Spiritual Care Guild Bolsters Young Patients, Families

Photo by Larissa Althouse / OUTLOOK Spiritual Care Guild volunteers include past President Heather Dinger, event chair Kerry Lovelock, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Spiritual Care Department head the Rev. Dagmar Grefe and current President Sara Larson. Spiritual Care Guild supports CHLA’s Spiritual Care Department, making sure no family in crisis is without comfort or support.
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Spiritual Care Guild volunteers include past President Heather Dinger, event chair Kerry Lovelock, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Spiritual Care Department head the Rev. Dagmar Grefe and current President Sara Larson.
Spiritual Care Guild supports CHLA’s Spiritual Care Department, making sure no family in crisis is without comfort or support.

For parents caring for a sick or injured child in the hospital, they’ve known the loneliness and despair that might come in the quiet hours of the night, when staff is reduced and their child is struggling with pain or fear.
When they learned of those parents and their need of support, a group of Pasadena women walked the halls at one of the top pediatric hospitals in California, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Continue reading “Spiritual Care Guild Bolsters Young Patients, Families”

Local Doctor to Be Recognized at Children’s Hospital Gala on Oct. 20

Dr. Vaughn Starnes
Dr. Vaughn Starnes

Dr. Vaughn Starnes, a Pasadena resident, will be lauded at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles “From Paris With Love” gala, presented by Hasbro at the Event Deck at L.A. Live on Saturday evening, Oct. 20. More than 1,400 people are expected to attend the biennial event, which brings together prominent philanthropists, business and entertainment leaders, local dignitaries and supporters to raise funds to help the hospital provide expert critical care to its pediatric population.
Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully and global play and entertainment company Hasbro are the evening’s Courage to Care award honorees. While these champions of child-related causes come from varied backgrounds and industries, they share a common bond through their altruism, philanthropy and activism to improve the welfare of children worldwide. Past CHLA gala honorees include Drew Barrymore, Natalie Portman, Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum, Jamie Lee Curtis, Pau Gasol, the L.A. Kings hockey team, the Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation, Costco Wholesale and the Walt Disney Co. Continue reading “Local Doctor to Be Recognized at Children’s Hospital Gala on Oct. 20”

Teens Give Young Patients Rooms for Recovery

Photo courtesy Once Upon a Room A young patient shows off his superhero skills beside Thomas Gonzalez, a Pasadena resident who serves as Junior Room Crew treasurer, during one of the group’s recent room-decorating events.
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A young patient shows off his superhero skills beside Thomas Gonzalez, a Pasadena resident who serves as Junior Room Crew treasurer, during one of the group’s recent room-decorating events.

Jenny Hull gathered 30 energized teens around her in the lobby of UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital: “The most important thing today is that we have to be super, super quiet, OK? And really wash your hands as you go in and out.”
And with that, the teens in Junior Room Crew — many of them students at area schools, including St. Francis, Westridge, Mayfield Senior and Flintridge Sacred Heart — went to work transforming 24 hospital rooms from impersonal, cold spaces into personalized, colorful rooms incorporating the interests and tastes of the patients inhabiting them. Continue reading “Teens Give Young Patients Rooms for Recovery”

Local Doctor Leaving CHLA

Dr. Henri Ford

Dr. Henri Ford, a La Cañada Flintridge resident who has been serving as senior vice president and surgeon-in-chief at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, is preparing to depart CHLA to assume the role of dean of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. Ford’s last day at CHLA is May 31.
He has served as a member of the hospital’s executive leadership team, board of trustees and board of directors as well as a member of the board of directors for the CHLA Medical Group.
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Chocolate Race to Benefit CHLA on May 6

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Members of the Flintridge Guild of Children’s Hospital include (front row, from left) Savonia Angelica, Karen Hopper, Adrienne Clune, Sharon Grey, Soo Kim Choi, Debbie Post, Melinda Gillman, Sue Berta, Teresa Salvo and Patty Dwyer. Back: Lisa Dick, Mary Anne De Briyn, Donna Nickoloff, Maureen Railsback, Yvonne Slaught, Kimberly Kessler, Jennifer Hull, Nancy Hong, Sandy Ahn, Patti Kriste, Delia Cotter and Randy Stanislawski.

The Great Chocolate Race, which will take place on Sunday, May 6, at Memorial Park in La Cañada Flintridge, is just weeks away. The 2.5k/5k walk/run begins at 9 a.m.
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Las Madrinas Concludes Year With Major Gift to CHLA

Photo courtesy Las Madrinas Incoming Las Madrinas President Kathy Thompson (left) and outgoing President Lisa Brandt present Dr. Douglas Nordli Jr., chief of Neurology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, with a contribution to the Las Madrinas Endowment on behalf of the members of Las Madrinas.
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Incoming Las Madrinas President Kathy Thompson (left) and outgoing President Lisa Brandt present Dr. Douglas Nordli Jr., chief of Neurology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, with a contribution to the Las Madrinas Endowment on behalf of the members of Las Madrinas.

At the recent annual meeting of Las Madrinas, Pasadena resident Lisa Brandt, president of Las Madrinas, presented Dr. Douglas Nordli, Jr., chief of Neurology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, with a major contribution to the Endowment for the Chief of Neurology Chair and the Neurological Institute Epilepsy Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on behalf of the members of Las Madrinas.
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New Board of Flintridge Guild of Children’s Hospital Welcomed

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The 2018-19 Executive Board includes Vice President of Benefits Melinda Gillman; Vice President of Membership Kim Kessler; corresponding secretary Patti Kriste; President Debbie Post; recording secretary Delia Cotter; and treasurer Randy Stanislawski.

Members of the Flintridge Guild of Children’s Hospital remain committed to raising money for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Recently the Guild held its annual installation luncheon at a local club where the new 2018-19 Executive Board was announced. The Guild also welcomed Nancy Hong as a provisional member.
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Las Madrinas Ball Benefits Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Photo courtesy Nick Boswell Photography The Las Madrinas Debutantes include (front row, from left) Caroline Williams, Lauren Cord, Margarita Higgins, Sofia Bennett, Lucy Harvey, Rubina Garland, Mary Kruberg and Katherine Harrison. Second row: Ava Adams, Gillian Yang, Kelly Morgan, Jennifer Rokus, Grace Ewell, Olivia Matthiessen, Carolyn Pasqualetto, Jessica Yang and Christine Babcock. Third row, seated: Lauren O’Brien, Penelope Brittingham and Liliane Eichler. Back: Katherine MacPherson, Elizabeth McKenzie, Darby Read, Jacqueline Baggott, Claire Chapus, Phoebe Brooks, Quincy Foster and Paige Thompson. Not pictured: Bridget Kolsky.
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The Las Madrinas Debutantes include (front row, from left) Caroline Williams, Lauren Cord, Margarita Higgins, Sofia Bennett, Lucy Harvey, Rubina Garland, Mary Kruberg and Katherine Harrison. Second row: Ava Adams, Gillian Yang, Kelly Morgan, Jennifer Rokus, Grace Ewell, Olivia Matthiessen, Carolyn Pasqualetto, Jessica Yang and Christine Babcock. Third row, seated: Lauren O’Brien, Penelope Brittingham and Liliane Eichler. Back: Katherine MacPherson, Elizabeth McKenzie, Darby Read, Jacqueline Baggott, Claire Chapus, Phoebe Brooks, Quincy Foster and Paige Thompson. Not pictured: Bridget Kolsky.

During the holiday season, Las Madrinas honored 28 families and their daughters for their service to the Southern California community and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at the Las Madrinas Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. More than 800 guests from the Greater Los Angeles area, including 28 debutantes, their families and friends, gathered to celebrate with the members of Las Madrinas.
Las Madrinas President Lisa Brandt formally welcomed the families and guests in attendance and thanked everyone for joining Las Madrinas in its support of the research programs at CHLA. She spoke of the current project, the Las Madrinas Endowment for the chief of neurology chair and the Neurological Institute Epilepsy program. She also recognized ball chair Kelly Rouse for the success of the evening.
Local members of the Ball Committee include assistant chair Tricia Fink, Shannon Williamson, Lisa Dick, Anne Ryan, Alison Knoll, Courtney Hotchkis, Christina Hoffman and Andrea Bland. Local members of the debutante committee include Emily Hancock, Liz Algermissen, Katie High and Linda Breen.
Las Madrinas was established in 1933 as the first Affiliate Group of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and has been supporting pediatric medicine for 84 years. Since 1939, Las Madrinas has honored families who have demonstrated a commitment to the civic, cultural and philanthropic life of Southern California by presenting their daughters at the Las Madrinas Ball.
Donations made in honor of the young women, together with the annual support of Las Madrinas members and friends, have enabled Las Madrinas to complete nine major projects at the hospital since 1988, including eight research endowments totaling almost $25 million and a capital project on the Cardiovascular Floor. This year Las Madrinas is starting a commitment of a $5 million pledge for the Las Madrinas Endowment for the Chief of Neurology Chair and the Neurological Institute Epilepsy Program.

Community Center Preschool Adopts a Family at CHLA

This holiday season the joy and significance of giving inspires the “Adopt-A-Family” program at La Cañada Flintridge Community Center Preschool. During December, young students provide gifts and cheer to the family of a patient at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The preschool will also bring additional presents to unsponsored families in need at CHLA.
The spirit of “Adopt-A-Family” begins just after Thanksgiving, when a festive “Giving Tree,” decorated by parents, stands in the main courtyard. Preschoolers select from nearly 100 ornaments detailing the family’s needs and wishes, such as a hand-held DVD player, winter clothing, bath towels, pillows, puzzles and games. Children and parents then purchase and wrap bright packages that are delivered to CHLA by volunteers before Christmas.

LCF Community Center Preschoolers

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Local Surgeon Receives Prestigious Honors

Dr. Henri Ford (right), Children’s Hospital Los Angeles vice president and surgeon-in-chief, is congratulated by Clare Marx, president of the Royal College of Surgeons.

In a storied medical career filled with accolades and achievements, La Cañada Flintridge resident Dr. Henri Ford has been recognized for two extraordinary honors. Ford, the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles vice president and surgeon-in-chief, was recently elected as president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and he achieved one of the rarest and most prestigious international milestones for a surgeon — an Honorary Fellowship to the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the organization’s highest award.
“I was truly humbled and appreciative of the honor and it allowed me to pause and reflect on my journey and how blessed I have been to be guided by my mentors and role models,” said Ford, CHLA’s first honorary fellow to be admitted by the Royal College.
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