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KPC Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tirso del Junco, Jr. Interviewed on ABC7
Video interview with KPC Health’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tirso del Junco, Jr. on June 5, 2021.
Firefighter Injured Battling Silverado Fire Released From Hospital After 17 Surgeries
An Orange County Fire Authority firefighter who suffered critical burns while battling the Silverado Fire last October is finally being released from the hospital. Dylan Van Iwaarden, 26, was one of two firefighters injured while battling the Silverado Fire. He was discharged Wednesday afternoon to the rehabilitation unit at UC Irvine Medical Center. He has spent 114 days at the Orange County Burn Center in Santa Ana and underwent 17 surgeries, OCFA said. At one point he was in a medically induced coma. As the 26-year-old was pushed on a gurney along the sidewalk in front of the OC Burn Center at Santa Ana’s Orange County Global Medical Center, dozens of members of his department, doctors, nurses, family and friends clapped and cheered.
O.C. firefighter released from hospital 4 months after being badly burned in Silverado Fire
The Silverado Fire occurred in October of 2020, months later, a firefighter who was severely injured was released from the hospital. Dylan Van Iwaarden sat up in a gurney as he was wheeled out of Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana. Van Iwaarden went through over a dozen surgeries due to his skin being extremely burned from the Silverado Fire. “I’m so thankful for everybody being here for me. It was tragic then, but I’m getting better,” Van Iwaarden said. His arms were bandaged and he wore a hat and mask but deep scars were visible on his cheeks and hands. Van Iwaarden was initially placed in a medically induced coma, spent 114 days in the hospital’s burn center and underwent 17 surgeries, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. He needed operations to replace dead skin with skin from other parts of his body, doctors said.
A firefighter enveloped by flames while battling the Silverado fire east of Irvine in October relearned how to walk and talk after months in treatment and was released from OC Global Medical Center in Santa Ana on Wednesday, Feb. 17, to continue his rehabilitation at another facility. Dozens of first-responders and medical staff cheered as Orange County Fire Authority personnel wheeled firefighter Dylan Van Iwaarden, 26, from the doors of OC Burn Center at OC Global Medical Center to an ambulance bound for UCI Medical Center.Continue reading
OC Man Tests Positive For COVID-19 Weeks After Getting Second Vaccine Dose
MISSION VIEJO (CBSLA) — Monday marked three weeks since a Lake Forest man received his second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, and one day since he got a positive COVID-19 test result.
“Yesterday, I got a phone call from the Orange County Health Department,” Gary Michael said. “They told me that, yes, I’m positive with coronavirus, and they went through my symptoms and the precautions of what I should do as far as quarantine.”
Michael was tested for the virus when he went to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo on Saturday for an unrelated health issue.
“You might be surprised by this man’s story, this patient’s story, I’m not, and it’s not the first one that I’ve heard of,” Dr. Tirso del Junco Jr., chief medical officer of KPC Health, said. “I think I’ve heard of six or seven independent cases over the last three weeks of individuals that have been vaccinated with different timelines that have tested positive, and I think we’re going to continue to see that more and more.”
‘It’s As Real As It Gets’ – Father of 3 Shares COVID-19 Warning After Month in Coma
One man wanted to share his experience with COVID-19. Hetty Chang reported on NBC4 News on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021.
OC Hospitals Told To Cancel Elective Surgeries, Add Space As Hospitalizations Hit New Record High At Over 1K
Video interview with Dr. Tirso del Junco Jr., Chief Medical Officer at KPC
O.C. hospitals urged to cancel elective surgeries amid fear system ‘may collapse’ due to COVID-19 spike
At Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana, tents were set up outside the emergency room Thursday evening to deal with the influx of COVID-19 patients. But finding enough staff to treat all the patients has become a larger problem than finding enough beds, said Dr. Tirso del Junco Jr., chief medical officer at KPC Health, the company that runs the hospital.
“Our challenge is getting the nurses,” del Junco told KTLA. “We have beds — if we can get the nursing staff and get them in the numbers that we need. I think everybody’s being challenged by that.” Del Junco added that the hospital system has been experiencing a shortage of doctors, as well
Orange County COVID-19 hospitalizations are still surging.
On Wednesday, the county reported 974 people are hospitalized for the virus — which is another new record. Currently, 239 patients are in the ICU.Continue reading