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Tuesday, May 07 2013 04:53 PM

Worth noting in health: Burn unit gets iPads

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    San Joaquin Community Hospital.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The Grossman Burn Center at San Joaquin Community Hospital gained a new resource for patients this week courtesy of the Bakersfield Firefighters Burn Foundation: iPads.

The four iPads, one for each room in the unit, will be loaned to patients and their families when they are admitted to the center for the duration of their stay. Capt. Trever Martinusen, the foundation's executive director, said the firefighters envision the iPads will be used to check email, play games, help folks connect to support resources and use FaceTime or Skype with family members.

"We really see it as a way to keep survivors connected," Martinusen said.

Donations from Chevrolet Limited of Bakersfield helped the foundation launch the program.

"The burn foundation has been one of our main recipients of our car show for quite awhile," said Kenny Cleveland, the club's president. "We look forward to supporting the burn foundation again."

Martinusen said the program cost about $3,000 to start, including earbuds and waterproof cases for the gadgets. The foundation hopes to purchase two more iPads this year and present data on the electronics' use at the burn center at a conference next year.

Hospital spokesman Jimmy Phillips said the center is grateful for the "generous donation" that will help entertain patients and connect families. Phillips said the burn foundation will remain the owners of the iPads and will service and care for them.

Visit www.bakersfieldfbf.org to learn about the foundation.

 

Free health screenings and help applying for public health programs will be featured at the Kern County WE Connect Health Care Enrollment and Resource Fair next week.

The event will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kern County Fairgrounds, Building 3, at 1142 S. P Street, according to a news release. Free parking will be available on south P Street. Call 211 for information.

Vision, dental and medical screenings, including blood pressure and blood glucose, will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. There will also be free bike repair and a resource fair.

Application assistance will be offered for programs including Medi-Cal, CalFresh and the Kern Medical Center Health Plan.

To apply, bring the following documents: verification of qualifying immigration status, such as a birth certificate, U.S. resident card or passport; photo ID for parents and children who are older than 16; income verification for everyone in a household for the last 30 days; verification of current address, such as a utility bill or rent or mortgage statement; Social Security cards for each person requesting benefits; proof of Kern County residence; proof of resources including bank account information; and proof of asset ownership, such as cars and properties.

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