Huntington Hospital Names New President/CEO

Huntington Hospital announced that its board of directors has appointed Dr. Lori Morgan as president and chief executive officer, effective in September. She will replace Stephen Ralph, who announced three months ago his intention to step down from his roles when the new CEO is in place.
Morgan brings nearly 30 years of healthcare and healthcare administration experience with a focus on developing programs that support patient care, strengthening physician relationships and enhancing financial performance. She most recently served eight years as corporate vice president of Legacy Health, Portland’s largest local health system, and as president of Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, the system’s largest hospital.
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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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