USC-VHH Hosts Stroke Info Seminar

Dr. Nerses Sanossian

May is American Stroke Awareness Month, an occasion that USC Verdugo Hills Hospital will use to educate the public about how to treat strokes — and more importantly, how to prevent them.
“People don’t realize that 80% of strokes are preventable,” Dr. Nerses Sanossian said by phone. “And the way to prevent them is by educating and empowering people to make lifestyle changes before a stroke occurs.
“No matter how good we are at treating strokes, a stroke averted is the best way to treat a stroke.” Continue reading “USC-VHH Hosts Stroke Info Seminar”

Choi, Davitt, Markgraf and Multari Are Les Tupper Honorees in 2018

The 54th annual Les Tupper Community Service Awards will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 16, at Von Kármán Auditorium at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Soo Kim Choi, Michael Davitt, Katherine Markgraf and Ellen Multari will be honored with individual Community Service Awards; Courtney Johnson and Naomi Stephen will receive Student Service Awards and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital volunteers will be recognized with the Special Service Award.
Community members are invited to attend as the LCF Coordinating Council distributes the awards, which annually recognize individuals and groups for their outstanding service to the community. Continue reading “Choi, Davitt, Markgraf and Multari Are Les Tupper Honorees in 2018”

Teen Vaping is a Growing Concern

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Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Matejka offers a lesson on fast-moving vaping trends at the YMCA’s Strategic Partners Network meeting last week at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.

Deputy Eric Matejka said he was stunned that so many parents at a recent La Cañada Unified School Board meeting were unfamiliar with the concept of “Juuling,” and unaware of how hot a trend vaping — e-cigarette smoking — has become.
“I haven’t caught a kid with a cigarette in years,” said Matejka, the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’ Station’s dedicated resource officer, who spends a lot of time at La Cañada High School. “But the Juuls and the vapes have gotten really big.” Continue reading “Teen Vaping is a Growing Concern”

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”

Caregiver Conference at USC-VHH Draws 200

More than 200 people attended the Caregiver Action Network event at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital last weekend.
The Washington, D.C.-based Caregiver Action Network hosted the workshop as it has across in locations across the United States over the past few months in order to help family caregivers make medical decisions in tandem with health care providers.
Continue reading “Caregiver Conference at USC-VHH Draws 200”

USC-VHH Holds Babysitting Classes

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital will host upcoming babysitting training classes for the community.
Classes will be held on Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 19, from
9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; and Saturday, June 23, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The cost is $45 per class.
To reserve a space, contact Family Education Coordinator Teri Rice at (818) 952-2272, or Teri.Rice@vhh.usc.edu.

LCF Chamber of Commerce Internship Applications Open

Applications for the LCF Chamber of Commerce Summer Internship Program for sophomores and juniors are available now.
Probable businesses/organizations for this summer include the Allen Lund Company, Citizens Business Bank, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, the city of La Cañada Flintridge, the YMCA of the Foothills and Global Wealth Capital Management. Students who are selected will work Monday through Thursday, six hours per day, for six weeks during the summer. Continue reading “LCF Chamber of Commerce Internship Applications Open”

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

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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”