Glendale Adventist Medical Center Scores ‘A’ for Patient Safety

The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. health care system, recently released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Glendale Adventist Medical Center was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients.
“GAMC is proud to have earned its fifth consecutive ‘A’ grade from the Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog national ratings program, recognizing hospitals for their commitment to patient safety,” said Dr. Despina Kayichian of Medical Affairs and Quality at GAMC.
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Cancer Support Community Angel Gala

Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK Michael Healy, the board president of Cancer Support Community Pasadena, is joined by Angel Gala honoree Liz Rusnak Arizmendi of Rusnak Auto Group during CSCP’s 25th annual gala, which was one of the most successful fundraisers in the organization’s history.
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Michael Healy, the board president of Cancer Support Community Pasadena, is joined by Angel Gala honoree Liz Rusnak Arizmendi of Rusnak Auto Group during CSCP’s 25th annual gala, which was one of the most successful fundraisers in the organization’s history.

LCF Educational Foundation Begins Spring Phone Drive

The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation, a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to raising money each year for La Cañada Flintridge public schools, is beginning its spring phone campaign. LCFEF volunteer directors will man the phones to make the case for community members to give, or give more, to the 2016-17 LCFEF annual fund supporting local schools. Once again, local real estate company Dilbeck has generously offered the use of their offices for the effort.
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Sierra Club Presents ‘Promise of Panama’ May 9

The Crescenta Valley Sierra Club will present Gabrielle and Patrick Reynolds’ “The Promise of Panama” on Tuesday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles County Public Library in La Crescenta.
The Reynolds have been investigating the promise of Panama with extended trips for the past year.
Their travels have largely focused on the highlands of Chiriqui Province, though the Caribbean and Pacific beaches also have factored into their exploration. As a traveler there, Gabrielle refers to it as “Latin American Lite,” meaning it is easy to navigate, communicate and investigate even for non-Spanish-speakers, with the added ease of using U.S. currency.
She suggests cost-effective, tourist-friendly Panama may be the best choice for an “exotic,” destination. In Central America, volcanos, waterfalls, monkeys, toucans and quetzals compete with “first-world foodie paradise” in Panama City.
The program begins following club news of Conservation and Outings. This is a free program and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Gail Adams at (626) 791-1111. The library is located at 2809 Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta.

Local Basketball Athletes to Play in All-Star Game

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson La Cañada senior Justin Kouyoumdjian, who shared the Rio Hondo League MVP award with teammate Sean Estes, will compete in the Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic at La Verne Damien this Friday.
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La Cañada senior Justin Kouyoumdjian, who shared the Rio Hondo League MVP award with teammate Sean Estes, will compete in the Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic at La Verne Damien this Friday.

Numerous athletes from local high school boys’ and girls’ basketball programs will participate in the 14th installment of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Pasadena Star-News All-Star Classic at La Verne Damien this Friday, April 21, at 5:30 p.m. Continue reading “Local Basketball Athletes to Play in All-Star Game”

Villa Esperanza’s Blue & White is May 20

Photos courtesy Villa Esperanza Services Blue & White Committee members preparing for Villa Esperanza’s May 20 fundraiser include (from left) Maryann Seduski, Dr. Lori Levi, Jenny Seto, Janet Louie, Jeri Wright, Annissa Deshpande, Marcie Robinson and Melissa Wu.
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Blue & White Committee members preparing for Villa Esperanza’s May 20 fundraiser include (from left) Maryann Seduski, Dr. Lori Levi, Jenny Seto, Janet Louie, Jeri Wright, Annissa Deshpande, Marcie Robinson and Melissa Wu.

Villa Esperanza Services Blue & White fundraiser, “Leave an Impression,” takes place Saturday, May 20, at the Langham Huntington Hotel.
Villa will recognize Lisa and Tim Sloan with Villa’s Guardian Angel Award for the tremendous impact they are making in the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Both honorees have supported Villa for many years as donors and Lisa as a committee member and current board member.
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Lanterman to Host Jewel City Flute Choir

Darrin Thanves, conductor of the Jewel City Flute Choir

The Lanterman Historical Museum Foundation will once again host the Jewel City Flute Choir for a spring concert in the Lanterman gardens on Saturday, May 20, at 2 p.m. The flute choir is directed by Darrin Thaves, a local conductor and musician who has an extensive background in music.
Thaves is a flute instructor at Cal State Long Beach and plays with the Northwest Sinfonietta. He is an honors graduate of the University of Puget Sound with a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s in flute performance from Cal State Long Beach.
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Shriners for Children Medical Center Holds Dedication Ceremony

Joy Cho, Imperial Potentate Chris Smith, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Jerry Gantt, hospital CEO Lou Lazatin and Robert Cho dedicated the new Shriners for Children Medical Center.

After 65 years of giving children and families specialized medical care, Shriners Hospitals for Children–Los Angeles will be moving to a new state-of-the-art medical center located in Pasadena. Shriners for Children Medical Center is the first facility in the Shriners Hospitals for Children network to be created specifically to meet the demands of the rapidly changing health care system. Opening summer 2017, the new medical center represents a significant departure from the concepts that define traditional hospitals.
To celebrate the transition, the Los Angeles Shriners Hospital leadership, national and local patient ambassadors alongside the California Grand Lodge, Imperial Board and the chairman of the board performed a traditional cornerstone ceremony. A Masonic cornerstone ritual may be the only Masonic ritual that the public will ever see conducted. The dedication ceremony is the symbolic laying of the cornerstone which supports the entire structure.
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LCF Author’s Book of Comedic Essays Out May 5

La Cañada Flintridge resident Kristen Brakeman’s collection of comic essays, “Is That the Shirt You’re Wearing?” will be published by Tidal Press on May 5.
Brakeman, whose work has been published in the Huffington Post, the New York Times, Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop and the Washington Post, among other notable outlets, has woven together journal entries from two summers of her life. The essays deal with everything from shopping at Hollister to an aversion to being called “Ma’am.”
Brakeman is scheduled for a book launch and signing on May 12 at Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse.

Caltrans, Public Invited to May 2 City Council Meeting

La Cañada Flintridge motorists affected by ramp and lane closures because of the California Department of Transportation’s work on a pavement rehabilitation project on the 210 Freeway surface can learn more and share their thoughts at a City Council meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2. The city has invited Caltrans representatives, who attended a previous meeting, to return to this May 2 meeting.
They likely will discuss the ongoing project in which Caltrans will close one lane of the eastbound 210 Freeway from Ocean View Boulevard to Lincoln Avenue as part of a pavement rehabilitation project. The lane closure will remain in effect through winter 2017 and is necessary as crews begin to replace the pavement along the freeway.
Along with the lane closure, long-term ramp closures will be taking place:
• Eastbound Berkshire Place on-ramp and Arroyo Boulevard off-ramp will be closed beginning Monday, April 24, through June.
• Westbound Ocean View Boulevard on-ramp and La Crescenta Avenue off-ramp will be closed through June.
Motorists should expect delays and are strongly advised to plan ahead, use alternate routes, avoid the area or use public transit. Motorists can check traffic conditions before they leave by visiting the Caltrans Quickmap at quickmap.dot.ca.gov.
The 210 Freeway is a major thoroughfare, serving commuters between Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. As a result of heavy use, the road has experienced extensive wear. The closures are part of a $148.5-million pavement rehabilitation project in both directions of 210 Freeway in the cities of Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge and Pasadena.
Once the project is completed in 2018 the new surface will provide a smoother drive for motorists, reduce time required for maintenance, and minimize the need for further lane closures.