Doctors’ Big Care Package Helps the Healing in Armenia

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Packing and shipping a 7,500-pound piece of equipment proved challenging for local physicians who sent a CT scanner to Armenia to help surgeons whose patients sustained shrapnel wounds in the war with Azerbaijan.

It all started with the recollection of a quote.
When Dr. Armand Dorian, chief medical officer at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, saw news reports in September that war involving his ancestral home of Armenia had resumed, he was drawn back to a famous statement by cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has,” Dorian said in an interview, reciting Mead’s words.
His recall of the remark prompted him to get on the phone, and a few calls later, Dorian said, he knew what he had to do. Armenia’s ministry of health reported that chief among the nation’s needs was a CT scanner, largely for use in surgeries on people with shrapnel wounds as a result of the fighting between Armenian forces in the breakaway state Artsakh against Azerbaijani forces aiming to reassert control of the region.
So he got to work.

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USC-VHH Virtual Golf Tournament Is Sept. 21

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USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation Board Chair Tina Marie Ito, hospital CEO Keith Hobbs and Golf Classic co-Chair Sue Wilder are pictured at last year’s tournament. Because of COVID-19, this year’s 29th annual Golf Classic will be held virtually on Monday, Sept. 21.

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital will host its 29th annual Golf Classic virtually on Monday, Sept. 21.
“We invite members of the community to join us for a bring-your-own-cocktail, ‘Caddyshack’-themed happy hour, comedy show and program,” an event spokesperson said. “Golf and ‘Caddyshack’ trivia, humor, a fabulous online auction and a brief hospital update from CEO Keith Hobbs and USC-VHH’s chief medical officer, Dr. Armand Dorian, will be teed up.
“The health-care crisis that prevents us from golfing together is also creating the hospital’s most pressing need for support,” the spokesperson continued. “Since mid-March, our front-line caregivers have worked tirelessly to care for more than 300 COVID-19-positive inpatients and have tested nearly 4,000 people through our Emergency Department.”
For more information about how to participate (buy a ticket or bid on online auction items), visit The online auction runs Sept. 14-28.
To learn more about USC-VHH’s COVID response efforts, visit

Busiest Flu Season in a Decade, Says USC-VHH Official

Like hospitals across the nation, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital has seen a sharp increase in patients experiencing flu this season.

Dr. Armand Dorian said he and his colleagues at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital are taxed and exhausted after treating about 30% more flu cases this season than they normally do. The brutal flu season affecting the nation hasn’t spared La Cañada Flintridge, said Dorian, who noted the local hospital has seen more patients with flu-related symptoms this year than during any other winter in the past decade.
“But it’s why we’re here,” said Dorian, the associate chief medical officer at USC-VHH. “To take care of our friends and family and the community.”
Dorian said the H3N2 virus that’s wreaking havoc locally is in line with what’s happening across the county — and the country. Continue reading “Busiest Flu Season in a Decade, Says USC-VHH Official”