THE PARISH NURSE
California Hospital Medical Center Community Benefit Department provides a nurse once a month who screens individuals for what are known as lifestyle diseases–hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity. Lifestyle diseases are those that can be prevented or controlled by proper nutrition and exercise.
Edward “Tony” Ornelas, a native of Arizona, is a registered nurse with a rich 15-year experience in the health care field. His specialties included Orthopedic, Neurology, Trauma Step-Down, Critical Care and Emergency Observation Nursing. He has also worked with HIV/AIDS clients providing Medical Case Management with an Arizona based non-profit. He joined California Hospital Medical Center in August 2014.
Nurse Tony as he is known at My Friends House takes time to explain the screening results to the individuals, especially if they are abnormal and refers those with abnormal readings to a local medical clinic or their health care provider and where warranted recommends that 911 be called.
He provides and reviews educational materials with each person to help them understand how to prevent or manage their condition. Nurse Tony provides information on a variety of topics of concern to community residents including dementia, smoking cessation, medications, substance abuse and immunizations.
Creative Chefs is a program that uses local chefs to promote healthy eating and cooking with the goal of improving the health of the community. Chefs introduce program participants to recipes that use a variety of foods to increase their intake of fruits, vegetables, legumes, lean meats, and healthy alternatives to processed and fast foods. They demonstrate different cooking methods that reduce the intake of sugars, fats and salts while still creating food that tastes delicious. This is an interactive program in which participants assist in the preparation of the recipes and then get to taste the final product. They leave the 90 minute class with the recipes so that they can make them at home.