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 bit.ly/VHHGolf20. The online auction runs Sept. 14-28.
To learn more about USC-VHH’s COVID response efforts, visit bit.ly/VHHCovid.

USC-VHH Sets Baby Birth Record Despite Pandemic

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A new mother and her baby are pictured with USC Verdugo Hills Hospital nurse Kristin Anderson.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital has doubled down on its commitment to safely help mothers bring their bundles of joy into the world.
In fact, USC-VHH delivered 61 babies in July, the most it has welcomed in any month in the last seven years and more than double the number of births in the same period in 2019.
Part of the reason for that increase is the hospital’s growing reputation for creating a supportive environment for expectant mothers and fathers and having state-of-the-art medical care, like the neonatal intensive care unit’s specialized staff and equipment to treat ill or premature newborns, USC-VHH officials said. The unit opened in 2018.
“We have developed a wonderful relationship with our obstetricians and created a collaborative, supportive environment for them and the mothers who entrust them to deliver their babies. We have focused on adding additional support, the NICU and laborists, to provide a higher level of care capabilities,” said Kenny Pawlek, USC-VHH’s chief operating officer. “During COVID-19, we’ve stressed safety for our moms, parents, babies, MDs, nursing team and employees.”

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USC-VHH on Alert as COVID-19 Cases Surge

By Keith Hobbs
Special to Outlook Valley Sun

Keith Hobbs

As businesses and public spaces in Los Angeles County gradually reopened over the last few weeks, the data surrounding COVID-19 infection is showing some concerning trends. Last week, after several weeks of decline, L.A. County saw an uptick in not only the absolute number of positive cases, but also in the percentage of positive results. Some are attributing the increase in cases to more testing. However, the increased percentage of those tests that are positive indicates that COVID-19 is spreading more quickly in the community. The data also shows that the average age of those testing positive is trending younger than before re-opening.
While hospitalization for COVID-19 across the county is also again on the rise, the capacity in intensive care units and the supply of ventilators remains stable for the time being. We at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital remain prepared to care for any members of our community who may require hospitalization for complications arising from COVID-19.
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LCHS Graduate Plays Key Role at USC-VHH During Coronavirus

Mary Virgallito

Mary Virgallito’s fingerprints are all over USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.
Her title as infection preventionist means this isn’t a literal statement — she’ll sooner sanitize and wipe down a window than smudge a handprint on it — but rather metaphorical. Whether it’s food prep, janitorial service or surgery, if it happens at USC-VHH, it’s because Virgallito — a La Cañada Flintridge native who went off, became a nurse and returned home — gave it the thumbs-up.
“This involves every single aspect of what we do, even on the finance side,” she explained in a phone interview. “It’s something that I never really expected but you get a flavor for every aspect of how a hospital functions. You have to have a snapshot understanding of all of the disciplines. It’s really comprehensive. Many times people will ask me what I do and it’s hard to answer them in one sentence.”
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VHH’s Bond With USC Just What Doctor Ordered

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK At a lunch with hospital employees last week, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital CEO Keith Hobbs celebrates the five-year anniversary of Keck Medicine of USC’s acquisition.
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At a lunch with hospital employees last week, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital CEO Keith Hobbs celebrates the five-year anniversary of Keck Medicine of USC’s acquisition.

When Verdugo Hills Hospital added USC to its name five years ago, Keck Medicine of USC made some ambitious promises about its plans for the facility, long considered something of a local treasure. Continue reading “VHH’s Bond With USC Just What Doctor Ordered”

USC-VHH CEO Honored

Keith Hobbs (right) of USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, who was honored as CEO of the Year at the annual Glendale Chamber of Commerce Awards Luncheon, is congratulated by Glendale Mayor Vartan Gharpetian.

Keith Hobbs, the CEO at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, was honored as CEO of the Year at the recent Glendale Chamber of Commerce Awards Luncheon.
Hobbs, who also serves as a member of the Health System Board at USC, “provides leadership for inpatient, ancillary and allied health facilities by promoting teamwork, fostering efficiency, enhancing communication and establishing clearly defined goals and measurements,” according to an event spokesperson. “In just over a year at the helm at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, Keith and his administrative team have had great success in growing the hospital’s clinical infrastructure, patient volume and reputation in the community.”
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USC-VHH Births a New Addition: a NICU

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USC Verdugo Hills Hospital CEO Keith Hobbs shows off one of the six private NICU rooms, where a NICVIEW online camera system will allow family members to see newborns receiving care.

Within a matter of days, USC Verdugo Hill Hospital is expecting clearance to begin delivering on-site neonatal intensive care in a new unit that will feature specialized staff and equipment to treat ill or premature newborns. Continue reading “USC-VHH Births a New Addition: a NICU”

Experts Give Tips on Avoiding Sports Injuries at USC-VHH

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Dr. Alexander Weber, a sports medicine specialist with the Keck School of Medicine of USC, offers insight on hip and knee injuries to coaches, trainers and athletic directors at Saturday’s inaugural Coaches Clinic at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.

In a wide-ranging, rapid-fire study session, coaches, trainers and administrators attending USC Verdugo Hills’ first annual Coaches Clinic on Saturday learned tips and tactics for keeping their athletes healthy.
A diverse, attentive audience of about 30 — including representatives from La Cañada High School and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy — listened to nine experts give presentations jam-packed with good advice, healthy reminders and new information about the latest research.
It was the latest community outreach effort from USC-VHH, which also has offered free seminars about men’s health, aging and suicide.
“We have a commitment to meet the varied health needs of the community we serve,” USC-VHH CEO Keith Hobbs said.
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Long-Awaited Neonatal ICU Being Installed at USC-VHH

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Dr. Alexandria Darras, Dr. Margaret Zdarzyl, Dr. Joe Perez, Dr. Steven Hartford, Dr. Armand Dorian, Dr. Happy Khanna, Dr. Sameer Patel and Dr. Chandish Ahluwali all will be able to access the new NICU at USC-VHH when it opens in September.

Doctors and administrators took a break from their busy schedules Tuesday to don plastic pink, blue and yellow hard hats and celebrate the groundbreaking of the new $3 million neonatal intensive care unit at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.
The six-bed, six-bedroom space will be unique to the area, according to Cecilia Pyzow, the hospital’s director of business development. Continue reading “Long-Awaited Neonatal ICU Being Installed at USC-VHH”

LCF Gathers for USC San Gabriel Valley Reception

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Rohit Varma, dean of the Keck School of Medicine; Thomas Jackiewicz, CEO of Keck Medicine of USC, and Keith Hobbs, CEO of USC-VHH were on hand for the Keck Medicine of USC San Gabriel Valley Regional Reception last week.

Members of La Cañada Flintridge and surrounding communities recently gathered at the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital for the Keck Medicine of USC San Gabriel Valley Regional Reception.
The San Gabriel Valley Reception (one of five regional gatherings) was created to engage alumni, parents, grateful patients and friends, while introducing the new Keck leadership and highlighting the exciting academic medical research, teaching and patient care taking place at Keck Medicine of USC.
Keith Hobbs, CEO of USC-VHH, hosted the event, welcoming all the attendees, including Mary Hovagimian, district representative for Congressman Adam Schiff.
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