Spartan Athletes Reap Benefits of Sports Medicine Doctor

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Dr. Alex Weber works with athletic trainer Tina Vasquez as they tend to a La Cañada High School football player who suffered a knee injury during the game against Monrovia on Friday, Oct. 13. Weber, assistant professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and General Orthopedic Surgery for Keck School of Medicine at USC, works closely with both Spartan athletes and those who play for USC.

Dr. Alex Weber excused himself before heading out toward the 40-yard line, in the direction of the injured Monrovia football player prone on the La Cañada High School field turf.
Weber stood by, allowing the Monrovia training staff to treat the player, who’d sustained a separated shoulder. After a few minutes, the young man was able to stand and walk to the sideline for treatment (as suggested, gently and reasonably, by Weber) while the game resumed. Continue reading “Spartan Athletes Reap Benefits of Sports Medicine Doctor”

‘Managing the Aging Process’ at USC-VHH

Purnima Panchal and her colleagues in the geropsychiatric program at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital field so many questions about the same topics, it felt as if the community was asking for a lecture.
“It was getting to a point that I was getting so many phone calls, I figured we should have an educational series here that’s open to the community,” said Panchal, who’s in charge of community outreach for the hospital’s geriatric program. “We can have people attend different topics based on what they want to know.” Continue reading “‘Managing the Aging Process’ at USC-VHH”

Long-Awaited Neonatal ICU Being Installed at USC-VHH

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Dr. Alexandria Darras, Dr. Margaret Zdarzyl, Dr. Joe Perez, Dr. Steven Hartford, Dr. Armand Dorian, Dr. Happy Khanna, Dr. Sameer Patel and Dr. Chandish Ahluwali all will be able to access the new NICU at USC-VHH when it opens in September.

Doctors and administrators took a break from their busy schedules Tuesday to don plastic pink, blue and yellow hard hats and celebrate the groundbreaking of the new $3 million neonatal intensive care unit at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.
The six-bed, six-bedroom space will be unique to the area, according to Cecilia Pyzow, the hospital’s director of business development. Continue reading “Long-Awaited Neonatal ICU Being Installed at USC-VHH”

Stroke Awareness Month

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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.

LCF Gathers for USC San Gabriel Valley Reception

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Rohit Varma, dean of the Keck School of Medicine; Thomas Jackiewicz, CEO of Keck Medicine of USC, and Keith Hobbs, CEO of USC-VHH were on hand for the Keck Medicine of USC San Gabriel Valley Regional Reception last week.

Members of La Cañada Flintridge and surrounding communities recently gathered at the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital for the Keck Medicine of USC San Gabriel Valley Regional Reception.
The San Gabriel Valley Reception (one of five regional gatherings) was created to engage alumni, parents, grateful patients and friends, while introducing the new Keck leadership and highlighting the exciting academic medical research, teaching and patient care taking place at Keck Medicine of USC.
Keith Hobbs, CEO of USC-VHH, hosted the event, welcoming all the attendees, including Mary Hovagimian, district representative for Congressman Adam Schiff.
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Obituary: Carmita Louise Frost

Carmita L. Frost

Carmita Louise Frost, 81, passed away peacefully in her home on March 20. Carmita, a longtime resident of La Cañada Flintridge and Hollywood Beach, was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her children Terry L. Pizzo (Rand Ketchpaw), Michael E. (Anita) Frost and Denise L. (Tim) Fejtek, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Carmita was an avid equestrian and a founding member of the La Cañada Flintridge Trails Council, established in 1974. She also enjoyed her time as a volunteer at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.
After relocating to Hollywood Beach in 1985, she became an active member of the Channel Islands Republican Women Federated, where she held many positions on the board.
Carmita loved her home at the beach and the sand on her feet. One of her greatest pastimes was riding her horse, Zoe, through the trails of Ojai. She was also a dedicated yogini, and practiced for more than 25 years. Additionally, Carmita had an appreciation for music and enjoyed attending civic events. She loved her family, friends and animals dearly. Carmita will be greatly missed by all.
Her memorial service will be held at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park, Ventura, on March 26 at 1 p.m.

USC-VHH Infection Expert Shares Germ Zapper With LCHS

Mary Virgallito visited her former teacher Mark Ewoldsen and some of his AP biology students on Monday, delivering a presentation meant to inform and inspire.

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK La Cañada High School graduate Mary Virgallito, director of Patient Safety at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, visited Mark Ewoldsen’s AP biology class to introduce students to a Xenex germ-zapping robot.
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La Cañada High School graduate Mary Virgallito, director of Patient Safety at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, visited Mark Ewoldsen’s AP biology class to introduce students to a Xenex germ-zapping robot.

The La Cañada High School graduate brought an important, powerful friend with her. Continue reading “USC-VHH Infection Expert Shares Germ Zapper With LCHS”

Local Couple Donate ER Training to USC-VHH Staff

If you’re one of the 25,000 patients who’ll end up in the emergency room at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital this year, you might owe a thank-you to Linda and Stephen Gill for looking out for you.

hoto courtesy USC-VHH Foundation Dr. Armand Dorian, Dr. David Tashman, Linda and Stephen Gill, USC-VHH Foundation Board Chair Sue Wilder, USC-VHH CEO Keith Hobbs and Jessica Thomas came together in November to celebrate the Gills’ sizable donation to the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Emergency Department.
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Dr. Armand Dorian, Dr. David Tashman, Linda and Stephen Gill, USC-VHH Foundation Board Chair Sue Wilder, USC-VHH CEO Keith Hobbs and Jessica Thomas came together in November to celebrate the Gills’ sizable donation to the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Emergency Department.

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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.

USC-VHH, Nurses Feel Good About Contract Deal

Photo courtesy USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Those celebrating a new contract between nurses and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital include (front row, from left) Michael Soghumians and Edgar Fortin. Back: CEO Keith Hobbs, Prem Pihlmann, Leasa Sugimura, Rose Young, Terrena Sellers-Saidi, Lorna Kelly, Anil Buyruk, Theresa Murphy and COO Kenny Pawlek.
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Those celebrating a new contract between nurses and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital include (front row, from left) Michael Soghumians and Edgar Fortin. Back: CEO Keith Hobbs, Prem Pihlmann, Leasa Sugimura, Rose Young, Terrena Sellers-Saidi, Lorna Kelly, Anil Buyruk, Theresa Murphy and COO Kenny Pawlek.

Buoyed by a surge in positive staff feedback and a new nurses contract, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital CEO Keith Hobbs last week shared a bold goal.
“The No. 1 reason people move to La Cañada Flintridge is for the schools, right?” Hobbs asked. “I would like to change the paradigm so that, over the period of the next couple years, the second reason why they look to move to La Cañada is their community hospital.”
That only happens, Hobbs said, with the help of nurses.
In contrast to a contentious, drawn-out negotiation two years ago, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital and the California Nurses Association needed only about two months — “record time,” Hobbs called it — to come to terms on the current contract, which will take them through 2020. The deal was announced by the CNA on Dec. 29. Continue reading “USC-VHH, Nurses Feel Good About Contract Deal”