From the Newsroom: A Look Back at Valley Children’s Top Stories of 2021

From the Newsroom: A Look Back at Valley Children’s Top Stories of 2021

As another unforgettable year draws to a close, we invite you to look back on some of Valley Children's newsroom's top stories in 2021.


Recognitions and Accolades

Teams from across Valley Children's network celebrated anniversaries and achievements this year. Below are just a handful of the celebrations in 2021:

  • March – Valley Children’s clinical teams reached an important milestone of 12 months without a single central line-associated blood stream infection (CLABSI). Read more >>
  • May – Valley Children's level II NICU in Hanford celebrates 25 years. Read more >>
  • June – U.S. News & World Report ranks Valley Children’s one of the best children’s hospitals in the country in seven pediatric specialties. Read more >>
  • September – Valley Children's level II NICU at Mercy Medical Center in Merced celebrates 25 years. Read more >>
  • October – The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) announces that Valley Children’s earned the 2021 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired recognition. Valley Children’s is a certified level 8, showing top scores in technology infrastructure, security and data management – all of which help improve patient safety and outcomes. Read more >>


A Year of Firsts

  • March – Valley Children’s launches “Valley Children’s Voice,” its first podcast for physicians and healthcare professionals. Read more >>
  • May – Valley Children’s hosts first-ever virtual innovation showcase, allowing participants to hear directly from cutting-edge companies from around the country – and right here in our Valley – about their approaches to solving pediatric healthcare problems, to spark innovative thinking and more new ideas. Read more >>
  • December
    • “Castle on the Coast,” a video game starring Valley Children’s beloved mascot, George, launches for PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox and PlayStation. Read more >>   
    • Valley Children’s Healthcare achieves the HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) EMRAM Stage 7 designation, another clear indication of our dedication to excellence and our commitment to improving patient safety and outcomes. Read more >>


Celebrating our Doctors

  • Yearlong – Our pediatric residents presented research at a variety of specialty medicine conferences and had research published in peer-reviewed journals. Resident research spanned a wide variety of pediatric healthcare topics, from cardiovascular disease to hematology to sleep apnea.
  • March – Valley Children’s welcomes our newest class of 13 pediatric residents and four pharmacy residents. Read more >>
  • June – Pediatric hospitalist Dr. Nicole Webb is named to regional and national AAP leadership positions. Read more >>
  • September – Complex care pediatrician Dr. Hailey Nelson receives national recognition at the Dr. America competition and retains the title of Dr. California America. Read more >>
  • October – Pediatric Residency Program Class of 2021 graduate Dr. Kevin Nguyen named the recipient of a prestigious community service award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). This annual award is given to just one resident in the entire country in recognition of their contributions to the local communities surrounding their pediatric residency training institution, above and beyond the requirements of their program. Read more >>
  • November – Valley Children’s hematologist/oncologist Dr. Vonda Crouse is awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fresno Madera Medical Society. Dr. Crouse has been providing care to pediatric hematology/oncology patients at Valley Children’s for 37 years. Read more >>


Serving Our Communities

  • February – Valley Children’s launches its Medication Take Back Initiative Bin, a medication disposal bin designated by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to keep harmful and unused medications out of reach for children. Read more >>
  • June – Valley Children’s receives a mental health grant from Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association to support mental health resiliency for the Guilds Center for Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment. Read more >>
  • July – Valley Children’s Guilds Center for Community Health and Vallarta Supermarkets kick off a third year of the Kids Eat Smart program. Through this initiative, children shopping with their families at participating Vallarta Supermarkets can receive a free piece of fruit. Read more >>
  • August – Valley Children’s announces an expansive partnership with Fresno State that will have a lasting impact on students, faculty and the community. Read more >>
  • September
    • Members of Valley Children’s injury prevention and clinical teams receive the Aetna Community Heart Award in recognition of their work with Safe Kids Central California and injury prevention messaging efforts for local communities. Read more >>
    • River Vista Behavioral Health Hospital “beam topping” ceremony marks a significant milestone in the construction of the highly anticipated facility. Read more >>


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