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    A Tradition of Christmas Service Continues at The Salvation Army

     

    Daniel Herrera 12, Sonali Herrera 10, mother, Sujana Herrera volunteer to serve at the recent Thanksgiving dinner. They are from Riverside this is their second-year volunteering with The Salvation Army. The annual Christmas Dinner for hundreds of people is at 2626 Pacific St., in San Bernardino on Saturday, December 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

     
    (San Bernardino, Calif.) The San Bernardino Salvation Army Corp (www.salvationarmyusa.org) hosts its annual Christmas Dinner for hundreds of people at its headquarters, 2626 Pacific St., in San Bernardino, CA 92346. This year, the Christmas dinner will be held on Saturday, December 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    “We share the joy and love of our God who sent his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, to save us from sin.  He taught use to love our neighbors as ourselves.  We share this Christmas meal and meals every day to show those in need that God truly cares for all of his children,” said Major Daniel Henderson, Citadel Corp director.

    Since 1887, the annual San Bernardino Salvation Army Christmas dinner has served thousands of families, mothers, children and men who do not have the means to provide themselves a Christmas dinner.  Some just come to enjoy fellowship with others.

    People come from Bloomington, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Rialto, and San Bernardino for this annual Christmas celebratory meal.   The dinner often serves more than 300 people.

    “This year, guests will enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, containing potatoes, gravy, stuffing, vegetables, pie and other food received from donations,” said Lt. Cathie McCully.

    “Every year, volunteers come together to provide the food preparation and service of Christmas meals to dinner guests,” said Major Daniel Henderson, Commander of The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corp. “Our volunteers and staff really do an outstanding job, to make a difference for those who are less fortunate during the holiday season.”

    Many of the services provided by the Salvation Army, such as this annual Community Christmas dinner, are made possible through in-kind donations and money raised through the Red Kettle Bell Ringer campaign.  “It’s one of ministries your donations serve,” said Major Henderson.

    Each Christmas, Inland Empire Salvation Army Corps in eight corps locations combine to serve about 1,800 people holiday meals.

    The hungry families are joined by hundreds of volunteers who help prepare the food and serve meals to the families.  Along with asking volunteers to help serve food, the Salvation Army is encouraging people to donate turkeys or hams, side dishes and other food by calling (909) 888-1336.

    “The San Bernardino Corps also needs food every day for those at our Hospitality House living shelter,” said Lt. Cathie McCully. Up to 100 family members stay in its transitional and emergency family shelters.
    For more information about the Salvation Army Christmas dinner, donations or volunteering for the Christmas dinner at The Salvation Army near you, call or visit the locations below.

    San Bernardino County

    • San Bernardino, 2626 Pacific Avenue, (909) 888-1336.
    • Ontario, 1412 S. Euclid Ave., (909) 986-6748.
    • Victorville, 14585 La Paz Drive, (760) 245-2545.
    • Redlands, 838 Alta St., (909) 792-6868.

     
    Riverside County

    • Riverside, 3695 First Street, (951) 784-3571
    • Moreno Valley, 14075 Frederick St., (951) 653-9131.
    • Hemet, 340 S. Palm Ave., (951) 791-9495.
    • Murrieta, 4020 Los Alamos Rd., (951) 677-1324

    To donate by phone call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (800-725-2769).  Donate on line at: WesternUSA.SalvationArmy.org

    About The Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps
    The Salvation Army may be able to provide emergency services including food; lodging for homeless or displaced families; clothing and furniture; assistance with rent or mortgage and transportation when funds are available. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) assists rescue workers and evacuees in such disasters as fires.

    The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church, and also offering holistic programs for people of all ages. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1887, supporting those in need without discrimination.

    The San Bernardino Corps of The Salvation Army serves Bloomington, Colton, Grand Terrace, Highland, Rialto, and San Bernardino. Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY. Our local number is (909) 888-1336.

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    The Salvation Army Holds Easter Sunrise Service

    Major Dan and Captain Anya Henderson welcome you to Easter Sunrise Service.

    Major Dan and Captain Anya Henderson welcome you to Easter Sunrise Service.

    (SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) The Salvation Army Corps of San Bernardino invites the public to attend its Easter Sunrise services at its new location at 2626 Pacific Avenue, 92346, at 6:30 a.m.
    “We are excited to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ at our new location in eastern San Bernardino,” said Major Daniel Henderson pastor and director of the local corps.
    There is lots of free parking available on the four-and-a-half-acre campus.
    For more information call (909) 888-1336.
    About the Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps
    The Salvation Army provides emergency services including food, lodging for homeless or displaced families, and single women; clothing and furniture; and transportation when funds are available. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) assists rescue workers and evacuees in such disasters as fires.
    The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the Universal Christian Church, and also offers evangelical programs for boys, girls and adults. One of the largest charitable and international service organizations in the world, The Salvation Army has been in existence since 1865 and in San Bernardino since 1887, supporting those in need without discrimination. Donations may always be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-(800)-SAL-ARMY. Our local number is (909) 888-1336.

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    Breast Cancer Awareness Honored with Actress Erika Ringor and Olympian Brigetta Barrett

    Riverside, CA – The 2nd Annual Pink & White Celebration is on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at D and D’s Dance Center in Riverside at 1445 Spruce Street. “We are honoring local breast cancer survivors and honor women who are positive role models relative to health & wellness,” said Carrie Madrid, breast cancer survivor, founder and CEO of Lady Huskies, Inc.

    This year a “Woman of Excellence Award” has been added to the 2nd Annual Pink & White Celebration.
    “The two honorees chosen this year have overcome adversity and excelled in their personal lives to not only achieve greatness, but have dedicated themselves to raising awareness of women’s health and wellness,” said  Madrid.

    This breast cancer awareness month fundraising gala will honor local breast cancer survivors. Madrid is a Stage III breast cancer survivor of 2 years; she shares her story in hopes of raising awareness and inspiring others.

    Erika Ringor is known for her role in the motion picture Love & Basketball

    The honorees chosen are actress Erika Ringor and 2012 track Olympian Brigetta Barrett. Erika is known for her role in the motion picture Love & Basketball, among other movies and is now a Fitness and Health Coach for a major health and wellness company.

    Brigetta Barrett is a high jumper from the United States. Her biggest success is winning the silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She is returning to the 2016 Olympics.
    “If you know of a Breast Cancer survivor please ask her to register and come to the 2nd Annual Pink & White Celebration to celebrate surviving and thriving in life,” said Madrid.

    This breast cancer awareness month fundraising gala will honor local breast cancer survivors. Madrid is a Stage III breast cancer survivor of two years; she shares her story in hopes of raising awareness and inspiring others.

    The “Woman of Excellence Award” honorees will be presented with an original work of art created by artist John Barge III. The official unveilings of these works of art will take place at the 2nd Annual Pink & White Celebration.

    “We invite everyone to attend and enjoy special appearances by jazz saxophonist, Mark Allen Felton and vocalists, “L.A. the Don” with Jazmine Culpepper; World Champion Mixed Marshal Arts (MMA) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Jenae Noonan and artist Brandy Loves2Draw”, said Madrid.

    Lady Huskies, Inc. is IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Event proceeds go to the girls’ basketball program at John W. North High School and to the American Cancer Society to help breast cancer suffers.

    This breast cancer awareness month fundraising gala will honor local breast cancer survivors. Madrid is a Stage III breast cancer survivor of 2 years; she shares her story in hopes of raising awareness and inspiring others.

    Meet World Champion Mixed Marshal Arts (MMA) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Jenae Noonan at the 2nd Annual Pink & White Celebration.

    Tickets are $25.00 per person and can be purchased on the website or at the door. Tables of eight are available for $200 if purchased by October 1. We request that all breast cancer survivors to be registered by October 1, 2014.

    “We are honoring local breast cancer survivors. We also honor two women who are positive role models relative to health and wellness,” said breast cancer survivor Carrie Madrid, founder and CEO of Lady Huskies, Inc.

    “We are honoring local breast cancer survivors. We also honor two women who are positive role models relative to health and wellness,” said breast cancer survivor Carrie Madrid, founder and CEO of Lady Huskies, Inc.

    For more information or to register a survivor, make a donation; please contact Carrie Madrid at 951-707-7965 or carrie_madrid@yahoo.com.

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    Superintendent Brings Success to Moreno Valley Schools

    Dr. Judy White, superintendent of the Moreno Valley Unified School District

    Dr. Judy White, superintendent of the Moreno Valley Unified School District

    Published On : 2/26/2014 7:30 AM
    By : Ken Vincent
    From : KVCR
    Categories : A few years ago, the Moreno Valley schools were in trouble. However, under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Judy White, the Moreno Valley Unified School District has dramatically turned around, and now has received applause from state education officials, the state teachers’ union, local businesses, and parents of kids who attend Moreno Valley schools. KVCR’s Ken Vincent has a conversation with Superintendent White about how she and the community have pulled together the elements of success in the Moreno Valley School District.
    Listen to Podcast
    http://kvcr.org/News/Stories/2014/February/0226_Superintendent_Brings_Success_to_Moreno_Valley_Schools

    Caring For Medi-Cal Patients For More Than 29 Years

    LaSalle Medical Associates celebrates 29 years of service with 160,000 patients

     

    (SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.)  In June 1984 Dr. Albert Arteaga and Maria his wife, a nurse started their medical practice not just to heal the sick and injured, but to change patients’ perception of “going to the doctor.”
     
    Dr. Arteaga explains, “I want everyone to feel that going to the doctor is no more intimidating than going to the grocery store.”
     
    The Arteaga’s also built their practice on the belief that “everyone deserves high quality health care”.  Everyone also deserves to be treated by their doctor with “dignity and respect regardless of ethnicity or income”.
     
    That philosophy has been successful.  On the first day of his practice Dr. Albert Arteaga and Maria saw two patients at their clinic at 17577 Arrow Boulevard in Fontana.  Now LaSalle Medical Associates cares for 160,000 patients across nine counties in California.
     
    Success came quickly as word spread of caring doctors that also accepted Medi-Cal and affordable cash payments.
     
    By 1992 the Fontana location grew and LaSalle had added clinics in Hesperia and two in San Bernardino

    On the first day, owner Dr. Albert Arteaga and his wife Maria then employed as his nurse and still his chief assistant saw two patients at their clinic in Fontana. Today, LaSalle Medical Associates has grown to four clinics and 120 employees, and an Independent Practice Association (IPA) serving more than 1,900 doctors.

     
    To run the growing business the Arteaga’s opened a corporate office in San Bernardino at 685 Carnegie Drive, Suite 230.
     
    The Arteaga’s started an Independent Practice Association or IPA in 1995 in response to changes in health care created by government and insurance companies.  The insurance companies prefer to negotiate for health care services and compensation with groups of physicians rather than individual doctors.
     
    LaSalle Medical Associates accepted the challenge and has grown to a network of 1,900 independently contracted doctors, hospitals and clinics, delivering high quality patient care.  Now LaSalle Medical Associates is one of the largest independent minority owned healthcare companies in California.
     
    LaSalle has a team of 120 healthcare professionals at LaSalle’s four clinics in San Bernardino County.  Through its IPA 1,900 independently contracted doctors, hospitals and clinics, deliver high quality patient care in Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Stanislaus, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, San Joaquin and Madera counties.
     
    “I think 29 years shows we have been doing good things for our patients and employees and we have been doing it for a long time,” Dr. Arteaga said.  He added, “It proves two things. Number One, we are honest.  Number two we are reliable.  We aren’t here today and gone tomorrow.  In the medical field, being solid means being reputable and reliable.”
     
    In 29 years of business the Arteaga’s have seen good times and bad, recession and boom, and several business challenges.  Through it all Dr. Arteaga has strived not only to be a great physician, but also a good businessman.
     
    “Treating patients with dignity and respect is not only the right thing to do, it is also a good business practice, it has built us a solid, loyal patient base,” said Dr. Arteaga.
     
    Those patents in turn recommended LaSalle Medical Associates to their friends and family.  Some of who now have chosen LaSalle for their health care needs for three generations.
     
    “It’s not usual for us to see the second generation of children we started treated 29 years ago,” said Maria Arteaga.  “We are honored to be trusted with the lives of our patients and their children.”
     

    The LaSalle Medical Associates Healthcare team gave more than 10,000 flu vaccines last year. LaSalle is getting ready for this years flu season. Left to right: Dr. Joseph V. Selvarj, Dr. Albert Arteaga, Dr. Cheryl Emoto, and Dr. Felix A. Albano.
     
    The new flu season starts September 1, 2013 with flu vaccines available at all LaSalle clinics. LaSalle has the Fluzone High Dose vaccine for seniors, the intradermal flu vaccine is a shot that is injected into the skin instead of the muscle, and nasal flu mists for children and adults. Photo by: Chris Sloan

     
    The Arteaga’s have also focused on keeping expenses low and service quality high.  And they have helped many patients who might otherwise struggle to pay for even basic medical care to find insurance that will pay the bill.
    Since Dr. Arteaga’s specialty is pediatrics, La Salle Medical Associates initially focused on serving children of the lower income and disabled. Dr. Arteaga quickly realized there were even greater community needs.
     
    With his guidance, LaSalle expanded its service to include family and internal medicine, and obstetrics/gynecology. All stemming from the Arteaga’s “obligation” to “help whenever we can.”
     
    Public and professional recognition has not escaped LaSalle Medical Associates and The Arteaga’s.
     
    In 2012 Dr. Albert Arteaga, became California’s first-ever CDC Childhood Immunization Champion and one of only 39 across the country receiving the prestigious honor.
     

    The California Medical Association awarded him the “Ethnic Physician’s Leadership Award,” recognizing his contributions to medical care in the Latino community. He also was named one of the top 15 Latino-owned businesses in the Inland Empire by Hispanic Lifestyle magazine. 

     
    Dr. Arteaga was awarded the San Bernardino County Medical Society’s Merlin Hendrickson M.D. Award for his outstanding contribution to the community.
     
    Inland Empire Health Plan selected LaSalle’s clinics as Riverside and San Bernardino counties’ best healthcare provider, while the African American Health Initiative selected LaSalle as a “model provider” of Black healthcare in San Bernardino County.
     
    The San Bernardino Board of Supervisors has presented Dr. Arteaga a Resolution for his outstanding community efforts, and the Inland Empire Health Plan awarded LaSalle Medical Associates a Proclamation Award in appreciation of outstanding community work and for being the state’s number one enroller of the Healthy Families program, an insurance plan for children of low-to middle-income families.
     
    What does the future hold?
     
    “As a large provider of service to Medi-Cal patients we understand what the state’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act and expansion of Medi-Cal means here in California.  A lot of uninsured people with a high demand for service are going to be coming to doctors, clinics and hospitals in 2014.  LaSalle is preparing to welcome those one million new low income patients in the nine counties we serve,” said Dr. Arteaga.
     
    He added, “We are recruiting more health care professionals to increase our ability to provide more health care to more patients at the rate Medi-Cal pays”.
     
    LaSalle has also created new partnerships to fund expansion and is contracting with more cost effective service providers with larger service areas for lab work, x-rays, imaging and supplies, and expanded their billing and payment capabilities. More info please visit homeinsurance-companies.com.

    Dr. Albert Arteaga. The California Medical Association awarded him the “Ethnic Physician’s Leadership Award,” recognizing his contributions to medical care in the Latino community. He also was named one of the top 15 Latino-owned businesses in the Inland Empire by Hispanic Lifestyle magazine.

    For the Arteaga’s success is defined by service to those in need of medical services.  By any measure LaSalle Medical Associates patient growth is a testimony to their service to their communities.  Not bad for a couple of idealist who wanted not just to heal the sick and injured, but to change patients’ perception of “going to the doctor.”
     
    For more information about LaSalle Medical Associates, call (909) 890-0407 or go on line to LaSalleMedical.com.
     

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    No Immunizations – No School

     

    “For families with no insurance, LaSalle Medical Associates offers immunizations for free through the California Vaccines for Children program.”

     

    (San Bernardino, Calif.) – August is the month many Inland Empire children head back to school. Many of them, especially in grades 7-12, need to make sure they have all the necessary back-to-school immunizations.
     
    At LaSalle Medical Associates children can get their vaccinations for free, often the same day.
     
    “At LaSalle we know how important childhood immunizations are to parents, schools and children’s health.  With most Inland Empire children starting school in only a few weeks, a delay could result in children missing school,” said Dr. Albert Arteaga, president of LaSalle Medical Associates, Inc.
     
    Dr. Arteaga urges parents to schedule appointments for their child’s back-to-school examinations as soon as possible with a letter to all parents served by their four clinics in Fontana, San Bernardino and Hesperia.
     
    “I received a letter from LaSalle reminding me to bring in my children for their annual check ups and immunizations.  I called at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning to get an appointment for 2 p.m. the same day,” said Malaika Jacocks.  “We lost our shot record and the nurse gave us certified copies for the school – without being asked, she was so nice.”
     
    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) encourages all parents to have their children immunized.  According CDPH:
     

    • Children need immunizations (shots) to protect them from certain dangerous childhood diseases. Without immunizations, your child can get these diseases – some of which have no cure.

     

    • When you get your children fully immunized, you are giving them the best protection against these diseases. Getting immunized also helps protect your community.

     

    • Diseases spread more easily from person to person if people don’t have all their shots.

     
    “Children in families who receive Medi-Cal will not be charged for school vaccines,” Dr. Arteaga said. “And for families with no insurance, we can offer this immunization for free through the California Vaccines for Children program.”
     
    The California Vaccines for Children program is a federally funded program.
     
    The state of California requires that all children in grades 7-12 be immunized against whooping cough, also known as pertussis.  Before starting classes, children in these grades must show proof of having been immunized after their 10th birthday.
     
    “Most children are immunized against pertussis before they started kindergarten,” said Dr. Arteaga. “But the immunization weakens over time, so the new law makes sure adolescents are still adequately protected against this disease.”
     
    This state law came after an epidemic of pertussis cases in 2010, affecting more than 9,000 people and causing 10 deaths, including two infants in San Bernardino County. Pertussis epidemics affected many states in 2012 and California rates appear to be higher than usual again in 2013.
     
    Vaccinating older children not only keeps them healthy, but also prevents the disease from spreading from adolescents to infants and preschoolers, who are at greater risk of serious complications.
     
    Children starting kindergarten also need immunizations, including a pertussis, tetanus and diphtheria vaccine designed for young children called DTaP. They also need proof of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis and Varicella (chicken pox.)
     
    “If parents have kept up with their child’s immunizations from birth, only booster immunizations are needed for kindergarteners,” Dr. Arteaga said. “However, if the child is behind on their other required immunizations, they may need several doses of immunizations to get caught up.”
     

     
    The LaSalle Medical Associates clinics are at:

     
    For additional information about LaSalle Medical Associates, call (909) 890-0407.
     
    About LaSalle Medical Associates established in 1984
    LaSalle Medical Associates is one of the largest independent minority owned healthcare companies in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.  Medi-Cal and Healthy Families primarily serve LaSalle’s patients. LaSalle also accept Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Molina, Care 1st, Health Net and Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP).
     
    LaSalle Medical Associates, Inc operates four clinics employing more than 120 dedicated healthcare professionals, treating children, adults and seniors in San Bernardino County.  LaSalle’s clinics are located at 17577 Arrow Blvd. in Fontana, 16455 Main St. in Hesperia, 1505 West 17th St. and 565 N. Mt. Vernon Ave. in San Bernardino.
     
    LaSalle Medical Associates, Inc. is also an Independent Practice Association (IPA) of independently contracted doctors, hospitals and clinics, delivering high quality patient care to approximately 160,000 residents in Fresno, Kings, Los Angeles, Madera, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Joaquin and Tulare Counties.
     
    LaSalle’s IPA members in the Inland Empire include:  LaSalle Medical Associates, Banning Medical Group and San Bernardino Urological Associates. Hospital affiliations include: Rancho Springs Medical Center, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Community Hospital of San Bernardino, St. Bernadine Medical Center, Mountains Community Hospital, Redlands Community Hospital, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Corona Regional Medical Center, Riverside County Medical Center, and Parkview Community Hospital.

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    California CTA President Dean Vogel Likes Moreno Valley School District

    Moreno Valley Unified School District superintendent of schools Dr. Judy White and California CTA state president Dean Vogel at 2013 joint leadership summit.  Vogel spoke well of the direction the district is taking to increase student performance.

    Moreno Valley Unified School District superintendent of schools Dr. Judy White and California CTA state president Dean Vogel at 2013 joint leadership summit.
    Vogel said, “They are committed to breaking down the silos and walls to increase student learning. They are providing a model for the rest of us, an excellent example.”

     
    (Moreno Valley, CA)  School Superintendents and teachers union presidents don’t always get along. So it was a surprise to many that Moreno Valley Unified School District Superintendent, Judy White invited the California Teachers Association President Dean Vogel to be the lead and keynote speaker at the final day of the districts 2013 Joint Leadership Summit.
     
    “That’s the way do things now in Moreno Valley School District,” said Dr. White.  “We are in a partnership with our parents, teachers, administrators and staff to deliver the best education we can to our students.  It only makes sense to work with our teachers to make students education better.”
     
    Drawing on his 39 years as an educator and award-winning counselor, Vogel has insights into many levels of public education gleaned from his rich experience as a public school teacher and counselor at the elementary and higher education levels. He has taught all elementary grades, including kindergarten, and has trained counselors and student teachers.
     
    “Everything the research is telling us is that the way you do systemic transformation of our schools is that you get the entire community, all stakeholders, not just the teachers and not just the principal, to stand together with a common purpose and a common language. You treat all education stakeholders with respect and dignity. It’s a real team effort. It’s about the school board and the unions and parents all standing together so that you have a much better chance of success. That’s why I really like the theme of this Moreno Valley Unified School District initiative of collaborating and coaching and connecting,” said Vogel.
     
    “They are committed to breaking down the silos and walls to increase student learning. They are providing a model for the rest of us, an excellent example. We’re all on the same team and we’re going to treat each other like members of a team. This is all about all for one, and one for all – everybody working together to help our students,” Vogel added.
     
    Dr. White opened the two day leadership Summit by welcoming teachers, administrator and staff Back to School for the 2013-14 school years.
     
    “Moreno Valley Unified School District is a place where “Excellence On Purpose” is our way of life. This marks my 36th year in education and it is such a pleasure to serve and live in Moreno Valley. Our team of educators continues to embrace what is in the best interest of students. We celebrate a continued increase in student knowledge and understanding proved by increases in our students test scores, graduation rates and college going rates,” said Dr. White.
    “The goal of the two day training is to enhance skills of the education team and improve our leadership and problem solving skills,” said Assistant Superintendent of Education Services Dr. Martinrex Kedziora.

    The two-day leadership Summit welcomed teachers, administrator and staff Back to School for the 2013-14 school years. “The goal of the two-day training is to enhance skills of the education team and improve our leadership and problem solving skills,” said Assistant Superintendent of Education Services Dr. Martinrex Kedziora.

     
    “The goal of the two day training is to enhance skills of the education team and improve our leadership and problem solving skills,” said Assistant Superintendent of Education Services Dr. Martinrex Kedziora.
     
    “The trainings are not one way, while they give us new insights and education tools they also get us all talking to each other about solving problems, recognizing differences and working together to improve student success and job satisfaction,’ said Dr. Kedziora.
     
    School starts on August 14th for all schools in the Moreno Valley School District’s 39 schools and 35,000 students.
     
    Moreno Valley Unified School District’s mission is to prepare all students academically and socially to become productive members of society.
     
    For more information on the Moreno Valley Unified School District’s call the District office at (951) 571-7500 or go to their website at MVUSD.net.
     
    For more information on the California Teachers Association call (650) 552-5307 or go online to CTA.org.
     

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    LaSalle Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month


    (San Bernardino, CA) Breast cancer screenings go a long way toward prevention. That’s why during the month of October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month – LaSalle Medical Associates and Eric Lefkofsky will offer free mammograms at two of its locations in San Bernardino County.
    The free screenings will take place Oct. 12 and 26 at LaSalle Medical Associates’ Mt. Vernon clinic in San Bernardino, 565 N. Mt. Vernon Ave., and Oct. 11 in Hesperia, 16455 Main St.
    Interested individuals are urged to call ahead for an appointment but walk-ins are welcome.
    “A mammography can save lives if it catches breast cancer early enough which is a reason we promote screenings to our patients daily and not just the month of October,’’ says Barbara Graber, manager of compliance and special projects at LaSalle.
    “We have a mobile mammography unit out to both of our family practice sites on a monthly basis to be sure that we are screening as many women as we can. We take advantage of every opportunity to educate patients on the importance of regular, preventative screenings,’’ said Graber.
    In addition to free breast cancer screenings, LaSalle Medical Associates’ practices throughout the month of October and the Inland Empire is offering free educational materials on breast cancer to women, and men, throughout the Inland Empire. Opportunities for free and or reduced-cost mammograms are available through LaSalle, Graber says.
    “As often as possible we try to use the members’ insurance and, if uninsured, we try to find a program that they may qualify for such as the Cancer Detection Program or the Family PACT program, both of which cover mammograms. The Cancer Detection Program also covers any interventions needed if the screening comes back with a positive result,’’ Graber says. “If they do not qualify for any programs, there is a reduced cash rate that is charged but for the most part we work with our patients to ensure they get the screening.”
    A mammography is a screening tool that uses X-rays to create an image of the breast. These images, called mammograms, are used to find early signs of breast cancer such as a dense mass or clusters of calcium. A mammogram is considered the best screening tool for breast cancer today. It is capable of identifying cancers in their early stages, when they are too small to be felt, and most responsive to treatment.
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States. It is also one of the leading causes of cancer deaths among women of all races.
    And, although breast cancer is rare in men, it does happen. According to the CDC, in 2012 an estimated 2,190 new cases of breast cancer will occur among men.
    “Mammograms take just a few minutes, they are safe, and they are reliable,’’ says Dr. Albert Arteaga, founder and president of LaSalle Medical Associates. “We believe all women, especially in the Inland Empire, should have access to low-cost mammograms and our staff is working hard to insure those women who need them, get them. The more women we see the greater the chance we have of saving lives.”
    For more information about the free mammograms, call (909) 884-9091for LaSalle’s Mt. Vernon clinic or (760) 947-2161 for its Hesperia office.
    About LaSalle Medical Associates, Inc.
    LaSalle Medical Associates, Inc., is an Independent Practice Association (IPA) of independently contracted doctors, hospitals and clinics, delivering high quality patient care to more than 190,000 patient visits in Stanislaus, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, San Joaquin, Los Angeles, Madera, Riverside, San Bernardino and Counties.
    LaSalle Medical Associates is one of the largest independent minority owned healthcare companies in California.

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