Walking Tours of Old Town Victorville

Contributed By Marcella Taylor

On Saturday November 2, as part of the Old Town Festival in conjunction with the Route 66 Car Show, two walking tours of Old Town Victorville took place.

They left from the Mormon Springs Rock on the corner of 8th and C and ended at the Route 66 Museum, snaking up and down 8th, 7th, 6th, to C, B, A, Forrest, Yucca, and back down to D, stopping at the numerous Historical Points of Interest sites all along the route. Some highlights were the Fire Museum (formerly the VV Fire Station), the  Green Spot Motel, the Santa Fe Trading Post (formerly a Route 66 filling station,) the McDougal Cottage, the Old Victor School, St. Joan of Arc Church, the Chantry House (the oldest house in VV), the first Victorville Church, the El Rancho Theatre, the Barrel House, and the sites of the Roller Rink and Crystal Plunge Swimming Pool.

Back at the Museum, the groups studied the panoramic photos of old Victorville, noting that D Street and 7th Street were the happening places to be.


Veterans Day Ceremonies Held to Honor Seniors Throughout High Desert

Valley Crest – On November 9, Valley Crest Memory Care in Apple Valley presented a ceremony honoring veterans living in the facility. Youth from ROTC performed a flag folding ceremony. Gentiva Hospice was also a major sponsor of the event.

Residents and staff alike were extremely touched by during the event, as awards were given to those who served their country during their younger years.

Rock Spring Retirement Living – honored its veteran residents during a ceremony on November on November 12. The event featured a flag folding ceremony, and awards were presented to each veteran present. A harpist played and refreshments were served a the ceremony.

Foremost Senior Campus – Veterans at Foremost Senior Campus were honored November 8 in a ceremony sponsored by Foremost and Gentiva, and hosted by Sultana High School ROTM.

Receiving recognition were 26 attendees, including one resident. The Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem were followed by a rifle performances and a flag folding demonstration. Refreshments followed the ceremony.

Sterling Inn – The community bus took 11 Veteran residents to the 19th Annual Tri-Community Kiwanis Veterans Dinner on November 4. The guests were loaded into the bus and taken to Serrano High School for a fantastic meal, served by Snowline School District students of history teacher and historian, Todd Anton.

The students, parents and employees served a gymnasium full of guests, who were treated to a night of honor and tribute.

The local 4H Club gave handmade fleece scarves to each veteran, and sent more home to share with those who couldn’t come.

Sterling Inn’s veterans are still singing praises for the efforts of those involved. All slept well that evening after shaking hands, sharing stories, posing for pictures, and signing numerous autographs.

It was amazing to watch those young people honor the heroes for their service to this country, and learning that “Freedom is Not Free.”

Desert Valley Hospital’s DaVinci Robotic Surgical System Demonstrated

Desert Valley Hospital demonstrated the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System during an event in the hospital’s Outpatient Surgical Services Lobby on November 2.

Hundreds of people attended the event to view the latest version of the system, which the hospital acquired earlier in the year.  Visitors were able to play with the da Vinci robot using interactive displays during the demo. The system has four laparoscopic arms, used to perform minimally invasive procedures for a wide variety of surgeries with pinpoint precision.

The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System is another resource and tools for the hospital’s excellent surgeons to use, making what they already do even better.

Many types of surgeries can benefit from the equipment, according to Jason Logan, representative for the da Vinci system.

People were very excited and very amazed to see up close how the the da Vinci system works. Since a patient would be under anesthesia during the, it was interesting to see what would be done to if they had a surgery using this equipment.

The da Vinci robot offers magnified, 3-D view of the surgical area and the surgeon’s hand movements are translated to the laparoscopic arms. It’s minimally invasive, and less traumatic for the body. Patients get back to normal activities and back to work more quickly.

The da Vinci robot’s trademarked Single-Site Surgery can perform several types of difficult procedures with a single, small incision. Examples include hysterectomies, gallbladder and prostate surgeries being done through the belly button.

Holiday Season Brings Desert Valley Hospital Mission into Focus

Thanksgiving and the holiday season always seem to bring out the best in the human spirit and the employees at Desert Valley Hospital have established a long-standing tradition of doing good for others outside of the hospital environment.

Families in the High Desert will benefit again this year from the generous food donations in the form of gift baskets and grocery store gift cards the hospital staff contributed.

“It is amazing how just a small gesture from individual staff members can truly make a difference in the lives of families over the holiday season,” noted Tina Howard, Director of Marketing for Desert Valley Hospital.

Desert Valley Hospital also helps spearhead an annual holiday collection drive to help needy families. The drive which begins on Black Friday every year, encourages local community members to visit select businesses and donate items such as household goods, beauty items, toys, and teen gifts. These gifts are then donated to underprivileged families throughout the High Desert region.

“We consider the communities we serve to be our friends and neighbors,” stated Margaret Peterson, CEO of Desert Valley Hospital. “In these difficult times we all want to help in any way we can, whether it is through financial contributions or food drives. We can all make a difference.”

The hospital continues to address the healthcare needs of the community while engaging in many charitable endeavors which have impacted all generations. The Desert Valley Senior Wellness Center in Apple Valley offers many free health related services to seniors and exemplifies the hospital’s commitment to residents. It has proven popular with local seniors who are taking full advantage of the educational and recreational opportunities available to them. The hospital’s Annual High Desert Fitness Challenge attracts both senior participation as well as local businesses. Free flu shots, mammography screenings, smoking cessation classes are just a few of the many preventive programs offered to keep the community healthy.

Following the opening of a new Heart Center last year, the hospital has again demonstrated its unwavering commitment to the community with another milestone. The da Vinci 3D Robotic Surgical System was recently unveiled giving patents access to minimally invasive procedures performed by top surgeons utilizing ultra-modern, precisely accurate technology.

In addition, the hospital is affiliated with Desert Valley Medical Group (DVMG) which features many of the region’s leading primary care and specialist physicians. DVMG offers urgent care/walk-in clinics and industrial/occupational medicine and has offices throughout the High Desert making healthcare affordable, accessible and convenient.

The healthcare industry will be facing challenging and uncertain times in the days ahead but as a Top 100 Hospital in the Nation Desert Valley Hospital will remain the hospital of choice for High Desert residents.

For more information please contact Tina Howard, Director of Marketing, Desert Valley Hospital at 760-241-8000 x 8761, or