Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Goldner as the Director of Marketing and Provider Relations effective immediately. This new position will act as the liaison between the hospital district and the medical and employer community and promote the development of strong bonds with our physicians, their staffs, and the employers in Imperial County.

Goldner has more than fifteen years of experience working in the operations and marketing fields. Ten of those years were devoted to building strong relationships with physician and employer groups. Most recently, she was the Regional Marketer of Business Development for Physical Rehabilitation Network and Industrial Family Medical Care with offices in San Diego and Imperial Counties. She is a native Californian and received her certification as a medical assistant from Bryman College (now Everest Career Education Network).

“Lisa is a welcome addition to our leadership team,” said Richard L. Mendoza, Chief Executive Officer of PMHD. “Her community-based job will be focused on continuing our efforts to mold and enhance the professional relationships with our valley medical and employer partners. Lisa will also drive/support business development efforts as we explore new opportunities and promote existing programs,” continued Mendoza. Goldner will be a direct report to Mendoza.”

Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District is pleased to welcome James Shaw, M.D., to the medical community in Imperial Valley. Dr. Shaw is a graduate of Texas A & M University College of Medicine in College Station, Texas. He completed his internship at the Mayo Clinic and Hospitals in Rochester, Minnesota, and his residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Herrmann Hospital, MD Anderson Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas. He completed a fellowship in pain management at Stanford Hospital and Clinics in Palo Alto, California.

Dr. Shaw has a practice with the M.D. Pain Specialists in Encinitas, California, as well as at Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas, and Tri-City Hospital in Oceanside, California. He is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology/ Pain Medicine. He is a member of the California Society of Industrial Medicine and Surgery, the American Association of Disability Evaluating Physicians, the North American Spine Association, the International Association of the Study of Pain, the International Spinal Injection Society, the North American Neuromodulation Society, and the American Society of Intervention Pain Physicians.

Dr. Shaw’s specialty is pain management, and he is published in this field. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct clinical faculty member with the Stanford Pain Clinic.

“Dr. Shaw brings a new level of expertise in pain management to Imperial Valley, and we look forward to his long association with our Occupational Health Center,” said Richard L. Mendoza, Chief Executive Officer, Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District.

The human body has an almost magical ability to heal itself. But every now and then, it needs some specialized help. That’s where we come in. At Pioneers Memorial Hospital’s new Physical Therapy Center, we not only help patients recover from illness, injury or surgery, we set the standard for rehabilitation in the Imperial Valley and beyond.  We see patients across the lifespan.

For starters, we’re adept at healing all kinds of injuries for all kinds of patients, from pediatric through adult. We have dedicated therapists for virtually every specialty.  Services include but not limited to:  post-op recovery, aquatic physical therapy, pediatric therapy, wound care, return to work, sports, functional capacity evaluations, and physical job requirement evaluation.

The fact that our Center is located conveniently across the street from Pioneers Memorial Hospital is another advantage for our patients. Stroke patients, for instance, have access to a variety of on-site specialists in the event a crisis occurs. It’s also easier to do swallow studies on dysphasia patients because radiologists and speech therapists work down the hall from one another, not in another community.

Within our inpatient unit, our team of certified physical therapists and nurses is committed to excellence. They’re equipped with the knowledge and equipment to treat everything from strokes to bone fractures to head injuries. http://www.pmhd.org/images/TherapyPool.jpg

One of new features of the facility is the indoor aquatic therapy pool, which is the only indoor therapy pool in Imperial Valley. The SwimEx pool is the leading choice for state of the art rehabilitation centers. The paddlewheel propulsion produces controllable resistance in the pool, with an adjustable current.  This adjustment water flow is excellent for patients with back problems, as well as those who require water therapy due to hip replacement surgery.  The pool is maintained between 88 – 96 degrees F.  A hydraulic chair is available to assist clients in and out of the pool which has adjustable depths of 4 feet, 5 feet and 6 feet.  The pool has 8 built-in workstations to customize each patient’s treatment session.

The pool is in a separate room from the physical therapy area to offer greater privacy during the therapy session.  Private changing area with lockers for street clothes is provided.

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