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Palmdale Regional Medical Center Earns a Grade ‘B’ for Patient Safety in Leapfrog’s Fall 2019 Hospital Safety Score
Palmdale, CA - Palmdale Regional Medical Center has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety once again by being awarded a ‘B’ grade in the Fall 2019 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.

This ‘B’ grade is one of the most meaningful honors a hospital can achieve, and one of the most valuable indicators for patients looking for a safe place to receive care. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, nonprofit hospital safety watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“Patient safety has always and will always be a top priority for us,” said Dick Allen, CEO. “Our hospital is a trusted member of this community and we will continue to strive for excellence in patient safety and hope to achieve an “A” on the next Safety Grade. Most importantly, we pledge to honor the trust of our patients by being transparent about our progress and working toward the highest possible standard of safety.”

Palmdale, CA – Recognized for its sound fiscal management policies and practices in district operations, Palmdale Water District (PWD) has been awarded the “District of Distinction – Platinum” accreditation for a second time from the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF).

“It’s a real honor to receive the ‘District of Distinction- Platinum’ accreditation,” General Manager Dennis D. LaMoreaux said. “PWD Directors and staff have taken extra initiatives to meet the SDLF’s requirements to ensure the public that its water agency is transparent and has sound financial management practices.”

According to California Special District Association’s Regional Public Affairs Representative Chris Palmer, PWD is one of 36 special districts out of more than 2,000 to receive the District of Distinction recognition, and only 12 have achieved the Platinum status. The accreditation is good through December 2021.

Classics Book Club to Discuss Formerly Banned Book
PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Library’s Classics Book Club will discuss the novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Czech author Milan Kundera, Monday, Nov. 25, at 7 pm, at the library, located at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd.

Originally published in 1984, two years after it was initially written, the novel is set during the so-called Prague Spring in 1968 Czechoslovakia and follows the lives of two men and two women, and their relationships with one another.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being, along with all other works by Kundera, who lived in exile in France since 1975, were censored and banned by the Communist government of Czechoslovakia until its downfall in 1989.

The Classics Book Club meets on the fourth Monday of every month from 7 to 8 pm. New members are welcome to attend.

City of Lancaster Reminds Residents to Avail Themselves of Sand Stockpile Locations During Storm Season
The City of Lancaster regards residents’ safety as a top priority. As such, the City reminds all residents that it provides six locations throughout the community for the public to obtain sand in order to fill sandbags in preparation for storm season. The sand stockpiles are located throughout Lancaster and are being made available to all Lancaster residents at no charge.

To collect sand at the identified stockpile locations, residents must bring their own tools and sandbags. All Antelope Valley fire stations are offering 25 unfilled sandbags per resident. In order to obtain the best results, residents are advised to avoid overfilling their sandbags. Leave enough room to allow for the bags to be tied off and easily stacked. Overfilling the bags may cause them to tear and not stack properly; which will in turn compromise sandbag barriers, thus allowing water to flow through openings.

The sand stockpile sites are shown below, as well as on the https://www.cityoflancasterca.org/home/showdocument?id=34425.

Become a Resource Parent
Help Keep Siblings Together
Children's Bureau Info Meetings Teach Interested Families about Foster-Adoption

(Palmdale, CA) Foster care and foster-adoption are meaningful ways for individuals and couples to fulfill their dream of parenting. Children's Bureau offers a comprehensive foster care and adoption program that brings families together for a lifetime. The agency is in need of resource families for children in foster care while reunifying with birth families or to provide legal permanency by adoption.

In Los Angeles County alone, the foster care population exceeds 21,000 children with 200 of those foster children waiting for an adoptive family. Many of these children are siblings in need of families who are willing and able to keep them together. In fact, Children's Bureau turns away at least 10 sibling sets weekly due to lack of families.

Wilk is top of the class when it comes to protecting taxpayer dollars
Sacramento - Senator Scott Wilk, representing the 21st Senate District, is pleased to announce the state's leading taxpayer protection organization has given him a perfect score. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association (HJTA) released its 2019 Legislative Report Card and Wilk's voting record received a score of 100%.

"My priority in Sacramento is to ensure our tax dollars are used sensibly," said Wilk. "Folks from the Victor Valley, the Antelope Valley all the way to the Santa Clarita Valley struggle to provide for their families every month. Every dime the state collects in taxes from these hard working Californians should be spent with that in mind and not wasted."

The HJTA report card is a non-partisan tool designed to help Californians gauge how their state representatives are actually performing on taxpayer-related issues, including but not limited to tax increases and direct attacks on Proposition 13.

Palmdale’s Family Volunteer Day a Success
PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s fourth annual Family Volunteer Day, held on Saturday, Nov. 16 was its biggest and most successful to date.

Nearly 280 volunteers, a 35% increase from 2018, donated approximately 837 hours of time participating in a variety of community events.

Among the day’s accomplishments included the painting of the Courson Park “Club House” exterior, the preparation of Poncitlán Square for the holidays with banners and bows cleaned and lamp poles strung with lights; the assembly of 288 Yappy Hour doggie gift bags, 388 homeless hygiene kits, 300 holiday candy bags, 200 FOG (fats, oils and grease) educational bags, creation of 400 Cards for Heroes; and recycling of 760 pounds of cardboard; At SAVES alone, the facility was deep cleaned, the boutique was organized and rotated, the freezer was organized and inventoried, 2,460 pounds of donated clothing was processed and 375 Thanksgiving holiday food bags containing 7,000 lb. of food to feed 1,391 people were put together.

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