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Extension of Influenza Season in San Bernardino County

PRESS RELEASE HEALTH ADVISORY - Public Health Contact: Erin Gustafson, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Health Officer | (909) 387-6218 Due to elevated and widespread influenza activity within San Bernardino County and surrounding areas, Dr. Erin Gustafson, Acting Health Officer, has ordered an extension of the influenza season period to the newly defined date of April 30, 2020.  Influenza activity is widespread throughout California and statewide outpatient influenza-like illness (ILI) hospitalizations remain above the expected levels. Influenza A 2009 H1N1 Pandemic (H1N1 pdm09) viruses are predominating in California, but influenza B (Victoria) viruses are still circulating. Under ...

Call for Physician Volunteers

COVID-19 is putting a tremendous strain on physicians, especially those on the front lines, and the state is in the middle of experiencing an unprecedented surge in patient care needs. We’ve been contacted by Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) in Colton who is proactively developing a list of physicians who are willing to obtain emergency privileges though their hospital to assist for the anticipated surge in coronavirus cases. San Bernardino County Medical Society (SBCMS) is calling upon physicians to volunteer their time and talent in service to impacted communities across our ...

Health Officer issues smoke advisory from Holy Fire

San Bernardino County Health Officer Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare advises county residents with sensitive health conditions who live near areas affected by the Holy Fire to stay alert to changing smoke levels and be prepared to act accordingly. The Holy Fire is burning to the east of Trabuco Canyon near the border of Orange County and Riverside County within the Cleveland National Forest. Although the fire is burning in surrounding counties, conditions may bring smoke into portions of San Bernardino County. Smoky conditions can be hazardous for young children, the elderly, individuals ...

First infant death from Pertussis (whooping cough) confirmed

News from the Department of Public Health San Bernardino County www.sbcounty.gov   For Immediate Release July 17, 2018   Contact: Lana Cao Public Health Information Officer San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Phone: 909.387.9147 Email: Lana.Cao@dph.sbcounty.gov First infant death from Pertussis (whooping cough) confirmed Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, has claimed the life of a San Bernardino County infant less than six months of age. This is the first confirmed death from the disease in California since 2016. “This infant’s death is a tragedy for the family and our community. My sincerest condolences are extended to the family at this difficult time,” ...

Rare Iron Lung Now on Display at Southern California Medical Museum

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            Contact: Alison Elsner, 909-273-6000 (W) June 18, 2018                                    760-413-5053 (C), aelsner@sbcms.org  (Inland Empire, CA.) – The Southern California Medical Museum is announcing the acquisition of a rare iron lung, now on display at the Museum, located in the Nursing Science Center on the campus of Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. This remarkable piece of medical equipment was acquired through the generosity of the Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in Downey, California. The cumbersome mechanical respirator reminds modern day Museum visitors about the ways ...

CA Physicians Overwhelmingly Oppose Radical Health Care Price Fixing Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 9, 2018 SOURCE: California Medical Association CONTACT: Charlie Lawlor, clawlor@cmanet.org CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS TODAY - CLICK HERE!  Sacramento, CALIF. – Today, Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) released new details on a radical new legislative proposal that would increase patient out-of-pocket costs and result in a dangerous government intrusion into the health care market by creating state-sanctioned rationing of health care for all Californians. Assembly Bill 3087 would establish an undemocratic, government-run commission with nine political appointees who would unilaterally set the price for all medical services that are not already ...

Public Health Officer urges county residents to get the flu shot

The Public Health Officer is strongly encouraging County residents to get the flu shot. Initial influenza reports have sharply increased nearly 300% in the last week, going from 38 reports to 150 reports.  Within the last two weeks, the County has also confirmed three (3) flu-related deaths. “These deaths are a reminder that the flu can be serious and sometimes deadly,” said Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, Health Officer. “Flu shots are the most effective protection from the flu, and it’s not too late to get one.”  In light of the recent sharp ...

Medical Society Installs New officers with Dr. Eric Hansen at the Helm

The San Bernardino County Medical Society (SBCMS) held its 125th Officers’ Installation and Recognition Dinner, welcoming Eric R. Hansen, M.D. as President for 2017-18, on Friday, June 23 at the Mission Inn in Riverside, California. Close to 200 guests gathered for a reception followed by sit-down dinner and program. A family practice physician in Hesperia, California, Dr. Hansen also serves as the Chair of the Solo and Small Group Practice Forum for the statewide California Medical Association (CMA), the umbrella organization for SBCMS. He and his practice were also awarded ...

Southern California Medical Museum: Celebrating modern medicine by exploring the history of healing

The Southern California Medical Museum (SCMM) houses a treasure trove of fascinating medical, dental and pharmacy artifacts, wartime surgery kits, impressive medical artwork and photographs, rare and antique bottles used to hold and dispense salves, pills, powders and elixirs, hard to believe quackery devices and numerous special exhibits. Click here to read more from Desert Mobile Home News - June 1, 2017.