USC-VHH ‘Wine & Canvas Art Night’ is April 25

The USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Women’s Council is celebrating the opening of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with “Calling All Picassos: Wine & Canvas Art Night” on Wednesday, April 25. The event will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. in the hospital’s Council Rooms A and B.
“This important addition to our community hospital has been a labor of love for the Women’s Council, and we want to help make our littlest ones as comfortable as possible,” an event spokesperson said.
Tickets are $50, which includes wine, appetizers, supplies and art instruction from USC-VHH art therapist Julie Shadpa.
To RSVP by April 23, email or call (818) 952-2226.

Dignity Health Center Renames Plaza for Donor

Photo courtesy Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital
Wayne Herron, vice president of philanthropy, Glendale Memorial Health Foundation, and Julie Sprengel, senior vice president of operations Dignity Health Southern California and interim chief executive of Glendale Memorial meet with Martha and David Ho of the S.H. Ho Foundation, which donated $2.5 million to the hospital.

Dignity Health — Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center has received a $2.5 million gift from the S.H. Ho Foundation. In honor of the generous contribution, Glendale Memorial Hospital’s Laurel Plaza, located in the center of the campus, will be renamed the S.H. Ho Plaza.
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Pasadena Symphony Plays Rachmaninoff on March 24

The Pasadena Symphony continues its 90th season on Saturday, March 24, with Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” at Ambassador Auditorium with performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Music Director David Lockington will open with Alexander Miller’s contemporary overture “Scher” and close with “Enigma Variations of Elgar.” The program centers around a classic Rachmaninoff melody, performed by pianist Andrew von Oeyen. Continue reading “Pasadena Symphony Plays Rachmaninoff on March 24”

Adventist Health Names Physician Hero of the Year

Michelle Jocson, Irene Bourdon and Marion Watson of Adventist Health Glendale honor Dr. Lance Lee.

Dr. Lance Lee was recently named Physician Hero of the Year by Adventist Health Glendale Foundation. He will receive his award at the AHGF Gala on Sunday, April 29. This year’s formal affair includes dinner, a live auction, entertainment and awards presentations.
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Caregiver Conference at USC-VHH Draws 200

More than 200 people attended the Caregiver Action Network event at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital last weekend.
The Washington, D.C.-based Caregiver Action Network hosted the workshop as it has across in locations across the United States over the past few months in order to help family caregivers make medical decisions in tandem with health care providers.
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USC-VHH Holds Babysitting Classes

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital will host upcoming babysitting training classes for the community.
Classes will be held on Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 19, from
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; and Saturday, June 23, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The cost is $45 per class.
To reserve a space, contact Family Education Coordinator Teri Rice at (818) 952-2272, or

Symphony to Play Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird Suite’

Music Director David Lockington returns to the podium on Saturday, Feb. 17, for Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” at Ambassador Auditorium with performances at 2 and 8 p.m. The Pasadena Symphony’s ode to romance arrives just in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The February concert will also feature Dvorˇák’s tribute to a long-lost love, his rapturous Cello Concerto, and a world premiere Pasadena Symphony commission by up-and-coming Pasadena composer Dale Trumbore titled “Infinitely and Without Apology.”
“A rising star among modern choral composers” (AXS), Trumbore’s newest work, “Infinitely and Without Apology,” was written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Women’s Committee of the Pasadena Symphony Association. This ambitious piece explores the idea of developing confidence, particularly — but not exclusively — as a woman. Trumbore addresses how women develop the kind of resilience it takes to share and project their voice in a world where they are often socialized to be quiet and take up minimal space.
Following Trumbore’s world premiere, Israeli cellist Inbal Segev will perform Dvorˇák’s emotionally charged Cello Concerto.
Guests can visit Symphony Lounge at Ambassador Auditorium’s outdoor plaza to enjoy uniquely prepared menus for both lunch and dinner at each concert from Claud & Co., fine wines by Michero Family Wines, plus music before the concert and during intermission. Pre-concert discussions with David Lockington and Dale Trumbore begin one hour before curtain and are available to all ticket holders at no cost.
All concerts are held at Ambassador Auditorium, 131 South St. John Ave., in Pasadena. Subscription packages start at $99. Single tickets start at $35 and may be purchased online at or by calling (626) 793-7172.