Flu Shots More Important This Year, Health Experts Say

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A local resident gets a flu shot during a recent drive-thru event at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital. Experts are strongly urging people to get flu shots this year, especially because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, especially, is the time to make sure you get your flu shot, according to local experts.
It’s not likely that you’ll find a doctor who won’t urge a patient to get an annual flu shot in a normal year, mind you. However, the world has even more reason to keep hospital beds open at the moment because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Any way that we can prevent any kind of respiratory illness is important,” said Patricia Sung, manager of infection prevention at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital. “Even under normal circumstances, it’s pretty important to get the flu shot.”
The flu, much like COVID-19, is a respiratory illness that can become incapacitating and fatal if not treated and when exacerbated by other conditions. Although some studies have indicated that individuals infected with both illnesses have twice the mortality rate, Sung said the actual data isn’t there yet.

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Glendale Armenians “Inspired by Other People’s Sacrifices”

When local members of the Armenian diaspora woke up on Thursday and began to scour the internet and social media for on-the-ground updates — any news, really — from the front lines of the reignited war between Azerbaijan and the Armenia-backed breakaway state Artsakh, they found pictures of the Holy Savior Cathedral.
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Adventist Health Glendale Celebrates 115 Years

Adventist Health Glendale will celebrate 115 years next week as part of the hospital’s testament and dedication to the men and women who have made this organization what it is today.
Since Aug. 24, 1905, Adventist Health Glendale has been providing quality health-care services to residents of Glendale and the surrounding communities. Since its founding in 1905, generations of families have entrusted its physicians, nurses and associates with their health-care needs. With a heritage of dedication and commitment, the hospital continues to bring the highest quality of care to keep the communities healthy, now and in the future.

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Memorial Tribute for Ronald S. Wu, M.D.

Dr. Ronald Wu

Dr. Ronald Wu, a physician blessed with extraordinary skills and a calm, quiet manner, is being remembered by friends, colleagues, patients and families whose lives he touched with great care and grace during his nearly 50 years in private practice, serving the Glendale community and beyond.
Dr. Wu passed away peacefully in his home during the early morning hours of September 8, surrounded by his family. During the past 16 years, he fought a heroic battle against lung cancer but remained steadfast in his commitment to his patients until he retired in June 2017.

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Alex Theatre’s 95th to Be Celebrated by Glendale Arts

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The Alex Theatre will be celebrating its 95th birthday in September, with a virtual event bringing a number of speakers to illustrate the institution’s past, present and future.

Glendale Arts is standing by its mission of bringing the community together through the arts and entertainment, even at a time when restrictions mandated by this unprecedented moment in history have meant that the “together” element of the equation must be achieved virtually.
The nonprofit management company of the Alex Theatre is hosting an online celebration to honor the historic performing arts and entertainment center’s 95th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 5, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. to raise critical funds needed to preserve the Glendale landmark. The fundraiser will also ensure that the team of professionals who operate it are “able to continue providing programming and services to thousands of beneficiaries ranging from emerging artists and independent promoters to other local nonprofits and neighborhood businesses,” according to Glendale Arts CEO Elissa Glickman.

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Coronavirus Demographics: Younger People Also Afflicted

While the tally of positive COVID-19 tests grows larger, the average age of patients has been inching lower in recent weeks as the initial wave of the pandemic has surged back with fury.
When the pandemic grew in March and April, hospitals found themselves overwhelmed and low on key supplies to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, and elderly men and women with pre-existing health conditions represented a large percentage of cases. A significant number of such patients came from skilled nursing facilities, whose residents sometimes made up a super-majority of deaths in a given community.
Now, in the weeks after Los Angeles County and state officials briefly relaxed public restrictions, it’s a different picture.

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Adventist Health Glendale Named One of the Best Hospitals in California

Adventist Health Glendale has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals for 2018-19, ranking 15th out of the 133 hospitals in the Los Angeles metro area and 28th out of the 414 hospitals in California.
Adventist Health Glendale was also named high performing in three of the 16 specialty care rankings for excellence in orthopedics, neurology/neurosurgery and geriatrics, and in three of the nine procedure/condition ratings for top performance in congestive heart failure, colon cancer surgery and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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Roberts Leaving Adventist Health Glendale

Kevin Roberts

Adventist Health Glendale recently announced that current President and CEO Kevin Roberts will be leaving the organization, effective Nov. 3, to pursue other opportunities.
In a memo to employees, physicians, volunteers and board members, Beth Zachary, AHGL Governing Board Chair, wrote, “I want to thank Kevin for his leadership and acknowledge the good work he and his team have accomplished to expand access and improve care for the Glendale community.”
As the board chair, president and CEO of the Adventist Health Southern California Region, Zachary will serve as the interim CEO while the search for a permanent leader is underway. To ensure a smooth transition, Zachary has appointed Terri Day, who has been advising AHGL’s executive team for the past several months, to oversee day-to-day operations. Terri is a well-respected and seasoned health care administrator with an exceptional background in hospital operations.
“Adventist Health Glendale is a terrific hospital with an inspired mission, amazing people and a rich legacy of healing,” Roberts said. “I know that this hospital will continue to thrive and succeed and that its best years are still ahead.”

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”