Local Infection Prevention Doctor Named Woman of Year

Dr. Wint Hun

About 17 months ago, when Dr. Wint Hun started reading news reports about a coronavirus spreading out of China, and eventually throughout the entire world, she knew she’d be called up to bat at work soon.
At USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, the young doctor and La Cañada Flintridge resident works as an infectious disease specialist; since March 2020, she has been a member of the hospital’s infection prevention team to help isolate the coronavirus only to the patients who arrive with it and protect the institution’s health-care workers and other patients. Hun also utilized her expertise at Adventist Health Glendale as well as Methodist Hospital in Arcadia, where she has served as a consult and on-call physician.

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Tested by Crisis, Local Nurse Named Woman of the Year

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital nurse Susan Sung Hee Lee was recently recognized as one of the women of the year in Congressman Adam Schiff’s district. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the longtime nurse has stitched together scrub caps for her colleagues as part of their coronavirus safety gear. (Photo courtesy Susan Lee)

This article was originally published in the Glendale News-Press on Aug. 14

A sewing machine and a pair of scissors, along with some key leadership skills, helped Susan Sung Hee Lee navigate some of the worst days of the coronavirus pandemic.
The relief charge nurse at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital had a team to lead when the first wave of the pandemic came crashing down — in the intensive care unit, no less. She continued through the similarly large second surge, then through the nearly catastrophic third outbreak and now faces a fourth rise in COVID-19 caseloads as the school year dawns.
Early on was chaotic, with a barrage of new information and policy changes from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the hospital’s own administration.
Through it all, and whatever the future might bring, the most important thing to Lee is that she’s not alone.

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Art Tells a Nature Story at Wilderness Park

One of Glendale artist Hannah Maximova’s stained-glass mosaics that will be displayed at Deukmejian Wilderness Park. (Photo courtesy Hannah Maximova)

This article was originally published in the Glendale News-Press on Aug. 14

When the Stone Barn Nature Center finally opens at Deukmejian Wilderness Park this year, patrons are likely to be captivated by a stained-glass mosaic that captures the flora, fauna and feel of the vast public space.
The glinting, 26-foot-long mural titled “The Breath of a Deukmejian Day” will be displayed at the site’s amphitheater and is meant to capture the breadth of what the nature park offers — kit foxes, mountain lions, hummingbirds and manzanita trees. It offers viewers a slice of what spending the day at the park might be like, artist Hannah Maximova said.

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Longtime Camaraderie Springs From Neighborhood Clean-Up

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Marilyn Heidecker holds a trash bag open for her 4-year-old son, Charles, as he puts in a piece of garbage found during the Pride of Buckingham clean-up on Saturday.

By Natalie Miranda
Glendale News-Press

When Robin Rose and Paul McKernan moved into their Buckingham Road home in 1988, the couple took it upon themselves to keep their neighborhood clean. They started out by carrying plastic kitchen bags during their morning walks through the canyon to pick up and dispose of stray pieces of trash they would find along their path.

Their example led others to join the effort, as neighbors took to the street to keep Buckingham clean.

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Pandemic Fosters Useful Practice: Telehealth

Although medical centers are well into resuming typical operations and activities, the coronavirus pandemic seems to have opened a door that can’t be shut — telehealth.

A practice necessary to maintain the distancing necessitated by the coronavirus, telehealth — or telemedicine — was also lauded as the pandemic raged for its efficiency in getting patients to their doctor visits. Its remote nature means, provided there is a good internet or mobile data connection, that patients can communicate with doctors at appointment time, instead of hurrying up and waiting in the lobby for ages.

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Tech Firm Honors Local ‘Heroes’

Freshly into the time of being able to, once again, host luncheons and soirees — and indoors, at that — a local company this week invited first responders and others for a ceremony thanking them for guiding Glendale through the coronavirus pandemic.
Tech firm Phonexa, through its Phonexa Cares program, hosted Glendale’s police officers and firefighters, city leaders and school district officials at Phoenicia restaurant on Thursday, where they were treated to a lunch and awards were handed out. In hosting the event, Phonexa’s leadership hoped to pave the way for emerging from the crisis that has gripped the world since March 2020 and, in California, seems to be nearing its end.
“It’s been a very difficult, trying year,” said Armen Karaoghlanian, chief marketing officer for Phonexa, “but everyone we’re recognizing has played a very significant role in how we’ve come together this past year, how we’ve stayed strong and persevered and all the fantastic work that we’ve done to bring the community together.”

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Love in Pandemic Times: Tying the Knot Takes a Toll

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Ayana Pendergrass, Ellis Beamon and their dog Jewel enjoy a moment at their Glendale home. After having to downsize their wedding last summer on account of the pandemic, the couple is a finalist for a contest to fund their “dream wedding.”

By Natalie Miranda
Glendale News-Press

When Ellis Beamon got down on one knee  for Ayana Pendergrass, his marriage proposal was cheered so loudly by family, friends and bystanders that the new bride-to-be’s response was inaudible.

This reaction was one that Beamon had hoped for on his wedding day, but his dream of hearing the resounding celebratory exclamation from a crowd that could fill an arena was left unrealized due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on their wedding plans.

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Connie Humberger | OBITUARY

Connie Humberger

Connie Humberger died at her home in Glendale on May 25, 2021 at the age of 91. The only child of Spaniards Maria Rivas and Andres del Tiempo, her birth name was Concha Dolores del Tiempo. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, graduated from Manual Arts High School in 1947, attended Los Angeles City College, and worked for Pacific Telephone in the late 1940s and early 1950s. In 1951, she married and moved to Glendale where she resided until her death.

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Ann Mary Arrobio | Obituary

Ann Mary Arrobio

Ann Arrobio passed on Sunday, February 21, 2021, in the precious home that she had lived in for over 62 years. She lived in the Glenoaks Canyon and always enjoyed participating in the events held at the Glenoaks Park (pancake breakfasts and dog parades).

A native Angeleno, she moved to Glendale, CA, with her family (Guerino and Carmela Musacco, sister Theresa, brothers Louis and George) in 1938. She entered Glendale High School late in her junior year and was honored to be voted May Queen.

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Healing Arts for Hospital Patients

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As part of the Healing Arts Initiative at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, patients can take advantage of the “art cart” — they can pick a painting by a local artist to display in their hospital room and take home with them when they leave.

When inpatients leave USC Verdugo Hills Hospital and return home, sometimes they take a print of a painting with them.

They get them from the so-called “art cart,” and they’re free for the patients. Elsewhere throughout the community hospital, the patients, doctors, nurses and other staffers are also treated to a variety of locally produced artwork, framed and embellishing upon the walls of hallways, patient rooms and gathering areas. While staying there, inpatients can also tune into video presentations of past art exhibits on iPads brought to their rooms.

It’s all part of the Healing Arts Initiative at USC-VHH.

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