Our world has changed extraordinarily over the past several months in ways no one could have predicted at the start of 2020, a new decade.
We’ve faced an unprecedented pandemic that has radically changed the way we live our lives and think about our family, friends and society. We’ve seen a worldwide movement against racial injustice in response to the murder of George Floyd and other societal disparities — including those in health care. (To say nothing of the economic disruption, unemployment rate and volatile stock market, all of which carry major, ongoing impacts.) The confluence of these events further underlines the truth that keeping our community safe and close requires each and every one of us to work together. Please know that our board and management are reevaluating our diversity and inclusion programs to be more responsive and robust.
When La Cañada Flintridge celebrated Memorial Day on Monday, the flag-bearers wore face masks.
But even after the coronavirus pandemic forced the annual event online, many members of the community volunteered to assist with the tribute to those who have died while serving the military.
And some of the soldiers honored in the 23-minute YouTube video produced by the event organizers were the city’s own.
“It’s an extra special reflection of our community that this event is being held virtually,” Jaynie Studenmund said in the video, which was published late Sunday. Her son Scott, a Flintridge Prep graduate and member of the United States Army Special Forces, was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in June 2014. He was 24. Continue reading “LCF Memorial Day Ceremony: In Heart and Online”
She’s been dedicated to volunteerism at Huntington Hospital for 30 years, but Jaynie Studenmund recently saw the hospital through a more personal lens when her husband was admitted there three times in less than a month.
It’s an experience no one hopes to have, and thankfully, husband Woody is on the mend, but it’s given Studenmund a newfound respect for the institution, where she’s been a board member since 1998 and a “lifetime” trustee since 2011.
The experience helped bring home a message she’s long heard: Huntington’s medical staff really does make all the difference.
“An unintended consequence of spending so much time here has been seeing firsthand that our [E.R.] docs and nurses are pretty amazing. Our nurses have a level of dedication, warmth and expertise that is very heartwarming,” she said, noting that the medical staff gave her husband around-the-clock care, passing along vital information amid seamless shift changes. “I’m not an expert or a physician, and when you rely on the hospital to do its job … suddenly this is where rubber meets the road. Continue reading “Board Chair’s Loyalty to Huntington Hospital Is Professional, Personal”
On Memorial Day, Pasadena will unveil a statue that will serve as an enduring, everyday reminder of the 11 area soldiers — including five with La Cañada Flintridge ties — who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past 15 years.
“So few carry a burden for so many,” said Jaynie Studenmund, a resident of LCF whose son, Scott, a Green Beret, was killed in Gaza Village, Afghanistan, on June 9, 2014. Continue reading “Enduring Heroes Statue Dedication Includes LCF Gold Star Families”