Staff Reports

June 03, 2002

Lou Lange's celebration Thursday in Brawley

BRAWLEY — The Brawley Chamber of Commerce and Lou Lange's Music Bar in Brawley have announced Lou Lange's 50th anniversary celebration will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 541 Main St. Refreshments will be served.

Jean Pantaleo achieves advanced status

The national headquarters of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography in Dallas has announced that Jean Pantaleo recently achieved advanced practice sonographer membership status within the association. Pantaleo works for Dr. Donald M. Ehman in Brawley.

The SDMS is the largest sonographer professional association in the world, and APS membership designation is the most difficult and demanding level of clinical recognition to achieve within the ultrasound profession.


In addition to specific educational standards and five years of national specialty certification, each APS candidate must document stringent clinical scanning requirements and a minimum of 800 specialty cases performed on an annual basis. Each APS candidate must meet specialty specific continuing medical education requirements on an annual basis and must have published an ultrasound related article in a peer-reviewed journal.

Pioneers accredited by joint commission

BRAWLEY — Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District has achieved accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare

Organizations as a result of its demonstrated compliance with the Commission's nationally recognized health care standards.

Founded in 1951, the commission is dedicated to continuously improving the safety and quality of the nation's health care through voluntary accreditation. The commission's on-site survey of Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District was done in March.

"Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organizationwide improvement in an organization's performance and the outcome of patient care," said Dr. Russell P. Massaro, executive vice president of accreditation operations for the commission. "The community should be proud that Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District is focusing on the most challenging goal — to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels."

Richard Mendoza, Pioneers chief executive officer, spoke of his pride in a staff that works

hard every day in creating a quality environment for the community it serves.

"In addition, we appreciate the educational aspect of the survey and the opportunity to interact with the team of surveyors."

He called the accreditation, "proof of an organizationwide commitment to provide quality care on an ongoing basis."

ECRMC employee gets promotion to director

An employee of more than 12 years has been promoted to the position of director of the medical imaging center at El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Peggy Lyons of El Centro had been filling the position on an interim basis. Charlie Rhoades, senior director of clinical services at the hospital, announced the appointment and said Lyons, during her interim service, has guided the department through American College of Radiography mammography accreditation, state mammography licensure and the recent Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization's on-site inspection that resulted in the hospital receiving a maximum three-year accreditation.

Rhoades said Lyons was instrumental in the acquisition of a new Toshiba Asteion CT scanner that will be installed in October. She was part of a team that visited other hospitals using various CT scanner models before the Toshiba model was selected and ordered.

After earning pharmacy technician certification at Imperial Valley College, Lyons joined the pharmacy staff of the hospital in 1990. Three years later she transferred to the radiology staff and in 1995 earned her radiology technician credentials at Loma Linda University. She is a licensed mammography technologist.

An Imperial Valley native, Lyons graduated from Brawley Union High School and is the mother of a daughter in San Diego and a son in Salinas.

Pioneers names May

employee of the month

BRAWLEY — Pioneers Memorial Hospital has announced the selection of Charlotte Furguson as May employee of the month.

As utilization management office coordinator, Furguson coordinates activities and works with nurses tracking patients' discharge needs.

Obtaining patient and procedure approval from Medi-Cal and other insurances is Furguson's responsibility.

A seven-year employee of Pioneers, Furguson began as a medical/surgical unit clerk. Her

supervisor, Nick Aguirre, promoted her to her current position this year.

"I love working here," stated Furguson. "We pull together when times get rough. We are one big, happy family."

A Brawley resident, Furguson's other "happy family" consists of two daughters, their husbands and six grandchildren.

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