Local Man Named Leader of the Year at Memorial Health Foundation

Wayne Herron

La Cañada Flintridge resident Wayne Herron, chief philanthropy officer at Glendale Memorial Health Foundation, is the recipient of this year’s Southern California Association of Healthcare Development Outstanding Leader Award.
Herron has been a professional fundraiser since 1996. During his career, he has worked in education and healthcare, in faith-based and secular environments. He currently serves as chief philanthropy officer for Glendale Memorial Health Foundation at Dignity Health — Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center.
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‘Astronomer’s Dream’ Presented at Caltech

“The Astronomer’s Dream” will be presented on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. This program is part of Caltech’s Science Saturday series.
This film is a journey through a computer graphic visualization of space, based on data obtained by NASA satellites.
Anna Ho, a Caltech planetary astronomy graduate student, will introduce the film and guide the post-screening discussion.
Tickets are $10 (general admission) and can be purchased at the Caltech Ticket Office, 1200 E. California Blvd., and at the Beckman Auditorium Box Office beginning one hour before the event.
Beckman Auditorium is located at 332 S. Michigan Ave. in Pasadena. For information, call the Caltech Ticket Office at (626) 395-4652.

Taylor’s Welcomes Golden Knights

Elva Gutierrez, Bruce Taylor, Virgil Dinger and Rick Dinger

In what has become an annual tradition, Taylor’s Steak House welcomed the St. Francis Golden Knight football team for dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 25. During the event, St. Francis alumnus Rick Dinger presented Bruce Taylor, owner of Taylor’s Steak House, with a custom designed shirt celebrating the support that the restaurant has given to the team over the years.

Five Stars for Knee and Valve Surgery at Dignity Health

Dignity Health — Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center has been named a 2018 five-star recipient for knee surgery and valve surgery, following this year’s evaluation from Healthgrades, a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.
Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.
These achievements are part of findings by Healthgrades featured in their 2018 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally.
“It is rewarding to know we are achieving our mission and ensuring we continue to meet the needs of our patients while providing excellent care to all,” stated Julie Sprengel, senior vice president, Operations, Dignity Health SoCal and interim president, Glendale Memorial Hospital.
In addition, the hospital earned five stars for vaginal delivery, C-section delivery and hysterectomy.
“Consumers place high value on information about hospital quality and use it to evaluate their choices for care,” said Dr. Brad Bowman, chief medical officer, Healthgrades. “Hospitals that have achieved recognition for their quality outcomes prove their commitment to their patients and their community at large.”
For more information, visit glendalememorialhospital.org.

Roberts Leaving Adventist Health Glendale

Kevin Roberts

Adventist Health Glendale recently announced that current President and CEO Kevin Roberts will be leaving the organization, effective Nov. 3, to pursue other opportunities.
In a memo to employees, physicians, volunteers and board members, Beth Zachary, AHGL Governing Board Chair, wrote, “I want to thank Kevin for his leadership and acknowledge the good work he and his team have accomplished to expand access and improve care for the Glendale community.”
As the board chair, president and CEO of the Adventist Health Southern California Region, Zachary will serve as the interim CEO while the search for a permanent leader is underway. To ensure a smooth transition, Zachary has appointed Terri Day, who has been advising AHGL’s executive team for the past several months, to oversee day-to-day operations. Terri is a well-respected and seasoned health care administrator with an exceptional background in hospital operations.
“Adventist Health Glendale is a terrific hospital with an inspired mission, amazing people and a rich legacy of healing,” Roberts said. “I know that this hospital will continue to thrive and succeed and that its best years are still ahead.”

Rusnak Auto Group Donates $100,000 to Cancer Support Community

Photo courtesy CSCP
Celebrating the $100,000 donation are Meg Symes, Cancer Support Community’s executive director; Paul Rusnak, founder and chairman of Rusnak Auto Group; Liz Rusnak Arizmendi, vice president of public relations at Rusnak Auto Group; Michael Healy, CSCP board president; and Patricia Ostiller, CSCP director of development.

Cancer Support Community Pasadena recently received an unprecedented $100,000 matching gift from Rusnak Auto Group. Paul Rusnak, founder of Rusnak Auto Group, had announced a matching challenge of $100,000 at CSCP’s annual gala five months ago.
“We are incredibly grateful to Paul for his tremendous generosity,” said Meg Symes, CSCP’s executive director. “This was an incredible opportunity for CSCP. We got to work promoting this amazing matching opportunity and our donors rose to the occasion. In three months, more than 250 individual donors raised more than $100,000 and Paul sent CSCP a generous matching check.
“Paul, his daughter Liz Rusnak Arizmendi, and the entire Rusnak family are setting the stage for a new level of philanthropy for the women, men and children CSCP serves who are facing cancer. This match clearly inspired many others to join in supporting CSCP; we thank Paul, Liz, Rusnak Auto Group, and all of our donors who met this remarkable matching opportunity for appreciating CSCP’s mission.”
Founded in 1990, Cancer Support Community Pasadena is a nonprofit organization providing support groups, educational workshops and stress management classes to individuals affected by cancer. CSCP is located at 76 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 215, in Pasadena. All programs are offered free of charge to cancer patients and their families, friends and caregivers.

Constantine Family to Read at Flintridge Bookstore

The three Constantines

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse welcomes actor/writer Michael Constantine and his son and daughter, poet Brendan Constantine and novelist Thea Constantine, for a talk on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. Join them for a special (family safe) event where a family reads eventfully.
Michael Constantine is an award-winning actor whose career spans more than half-century. He has created groundbreaking roles on stage, screen and television. He is perhaps best known to audiences for the role of Gus Portukalos in the “Big Fat Greek Wedding” franchise. In recent years, he has emerged as a compelling author. He is currently shopping his first novel, “The Sins of Holy Men.” This book was printed on the Espresso Book Machine (EBM) at Flintridge Bookstore.
Brendan Constantine is a poet based in Los Angeles. His work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Field, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly and Ninth Letter, among other journals. His most recent collection is “Dementia, My Darling” (2016 Red Hen Press). He has received grants and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently teaches poetry at the Windward School and regularly offers classes to hospitals, foster homes, veterans and the elderly.
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Adventist Health Doctors Head to Armenia on Medical Mission

With more than 45 volunteer medical professionals, Armenia Fund and Adventist Health Glendale are gearing up for their third medical mission to the Noyemberyan Hospital, located in Armenia’s northeastern Tavush region, near the border with Georgia and Azerbaijan.
The annual medical mission has been carried out since 2015, with the aim of helping upgrade Armenia’s rural medical infrastructure and providing much-needed medical care to residents across Tavush.
This year’s medical mission will take place between Sept. 17 and 22, offering free medical services, including surgeries, to residents of Noyemberyan and the surrounding 30 villages. As in previous years, the mission will also provide the opportunity for physicians, surgeons, nurses and other medical professionals from Glendale to continue their strong partnership with Noyemberyan Hospital staff in working closely on this mission.
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Training for Warriors Launches 8-Week Challenge

Training for Warriors is starting a new eight-week Transformational Challenge beginning Sept. 18. Not only is the challenge a way to be introduced to the Training for Warriors program, it has the added benefit of jump-starting someone’s fitness level ahead of the holiday season. It consists of three days each week over eight weeks. It doesn’t matter what your fitness level is. Training for Warriors welcomes anyone who wants to be a part of a team that works together for a healthier mind and body.
Anthony David, owner of Training for Warriors La Cañada has tried or taught most of the latest physical fitness programs in one way or another. Disappointed in most programs’ single focus, he looked hard to find a program that encompassed a holistic approach to working out, an approach that supported his mantra: Lose Weight, Build Muscle and Feel Good.
“Training for Warriors’ philosophy is to combine metabolic conditioning with strength training in a group environment that brings out teamwork, support and friendship,” David said. “In our classes, we focus intently on form and doing exercises properly. Our goal is not to get hurt, but to build stronger bodies for a fuller, healthier life.”
Training for Warriors is located at 457 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada Flintridge. For more information, call (818) 968-6458 or visit tfwlacanada.com.

Manager Receives Best Boss Recognition

Penny Ledbetter, president

C. Sanders Emblems, a San Fernando-based advertising specialty company, has announced that the promotional-product industry magazine PPB has named C. Sanders Emblems’ President Penny Ledbetter one of the industry’s best bosses of 2017.
The announcement comes as C. Sanders Emblems marks 60 years in business as one of the nation’s largest sellers of custom-made lapel pins. Ledbetter bought the company in 2007.
“It’s a tremendous honor, not to mention a surprise, and I’m especially excited about the publicity this award will bring to the company as a whole,” Ledbetter said. “I’m grateful to my employees for their hard work and support, and I’m all the more energized to make big things happen for a truly wonderful company.”
PPB has issued its annual list of managerial standouts each year since 2010.
This year, the editors received more than 90 reader nominations and selected 14 individuals for the distinction based on their “ability to create a great work environment, manage by empowerment, mentor their employees and make coming to work a joy.”
PPB is published monthly by Promotional Products Association International, a nonprofit organization representing more than 10,000 member companies. The magazine’s 2017 Best Bosses list will be published in its forthcoming October issue.