Riverside’s Parkview Community Hospital Awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval

Parkview Community Hospital has been awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval — Center of Distinction for its palliative care program.

Palliative care is family-centered care that addresses the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients with serious illnesses. Parkview underwent a rigorous Joint Commission on-site review on August 14 to be named one of only 20 hospitals in the nation to have achieved this award.

“In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Parkview Community Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for patients with serious illness,” says Michele Sacco, M.S. executive director, Advanced Certification for Palliative Care.

Tarek Mahdi, M.D., medical director of Parkview’s Palliative Care program, along with a dedicated team, have worked together for five years to establish a program free to all hospital patients and their families needing help managing serious illnesses.

“Our Palliative Care program offers a coordinated service which optimizes the quality of life for patients with serious illness. We have the support of administration and a dedicated, caring team of nurses, social workers, case managers and a chaplain,” Mahdi said.

The Gold Seal of Approval celebrates Parkview Community Hospital‘s commitment to excellence in healthcare that directly contributes to improving the quality of life in Riverside. This prestigious recognition also helps “Tell Riverside’s Story” on a national scale as location of choice for high-quality healthcare.

To read the full press release from Parkview Community Hospital, click here.

Riverside Community College District Renaissance Block Adds More Arts & Culture to Downtown Riverside

(includes excerpts from the article written by Dayna Straehley and published in the Press-Enterprise on 10/26/12)
The new Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties;  
photo by PE staff writer Dayna Straehley

RCC’s Culinary Arts Academy, the future Coil School for the Arts and a gallery showcasing local civil rights leaders are featured in a planned Renaissance Block.

The projects, which include a rooftop pavilion where culinary students can cater special events and a midsize performing arts venue, will attract people downtown, said Virginia Blumenthal, a college district trustee who has led committees planning the projects. “I’m very excited about it,” she said.

So far, only the Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties occupies the block. Funded by Riverside redevelopment pass-through money, the roughly 12,000-square-foot center is housed in a renovated Spanish baroque style bank building and will include displays and videos about Riverside civil rights pioneers and preserved art pieces showcased there. It is open by appointment and times can be scheduled by calling 951-222-8854 or emailing to socialjustice@rccd.edu.

The remaining phases are in the planning stages, with construction scheduled to begin in 2014 after a delay for required state approval of the plans. Completion is anticipated for May 30, 2016, which Riverside City College President Cynthia Azari said would coincide with RCC’s centennial celebration.

The school of the arts has been in the planning stages about 20 years, Riverside Unified School District board member Chuck Beaty said. Beaty served on a planning committee when he was on the City Council. The project has evolved, he said.

A combination of funding Henry W. Coil Jr., of Riverside, dedicated $5 million for programming for the arts school in memory of his parents, Henry W. Coil Sr. and Alice Edna Coil.

In addition to a performance space that seats approximately 450, the 34,700-square-foot arts school will also include classrooms, practice rooms, a choral room, band room, orchestra room, a piano lab, and a state-of-the-art recording studio.

The Culinary Arts Academy will include a demonstration kitchen and street-level dining room, which Blumenthal said gives students practical experience preparing and serving breakfasts and lunches.

By bringing people downtown, the projects will benefit all of Riverside, Blumenthal said.

RCC’s commitment to integrating fine arts, culture and history into the Downtown helps solidify Riverside’s place as a center for creativity and lifelong learning while creating interesting, inviting places and venues for students, residents and visitors.

To read the full Press-Enterprise article that includes additional details on the project, funding and timing, click here.

Additional links:

RCCD Community Excellence projects

RCCD Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties

RCC Culinary Academy

Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge and Marsha Loveridge Receive UCR Medallion

UCR Chancellor’s Dinner event included alumni awardees, and recipients of the UCR Medallion. From back row left: Karen White; Jeff Krynski; Timothy P. White; Mayor Ronald Loveridge; Steve Chen; Front row left: Marigold Linton; Christine Yamazaki; Mary Schuler; Marsha Loveridge.  
Photo by Carrie Rosema.

On Saturday, Oct. 13, Chancellor Timothy P. White presented the prestigious UCR medallion to the Honorable Ron and Marsha Loveridge, Riversiders for nearly 50 years, as a tribute to the legacy of Town & Gown connections created by the couple between the City of Riverside and the colleges and universities and for their dedication to creating an even greater quality of life in Riverside.

The University of California, Riverside held a Chancellor’s Dinner to raise support for the best and brightest scholars, artists and leaders to pursue their academic dreams.  Chancellor White, who has made increasing scholarship funds a priority for the campus, shared the evening with alumni and community members at UCR’s Highlander Union Building.

Mayor Loveridge first arrived in Riverside as an associate professor of political science at UCR. Since then his teachings and commitment to connecting UCR students with internships and other career-experience opportunities have often helped to shape his students’ futures.  According to Loveridge, it has also shaped his.

UC Riverside also awarded the 2012 Alumni Award of Distinction Award to the following recipients:

Distinguished Alumnus Award —Marigold Linton ’58 BA Psychology

Alumni Service Award — Christine Sato-Yamazaki  ’93 BS Business Administration

Outstanding Young Alumnus Award — Steve (Shaohui) Chen ’05 MS Computer Science, ’07 MBA Management

To read the full article, click here.

Princeton Review Ranks UCR School of Business Among Top in the Nation

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A. Gary Anderson Hall, home of UC Riverside’s School of Business Administration (Source: UCR Today)

The University of California, Riverside School of Business Administration is among the top 296 business schools in the nation and one of the best in the west, according to The Princeton Review’s “The Best 296 Business Schools2013 Edition.”

“Our MBA program continues to grow each year, and it is great validation to have the Princeton Review once again recognize our efforts at the business school,” said Yunzeng Wang, interim dean of the School of Business Administration.

The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 296, or name one business school best overall, according to Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publisher. Instead, schools are selected based on their academic programs and institutional data they supply to Princeton Review.

The UCR School of Business Administration promotes two crosscutting themes in all that they do: Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Economic Growth; and Leadership, Strategic Thinking & Personal Growth. As Inland Southern California’s flagship business school, it is home to the largest undergraduate business program in the University of California system as well as the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management, which features innovative graduate school offerings including MBA, Ph.D. and Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) programs.

In addition to bringing national attention to yet another high caliber education program offered in Riverside (“Tell Riverside’s Story”), the ranking is a reminder of the many community benefits and partnerships that have grown from the UCR School of Business, including the notion of an aspiration-guided community vision that is now Seizing Our Destiny.

To read the full article, click here.

UCR Women Honored for Contributions to STEM Learning

Pamela Clute gives a presentation to students and parents. (Source: Carlos Puma, UCR Today)

On October 16th, eleven women statewide were recognized as a California Leading Woman in STEM (science, technology engineering and math) at the California STEM Summit 2012 in San Diego.  This first-ever award by the California STEM Learning Network honored leaders in STEM fields from education, business and industry, policy, research, non-governmental organizations and governmental agencies.

Of the eleven honored, two are actively making a difference here in Riverside. Pamela Clute, University of California, Riverside Assistant Vice Chancellor of Educational and Community Engagement, is a passionate proponent of lively instruction in math and science.  Susan Hackwood, founding dean of UC Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering, is now a professor of electrical engineering and the Executive Director of the California Council on Science and Technology.

Hackwood and Clute’s recognition as a California Leading Woman in STEM is an example of the way our community and education leaders of Riverside cultivate and support a culture of lifelong learning for all.  In addition, Pamela Clute is also a Champion for Seizing Our Destiny and serves on its Education Roundtable as a representative leader of UCR.

To read the full article, click here.

Riverside Seniors Find Fun Ways to Get Moving

Seniors in Riverside have taken a creative approach to staying active. From choreographing a flash mob to playing “chair volleyball,” seniors are coming together as a community to enjoy recreational activities in a new way.

About 75 senior citizens coordinated by CareMore Health Plan burst into dance Friday, Oct. 5, at the Riverside Plaza. Watch the video below from the Press Enterprise to see the seniors in action and click here to read the full article.

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Residents of the Magnolia Village Senior Living center play indoor beach volleyball. (Source: Emily M. Wells/Press Enterprise Staff Photo)

Residents at the Magnolia Village Senior Living center have been enjoying biweekly indoor beach volleyball games since a resident asked to play after watching the game at the Olympics.

For each game, 20 to 25 seniors sit in chairs (or wheelchairs) and hit a balloon over a net, honing motor skills, social skills, and laughing a lot along the way. They are often joined by staff members at the center and community volunteers, including many high school and college students.

Click here to read the full article.

Whether young in years or young at heart, Riversiders are proving their commitment to a healthier, happy lifestyle.

Sheltering heARTS Event Raises Over $70,000 for Path of Life Ministries

Members of the 2012 Leadership Riverside Class present the $70,101.56 check to Path of Life Ministries at Good Morning Riverside.

At the Thursday, October 11, Good Morning Riverside meeting, the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Leadership Riverside Class of 2012 presented Path of Life Ministries with a check in the amount of $70,101.56.

The funds were raised at the Sheltering heARTS premiere gala held in September at the Riverside Art Museum. The event was created and sponsored by the Leadership Riverside class to help raise awareness and critical funds to assist Path of Life in delivering programs that impact the quality of life of all residents and, more directly, the lives of homeless individuals and families in Riverside/Inland Southern California communities.

Event organizer and chair, Christi MacNee said on behalf of the Leadership class, “We wanted to move beyond a simple acknowledgment of the homeless issue and the budgetary crisis to actively participate in something that could make a difference.”

The evening featured art and inspiration. Art pieces were created by the families of Path of Life and displayed throughout the galleries and keynote speaker, Erin Gruwell, author of the Freedom Writers Diary, talked about becoming a catalyst for change, sharing moving stories about her students’ homeless experiences and later successes.

The Path of Life Board of Directors wrote, “Words cannot express a level of gratitude that begins to mirror the measure of time and talent you [Leadership Riverside, Class of 2012] have all poured into this elegant and tremendously successful event. You have not only helped us move homeless families and individuals out of crisis towards self-reliance, but propelled by light years a much desired connection to the business sector in our community.”

The Sheltering heARTS fundraiser event is an extraordinary example of the way Riversiders unite together for the common good of our community.

Vote for Tyler Clary for the Perseverance & Race of the Year Award!

Riversiders watched Tyler Clary bring home the gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games and now we can all help Tyler win two more awards by voting for him in the 2012 Golden Goggle Awards.

Tyler was nominated for the Perseverance Award and Race of the Year Award for his amazing gold medal performance in the 200-meter backstroke.

Vote for our local gold medalist, Tyler Clary online at: www.RiversideCA.gov/TylerClary

An Estimated 1,500 Riversiders Attend Health & Wellness Fair

Gilbert Espinoza, Riverside Community Health Foundation Public Relations and Outreach Coordinator, addresses the crowd at the annual Community Fair.

An estimated 1,500 people came out for the Arlanza Family Health Center/Eric M. Solander Center Community Fair on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Bryant Park in Riverside.

The event, held by the Riverside Community Health Foundation in partnership with Borrego Health and the City of Riverside Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, aimed to provide Arlanza residents with information about health and wellness programs available in their community and beyond. Close to 60 local nonprofit groups and agencies had information booths at the event, including Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), Arlanza Public Library, Riverside Police Department and The Pink Ribbon Place.

 “This has been a great community event since we began holding it around seven years ago,” said Dr. Dan Anderson, President/CEO of Riverside Community Health Foundation. “It’s a fun day for families to come out and enjoy the park, as well as learn more about the high-quality medical services that Borrego Health and the Arlanza Family Health Center provide in their community.”

The Community Fair reflects Riverside Community Health Foundation’s commitment to the notion of a unified city through their mission to improve the health status of the community by funding, developing and operating partnerships and collaborations that provide expanded access to high quality health care services and education, contributing to an even better quality of life for all Riversiders.

To read the full article, click here.

To learn more about the Riverside Community Health Foundation, click here.

Science Technology Education Partnership (STEP) Conference Introduces Area Youth to Careers in Innovation and Research

American industry is begging for employees with strong skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), yet 70 percent of U.S. students who enter college with the intent to pursue degrees in those fields drop out of school or switch majors within four years according to a 2008 CPEC study. The Science Technology Education Partnership (STEP) Conference is trying to turn those numbers around by focusing on K-12 students and their teachers.

“In the United States, only 33% of college students get a STEM degree, compared to 75% of the college students in China,” said Pamela Clute, a UCR math professor who is also Assistant Vice Chancellor of Educational and Community Engagement and Executive Director of UCR’s ALPHA Center. “In China, the expectations from family, society and the media are that students should excel in STEM subjects, because they understand that doing well in those areas will improve their quality of life and the economic vitality of their country. In the U.S., students think entertainment and sports are the only ways to make it big.”

In addition to the K-12 focused seminars, more than 250 high school students from around Riverside County were given the chance to explore six of UC Riverside’s College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) labs, learning about research on solar panels, synthetic fuels, atmospheric processes, emissions testing, alternative fuels and ways to create more energy efficient transportation.

The goal is more than just igniting their interest in STEM subjects, said Clute. She stressed the need to master subjects like algebra I, algebra II and geometry today because it will open the door to interesting and lucrative STEM careers in the future.

The STEP Conference is another example of collaborations taking place in the community that encourage a culture of lifelong learning in order to develop a diverse, highly-trained workforce.

Click here to view the full article from UCR Today.