Dr. Jackie Fisher's Health Condition Updates

Updates on the Fisher family will be provided on an as-needed basis.

Fisher to be released from hospital, transferred to rehabilitation facility

Posted Tuesday, April 30, at 10:47am

AVC Superintendent/President Dr. Jackie L. Fisher Sr. is due to be transferred from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility today as he recuperates from injuries sustained in an April 7 traffic collision.

Fisher is reported to be making “miraculous” progress in his recovery, according to family members. Physicians are “amazed” at Fisher’s progress.

At one point recently, Fisher was being evaluated by a nurse who asked if he knew the year and where he was. He answered correctly.

However, the nurse grew concerned when she asked him to name the president and he replied “Jackie Fisher.” 

After the nurse was told that Fisher was the college president, she asked if he could identify the president of the United States and he responded, “Obama.”

Fisher is not yet accepting visitors and family members have not disclosed the name of the rehabilitation facility.

Funeral arrangements announced

Posted Monday, April 22, at 10:00am

A funeral for Nickolas Lee Smith, the grandson of Carla and Dr. Jackie Fisher Sr., will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, April 25 at The Highlands Christian Fellowship, 39625 20th St W, Palmdale, 93551.

The 6-year-old was a passenger in the Fisher’s car that was involved in a traffic collision on April 7.

Anyone wanting to contribute to a repast following the service can donate cash or checks made out to “cash” to the AVC Institutional Advancement Office in the Administration Building. (Donations aren’t tax deductible.) The repast will be held at The Highlands.

Halley-Olsen-Murphy in Lancaster is handling funeral arrangements.

President continues to show improvement

Posted Monday, April 15, at 8:53pm

A week after a devastating car crash, AVC President Dr. Jackie L. Fisher Sr. continues to show signs of improvement. Family members report this weekend that Fisher is conscious and speaking, though he still remains in the intensive care unit of a local hospital.

Updates will be posted on Fisher's condition as information is received from the family.

Doctors encouraged by progress

Posted Friday, April 12, at 2:05pm

Fisher family members reported today that doctors are encouraged by Dr. Jackie L. Fisher's strong vital signs in his recovery from Sunday's traffic collision. He remains in intensive care.

Incidentally, Fisher's birthday is Saturday.

Meanwhile, Fisher's granddaughter, Naina, is making excellent progress and is due to be released from the hospital today. Carla Fisher remains hospitalized.

Family members continue to express their gratitude to the community for the outpouring of love and support.

Updates on the Fisher family will be provided on an as-needed basis.

No change to report in Fishers' progress

Posted Thursday, April 11, at 1:30pm

There is virtually no change in what was reported Wednesday as to the status of Dr. Jackie L. Fisher Sr., his wife Carla, and granddaughter Naina. All remain hospitalized and are receiving treatment for injuries they received in Sunday’s traffic collision near Rosamond.

From this point forward, updates on Fisher family members will be posted only when there is significant news to report.

People can still gather to fill out get well greetings and other sentiments for the family from noon to 1 p.m. today in the staff lounge, located on the east side of the Cafeteria, and noon to 1 p.m. Friday in the Student Lounge, located in the Student Center adjacent to the Marauder Bookstore. Also, cards may be filled out or left at the switchboard in the Administration Building.

Anyone wanting to donate money for food can do so at the Advancement Office in the Administration Building.

Medical team continues to monitor family's progress

Posted Wednesday, April 10, at 4:52pm

There is nothing new to report on the conditions of the three Fisher family members following Sunday's traffic collision. Health care professionals continue to monitor the progress of Jackie and Carla Fisher, along with their granddaughter.

The campus community has contributed $872 so far to provide food to family members while they maintain vigil at the hospital.

Anyone wanting to gather to fill out get well greetings and other sentiments for the family, is welcome to do so noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in the staff lounge, located on the east side of the Cafeteria, and noon to 1 p.m. Friday in the Student Lounge, located in the Student Center adjacent to the Marauder Bookstore. Also, cards may be filled out or left at the switchboard in the Administration Building.

Anyone wanting to donate money for food can do so at the Advancement Office in the Administration Building.

Fisher family showing improvement

Posted Wednesday, April 10, at 12:35pm

Physicians have decided to maintain AVC President Dr. Jackie L. Fisher Sr. on sedation Wednesday in order to conduct further medical evaluation and treatment. On Tuesday night, he was responsive to touch and voice.

Meanwhile, Carla Fisher is improving. She is communicative and eating, though both she and Dr. Fisher remain in intensive care.

The Fisher’s granddaughter, Niana, is also improving. Niana is able to get out of bed and to walk.

Members of the Fisher family have expressed their deep appreciation for the love and support that has been shown them by the AVC community, including having meals delivered to the hospital. Employees are asked not to visit the hospital.

Tuesday night, thanks to the generosity of AVC employees, the family enjoyed Italian food for dinner.

The Board Room, SSV 151, is open again from noon to 1 p.m. today for people to sign a “get well” poster, write cards to the family, pray and talk. A basket containing cards and the banner will be taken to the family.

Anyone unable to visit SSV 151 during the lunch hour may deliver cards to the switchboard in the Administration Building. Also, blank cards will be available at the switchboard.

In addition, anyone wanting to donate for food may do so by going to the AVC Advancement Office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. (Only cash or checks made out to “cash” can be accepted. Donations will not be tax deductible.)

President remains in intensive care

Posted Wednesday, April 10, at 7:30am

Family members report that surgery performed Monday on Dr. Jackie L. Fisher Sr. appears to be successful and that the medical team will bring him off sedation on Wednesday. He remains in the intensive care unit (ICU).

His granddaughter, Niana, has been taken out of ICU and transferred to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Carla Fisher continues to be closely monitored by the medical team.

The family would appreciate individuals respecting their privacy during this difficult and challenging time by not visiting the hospital.

Meanwhile, there continues to be an outpouring of support to the Fisher family.

AVC employees have responded with donations to provide food to family members maintaining vigil at the hospital.

More than 11,000 people have viewed the post about the Fishers on AVC’s Facebook page, with more than 70 posting well wishes and comments.

More than 50 students, employees and community members attended an outdoor prayer gathering sponsored by Campus Christians on Tuesday morning. Many employees and students visited the Board Room, SSV 151, between noon and 1 p.m. Tuesday to sign a “get well” poster, write cards to the family, pray and talk.

The Board Room, SSV 151, will be open again noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday for anyone who would like to sign the “get well” poster, write cards or meditate. A basket containing cards and the banner will be taken to the family.

Anyone unable to visit SSV 151 during the lunch hour may deliver cards to the switchboard in the Administration Building. Also, blank cards will be available at the switchboard.

In addition, anyone wanting to donate for food may do so by going to the AVC Advancement Office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. (Only cash or checks made out to “cash” can be accepted. Donations will not be tax deductible.)

Updates on the Fisher family will continue to be provided twice daily. Also, updates will be available on www.avc.edu and on Antelope Valley College's Facebook page.

President's condition unchanged

Posted Tuesday, April 9, at 9:30am

There is no reported change in the condition of President Dr. Jackie L. Fisher Sr. and other family members who were hospitalized Sunday following a traffic collision near Rosamond. Jackie and Carla Fisher’s grandson, 6-year-old Nickolas Lee Smith, was killed in the 5:34 p.m. collision.

Medical personnel continue to closely monitor Dr. Jackie L. Fisher Sr. and family members. The family would appreciate individuals respecting their privacy during this difficult and challenging time.

Updates will be provided at least twice daily -- morning and afternoon -- or at other times as needed. Updates are also available on the AVC website, www.avc.edu.

How to support the family or to get support for yourself

Posted Tuesday, April 9, at 9:30am

People who would like to express well wishes for Dr. Jackie Fisher and his family or spend time in quiet meditation may do so between noon and 1 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the Board Room, SSV 151.

People are invited to bring their own cards for Dr. Fisher or to write words of encouragement and well wishes on blank cards provided in SSV 151. In addition, a large "Get Well" banner will be available in SSV 151 for sentiments and signatures. A basket containing cards and the banner will be taken to the family.

Anyone unable to take cards to SSV 151 during the lunch hour may deliver cards to the switchboard in the Administration Building. Also, blank cards will be available at the switchboard.

In addition, to support the large number of Fisher family members in town who are maintaining a vigil at the hospital, money is being accepted to buy food for those at the hospital. (Again, people are urged not to visit the hospital.) Anyone wanting to donate for food may do so by going to the AVC Advancement Office office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. (Only cash or checks made out to “cash” can be accepted. Donations will not be tax deductible.)

A grief counselor will be available from 9 a.m. to noon today in Room A140 (Administration Building) to speak one-on-one with employees. The counselor is provided through the district’s insurance provider as part of the Employee Assistance Program. Anyone wanting more information on the counseling should contact Ana Patin in the Human Resources Office, ext. 6116.

Students to lead prayer for Fisher family

Posted Tuesday, April 9, at 9:30am

In response to the Fisher’s family request for prayer, the Campus Christians club is inviting the campus community to join them for prayer 11:15-11:30 a.m. today outdoors in front of LS1-130. Everyone is welcome.

Medical personnel monitor president

Posted Monday, April 8, at 5:30pm

Medical personnel continue to closely monitor Dr. Jackie L. Fisher Sr. and family members who were hospitalized following a traffic collision near Rosamond. The family would appreciate individuals respecting their privacy during this difficult and challenging time.

Updates on the Fisher family will be posted each morning and evening through Campus Updates until further notice.

A counselor will be available from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday in Room A140 (Administration Building) to speak one-on-one with employees regarding the incident with the Fisher family. The counselor is provided through the district’s insurance provider as part of the Employee Assistance Program. Anyone wanting more information on the counseling should contact Ana Patin in the Human Resources Office, ext. 6116.

Monday night’s board meeting has been postponed until next Monday, April 15, due to the accident involving the Fisher family. Sharon Lowry is acting as superintendent/president in Fisher’s absence.