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What's Happening at SJCH - November 2010

News Bariatric Solutions Hosts Celebration for Weight-Loss Patients
From 6-9 p.m. on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 6, Bariatric Solutions – San Joaquin Community Hospital’s (SJCH) weight-loss center – is proud to present “Get Your Game On,” the 6th Annual Bariatric Solutions’ Celebration. Hosted at Top Prospect Baseball Academy in Northwest Bakersfield (12539 Jomani St.), the event serves as recognition for those who have overcome weight loss through either Bariatrics’ surgical or non-surgical weight-loss programs. There will also be an inspiring keynote speaker – Emmy-Award winner Jackie Guerra as well as a “before & after” runway show, featuring a few of Bariatrics’ most successful patients. The goal is to offer those in attendance the motivation to make healthy changes in their own lives.

SJCH Presents the First-Ever Faith and Healing Symposium
From 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14, SJCH is proud to present the first-ever Faith and Healing Symposium, a one-day conference designed to help healthcare workers and caregivers discover the link between spirituality and healing. The symposium, hosted at the Four Points by Sheraton (5101 California Ave.), is highlighted by keynote presenter Dr. Harold Koenig, director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University; and author of multiple books, including Spirituality in Patient Care. Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Education Units (6.25 units) are available to physicians and nurses. The event, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch, costs $35. To RSVP for the event before Nov. 10, go to

Stroke Center Receives Gold Plus Award for Quality Care
San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes SJCH’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

Interested in Promoting National Diabetes Month?
November is American Diabetes Month, a time to bring even greater awareness and attention to the seriousness of diabetes, its deadly complications, and the importance of proper diabetes control. Throughout the month, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) conducts activities and encourages others across the country to get involved in efforts to raise awareness about diabetes and its serious complications. As the only hospital in Kern County with an ADA Nationally Certified Center for Diabetes Education, The Wellness Center at SJCH is committed to providing innovative diabetes education and counseling to the community during this special month.

Grossman Burn Center Hosts 2nd Survivors Christmas Party
Yes, it’s nearly that time of year again! After a resounding success in its first year, SJCH’s Grossman Burn Center and the Bakersfield Firefighters Burn Foundation will again host a Christmas party for local burn survivors. The fun happens on Sunday, Dec. 5 at Bakersfield Fire Station 14 (5815 Mountain Vista Dr.) from 4-6 p.m