Two Hospitals Join LANES to Streamline Information Exchange

Glendale Adventist Medical Center and White Memorial Medical Center are partnering with Los Angeles Network for Enhanced Services to deliver better, more efficient health care to the communities they serve. Through the collaboration, the hospitals executed a contract with LANES to support secure information exchange between hospitals, community-based clinics and health plans in Los Angeles to support better care coordination — with special emphasis on underserved populations.
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Noted Physician to Retire After 49-Year Career

Dr. Ronald Wu, OB-GYN

Dr. Ronald Wu, OB-GYN, who for the past 49 years has delivered thousands of babies and provided care for generations of women in Glendale and Greater Los Angeles, is retiring.
Wu’s last day of practice will be June 30.
“From the bottom of my heart, I wish to thank all of my patients for a lifetime of opportunity to give my very best in the specialized care that I provide,” Wu said. “As I reflect on the multi-generations of families I’ve assisted to bring new lives into the world, these years have brought me joy and happiness beyond description.”
On his decision to retire, Wu, 75, added, “It’s time I pay closer attention to my personal health — and I’m also past due catching up with my family.”
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Adventist Health Glendale Boosts New Name, Logo

After serving the community for more than 112 years and growing to more than 2,500 employees, Glendale Adventist Medical Center will soon be known as Adventist Health Glendale. Although Glendale Adventist Medical Center has always been a part of a 20-hospital system known as Adventist Health, this year marks the beginning of a new era for the hospital.
“We are excited to announce the next chapter in the Adventist Health story,” said Kevin Roberts, president and CEO of GAMC. “In the coming weeks and months, we will transition from Glendale Adventist Medical Center to a new name: Adventist Health Glendale, which will allow us to embrace a stronger collective identity as a system. It is important to know that our faith-driven mission and commitment to world class quality and service remains as vibrant as ever.”
In addition to the name change, Adventist Health has launched a new mission, vision, values and logo. “Together Inspired” illustrates the collective vision of the system’s 20 hospitals in communities across California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. As a system, Adventist Health is moving from being a hospital company to a health organization serving and transforming the health experience and outcomes of all its communities.

Crescenta Valley Radio Club Holds Field Day June 24-25

The Crescenta Valley Radio Club will participate in national Field Day activities June 24-25 in Verdugo Park (across from Glendale Community College). On Field Day, Amateur Radio Operators, called Hams, across the county take their equipment and expertise “to the field” to make as many contacts as possible over a 24-hour period.
Field Day provides Hams with the opportunity to hone skills and have fun while making contacts across the U.S. and Canada. The deeper purpose is disaster preparedness as Hams attempt to make contacts in circumstances that mimic the displacement of a disaster. In times of natural disasters such as earthquakes, it is likely no one will be able to use the phone system if it is knocked out or overloaded. Hams are poised to help in the aftermath.
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LCF Orthopaedic Guild Honors Volunteers

La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild members include Caryl Pettit (front row, from left), Jeanne Long, Joan Cleven and Carolyn Geer. Back: Mary Beth Perine, Danielle Barrios, Easy Delaney, Marie Baker, Ginney Pruitt and Judi McClure

Members of La Cañada Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild were recently recognized at the annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at Orthopaedic Institute for Children. Danielle Barrios, assistant director of Volunteer Services and Community Outreach, welcomed members from LCFOG, Las Madrecitas, Las Niñas de La Las Madrecitas, Las Vecinas and Las Amigas de Las Lomas auxiliaries, which were formed in 1956 and comprise Charitable Children’s Guild. Las Niñas de La Madrecitas was formed in 1965.

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Bodybuilding, Fitness Event to Be Held Locally on Nov. 4

The Pro-Amateur World Cup Bodybuilding and Fitness Championship will be held on Nov. 4 at the Glendale Civic Auditorium. This is the first time the competition has been held in Southern California.
It brings together steroid-free athletes from around the world who compete for cash prizes. This final qualifier for Natural Olympia XX in Las Vegas is presented by INBA, the International Natural Bodybuilding Assn., and Go Natural Athlete, a La Cañada Flintridge-based company.
“The No. 1 thing is we’re natural,” said former INBA champion Adrian Pretrariu, the event’s promoter. “So here is a chance for people to support the natural athlete who has been competing without any hormones or muscle-enhancing substances of any kind. These athletes are building their bodies the natural way, eating healthy foods and lifting heavy weights.”
Professional and amateur athletes of all ages are invited to compete and are subject to the guidelines of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Leadership Opportunity at Horse Camp

Teri Botfield, a professional horse trainer, riding instructor and former schoolteacher, is offering high school students and young adults the opportunity to cultivate leadership skills in a “stable” environment through her volunteer Horse Camp Counselor program at Altadena Stables.
Experience engaging with children and horses is not necessary as long as the individual has the desire and willingness to learn. Counselor training sessions, involving horse handling, will focus on safety and components of leadership, including awareness, assertiveness, verbal and nonverbal communication, and emotional intelligence.
The counselor training session is on Saturday, June 10, from 2-4:30 p.m. at Altadena Stables. For individuals who have a conflict with this date, there is a possibility of other arrangements. All participants must register in advance.
Altadena Stables has been hosting successful horse camps for more than 25 years and Botfield’s extensive equestrian and educational experiences bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her programs.
Volunteer counselors may be able to use this valuable experience to fulfill their required school service hours. For more information and to register, call Botfield at (818) 359-3594.

Fiji President Recognizes Local Doctor for Medical Service

The president of the Republic of Fiji, Major General Jioji Konousi Konrote (right), greets Dorothy Beeve and Dr. Jerold Beeve. The Beeves, from La Cañada Flintridge, together received an award for their 25 years of medical missions that have totaled to 28,603 eye exams, 27,714 glasses dispensed, 1,756 cataract extractions with lens implants, 55 corneal transplants and 1,005 other procedures. For more than 30,000 Fijian patients, the majority of whom were legally blind, the Beeve Foundation medical teams have been real life-changers.

USC-VHH Foundation Holds Golf Tournament Benefit

Tyler Przybyla, a Paradise Canyon Elementary student, will be a special guest at the tournament benefit.

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation will hold its 26th annual Golf Classic on Monday, May 22, at the Oakmont Country Club. The tournament will be a best-ball format, but perhaps the “best” part of the day will come when attendees hear first-hand from some of the hospital’s most grateful patients.
All proceeds from the day’s events will fund the highest priority needs in support of patient care at the hospital.
“As long as I walk this earth, I won’t forget the exceptional care that Dr. Tashman and the Emergency Department provided [my son] Tyler that night,” said Tammy Stradiatto.
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GAMC Honored With Award for Stroke Treatment

Glendale Adventist Medical Center received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines: Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award With Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
Hospitals must achieve 85% or higher adherence to all Get With the Guidelines: Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75% or higher compliance with five of eight measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Glendale Adventist Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.
These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. GAMC has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center or as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.
“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Marion Watson, Neuroscience director. “GAMC continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines: Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.”
“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize GAMC for its commitment to stroke care,” said Dr. Paul Heidenreich, national chairman of the Get With the Guidelines Steering Committee and professor of medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the guidelines.”