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.

An ‘Unparalleled’ Civil Servant, Spence Dies at 80

Dave Spence

La Cañada Flintridge lost Dave Spence on Tuesday.
The devoted city councilman and six-time mayor died from an apparent heart attack at his home, according to a statement from the city. Spence, 80, was found Tuesday morning.
Spence loved LCF, and, judging by a quarter-century worth of election results, the city loved him.
In March, he was re-elected for a seventh term as a member of the City Council, on which he’d served since 1992, including those record six turns as mayor: “In my opinion, La Cañada Flintridge is one of the greatest cities in this state,” Spence said during his last campaign.
“Dave Spence’s love for our community was truly unparalleled in our history,” wrote Steve Del Guercio, also a former mayor and longtime friend of Spence, in an email. “Seemingly ubiquitous, he touched the lives of generations of La Cañadans with his kindness, goodwill and dedication to helping others.”
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.
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Obituary – Richard Dix Wood

Richard Wood
Richard Wood

 October 14, 1939 – May 6, 2017

Richard Wood, a resident of San Marino for 21 years, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 6, due to complications of injuries sustained in a bicycle accident. His loving family was by his side.
Dick was born on Oct. 14, 1939, in Denver, Colorado, to Frank and Margaret Wood, recently of Lake San Marcos. He was the beloved husband of Patra (nee Thompson), brother of the late Debra (Fred) Folbrecht of Lake San Marcos and Catherine (Wayne) Schultz of Brookfield, Wisconsin.
He is survived by his sons Ron (Anh) of San Marino and Michael of Phoenix, Arizona; stepchildren Tovah (Johnathan) Kolodisnki of Watsonville, California, and Aaron Badart of Hancock Park, California; grandchildren Rachel, Ryan, Nicole, Michael Jr. and Jared, and step-grandchildren Violet and Taytem.
He will be greatly missed by his nephew Eric (Jeanelle) Folbrecht and nieces Amy (Rich) Ward and Tamara Schultz.
Dick graduated from the Mechanical Engineering School of Kansas University. He achieved success as an innovator in the fields of optics and engineering. Being a tremendous leader and dedicated professional, he mentored many during his career. His work ethic, determination and generous nature have touched so many in all aspects of his life. His passions bicycling, boating, hiking and traveling took him all over the world. His enthusiasm for these endeavors was shared by all who knew him.
To those of you who were aware of his accident, and to those who may be learning just now, we thank you on behalf of the Wood family for all your thoughts and prayers. The family asks anyone wishing to make a memorial donation in his honor to please consider riverstone.org, bikeleague.org or City of Hope, 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91011 (attn: Amy Cook), or through the website https://secure.cityofhope.org/donate/main/cardsforhope.aspx and note the gift is in honor of Dick Wood.

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.”

Obituary – Arlene Kelly

Arlene Kelly
Arlene Kelly

Arlene Kelly, 84, passed away peacefully April 27 with her family by her side.
“Artie” was born in Grinelle, Kansas, to Francis and Emma Holdforth. At the age of 4 she and her brothers and sisters moved to Fredericksburg, Texas.
While attending McNay Art Institute in San Antonio, she met and married Lt. Cornelius B. Kelly III. In their 61 years of marriage they shared 20 homes, countless travel adventures and raised seven loving children. After moving to San Marino in 1978, she became an active member of the community. She was on the board and held numerous positions in the San Marino Women’s Club, Garden Club and PEO.
She was a gracious, kind, fun-loving and generous woman who was loved and treasured by all that knew her.
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Stroke Awareness Month

Photo courtesy USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

Attendees Maria Drummond and Mary Gant flank Dr. Matt Tenser, who led a seminar on stroke awareness. More than 75 people attended last week’s Stroke Awareness Seminar at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, where Tenser, a vascular neurologist and neurointerventionalist at Keck Medicine of USC, spoke about the risks, warning signs and treatment of stroke. Free carotid artery and blood pressure screenings also were administered to participants.

Glendale Memorial Hospital President to Retire

Jack Ivie

Health care leader Jack Ivie will conclude his 42-year career and retire from his position as president of Glendale Memorial Hospital, effective June 30.
Entering health care in 1975 as a licensed physical therapist, practicing at St. John’s Hospital in Oxnard, Ivie’s career encompassed progressive experience in clinical, operational and senior leadership positions with acute care hospitals in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties.
Ivie’s lifelong service to Glendale Memorial Hospital is significant, stemming from a committed history with the hospital. Each of his four children was born at Glendale Memorial and this connection, as well as his service as hospital president and in various hospital administration roles, is clearly evident.
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St. Bede the Venerable Choir Holds Spring Concert May 19

St. Bede the Venerable Church in La Cañada Flintridge Music Ministry is proud to announce its annual spring concert, featuring the works of Franz Schubert Mass in G and Beethoven’s “Hallelujah; Christ on the Mount of Olives,” on May 19 at 8 p.m.
The concert, which costs a donation of $15 for adults and $5 for children, will take place at St. Bede the Venerable, located at 215 Foothill Blvd.
Franz Schubert’s Mass in G was composed in 1815 in less than a week, the year after his first Mass had been successfully performed in Shubert’s home parish. The second Mass was originally more modestly scored than the first, which is characteristic for Schubert; he is more interested in an over-all devotional mood of a religious composition than in individualistic romantic text-expression, compared to those, for example, that Beethoven would use in his Masses.
“Hallelujah; Christ on the Mount of Olives” (Christus am Olberge Op. 85), is an oratorio by Ludwig van Beethoven portraying the emotional and dramatic humanistic portrayal of the Christ passion, which includes the popularity of the finale chorus “Hallelujah,” frequently performed by church, high school and college choirs.
For more information, call (818) 949-4300 or (818) 321-5503.

Obituary – Morgan Danielle Manning

Morgan Danielle Manning
Morgan Danielle Manning

Morgan Danielle Manning was born on Feb. 6, 2003, at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena to Kerwin and Madelyn Manning. Morgan was the second child of this union. Both she and her older sister Madison were miracles considering Kerwin and Madelyn were told they could not conceive children.
Morgan was a chubby little baby. People would say she looked like her dad and others would affectionately call her “Little Mona” because she looked so much like her grandmother, Ramona. As Morgan matured, Madelyn took pride in seeing Morgan starting to look and sound just like her.
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