Hemet Valley Medical Center health fair draws large crowd

Physicians for Healthy Hospitals introduces an advisory committee as it celebrates its seventh health fair in the valley

Photos by Melissa Diaz Hernandez, The Valley Chronicle
Dr. Kali Chaudhuri welcomes attendees and introduces the participants at the Hemet Health Fair last week at the Hemet Valley Medical Center.

■ Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor

More than 50 providers, nonprofits and public safety organizations participated in the Hemet Health Fair sponsored by the Hemet Valley Medical Center Oct. 14. The large crowd got to visit booths to check their hearing, blood sugar, and cholesterol. Carotid artery testing was also available.
Free flu shots were also provided to the public and Lifestyle Chiropractic was there giving back screenings.
Chief Executive Officer of the Hemet Valley Medical Center Dan McLaughlin welcomed all in attendance and introduced San Jacinto Mayor Scott Miller, who presented a proclamation to the hospital for its work and dedication to the community.
“I do have a proclamation that I would like to present,” began Miller. “The city council of the city of San Jacinto would like to recognize the Physicians for Healthy Hospitals for providing high quality healthcare to the Hemet/San Jacinto communities.”
“We offer our congratulations on celebrating your seventh year of providing a community health fair to benefit citizens of the San Jacinto Valley,” continued Miller. “The Physicians for Healthy Hospitals group led by Chairman Dr. Chaudhuri have invested millions of dollars in the Hemet Valley Medical Center. They are providing the latest technology in healthcare. So, we the city of San Jacinto and the city council would like to recognize October as Hemet Valley Medical Center health awareness month.”
Chaudhuri accepted the proclamation and stepped up to the podium to speak.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we need to support this hospital. We now have 22 doctors interning in our hospital. This is possible because of people like Lori Van Arsdale. When nobody was there, she was supporting the hospital.”
“I am grateful to all of you,” said Chaudhuri.
An advisory committee has been started to engage with the community.
“The hospital has gone through a great transition, said Van Arsdale.“I am now part of an advisory committee that takes information to Dr. Chaudhuri and the board and the doctors,” said Van Arsdale. “They want to hear from you. If you have had a great experience, let them know. If you have had a bad experience, they want to know so they can fix it. I can tell you watching this process, I am certainly excited at the fact that we have a hospital that cares about what happens to you – absolutely. So, thank you for being here.”

Medical Center C.E.O. Dan McLaughlin welcomes the attendees and introduces Dr. Kali P. Chaudhuri, chairman and CEO, Physicians for Healthy Hospitals.

To contact the advisory committee, you can call Van Arsdale at 951-492-8344.
The medical center now has a residency program that hopes to train doctors that plan on staying in the community.
Community organizations such as My City Youth Center, Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC)’s Veteran Services and Families Living with AIDS Care Center (FLACC) engaged with health fair attendees about the important information and services their organizations provide.
My City Youth Center (MCYC) is located in Hemet (145 N. Tahquitz Ave.) and provides tutoring Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-4:30 p.m. An appointment with a volunteer can be made for any time during the week to assist with homework. MCYC provides art, dance and guitar and sports classes during the week. MCYC also provides classes for teen moms. Go to http://www.mycityyouthcenter.com for more information.
Veteran Services at MSJC is open from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. What do they provide? Career services, financial aid, holistic resources and support, VA education benefits, and student employment opportunities. “The services, programs and activities of the VRCs at MSJC are dedicated to any person or their family member who is serving or has served in the U.S. military.” MSJC will have a veterans event at the San jacinto campus on Nov. 8 from 2-4 p.m.
“We want to make sure that veterans do not end up on the streets,” stated Veteran Services Coordinator Martina Moncada to a fellow veteran at the fair.
FLACC is dedicated to HIV/AIDS awareness.
“Being HIV positive doesn’t mean your life is negative. We inform, inspire, empower and engage through HIV/AIDS awareness care and prevention,” said FLACC Founder Curtis Smith to The Valley Chronicle.
“FLACC is the only provider dedicated to serving this mid-Riverside region,” continued Smith.
The fair had a kid’s zone set up with a jumper, popcorn cart, face painting and tattooing, game truck and robotics demonstration by the Western Center Academy Robotics Team.

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