LCHS Student Receives Heart Association Scholarship

First published in the Sept. 23 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Jenna Milbrodt

Jenna Milbrodt of La Cañada High School is among five high school students who were awarded $1,000 scholarships by the American Heart Association in recognition of their commitment to wellness and community health.
The association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, offers an in-school fundraising program that prepares students for success by offering leadership development opportunities, community service hours and a college application booster in addition to supporting their physical and emotional well-being.
Juniors and seniors across the country who participated in their in-school or virtual American Heart Challenge program for the 2020-21 school year were eligible for the scholarship program. Continue reading “LCHS Student Receives Heart Association Scholarship”

American Heart Association Walk Is Oct. 9

The American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization focused on heart and brain health, will host its Heart & Stroke Walk on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Heart & Stroke Walk celebrates heart disease and stroke survivors, raising lifesaving funds and encouraging physical activity.
This year’s theme, “Heart Walk Here,” invites participants to start their walk from various pop-up start lines, including in Glendale, or create a path of their own. From neighborhood streets to park and parkways to tucked away trails, participants are encouraged to Heart Walk at any location that inspires their heart health. Details about the pop-up start lines are at SouthlandHeartWalk.org. Continue reading “American Heart Association Walk Is Oct. 9”

Adventist Health Glendale Celebrates 115 Years of Caring for the Community

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Adventist Health Glendale President Alice Issai meets with Glendale Mayor Vrej Agajanian.

When the Glendale Sanitarium opened Aug. 24, 1905, founder Ellen G. White envisioned a healing space in which to care for the mind, body and spirit of the sick. This week, what is now known as Adventist Health Glendale celebrated its 115-year history of healing with events for staff and the community.

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Huntington Hospital Earns Award for Stroke Care

Huntington Hospital has been saluted by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for its commitment to quality stroke care.
The Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
Huntington earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. The measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
“Huntington Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Dr. Arbi Ohanian, medical director of Huntington’s Comprehensive Stroke Program. “Our dedicated team delivers advanced stroke treatments quickly and safely to our patients — even through these incredibly challenging times.”

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Volunteers Needed to Knit Red Hats for Heart Month

The American Heart Association and the Children’s Heart Foundation launch the second year of Little Hats, Big Hearts in Los Angeles County. Sponsored locally by Union Bank, the program that dons newborns with knitted red caps raises awareness of heart disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country. All babies born at participating hospitals during the month of February will receive a hat.
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GAMC Honored With Award for Stroke Treatment

Glendale Adventist Medical Center received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines: Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award With Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
Hospitals must achieve 85% or higher adherence to all Get With the Guidelines: Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75% or higher compliance with five of eight measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Glendale Adventist Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.
These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. GAMC has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center or as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.
“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Marion Watson, Neuroscience director. “GAMC continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines: Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.”
“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize GAMC for its commitment to stroke care,” said Dr. Paul Heidenreich, national chairman of the Get With the Guidelines Steering Committee and professor of medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the guidelines.”

Huntington Hospital Newborns Are Focus of Heart Health

Dr. Nikhil Daga, a board-certified interventional cardiologist at Huntington Hospital, is pictured with newborn Olivia, highlighting the importance of heart health, even at the first moments of life.

Huntington Hospital has collaborated with the American Heart Association to provide every baby born at the hospital with a red onesie as a symbol of heart health and encouragement for a healthy future.  Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, more than all forms of cancer combined.  That means many of the women in these babies’ lives — their moms, sisters, grandmas or aunts —could be affected by heart disease.