Family Medicine physician who specializes in weight loss, spoke to the crowd about heart disease and steps towards healthy living. The Hospital along with other sponsors such as PrimeCare and Riverside Medical Clinic, offered many free health screenings to the community, including cardiac, Echos, bone density, blood pressure, BMI, body fat, strength grip tests and glucose testing. The City of Riverside, who was also one of the sponsors, had a booth to promote the city’s Fit, Fresh and Fun initiative in which the hospital is a part of.

The Health Fair included a Motorcycle Rally and Poker Run that began early in the morning at Skip Fordyce Harley Davidson. The riders returned to the event after completing their ride to take advantage of the free screenings and education. Peter McBride, Director of the Heart Care Institute, announced the high-hand winner of the ride, who was awarded an $800 trip to San Francisco, including free airfare. A free motorcycle training course was donated by Skip Ford Harley Davidson for the mid-hand winner, and Sunday Brunch for two was donated by the Mission Inn to the low hand-winner. The ride was part of the Hospital’s fundraising efforts for the American Heart Association’s 2012 Inland Empire Heart Walk. Motorcyclists came together from as far as San Diego to ride in support of the Hospital for heart health. The Health Fair was a huge success and provided invaluable health education to over 3,000 people in the Inland Empire Community.

Omnitrans Carries Over 16 Million College Students Fuel Increase

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SAN BERNARDINO - Omnitrans added a million riders in 2011-12 compared to the prior year, surpassing the 16 million mark for the first time since 2004. On an average weekday, the transit agency’s buses carried over 52,000 passengers, a 7.7% increase from fiscal year 2011. “Transit ridership is growing across the country,” said CEO/General Manager Milo Victoria, “but Omnitrans is ahead of the trend. Nationally, ridership was up about 5% for the first quarter of calendar year 2012, while Omnitrans grew 8%.”

A key growth factor is the “Go Smart” college program that provides unlimited bus rides to students at participating colleges. A one-year pilot program generated over 1.4 million trips from students at California State University San Bernardino, Chaffey College, Crafton Hills College and Valley College. Over 25 percent of enrolled students hopped on board. 15 local cities, the County, partner colleges, and Omnitrans funded the pilot program. This spring students at Chaffey, Crafton Hills and Valley Colleges approved student fees to continue the program for five years. CSUSB is hoping to fund another year of the pilot program. The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire joined the program in May.

The growth comes at a time when the transit agency has implemented only modest enhancements after service cuts were implemented in 2010 due to budget shortfalls. While ridership increased 7.4% on average among all routes and services, some led the way. OmniGo community shuttle routes continue to capture new riders, achieving a 34% upsurge year over year. Introduced in September 2010, OmniGo serves the cities of Chino Hills, Grand Terrace and Yucaipa using smaller 16-passenger vehicles more suited to these residential areas than traditional transit buses. Express Route 215, which travels the 215 freeway corridor to connect San Bernardino and Riverside posted a 17% gain. “This bodes well for our sbX bus rapid transit line under construction,” said Director of Marketing Wendy Williams. “Commuters are looking for low cost alternatives that are time competitive with driving.”

While high gas prices are likely contributors to rising transit ridership, national studies also show that younger Americans are driving less. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group found that between 2001 and 2009 the average annual vehicle miles traveled by Americans ages 16 to 34 fell by close to a quarter, from 10,300 to 7,900 per capita. At the same time, the amount of bicycling, walking, and public transit ridership increased.

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