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05.16.2008 LaSalle Medical Associates Comments Off on Dr. Arteaga ending healthcare disparities

Dr. Arteaga ending healthcare disparities

Dr. Albert Arteaga, president of LaSalle Medical Associates, five clinics employing 115 people including 13 physicians and serving more than 100,000 patient visits yearly. Dr. Arteaga has received awards from the San Bernardino County Medical Society and the African-American Health Initiative for his efforts to provide affordable, quality healthcare to all.

What Dr. Arteaga will give a presentation to future doctors enrolled in a class called Healthcare Disparities at the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Arteaga’s presentation will be on the healthcare delivery system provided by LaSalle Medical Associates.

Why? Students in this class are studying the topic of barriers to healthcare. This presentation is intended to give one view on what can and is being done today to address the issue and encourage others to work towards the cause of guaranteeing healthcare access for all.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 20 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: University of California Riverside Biostatistics building (B 600), 900 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92521

CONTACT: Ellen Porter, (909) 888-0321, Ellen@DameronCommunications.com

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05.13.2008 LaSalle Medical Associates Comments Off on MONTEL WILLIAMS BUS HELPS PEOPLE WITH FREE PRESCRIPTIONS

MONTEL WILLIAMS BUS HELPS PEOPLE WITH FREE PRESCRIPTIONS

San Bernardino City Councilman Rikke Van Johnson congratulates LaSalle Medical Associates, Inc President Dr. Albert Arteaga for helping 38 local residents receive free or low cost prescription drugs. The Montel Williams’ “Help is Here Express Bus” visited LaSalle Medical Associates in San Bernardino recently and helped 38 people enroll in a program offering free and low-cost prescriptions.

LaSalle Medical Associates, Inc President Dr. Albert Arteaga watches as the The Montel Williams’ “Help is Here Express Bus” helps 38 people enroll in a program offering free and low-cost prescriptions. The bus visited LaSalle Medical Associates in San Bernardino recently. Those needing help with prescription drugs should call toll-free 1-888-4PPANOW or go online to www.pparx.org and sign up for the free service.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) – “Montel Williams’ bus goes all over the country to promote prescription assistance,” said Dr. Albert Arteaga, president of LaSalle Medical Associates. “He and the Partnership for Prescription Assistance understand that sometimes, people need help in the form of medicine, and that no one should be denied that help simply because they can’t afford to pay for it.”

The Montel Williams’ “Help is Here Express Bus” visited LaSalle Medical Associates in San Bernardino recently and helped 38 people enroll in a program offering free and low-cost prescriptions.

The bus, operated by the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, came to at LaSalle Clinic at 565 N. Mt. Vernon Ave. The bright orange, 45-foot long bus loaded with information and helpful people parked in clinic parking and helped people from the start to finish.

The Salle staff called their patients who don’t have insurance and invited them to come and apply fro the free Prescription medications. “We wanted to make sure our patients without insurance had an opportunity to get the free coverage, said Dr Arteaga.

The PPA left brochures and information for those who could not attend the event. Those needing help with prescription drugs should call toll-free 1-888-4PPANOW or go online to www.pparx.org and sign up for the free service.

“Millions of patients are already receiving free or nearly free drugs from these programs, but it is clear that millions of other Americans from all over the country — in cities and rural areas alike – are not taking advantage of the help that is available to them,” said Montell Williams, who regularly addresses critically important societal issues on his television talk show. He is the national spokesman for the Partnership for Prescription Assistance.

The PPA’s goal is to educate uninsured and under-insured patients about drug assistance programs. It makes an effort to match patients with programs that appear to meet their needs.

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (toll-free, 1-888-4PPANOW; www.pparx.org) is the only resource providing a single place to find more than 475 patient assistance programs, which include more than 180 programs offered by the pharmaceutical industry, according to www.pphrma.org , a website for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.

More than 70 national health care organizations, as well as more than 1,000 local organizations make up the partnership. The national organizations include the American Academy of Family Physicians, the National Urban League, United Way of America, Easter Seals and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

LaSalle Medical Associates, Inc. has 115 employees (including 13 physicians). LaSalle welcomes patients at all five of their Inland Empire clinics: 17577 Arrow Blvd. in Fontana; 1505 Seventeenth Street and 565 North Mt. Vernon Ave. in San Bernardino; 16455 Main St. in Hesperia; and 31762 Mission Trail in Lake Elsinore.

Appointments aren’t required, but are recommended by calling (909) 890-0407.
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05.06.2008 LaSalle Medical Associates Comments Off on Montel Williams Bus Helps People With Free Prescriptions

Montel Williams Bus Helps People With Free Prescriptions


(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) – Montel Williams’ “Help is Here Express Bus” will visit LaSalle Medical Associates in San Bernardino Wednesday, May 7 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The bus, operated by the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, will stop at LaSalle Medical Associates, 565 N. Mt. Vernon Ave. The bright orange, 45-foot long bus loaded with information and helpful people will park in the lot next to LaSalle’s clinic to enroll people in a program offering free and low-cost prescriptions.

“Millions of patients are already receiving free or nearly free drugs from these programs, but it is clear that millions of other Americans from all over the country — in cities and rural areas alike – are not taking advantage of the help that is available to them,” said Williams, who regularly addresses critically important societal issues on his television talk show. He is the national spokesman for the Partnership for Prescription Assistance.

The organization’s goal is to educate uninsured and under-insured patients about drug assistance programs. It makes an effort to match patients with programs that appear to meet their needs.

“Montel Williams’ bus goes all over the country to promote prescription assistance,” said Dr. Albert Arteaga, president of LaSalle Medical Associates. “He and the Partnership for Prescription Assistance understand that sometimes, people need help in the form of medicine, and that no one should be denied that help simply because they can’t afford to pay for it.”

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (toll-free, 1-888-4PPANOW; www.pparx.org) is the only resource providing a single place to find more than 475 patient assistance programs, which include more than 180 programs offered by the pharmaceutical industry, according to www.pphrma.org , a website for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.
More than 70 national health care organizations, as well as more than 1,000 local organizations make up the partnership. The national organizations include the American Academy of Family Physicians, the National Urban League, United Way of America, Easter Seals and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.
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05.01.2008 LaSalle Medical Associates Comments Off on Montel Williams Comes to San Bernardino at LaSalle Medical Associates May 7

Montel Williams Comes to San Bernardino at LaSalle Medical Associates May 7

Media Alert

Montel Williams Comes to San Bernardino at LaSalle Medical Associates May 7

Who: The Montel Williams show “Help is Here Express Bus” Possibly – Montel Williams and Dr. Albert Arteaga President of LaSalle Medical Associates, Inc.,

Visuals: Patients needing help with their prescriptions.

Where: LaSalle Medical Associates, Mt. Vernon and Fifth Street location in San Bernardino.

When: Wednesday, May 7th from 1-3 pm

Why: “Help is Here Express Bus” – “Partnership for Prescription Assistance.” Spanish translators provided by LaSalle Medical Associates, inc.

What: The 45 feet long “Bus” will be parked in our extra lot beside the clinic

Contact: Please if you wish to attend, call Carl Dameron or Ellen Porter at Dameron Communications (909) 888-0321.

LaSalle Medical Associates, Inc. is one of the Inland Empires largest Independent physician groups serving more than 100,000 medical visits per year. LaSalle provides medical care for pregnant women, children, adults and seniors. LaSalle helps families without insurance qualify for low and no cost health insurance. No patient is turned away from LaSalle regardless of their ability to pay.

05.01.2008 LaSalle Medical Associates Comments Off on Free classes in Fontana show how to manage children’s asthma

Free classes in Fontana show how to manage children’s asthma

(FONTANA, Calif.) – LaSalle Medical Associates will hold free classes to teach parents how to manage their children’s asthma. Children are also welcome to attend.

The classes take place Wednesday, May 7 at the LaSalle Medical Associates clinic in Fontana, 17577 Arrow Blvd. LaSalle Medical Associates offers a 10 a.m. class in Spanish, and a 1 p.m. class in English.

“This class educates parents about the signs and symptoms of asthma,” said Dr. Albert Arteaga, president of LaSalle Medical Associates. “Most children with asthma can live completely normal lives, so long as it is treated with the proper medication and the adults around them know what to do in an emergency.”

“This class educates parents about the signs and symptoms of asthma,” said Dr. Albert Arteaga, president of LaSalle Medical Associates. “Most children with asthma can live completely normal lives, so long as it is treated with the proper medication and the adults around them know what to do in an emergency.”

The course will educate parents about asthma triggers, medications and methods of delivery, and how to react properly in an emergency situation. All participants will receive a free pillow encasement to help protect an asthmatic child from harmful dust mites.

The classes are hosted by LaSalle Medical Associates and given by the American Lung Association of California.

For more information about the Fontana class, call (909) 380-8016.

04.28.2008 LaSalle Medical Associates Comments Off on Free classes in Hesperia show how to manage children’s asthma

Free classes in Hesperia show how to manage children’s asthma

(HESPERIA, Calif.) – LaSalle Medical Associates will hold free classes to teach parents how to manage their children’s asthma. Children are also welcome to attend.

The classes take place Wednesday, April 30 at the LaSalle Medical Associates clinic in Hesperia, 16455 Main Street. LaSalle Medical Associates offers a 10 a.m. class in Spanish, and a 1 p.m. class in English.

“This class educates parents about the signs and symptoms of asthma,” said Dr. Albert Arteaga, president of LaSalle Medical Associates. “Most children with asthma can live completely normal lives, so long as it is treated with the proper medication and the adults around them know what to do in an emergency.”

The course will educate parents about asthma triggers, medications and methods of delivery, and now to react properly in an emergency situation. All participants will receive a free pillow encasement to help protect an asthmatic child from harmful dust mites.

The classes are co-sponsored by the American Lung Association of California.

For more information about the Hesperia class, call (760) 947-2161.

03.17.2008 LaSalle Medical Associates Comments Off on TEN MINUTES MAY SAVE WOMEN’S LIVES

TEN MINUTES MAY SAVE WOMEN’S LIVES

(HESPERIA, Calif.) “A mammogram just takes a few minutes,” says LaSalle Medical Associates Inc. Medical Director, Dr. Cheryl Emoto, at LaSalle’s Hesperia clinic (16455 Main St.). “But it is so important for women, especially, to have annual exams for those over 40. And for younger women, too, if they notice a breast lump or have concerns.”

Many women, Emoto points out, are apprehensive about having mammograms, so her goal is to make the exams as unintimidating as possible. She says, “We want our patients to come to LaSalle where they’re familiar with the relaxed facility and the personal staff.”

So, to do that, LaSalle has contracted with Inner Images, bringing mobile mammogram equipment directly to LaSalle’s Hesperia clinic one day a month. The program began in late January and was overwhelmingly received, the 20-year veteran with LaSalle explains. “Women have really responded to the program. We look forward to helping our patients find beginning signs of breast cancer so that we can treat it early,” said Dr. Emoto.

After the mammogram is taken, in about two weeks, patients are notified of the results. Should the tests indicate anything at all out of the ordinary, patients are brought in for consultation and possible further tests or even recommendations of specialists.

Mammograms have been shown to lower the risk of dying from breast cancer by 35 percent in women over the age of 50; and studies suggest for women, even between 40 and 50, mammograms may lower the risk of dying from breast cancer by up to 35 percent.

And they take just 10 minutes out of the day.

Prior appointments are recommended. Most insurances cover mammograms with prior authorization, and for women without insurance there are programs that patients may qualify for – providing low cost or no cost mammograms. Don’t let the lack of medical insurance stop you from getting your mammogram.

For an appointment, call the office at (760) 947-2161.

10.16.2007 LaSalle Medical Associates Comments Off on DR. ARTEAGA AWARDED FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY

DR. ARTEAGA AWARDED FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY

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DR. ARTEAGA AWARDED FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY

(San Bernardino, Calif.) Dr. Albert Arteaga, President and CEO of LaSalle Medical Associates, was recently awarded the San Bernardino County Medical Society’s Merlin Hendrickson, M.D. Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community. Arteaga is recognized for his efforts to provide health services to Inland Empire children. (www.lasallemedical.com.)

The award was presented during the San Bernardino County Medical Association’s Installation of Officers and Outstanding Awards dinner at the Mission Inn, in Riverside.

“I accept this award not just for me but for the team of doctors, nurses, and staff at LaSalle’s five clinics. This is recognition of the entire companies dedication to our patients and our communities we serve,” said Arteaga.

“The award represents an endorsement by the medical society of the work we have been doing,” Arteaga said. “It shows we are appreciated and well regarded by our peers.”

Arteaga has offered free health care for Hurricane Katrina survivors, donated funds to local pastors towards hurricane relief and served as Commissioner for First 5 Children and Families Commission and the Latino Health Collaborative.

Born in San Diego, Arteaga grew up in various locations following his father, a Seventh-day Adventist minister. Arteaga’s family also lived in Argentina while his father was doing missionary work. Arteaga spent over four years in northern Mexico.
Arteaga is dedicated to providing the best healthcare possible for his patients. He also demands his staff, from the receptionist to the doctors, treat people with dignity, compassion and respect.

“It has always been our policy to help families in need. Since I have been in practice we have never turned away a patient because they could not pay. As the son of an Adventist minister I know that I have an obligation to help whenever I can. That is what we do,” Arteaga said.

This is not the first time LaSalle Medical Associates has been honored by local healthy agencies. The clinics are also recognized for their quality of service. LaSalle Medical Associates was selected by Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) as one of Riverside and San Bernardino’s best healthcare provider.

The African American Health Initiative also selected LaSalle as a model provider in a two-year study of Black healthcare in San Bernardino County. LaSalle has also been the number one enroller in the state of California for Healthy Families, an insurance program for children from low to mid-income families. The program provides medical, dental and vision coverage for children without insurance.

The father of three children, Arteaga lives in Grand Terrace with his wife, Maria, one son and two daughters. For more information about LaSalle Medical Associates contact (909) 890-0407, or go to www.lasallemedical.com.

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Photo caption: Dr. Albert Arteaga, President and CEO of LaSalle Medical Associates, was recently awarded the San Bernardino County Medical Society’s Merlin Hendrickson, M.D. Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community. Arteaga is recognized for his efforts to provide health services to Inland Empire children. (www.lasallemedical.com.) Left to Right – Maria Arteaga, wife of Dr. Albert Arteaga, LaSalle Medical Associates, Inc., Daughter: Sandy Arteaga and Mitzi Arteaga, Lynda Long, LaSalle Medial Associates, Inc.

10.03.2007 LaSalle Medical Associates Comments Off on GOOD CITIZENS ARE MADE, NOT BORN

GOOD CITIZENS ARE MADE, NOT BORN


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(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) As a firefighter and arson investigator Michael Dickinson often encountered troubled youngsters who had started fires as a way of getting attention. So when a work-related injury forced him to change career direction, Dickinson decided to put his energies into steering more youths in the right direction. Dickinson’s vision lead him to create the Public Safety Academy (HYPERLINK “http://www.psasb.us” www.psasb.us .) The Academy is a charter school that has a focus on careers in public safety such as fire service and law enforcement, Dickinson says.

Dickinson started the school in 2000 originally at the San Bernardino Professional Firefighter’s Union Hall. The Academy is currently at a facility near the San Bernardino Airport.

“We have 170 students today, and we are looking at 325 next year,” Dickinson says. “We are also adding on a middle school and grades 6-8.”

Funded by the State of California, the academy’s students study the public safety disciplines, police, fire and emergency medical services, in addition to traditional high school courses.

The Academy’s public safety courses also provide students with the required courses needed for entry into the police or fire academies, Dickinson says.

Dickinson says the academy differs from a traditional high school because the school is organized along paramilitary lines. Dickinson is the academy CEO and chief, the vice principal is the deputy chief and a cadet chief serves as head of the students. Students at the academy wear uniforms similar to the ones worn by fire departments. The academy also places a major focus on character development, leadership and ethics among the students, Dickinson adds.

Dr. Albert Arteaga, president of LaSalle Medical Associates(http://www.lasallemedical.com), says the Public Safety Academy’s discipline and small class size have benefited his son Diego who joined last year.

“Some kids thrive in an open environment, while others need a more structured environment before they are ready to use their own judgment,” Arteaga said.

Arteaga is impressed students at the academy have to wear uniforms, keep their hair short and refer to the teachers as “sir” or “ma’am.” “The teachers have a great deal of authority in the classroom,” Arteaga said.

Being exposed to instructors who are former police officers and firefighters has also provided his son with great role models, Arteaga says, adding Diego has expressed an interest in pursing a career in law enforcement in the future. “If he becomes a policeman or firefighter, I would be more than happy with that,” Arteaga said.

Currently a 10th grader, Diego Arteaga says the fire service and paramilitary training are some of the aspects of the academy he enjoys.

“I was interested in being a fireman and they have the instructors who can steer me in the right direction,” says Diego.

Diego also said an important part of the education at PSA is the six pillars of character which are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Although students at the PSA study regular high school courses such as geography, physics and science, the moral leadership training is an important part of the development of a young person.

“Sometimes young people’s lives go in the wrong direction,” Diego says. “The six pillars of character steer you in the right direction.”

Diego says many PSA graduates further their educations at Crafton Hills College which offers an associate of science degree in fire technology.

Graduates of the academy have gone onto careers in the military and with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Dickinson points out.

“The goal of the academy is to open up doors for students so they can achieve a career versus a job,” Dickinson says.

The Public Safety Academy is at 165 S. Leland Norton Way, San Bernardino. For more information call (909) 382-2211 or go to HYPERLINK “http://www.psasb.us” www.psasb.us .

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Photo caption: Students of the Public Safety Academy in San Bernardino, Calif. This charter high school teaches young people fire fighting and law enforcement.

10.03.2007 LaSalle Medical Associates Comments Off on IMMUNIZATIONS: SHOTS HEARD ‘ROUND THE WORLD

IMMUNIZATIONS: SHOTS HEARD ‘ROUND THE WORLD


(SAN BERNARDINO, Calf.) Across the globe, regular immunizations against otherwise ravishing diseases are helping the world’s population live longer, healthier lives, says Dr. Albert Arteaga, founder of the Inland Empire’s LaSalle Medical Associates.

Back-to-school time is here, and just as school attendance is mandatory, Arteaga wishes immunizations were just as mandatory. But, as yet they aren’t. “Parents do realize how important the shots are to the welfare of their children, but still we will see 80% of our patients in the last two weeks before school starts,” he notes.

Immunizations, often combined in a single injection, help prevent such diseases as pneumonia, polio, diphtheria, hepatitis and meningitis.

“Children are usually afraid of their perceived pain of the immunizations,” Arteaga says, “but that brief, tiny pain is nothing compared to the alarming, often lifelong, impact of the diseases they prevent.”

Parents should plan ahead for their children’s immunizations, he adds. “They need to break the barrier of ‘no time’,” he says. “They simply need to think ahead, and say, ‘Today is a good one for the shots’.”

There’s an important phrase in the medical profession when it comes to immunizations: “herd immunity.” “That’s where we can all be human barriers to these common but serious diseases,” he explains. “When we’re around people who are immunized, they protect the rest of us. And we can all help each other by being protected ourselves.”

While immunizations are routinely up to date only 30% of the time, LaSalle patients, at Arteaga’s urging, are 70% up to date. “Our patients are really good about that,” he says, “but so much more can be done. The problem is that with immunizations nothing seems wrong with kids, and so the parents too often simply put them off until the time is more convenient. You ought to hear the creative excuses we get.”

Under nearly all circumstances, immunizations are free to families, being subsidized by the Federal government for children.

LaSalle welcomes childhood immunizations at all five of their Inland Empire clinics: 17577 Arrow Blvd. in Fontana; 1505 Seventeenth Street and 565 North Mt. Vernon Ave. in San Bernardino; 16455 Main St. in Hesperia; and 31762 Mission Trail in Lake Elsinore.

Appointments aren’t required, but are recommended by calling (909) 890-0407. Usually the immunizations last only 30 minutes.

“A half hour,” Dr. Arteaga says, “can save potentially years of devastating illness.”

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