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.”
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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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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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Dignity Health Hospitals Offer Onsite Grocery for Staff

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Glendale Memorial Hospital’s healthcare workers now have an onsite grocery store, making it easier for hospital employees to get items they need in a timely fashion.

Glendale Memorial Hospital is making a difficult situation easier for its healthcare workers with an onsite grocery store. As grocery chains face restocking issues, safety concerns and restricted hours, it can be difficult for hospital employees to get items they need.
The hospital’s cafeteria has set-up a mini-mart with shopping available every day. “I am so proud of the entire Glendale Memorial family and hope this program provides more time for our staff and physicians to spend at home,” said hospital President Jill Welton.
Alex Valdez, the director of Nutrition Services, shares that staff have expressed their gratitude for the shopping options, with the first day serving more than 100 people. Thanks to partnerships with distributors, like U.S. Foods, the cafeteria is able to sell items to staff at cost.
Visit dignityhealth.org/SoCal for more information.

Glendale Memorial Hospital President to Retire

Jack Ivie

Health care leader Jack Ivie will conclude his 42-year career and retire from his position as president of Glendale Memorial Hospital, effective June 30.
Entering health care in 1975 as a licensed physical therapist, practicing at St. John’s Hospital in Oxnard, Ivie’s career encompassed progressive experience in clinical, operational and senior leadership positions with acute care hospitals in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties.
Ivie’s lifelong service to Glendale Memorial Hospital is significant, stemming from a committed history with the hospital. Each of his four children was born at Glendale Memorial and this connection, as well as his service as hospital president and in various hospital administration roles, is clearly evident.
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