Local Radio Station KSBR Invites Listeners To
March 11, 2013
Local Radio Station KSBR Invites Listeners To Support Mission Hospital Teen South
County Safe Rides Program
KSBR invited Georgi Mercado, Mission Hospitals’ trauma
services injury prevention outreach coordinator, to hit the
local radio waves and tell listeners about South County Safe
Rides. During the interview Georgi made a plea for more
adult volunteers. Although South County Safe Rides main
goal is provide a safe ride home to local teens in need, adults
are also key members of the team. Adults are required to
supervise the nightly operations along with youth leaders and
It was February 27, 26 years ago, that a teenage driver on his
way to a dance with four friends crashed his car head on into
another car carrying a family of three. The teenage driver had
been drinking. Three people died at the scene, and five
others were seriously injured. Out of that tragedy came a
greater awareness of and urgency around the problem of
teenage drinking and driving. Out of that tragedy, South
County Safe Rides was born.
While South County Safe Rides strives to keep drinking teens
off the road, it is also a great peer-to-peer tool at work to
change the mind-set among our youth about early prevention
and making good choices. As Georgi explained to local radio
listeners, the Safe Rides program strives to be part of the
solution, working to actively support our youth who are trying
to bring about positive life-saving changes.
Last year South County Safe Rides celebrated its 20th year of
success, transporting 746 teens safely home who were in
need. The program operates from 9:30 pm to 1:30 am on
Friday and Saturday nights during the school year. Adult
volunteers must complete a training, youth protection program
and can schedule themselves according to availability.
Safe Rides is a lasting example of our commitment to
improving the health and quality of life of those in the
communities we serve. If you would like more information on
becoming involved as a volunteer or donor of financial or inkind services, contact Georgi Mercado at (949) 374-7754.
Pictured: Gary Bergeson radio host, Georgi Mercado, trauma prevention outreach coordinator and co-host Molly Molina
2013 Chief Of Staff
In The OC Register: Mission Hospital
Puts The Heat On Asthma
In January, Todd Lempert, MD, a boardcertified radiologist who specializes in
neuroradiology and interventional
radiology, became Mission Hospital’s Chief
of Staff for the 2013 calendar year. Dr.
Lempert has been an active member
of the medical staff, participating in a variety of leadership
activities, including serving on the Mission Hospital Board of
Dr. Robert Goldberg, board certified
pulmonologist with MIMG, was featured with
a patient last week in the Orange County
Register. The article chronicled the
successful new treatment called bronchial
thermoplasty, which provides life long relief
of severe asthma symptoms to adults 18
and over. Mission Hospital is the first and
only hospital in the Orange and San Diego
counties to offer this ground breaking outpatient procedure.
In addition to his published work regarding extensive
research studies, Dr. Lempert also co-authored two
Neuroradiology textbooks and lectures frequently on stroke
treatment. He is the inventor of a closure device for
percutaneous occlusion of puncture sites and tracts.
To read the entire article, click here. For more information
about bronchial thermoplasty, visit our website. To refer a
patient, call the Health Information Line at (949) 364-1770.
Meet Dr. Todd Lempert
St. Joseph Health Named Proud
Hospital Partner Of Angels Baseball
Employees and patients to be honored through
St. Joseph Health and the Los Angeles
Angels have entered into an exclusive, threeyear sponsorship agreement that makes SJH
the “Proud Hospital Partner of Angels
Baseball.” This partnership will allow SJH to
honor and give back to our employees and
patients, while serving as another example of
finding like-minded partners to continue our
mission of caring for the health and wellbeing of our communities.
The Angels are deeply rooted in the
community and, through their foundation, are
committed to youth, education and health of the underserved.
We kick off the partnership this season with deeply discounted
game tickets for employees plus hospitality night, player
appearances, an opportunity to throw the first pitch at an
upcoming game, and co-sponsoring of a 5K and 1 mile kids fun
run/walk and health expo at Angel Stadium. In addition, SJH will
be prominently displayed throughout Angel Stadium behind
home plate, in the left field and in the souvenir game day
programs. Through this partnership, SJH’s identity will reach a
huge audience of fans through print and radio advertising.
Angels 5K & 1 Mile Kids Fun Run-Walk
SJH is the co-presenting sponsor of this event on Saturday,
March 30, at Angel Stadium. The event features a 5K and 1
Mile Kids Fun Run/Walk & Health Expo. The health expo is
free of charge to race participants and the general public;
registration fees are required to participate in the run/walk.
Look for more information on these partnership opportunities
in upcoming editions of The Huddle!
*Angels, Angels Marks, and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
are registered trademarks of Angels Baseball LP.
Supporting Those Who Support Us
The theme for the 2013 National
Social Work month, during March, is
“Weaving Threads of Resilience and
Advocacy.” Social workers believe
that helping people navigate difficult
environments, while respecting their innate strengths,
improves lives. Here at Mission Hospital, social workers
help patients and families in outpatient and inpatient
areas, behavioral health, in the ED, Bridges program,
community benefit and palliative care. Recognize a
social worker in your area this month.
Go On A Heritage Tour: Sisters Of St. Joseph Of Orange
If you are interested in going on a tour of the Motherhouse of
the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange on March 20, contact
Julie Malvey for details or fill out the application and submit
to Julie by March 12. You will have a chance to tour the
Heritage room and have cookies, coffee, and shared
storytelling with the Sister of St. Joseph of Orange.
Organ Donor Council’s 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
Join us on April 1 at the Organ Donor Council’s 2nd Annual
Golf Tournament. Registration deadline in March 25. Contact
Bryan Noakes for more information.
Save The Dates: Doctor’s Day
Doctors Day will be celebrated on:
Wednesday Mar. 27 at Mission Viejo campus
Thursday Mar. 28 at Laguna Beach campus
Stop Dreaming And Start Driving
Support Mission Hospital and receive an opportunity to win
a 2013 Audi or Infiniti. Click here to purchase your ticket(s).
The drawing will be held Monday, June 24 at the 21st
Annual Mission Hospital Golf Classic presented by Audi
Mission Viejo and Infiniti of Mission Viejo. Participants have
a 1 in 200 chance of winning. For more information
call Christy Welch at ext. 4225.
Introducing Walking Wednesdays
Choose Well at Mission Hospital presents
Walking Wednesdays, giving employees an
opportunity to walk together, gain Virgin
HealthMiles steps, and exercise with your
leadership team. There are four 15 minute
walking times, which take a variety of scenic routes
around our campus. Participants will earn 1500 steps for
just 15 minutes of walking.
Walking Wednesdays will begin on March 13 during the
times listed below. Walkers meet on the outside corner
of the Pavilion closest to the entrance to Administration.
No sign up or registration necessary.
Doreen Meza & Christine Bui
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“Social Work is the profession of hope—fueled by resilience
and advocacy. Social Workers matter because they help
millions of struggling people every day dream differently.”
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