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Sunday, June 16, 2013 The Bakersfield Voice

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The AIS Cancer Center and Outpatient Surgery Center at San Joaquin Community Hospital — a 60,000-square-feet, four-story comprehensive, hospital-based center — held its ribbon-cutting recently to celebrate the surgery center’s opening.

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eam of healthcare professionals? Check. Red ribbon? Check. Giant pair of scissors? Check. With everything in place, it was made official — The AIS Cancer Center and Outpatient Surgery Center at San Joaquin Community Hospital, a 60,000-square-feet, four-story comprehensive, hospital-based center is open. A host of community members, hospital employees and local dignitaries gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently, a sure sign that business is now underway. In fact, the cancer center at San Joaquin began treating a small number of patients April 29.

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The ribbon-cutting event was held in front of center at 2620 Chester Ave., directly across the street from San Joaquin Community Hospital. In attendance were cancer center staff, hospital leadership, foundation donors, representatives from various politicians’ offices and, of course, Mayor Harvey Hall — who did the honors of cutting the bright crimson ribbon. For many of the people in attendance, it was a full-circle event — they had previously attended the groundbreaking at the site, then the final beam raising ceremony, and now, the ribbon-cutting, where they could now see the completed Please turn to CENTERS / 2

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akersfield’s Ja’Mar Trimble recently got a significant lesson on surviving life. His parents received a call telling them that his older brother, Kamari Cotton-Moya, checked into the emergency room. He was a victim of a shooting at an out-of-control high school party. When a fight broke out, CottonMoya and another high school senior got into their car to leave. Unfortunately, someone started shooting and both boys were shot. Fortunately, neither were seriously injured. At 2 a.m. Trimble’s dad got the call to go to Kern Medical Center. The thoughts going through young Trimble’s mind were, “I wonder how? Who did it? I thought he was at his girlfriend’s house.” “We feared that it was a life threatening injury, but, I was thinking to myself, ‘He’s okay.' I felt it in my

heart — almost a brother connection,” Ja’Mar recalled. In fact, his brother was in good condition as Ja’Mar sensed, although a bullet remained in his arm for a couple weeks. Trimble says he learned some serious lessons that night. “I learned to know whose party I am attending and who would be there. If a fight should break out, I know that I have to Education columnist get out of the area immediately. Nothing good happens after midnight, so I just need to get home.” he said. Please turn to TRIMBLE / 2

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entral California Connections Academy, a tuition-free virtual public school serving more than 340 K-12 students from Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties, graduated 13 high school seniors and 31 eighth-graders on June 5 at The Noriega House in Bakersfield. They included local graduates Cardale Williams, who will attend Cal State Northridge in the fall, and eighth-grade student Kiley Thompson. Family, friends, teachers and school representatives gathered to celebrate the students’ successes. The school’s 2013 graduating class includes a diverse group of students with a wide range of accomplishments and backgrounds from cities including Bakersfield, Porterville, Visalia and Fresno. Graduating seniors will go on to pursue careers in fields such as engineering and the culinary arts. ColPlease turn to SCHOOL / 2

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CENTERS CONTINUED FROM 1 building. “Bakersfield is a special place,” said Mayor Hall. “And today, it got even more special, thanks to San Joaquin Community Hospital’s AIS Cancer Center, which will provide a new resource for cancer care for the citizens of Kern County.” The cancer center is affiliated with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, allowing for an additional layer of diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Thanks to the many high-tech capabilities at AIS Cancer Center, video teleconferencing will be a regular part of a patient’s case review. Second opinions by UC Davis physicians are built-in to the system of care, as are clinical tri-

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Graduating senior Cardale Williams, from Bakersfield, holds his diploma from Central California Connections Academy with assistant principal Marcus White.

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lege-bound students are headed to Cal State Northridge and the College of the Sequoias, among others. “The 2013 class of Central California Connections Academy students have shown incredible perseverance and an aptitude to excel in diverse environments,” said Richard Savage, principal at Central California Connections Academy. “They’ll enter the next stage of their lives with a sound educational foundation, well prepared to pursue academic and personal interests.” For more information about Central California Connections Academy, visit ConnectionsAcademy.com. Share your graduation stories and photos with readers at bakersfieldvoice.com.

als. Hospital officials based the need for additional cancer care in the community on the statistic that one in five, or 20 percent, of all cancer patients leave the area for treatment. “In our mind, that is not acceptable,” said Jimmy Phillips, director of marketing at San Joaquin Hospital. Dr. Oscar Streeter, Jr., medical director at AIS Cancer Center, emphasized that local residents will receive “world-class cancer care, centered on you” right here in Bakersfield. “We are dedicated to providing the best cancer care,” said Streeter, who added that the technology combined with the personnel working at the cancer center will be making that difference.

San Joaquin Community Hospital is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,700 includes more than 21,000 employees, 4,500 medical staff physicians, and 3,000 volunteers. Founded on Seventhday Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 150 clinics (hospitalbased, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, six hospice agencies and four joint- venture retirement centers. For more information, visit sjch.us.

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CONTINUED FROM 1 Ja’Mar has big plans for himself, just like his brother. “He’s off to Iowa State to start on their football team and I will not put myself or my friends at risk for a party. I know I have to make sure that a party is supervised, or it’s just not a good idea to be there,” Ja’Mar said. Cotton-Moya will attend the nationally ranked university this fall with a fullride scholarship. Ja’Mar, a recent graduate from Stonecreek Junior High School, hopes to follow in his footsteps — with the

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