Methodist Hospital Rated Among Top 2% in Nation

Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia recently received two honors from Medicare and from the SafeCare Group for outstanding patient safety and overall hospital quality.
In December, Methodist Hospital was one of only six hospitals in California — and the only hospital in Los Angeles County — to be recognized by Medicare with five stars, Medicare’s highest award for overall hospital quality. In January, Methodist Hospital was named for the third consecutive year by the SafeCare Group as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country for patient safety.
“We are honored to receive these prestigious rankings,” said Dan Ausman, Methodist Hospital president and CEO. “We sincerely appreciate the efforts of our doctors, nurses and staff for helping Methodist Hospital earn this well-deserved recognition for providing excellent patient care.”

Turtle Island Quartet to Perform at Caltech on Feb. 11

The Turtle Island Quartet with special guest Cyrus Chestnut will present a program titled “Jelly, Rags & Monk” on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium.
This Grammy Award-winning quartet is joined by jazz pianist Chestnut for a program of jazz and classical traditions from Jelly Roll Morton to Thelonious Monk.
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USC-VHH Hosts Seminar on Caring for One With Alzheimer’s

The USC Verdugo Hills Hospital’s Women’s Council is hosting a special seminar on “How to Communicate With Your Loved One With Memory Loss” on Thursday, Feb. 9.
The luncheon and program, to be held in Council Room A/B at USC-VHH, will feature Susan Howland, the director of Caregiver & Community Education for Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles, and Becky Happach, a community liaison for Home Care Assistance.
Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program at noon. The cost is $15; payment must be made before prior to the event. For information, call Barbara Jordan at (818) 952-2226 or email to Barbara.jordan@vhh.usc.edu.

Symphony to Play Russian Works on Feb. 18

Music Director David Lockington and the Pasadena Symphony will present a romantic Russian program on Saturday, Feb. 18, with award-winning pianist Natasha Paremski performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at both 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Ambassador Auditorium.
Also on the program is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique.” Lockington describes the work as “a piece that envisions life, that has the joy, sweetness, tenderness and ultimately in the end — the great sadness that Tchaikovsky carried with him at the time.”
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New TAVR Procedure Helps Heart Patients at Glendale Adventist Medical Center

Dr. Eli Capouya (front row, from left), cardiothoracic surgery, and Dr. Harry Balian, interventional cardiology. Back: Dr. Sanjay Sharma, interventional cardiology; Dr. Joseph Bornheimer, interventional cardiology; Leslie Williams, Valve Clinic coordinator; Dr. Amir Rafie, interventional cardiology; and Dr. Armin Kiankhooy, cardiothoracic surgery.

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Americana at Brand Kicks Off Lunar New Year on Feb. 4

The Americana at Brand kicks off the Year of the Rooster on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 2-5 p.m. Presented by Capital One, the festivities will begin with a parade around the shopping center followed by cultural onstage performances, lion dances, a 10-person dragon, stilt walkers, acrobats, and arts and crafts.
The event will conclude with a special performance by Culture Shock L.A. Traditional Asian food vendors include Cloud Food Creations, Belly Bombz, Nitro-Pop, the Ensaymada Project and Coco Fresh Tea & Juice.
Guests will receive lucky red envelopes from the God of Wealth that contains cash, prizes and more.

Costumes and dragons brightened last year’s Lunar New Year celebration at the Americana at Brand.

Admission is free, but some activities require a ticket(s). Tickets are sold for $1 each. Prices for food vendors vary.
For more information, visit Ameri­canaAtBrand.com.

Coldwell Banker Gives Back to Community

On behalf of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Community Foundation, Kathy Seuylemezian (fourth from right) recently presented $5,000 to Josh Epstein and Marilyn Yang of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation. Pictured are LCFEF Executive Director Yang, Tim Drummond, LCFEF President Epstein, Erik Larsen, Doug Drummond, Seuylemezian, Bettina Rosenfeld, Jo Von Tiehl and Michelle Chen. For more than a century, Coldwell Banker has been committed to improving the world where its agents live and work. Its sales associates are passionate about making a difference in their own communities.

Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Adds Board, Committee Members

Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation has announced the addition of five key members to its leadership, including three new board of directors members — Shelley Thompson, Shiva Sattar and Betty Uribe — and two new advisory committee members, Dr. Lily Lee and David Misch.
“The addition of these key community members continues to strengthen the mission of Legacy and the leadership outlook that we are growing as we protect the future of this iconic landmark venue,” said Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Executive Director Dedan Brozino.
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Fusion Hosts Speaker Jan. 26

Join San Marino psychologist Justin Carter for “Teaching Grit,” a lecture about helping teens develop the grit needed for the future. Fusion Pasadena is hosting the talk on its campus on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 6:30-8 p.m.
Does your student give up easily, or begin projects and never finish them?
Call it grit, spunk, determination or courage, there are ways parents can help their children develop these important qualities.
Fusion Pasadena is located at 825 Colorado Blvd., Suite 118, in Los Angeles. An RSVP is appreciated. For more details, visit fusionacademy.com/outreach-events/free-actsat-prep-workshop-2, or call (323) 258-2012.