First published in the Dec. 25 print issue of the Glendale News Press.
By Jonathan Williams Glendale News-Press
On an early Friday morning in December, Santa decided to trade his sleigh for a fire truck and a police escort.
Joining Santa were volunteers from Glendale Memorial Hospital, Glendale Unified School District officials, police officers, firefighters and the Los Angeles Galaxy. The festive group donated presents to nearly 500 students from Cerritos Elementary School last week.
Toys of all different types — science kits, soccer balls, games, art supplies — all came from personalized wish lists the students crafted. Continue reading “Christmas Comes Early for Cerritos Students”
Dignity Health-Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center has earned five stars, the highest-possible rating, through the Overall Hospital Star Ratings program by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. “This achievement is a true testament to the commitment of our staff and physicians,” said Jill Welton, GMHHC hospital president. “Providing high-quality, compassionate care in a safe environment is our top priority and it is rewarding to receive this recognition from CMS.” CMS created the Overall Hospital Star Ratings program to help patients and their loved ones compare hospitals. The federal agency assigns star ratings to more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide based on their performance across seven quality performance areas: mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care and efficient use of medical imaging. Only 8% of hospitals nationwide and 11% statewide — and just five hospitals in the Greater Los Angeles area — achieved the five-star rating. Hospitals receive an overall star rating (1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 stars) and a performance category for each measure group (e.g., above the national average, same as the national average or below the national average). The Overall Hospital Rating provides consumers with a simple rating generated by combining multiple dimensions of quality into a single summary score.
When the COVID-19 pandemic appeared in the Southland in March, Dignity Health-Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center took appropriate steps to prepare for the potential influx of patients. Hospitals incurred significant expenses to sustain staffing, build surge capacity and secure equipment while canceling most of its scheduled procedures. According to a spokesperson, the Glendale Memorial Health Foundation knew that its philanthropy efforts would be critical during the pandemic, so it created the Emergency Response/COVID-19 Fund. This fund provides for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other necessary resources to support the hospital and community during this difficult time. “Receiving this $100,000 charitable donation from the S.H. Ho Foundation is a reminder that Glendale Memorial Hospital has more than the support of our private Foundation, it has the support of our whole community,” said GMHHC Hospital President Jill Welton. David Ho, governor of the S.H. Ho Foundation, said, “The Ho Foundation is proud to continue our support of Glendale Memorial. We are extremely grateful for their amazing caregivers who are here for us in our community during these challenging times. As Sandra Day O’Connor said, ‘Be grateful and show it.’ This gift is a gift of gratitude.”
Glendale Memorial Hospital is making a difficult situation easier for its healthcare workers with an onsite grocery store. As grocery chains face restocking issues, safety concerns and restricted hours, it can be difficult for hospital employees to get items they need.
The hospital’s cafeteria has set-up a mini-mart with shopping available every day. “I am so proud of the entire Glendale Memorial family and hope this program provides more time for our staff and physicians to spend at home,” said hospital President Jill Welton.
Alex Valdez, the director of Nutrition Services, shares that staff have expressed their gratitude for the shopping options, with the first day serving more than 100 people. Thanks to partnerships with distributors, like U.S. Foods, the cafeteria is able to sell items to staff at cost.
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