Frontline Workers Need a Booster Shot of Kindness

First published in the Jan. 13 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

With the latest surge in COVID-19 cases, my mind rewinds to a comment from Dr. Kimberly Shriner of Huntington Hospital. She said that it is too bad that she does not see as many signs in support of first responders anymore. If you recall, such signs sprouted all over the community during the first months of the pandemic.
I thought back further to some reflections last March by Dr. Adam Sharp, whose insights were taken from his work as an emergency physician at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles.
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Huntington Hospital Named ‘High Performing in Maternity Care’

First published in the Dec. 25 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Huntington Hospital has been recognized as “High Performing in Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy)” by the recent U.S. News & World Report.
This report is the first time the U.S. News has published a list of “Best Hospitals for Maternity.”
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Huntington Hospital Named ‘High Performing in Maternity Care’

First published in the Dec. 23 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Huntington Hospital has been recognized as “High Performing in Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy)” by the recent U.S. News & World Report.
This report is the first time the U.S. News has published a list of “Best Hospitals for Maternity.”
The U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower citizens, consumers, business leaders and policy officials to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. More than 40 million people visit USNews.com each month for research and guidance.
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Huntington Hospital Provides $135M in Benefits

First published in the Nov. 11 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

As part of its nonprofit mission, Huntington Hospital provides benefits to the communities it serves, often in the form of health education, outreach and low- or no-cost hospital care for the uninsured and those with limited means. In 2020, the hospital provided about $135.2 million worth of health care services and support to residents of the San Gabriel Valley and beyond.
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Community Center to Host Annual Run & Food Drive

First published in the Nov. 11 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

As the holiday season approaches, the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge is back in person for the 28th year for its Thanksgiving Day Run & Food Drive at Memorial Park.
The event is a local tradition and longtime community favorite among families, athletes and local supporters. The festivities will include a 5K Run, Kids Mile and food drive collection, all before 11 a.m.
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Huntington Hospital Provides $135 Million in Benefits

First published in the Nov. 6 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

As part of its nonprofit mission, Huntington Hospital provides benefits to the communities it serves, often in the form of health education, outreach and low- or no-cost hospital care for the uninsured and those with limited means. In 2020, the hospital provided about $135.2 million worth of health care services and support to residents of the San Gabriel Valley and beyond.
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Huntington Hospital Announces New and Returning Board Members

 

Huntington Hospital has announced that community leader Mei-Lee Ney and physician Dr. Peter Rosenberg have been elected new board members, and Sharon Arthofer and R. Scott Jenkins have been elected as returning board members.
“I’m so pleased to welcome Mei-Lee, Dr. Rosenberg, Sharon and Scott to the board of directors,” said Dr. Lori J. Morgan, president and CEO at Huntington Hospital. “Each of these individuals bring deep knowledge and perspective to our board. I’m grateful for their commitment to advancing compassionate, excellent health care in our community, particularly in these unprecedented times.”
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Pasadena Food Hug Delivers 500 Meals to Huntington Hospital ‘Healthcare Heroes’

Photo courtesy Pasadena Food Hug
Trisha Muse (left), founder of the Pasadena Food Hug program, delivered more than 500 meals to Huntington Hospital’s Stacy Miller to help feed the hospital’s “Healthcare Heroes.” The program, which received a recently $6,000 donation from the Pasadena Host Lions Club, is presented by the Latino Restaurant Association.

The Latino Restaurant Association’s (LRA) Pasadena Food Hug Program recently delivered meals to more than 500 healthcare heroes from Huntington Hospital. The meals were made possible thanks to a $6,000 donation from the Pasadena Host Lions Club to the program. Since its launch last August, the program has raised nearly $80,000 and delivered more than 5,300 meals to essential workers across Pasadena in more than 30 industries, including healthcare, first responders, utilities, grocery and retail, senior living/nursing homes, and nonprofits.
“Pasadena Host Lions Club is honored to serve the community by providing the Latino Restaurant Association this grant in support of its Pasadena Food Hug Program,” said Donna Pomerantz, president of the Pasadena Host Lions Club. “Our motto is, ‘Together We Serve.’ What an exceptional way to make our corner of the world a better place by recognizing our frontline heroes while supporting small business simultaneously.”
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Huntington Hospital Sues on Conditions Imposed on Affiliation

A lawsuit filed by Huntington Hospital and Cedars-Sinai Health System on Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court against the California Department of Justice and the office of the attorney general will challenge the “unprecedented conditions” imposed on them as a result of their proposed affiliation.
The conditions imposed by the attorney general would jeopardize Huntington’s and Cedars-Sinai’s ability to meet the community’s need for access to coordinated, specialized healthcare; lower costs; and provide resources needed for Huntington Hospital to continue critical clinical programs and services for its patients, the two entities said in a joint statement.
The proposed affiliation was announced in March 2020.
“We are shocked at the unprecedented over-reach of the conditions being imposed,” said Huntington Hospital President/CEO Dr. Lori Morgan. “Rather than benefitting our community, the conditions primarily benefit health insurance companies.”
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Stay Alert, Because Journey to Defeat Virus Continues

Dr, Lori Morgan

By Dr. Lori Morgan
Special to the Outlook

To our valued patients, friends, colleagues, partners and community members:
Are we there yet? I remember my son asking that question when a long car trip seemed endless and he was restless to get free of the constraints of his car seat. From the driver’s seat, I was sympathetic but firm for everyone’s safety. In that sense, COVID-19 has been one long, frightful car ride — a journey that has left many of us forever changed. With a vaccine on the horizon, our destination is now in sight — however, we are most definitely not there yet.
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