GAMC Offers TAVR Presentation

Dr. Amir Rafie will discuss Transcatheter aortic valve replacement on Saturday, Feb. 25. TAVR is a cardiac surgery that enables patients to receive a new heart valve without undergoing open heart surgery.
TAVR emerged as an advanced and proven alternative for patients with severe aortic stenosis who have been deemed inoperable or are at high risk for conventional valve replacement. TAVR is a new kind of technology performed by expertly trained interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons, and it’s saving lives.
Rafie is on the TAVR team at Glendale Adventist Medical Center and is ready to share his clinical expertise and answer questions about this new procedure.
Lunch will be provided and is free for Live Well members. A $10 donation is suggested for nonmembers. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. for those who plan to have lunch. The presentation runs from 2-3 p.m. at Scholl Canyon Estates, 1551 E. Chevy Chase Drive in Glendale. RSVP by calling (818) 409-8091. For more information, visit AdventistHealth/org/Glendale/LiveWell.

Garcetti Makes Appearance

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (center) was hosted by Sir Michael’s Party Rentals owner Michael Nogueira and his wife Eugenie at their home for a special campaign event in preparation for the upcoming mayoral election. Garcetti was recently endorsed by President Barack Obama, who said “Eric is my friend, loyal ally and visionary mayor of Los Angeles.”

Sloan to Speak at City Club on Feb. 21

Tim Sloan

Longtime local resident Tim Sloan, Wells Fargo’s CEO and president, will be the featured speaker at San Marino City Club’s Feb. 21 dinner meeting, it has been announced.

Sloan became CEO in October 2016 and also serves on Wells Fargo’s Board of Directors as well as being a member of the company’s operating and management committees.
“Mr. Sloan is uniquely situated to discuss the meeting’s topic: ‘A CEO Perspective on the Financial Services Industry,’” a City Club spokesperson said. “His experience in all aspects of banking, both wholesale and retail, will provide insights into broader financial and economic issues.” Continue reading “Sloan to Speak at City Club on Feb. 21”

Envision Consulting Holds Successful Nonprofit Board Mixer

Envison Consulting, a local nonprofit search and consulting firm, along with sponsors Bolton Insurance and Missionwell, hosted its third successful nonprofit board matchmaking mixer recently in Pasadena.
A total of 19 selected nonprofits from around the Pasadena area, such as Foothill Family, L.A. Arboretum and Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena highlighted their services and board opportunities to more than 40 professionals seeking volunteer opportunities.
“So many of our nonprofit clients and community partners are always looking for qualified board members. We’re happy to create an atmosphere where they can build their boards with ease,” said Partner Matt Kamin. “Bringing together nonprofits with members of the community allows Envision to take an active role in building capacity for nonprofits of all missions and sizes.”
On average, Envision’s nonprofit board matchmaking mixer generates about one to three board members for five nonprofit and builds important connections for everyone that attends.
“We plan to host more board matchmaking mixers throughout the Los Angeles area this year,” added Partner Allison Fuller. “We hope that the mixers are just the launching points for nonprofits and professionals to build solid relationships that benefit our community as a whole.”
For those interested in learning more about the board matchmaking mixers, go to envisionnonprofit.com/board-matchmaking.

Havner Joins Huntington Hospital Board of Directors

Ron Havner

San Marino resident Ron Havner has been elected to Huntington Hospital’s board of directors, it was announced this week.
Havner serves as chairman and CEO of Public Storage, the largest self-storage company in the world. He joined Public Storage in 1986 and has held a variety of senior management positions until his appointment as CEO in 2002.
He is also a director of PS Business Parks Inc., AvalonBay Communities Inc. and California Resources Corporation. In addition, Havner is the former chairman of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.
He and his wife LeeAnn, who have three grown children, have worked closely with Huntington Hospital through the years, including supporting the expansion of the Emergency and Trauma Center and participation in the Fall Food and Wine Festival.
“The challenges facing healthcare and nonprofit hospitals require strong, dynamic leadership,” said Stephen A. Ralph, Huntington Hospital’s president and CEO. “Ron … will bring great expertise to the Huntington Hospital board, as we continue to provide high quality, compassionate care to our community.”

Methodist Hospital Rated Among Top 2% in Nation

Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia recently received two honors from Medicare and from the SafeCare Group for outstanding patient safety and overall hospital quality.
In December, Methodist Hospital was one of only six hospitals in California — and the only hospital in Los Angeles County — to be recognized by Medicare with five stars, Medicare’s highest award for overall hospital quality. In January, Methodist Hospital was named for the third consecutive year by the SafeCare Group as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country for patient safety.
“We are honored to receive these prestigious rankings,” said Dan Ausman, Methodist Hospital president and CEO. “We sincerely appreciate the efforts of our doctors, nurses and staff for helping Methodist Hospital earn this well-deserved recognition for providing excellent patient care.”

Turtle Island Quartet to Perform at Caltech on Feb. 11

The Turtle Island Quartet with special guest Cyrus Chestnut will present a program titled “Jelly, Rags & Monk” on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium.
This Grammy Award-winning quartet is joined by jazz pianist Chestnut for a program of jazz and classical traditions from Jelly Roll Morton to Thelonious Monk.
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USC-VHH Hosts Seminar on Caring for One With Alzheimer’s

The USC Verdugo Hills Hospital’s Women’s Council is hosting a special seminar on “How to Communicate With Your Loved One With Memory Loss” on Thursday, Feb. 9.
The luncheon and program, to be held in Council Room A/B at USC-VHH, will feature Susan Howland, the director of Caregiver & Community Education for Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles, and Becky Happach, a community liaison for Home Care Assistance.
Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program at noon. The cost is $15; payment must be made before prior to the event. For information, call Barbara Jordan at (818) 952-2226 or email to Barbara.jordan@vhh.usc.edu.

Symphony to Play Russian Works on Feb. 18

Music Director David Lockington and the Pasadena Symphony will present a romantic Russian program on Saturday, Feb. 18, with award-winning pianist Natasha Paremski performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at both 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Ambassador Auditorium.
Also on the program is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique.” Lockington describes the work as “a piece that envisions life, that has the joy, sweetness, tenderness and ultimately in the end — the great sadness that Tchaikovsky carried with him at the time.”
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