USC-VHH to Host Wine-Tasting Event

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

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital’s wine-tasting fundraiser is being held on Friday, Nov. 19, from 5-7 p.m. at the USC-VHH patio, located at 1812 Verdugo Blvd.
The “Fall for Wine” event will feature wines from San Antonio Winery, which will be available for purchase. Funds raised will benefit the construction of USC VHH’s new Interventional Radiology/Cardiac
Catheterization Lab. This resource is a critical tool for diagnosing and treating emergent cardiac conditions.
Entry costs $40 per person, with $20 being tax deductible, according to a USC-VHH statement.
To attend the benefit, RSVP via email to Barbara.Jordan@med.usc.edu, or call (818) 952-2226.

Brain Health Forum on Nov. 6

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital is hosting its sixth annual Brain Health Forum, to be held via Zoom webinar, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6.
Registration is required ahead of time to tune into the free series of talks, which are slated to address a variety of topics related to brain health, aging and diseases and the research behind them. The event is being presented by USC-VHH, the California Alzheimer’s Disease Centers at USC and Rancho Los Amigos, and the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at USC.
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Dorian Takes USC-VHH Helm as CEO

First published in the Oct. 21 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

After holding the interim role since March, Dr. Armand Dorian was named as the new chief executive officer of USC Verdugo Hills Hospital last week and began — or rather, continued — the role immediately.
He now officially replaces Keith Hobbs, who departed the university’s medical system after five years to take the leading role at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Dorian, who has been USC-VHH’s chief medical officer since 2018, is now the Glendale hospital’s first physician-leader and its first Armenian CEO. In an interview at the time, Hobbs described Dorian as his top choice for his replacement, had he anything to say about it.
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Dorian Takes USC-VHH Helm as CEO

First published in the Oct. 16 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

After holding the interim role since March, Dr. Armand Dorian was named as the new chief executive officer of USC Verdugo Hills Hospital this week and began — or rather, continued — the role immediately.
He now officially replaces Keith Hobbs, who departed the university’s medical system after five years to take the leading role at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. Dorian, who has been USC-VHH’s chief medical officer since 2018, is now the Glendale hospital’s first physician-leader and its first Armenian CEO. In an interview at the time, Hobbs described Dorian as his top choice for replacement, had he anything to say about it.
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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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Keck Medicine, USC Verdugo Hills Set COVID Visitation Policy

Keck Medicine of USC announced last week that all visitors to its locations, including USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide proof of a negative test before entering its facilities for an inpatient visitation.
Visitors must be two weeks removed from their final dose of vaccine — that is, the second doses of the Pfizer or Moderna shots or the singular dose of the Johnson & Johnson variety — before visiting. Those visitors can provide their vaccination cards issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, show a photo or copy of the card or use the electronic record to provide proof of vaccination.

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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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Vaccinations a Hit With Youth Baseball Club

Photo by Zane Hill / Outlook Valley Sun
Trevor Rivas, Chase Regan and Milo Lin proudly show off their bandages on Saturday after receiving their first round of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. The vaccines will allow them and other members of their La Cañada youth baseball team to travel and compete in a tournament in Cooperstown, New York, next month.

Who knew a bunch of preteen boys and girls would wake up early on a Saturday or Sunday excited to go get a shot?

This past weekend, nearly 1,200 of them did, and their families brought them to USC Verdugo Hills Hospital to get their first doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. The hospital administered another 850 doses this week.

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ALF Cañada Auxiliary of Professionals Provides Meals to USC-VHH

Photo courtesy ALF
CAP member Astrid Soegaard receives lunches from a Penelope’s employee for front-line workers at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital.

The Assistance League of Flintridge’s auxiliary, Cañada Auxiliary of Professionals (CAP), have provided meals to frontline workers at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital on four occasions this year.
After having provided meals to USC-VHH in the spring of 2020, CAP member Astrid Soegaard suggested a second round of meals be provided. CAP membership unanimously supported this proposal.
The project was coordinated through the website Meal Train Plus, which was established to support COVID-19 front-line workers at USC-VHH.
Local businesses Penelope’s, Gelsinger’s and Stella’s were enthusiastic participants in the philanthropic project, providing lunches and dinners.
CAP members participate in five philanthropic programs: Scholarships, Cappy Bears, SPROUTS, and CAP Care PACs, and work with Assistance League of Flintridge in Operation School Bell. CAP philanthropies are supported by sales in the Bargain Box thrift shop, which includes toy sales.
To learn more about Cañada Auxiliary of Professionals, CAP philanthropic programs, social activities and membership, visit ALFlintridge.org or call (818) 790-1328.