VHH’s Bond With USC Just What Doctor Ordered

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK At a lunch with hospital employees last week, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital CEO Keith Hobbs celebrates the five-year anniversary of Keck Medicine of USC’s acquisition.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
At a lunch with hospital employees last week, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital CEO Keith Hobbs celebrates the five-year anniversary of Keck Medicine of USC’s acquisition.

When Verdugo Hills Hospital added USC to its name five years ago, Keck Medicine of USC made some ambitious promises about its plans for the facility, long considered something of a local treasure. Continue reading “VHH’s Bond With USC Just What Doctor Ordered”

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.
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.

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 Sends Healing Hearts Medical Care to Tijuana

Photo courtesy John Chaides Dr. John Rodarte attends to one of many babies he sees during the Healing Hearts Across Borders’ medical clinic in Tijuana, Mexico.
Photo courtesy John Chaides
Dr. John Rodarte attends to one of many babies he sees during the Healing Hearts Across Borders’ medical clinic in Tijuana, Mexico.

When a pharmaceutical representative casually asked Pasadena pediatrician Dr. John Rodarte if he had any leftover medicine to donate to a clinic in Mexico, Rodarte pretty much stopped in his tracks: “Tell me more.”
Anyone who knows the Huntington Hospital’s department of pediatrics chair knows that meant Rodarte would be riding shotgun on the very next medical mission to Tijuana, Mexico. He had to see for himself the work being done by the late Dr. Kevin Lake, a Pasadena pulmonologist and founder of an informal group providing medical care just across the border in one of the poorest neighborhoods built around a former landfill, called simply “El Dumpe.” 
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LCF Resident Leads Armenia Fund Contingent Abroad

Known for her civic and community involvement here in Southern California as a business and community leader, La Cañada Flintridge resident Maria Mehranian also is making a difference internationally in Armenia.
Mehranian, the managing partner and chief financial officer for Cordoba Corp. recently returned from a weeklong trip to Armenia representing the Armenia Fund.
The Armenia Fund is the largest Armenian-American grassroots, nonmembership charity in the United States. It has raised more than $120 million for humanitarian and infrastructure development in Armenia. Continue reading “LCF Resident Leads Armenia Fund Contingent Abroad”