Fall 2013 - Huntington Hospital
Fall 2013. Philanthropy makes us stronger.
To excel at the delivery of healthcare to
Our vision To become the finest community‑based
regional medical center in
or more than a century, philanthropic support has enabled
Huntington Memorial Hospital to provide superior care to patients — creating one of the nation’s great medical institutions
right here in our region. In today’s quickly evolving healthcare
landscape, charitable contributions can be more transformative
than ever at Huntington Hospital: Such support is essential to
the continuation of above-and-beyond care here. At a time when
other hospitals are sunsetting important care programs and
even closing their doors, your involvement at Huntington Hospital counts.
Our continued focus on high-quality patient care, satisfaction and
outcomes is exemplified by our four current funding priorities. With private
support we are . . . . . . providing patient-centered care that is aligned with the latest
. . . ensuring caregiver excellence, by attracting, educating and
retaining the most highly skilled, compassionate professionals.
. . . investing in innovation, including state-of-the-art technologies
. . . promoting community health, through essential outreach,
education and care programs for local residents of all ages.
Without support from the community we serve, we would not be able to
provide the care on which this community has come to rely — 24 hours per
day, 365 days per year. With your support, we will continue to make critical investments in the people and practices needed to ensure healthcare excellence.
Thank you for making a difference in the lives of local patients.
Stephen A. Ralph
President and CEO
Fall 2013. Philanthropy makes us stronger.
Rebecca and James Sarni
Inspired to Contribute
Dorothy M. Vaughn
A Philosophy of Kindness
Francine and Marshall Katz
Honored for Support of Lifesaving Care
Moraig “Jo” Jardon
A Generous Heart
Pasadena Community Foundation
Sixty Years of Support
Shelly Lowe and Irene Sang
Partnering in Service to our Community
On our cover: The use of wrap-around cooling
blankets is a leading-edge therapy for newborns who
have suffered brain injury. Huntington Memorial
Hospital is the first hospital in California to introduce
this care protocol, which can improve outcomes for our
smallest patients. The CureWrap blankets also offer an
added benefit for parents, who can hold and bond with
their babies during treatment.
President’s Circle Member Recognition Dinner
Excellence in Education
President’s Cocktail Reception
Recognizing Extraordinary Support
Ben B. Pradhan, MD
Legacy Gift Society
Our Support Groups
31Huntington Memorial Hospital
An Educational Luncheon on Cardiac Care
Guild and Support Group Directory
Volunteer Leadership Council
Supporting Students Who Give Back
Recognizing Service, Assisting in Professional Growth
Fall Food & Wine Festival
Ensuring Access to Lifesaving Trauma Care
Supporting Nurses and their Patients
36A New Generation of
Support for Pediatric Care
Catherine and Casey Adams
Placing Family — and Community— First
Avery and Fred Johnson
Community and Giving Back
Denise and Dominick Ranalli
Heart and Home in Pasadena
47 Constance G. Zahorik Appearance Center
Community Support for Comprehensive
Breast Cancer Care
52 Flintridge La Cañada Guild
Supporting High-quality Emergency and
Donors John and Carol McGhee
National Charity League Juniors of San Marino
Compassionate Support in a Time of Need
An 87-year History of Support
S. Robert and Denise Zeilstra Gift Shop
A Remarkable 10,000 Hours of Volunteer Service
San Marino Guild
Giving Back . . . Fashionably
A Profile in Determined Leadership: Betty MacInnes
REBECCA AND JAMES SARNI
“We’ve been blessed in so many ways,”
says James Sarni, “including our health.
We know that not everything we have is
just because of our hard work,” he adds.
“There’s been some divine intervention
along the way, and we’re incredibly
grateful. How can we not give back?”
n e of th e ways
Jim and Rebecca (Becky)
Sarni give back is
support of Huntington
Their gifts express their
gratitude for their good health — and
for the hospital’s role in the lives of
their family and community.
Jim — a San Gabriel Valley native —
attended the University of Southern
California, where he completed undergraduate studies and subsequently
obtained a master’s in business administration, before taking a job with
Atlantic Richfield Company.
He left ARCO to enter the
investment management business. After almost eight years with
First Interstate Bank, he accepted
a position with global investment
management firm Payden & Rygel
in 1990. He is today one of the firm’s
Becky attended Western Washington University before completing
her education at California State
University, Los Angeles. She went
on to work as an environmental
health and safety consultant, cofounding a company she continued
to run with a partner until her
retirement in 2003.
The Sarnis’ two daughters —
Jessica, 16, and Angela, 14 — were
both born at the hospital, and the
family has also used other hospital
services over the years. “The level of
care and communication at Huntington Hospital is simply superior,” says
Becky. She describes her own care
experiences here as “wonderful.”
“One of the things that always impresses us at Huntington
Hospital,” adds Jim, “is that almost
everyone you encounter looks at you,
smiles and acknowledges you. There’s
a general friendliness and welcoming
atmosphere that I’ve never experienced at any other hospital.”
Giving back — a way of life
The Sarnis are also dedicated members of SCRUBS. They note that this
support group offers an additional
way for them to say thank you, and
to diversify their community and
Jim and Becky Sarni’s support for Huntington Memorial
Hospital is an expression of their gratitude for good
health and of their commitment to the community. They
are proud to see their daughters — from left, Angela and
Jessica — become increasingly involved in community
service, in their turn.
A number of community organizations, in
fact, benefit from the Sarnis’ participation. Becky
is a self-proclaimed full-time soccer mom to the
couple’s daughters, both of whom have a busy
schedule of academic and athletic endeavors. She
serves as the volunteer manager for one of the
girls’ soccer teams and previously participated on
the parent board of Mayfield Junior School, for
example. She has also served as president of the
Christ Child Society of Pasadena. Her two-year
term with this all-volunteer organization concluded in June 2013, but she remains involved in other
ways. She has been an adult volunteer for confirmation at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church,
in Pasadena, and serves on the Cardinal’s Awards
Committee for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Jim, too, is very active with the archdiocese.
He also serves on the boards of the USC Marshall
School of Business, USC Marshall School Center
for Investment Studies, Mayfield Junior School,
Pasadena City College Foundation and Descanso
Gardens. In addition, he chairs the capital campaign at Mayfield Senior School.
The Sarnis are grateful that their daughters
are also becoming increasingly involved in community service. “It makes me incredibly proud,”
says Jim. “We want them to grow up with charitable giving as part of their lives.”
Where the need is greatest
With regard to their support for Huntington
Hospital, says Jim, “We’re particularly pleased to
support an organization that has the only trauma
center in our region, and that serves such a wide
section of the community. The hospital does so
much for people who live here — and refuses care
to nobody. We feel lucky that our community has
an organization like this to rely on.”
Since traditional sources of reimbursement
are “never going to be enough to cover everything,” adds Becky, “we know there’s a need for
additional support.” ★
Generous unrestricted support from community
friends like the Sarnis is vital. It sustains and enhances
hospital services that are not covered by traditional
reimbursements, and helps provide potentially
lifesaving care to patients throughout the hospital —
including Huntington Hospital’s Emergency & Trauma
Center (pictured here).
When Dorothy M. Vaughn decided to take a swim during a beachside
picnic, she did not imagine she would be saving a life. But as she enjoyed
her time in the waves, “I heard someone call my name, out beyond the
pier,” she recalls. It was a friend, and he was in trouble. Without hesitation,
Dorothy — a young newlywed at the time — raced toward him. When she
reached him, “I told him just to hold on to me and keep kicking his feet, and
we would make it,” she says. “And we did, with no fanfare.”
Dorothy M. Vaughn
A Philosophy of
oday, at th e age of 10 2 ,
Dorothy continues to make a lifesaving difference for others, through her
generous support of Huntington Memorial Hospital. When asked what is
the secret to her longevity, she says,
“I think kindness is very important!”
For more than a quarter century, she
has expressed her personal kindness toward the
hospital, at the President’s Circle level.
Dorothy’s earliest memories of the hospital,
she notes, are of a modest one-building hospital.
Since then, she and her family — including her
late husband, John V. Vaughn, whom she married in 1934, and their children, Dorothy Stone
and John Spencer Vaughn — have relied on the
hospital for care.
announcement in efforts to locate it. When Dorothy received a response from a woman who lived
just half a block away, she and her mother went
over to retrieve the lost pet. The neighbor’s handsome young son asked to be introduced to Dorothy,
and then offered to carry her dog home for her.
During that brief walk, the couple struck up
a conversation that sparked a 73-year romance.
“It was fate,” recalls Dorothy. “A match made
John was a freshman at the University of
California, Los Angeles, at the time. While he
soon proposed, Dorothy — despite her strong
feelings for him — insisted he first complete his
education and find employment. “Then we’ll talk,”
she sagely advised him.
A match made in heaven
With Dorothy’s encouragement, John went on to
graduate from UCLA in 1932 with a bachelor’s
degree in economics and political science. The
job market awaiting him upon graduation was the
When Dorothy and John first met in 1928, it was
the result of a minor misfortune. Dorothy’s dog
had run away and her mother posted a newspaper
Dorothy Vaughn and her late husband, John, have
provided generous support to Huntington Memorial
Hospital over many years. Dorothy, age 102 (here
with a photograph of herself as a child) feels that
kindness is key to longevity. Her continued kindness
in supporting Huntington Hospital helps ensure that
others receive the same level of high-quality care she
and her family have counted on over the years.
worst in American history. However, he successfully secured a position as an assistant credit
manager at National Lead Company and rapidly
worked his way up the corporate ranks. By 1934,
Dorothy and he were married.
John’s mother owned rental properties
throughout Los Angeles and provided the couple
with a house in La Crescenta, rent-free, for a year.
Over that time, John continued to advance in his
career, enabling the Vaughns to move into their
own home in West Hollywood. The move was
propitiously timed, as the couple welcomed their
first child shortly thereafter.
After working his way up to branch manager
at National Lead, John moved to Sillers Paint &
Varnish Company, where he initially worked as a
sales manager. In 1946, he became president and
principal owner of the company.
John eventually sold Sillers Paint & Varnish
Company in 1958, marking his retirement from
the paint industry — but not from business
altogether. He acquired Dartell Laboratories — a
pharmaceutical and biochemical manufacturer
in downtown Los Angeles — in 1960. Later, he
became vice chairman of Crocker National Bank,
overseeing its Southern California operations.
Throughout his prolific career, John
remained active in civic life, frequently taking
leadership roles in civic and political organizations. “We were very active when my husband
was in business,” recalls Dorothy. “We did a great
deal of entertaining in our home, and that was my
responsibility — and something I enjoyed,”
John, who felt he owed UCLA a great debt for
his education, was active in the school’s alumni
association. He was elected president in 1957,
serving as an ex-officio regent to the University
of California. The association recognized his
commitment through various significant awards,
including the prestigious Edward A. Dickson
Alumnus of the Year award in 1971.
During the 1970s, John also held leadership
positions in more than two dozen additional organizations across the region. He remained active
in civic life until his death in 2001 at the age of 92.
Investing in great care
The Vaughns became San Marino residents
in 1944, and lived there for many years before
moving to Pasadena. They began supporting
Huntington Hospital at the President’s Circle
level during the 1980s. “The hospital has done
a lot for me and for my family,” says Dorothy.
“Both our children were treated there and I’ve
had many surgeries at the hospital. It is tops
She emphasizes her concern for “people
who can’t afford the care they need. I feel like my
contributions can help them a little bit,” she adds.
Just as she has been doing for so many years, she
continues to help others, without fanfare — but
with true kindness. ★
Francine and Marshall
Katzes’ longtime charitable
support of Huntington
includes significant gifts
toward our Emergency &
Francine and Marshall Katz
Like other members of our community, Francine and Marshall Katz
are neither hoping nor planning to get sick. Yet they are providing
significant support toward lifesaving emergency and trauma care at
Huntington Memorial Hospital.
e’re supporting something we hope never to need,”
explains Marshall, “but we recognize that there will likely come a
time when members of our family,
or our community, will need care.
Emergency and trauma services benefit everyone
in our community.”
Francine and Marshall met when Francine was 16 years old and Marshall was 19, and
they have been married for 58 years. Francine
graduated from Northwestern University, and
Marshall obtained his degree from the University of Illinois. Shortly after their wedding in
1955, the couple moved from their hometown of
Chicago to San Antonio, Texas, where Marshall
was required to report to Fort Sam Houston for
education-deferred military service. Immediately contending with pressure, they had less than
24 hours to find a place to live before Marshall
was required to report to base for training.
As might be anticipated, this caused some
early marital stress! “I’d have lived in a tent or a
ditch to be with him, though,” Francine now admits.
Marshall was soon selected for further
training as a neuropsychiatric technician at
Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, Colorado,
where the Katzes remained for the balance of
Marshall’s tour of duty. Francine got a position as
a speech pathologist with Aurora Public Schools,
where she set up the entire speech program.
Once he returned to civilian life, Marshall
began work in the steel distribution industry. In
1962, he started Hokin-Katz Metals Service, a
sheet steel distributor and processor. Following
the sale of Hokin-Katz in 2004, Marshall briefly
worked for the new owners before opening
The Francine H. and B. Marshall Katz Patient Wing has been named in recognition of the Katzes’ support. Signage
was unveiled at a special event in June.
“I don’t want to reach the point where I get
up in the morning and wonder what I’m going to
do that day,” explains Marshall. “I want to remain
actively involved in business, and continue to
enjoy life.” Thus he started a new venture — a
company working in steel brokerage — in which
he remains quite active.
A zest for life
Francine went on to obtain a Master of Arts
and is a licensed speech-language pathologist
and lip-reading specialist, with an emphasis on
brain aerobics for senior citizens. She worked for
many years at Pasadena City College, and now
provides pro bono services at the Crowell Public
Library in San Marino and at two other locations.
Her classes help hearing-impaired older adults
acquire/improve their lip-reading skills (aiding
comprehension) and mitigate memory loss.
Known for her colorful and custom-created
hats, Francine is an enthusiastic therapist and
mentor. She regularly plans new activities for her
students, including — most recently — playing the
kazoo and singing, to help strengthen their vocal
folds. “My students are a source of inspiration,”
she says. “Even in their 80s and 90s, they don’t
seem to worry about the future. They have a positive attitude and it’s infectious! I think they really
encourage me to continue my work.”
The Katzes have four married children
and eight grandchildren. They and their very
close-knit and active family all still continue to
take a vacation together each year. The couple is
also known for their unique Saracenic (Persian/Indian) architecture-inspired San Marino
home, which took two years to design and two
years to build and in which they have lived for
38 years. (“They say you can only test a marriage
if you build a home together, and we had plenty
of tests,” Francine laughs.) The cornerstone
of the house bears the imprint of each family
A history of helping
When the Katzes first moved to California, they
lived in Covina — but Francine and Marshall
nonetheless chose Huntington Hospital for the
birth of their children. “Like many expectant
mothers, I worried whether my children were
going to be healthy and receive the best care,” says
Francine. “I had a wonderful doctor and received
exceptional attention at Huntington Hospital. All
the children got a good start there and have all
turned out beautifully. They have all contributed
and made their mark in society,” she adds.
The Katzes’ youngest son, Daniel, has two
daughters who were also born at Huntington
Hospital. Francine and Marshall have provided
regular support to the hospital for more than a
decade, including unrestricted gifts as well as
funding toward Emergency & Trauma Center
expansion. Their most recent commitment will
help sustain what goes on inside the walls of the
center. Honoring their generous involvement and
support, the hospital is pleased to name the Francine H. and B. Marshall Katz Patient Wing, part of
a surgical unit within our east tower, for them.
A special event involving many members of
the Katz family, along with representatives of the
hospital, was held on June 11th, during which the
recognition signage was unveiled. “We had many
discussions before making our most recent gift,”
says Marshall, “and we’re certainly not sorry we
made this decision. Whether someone needs care
for something minor, or something very serious,
it’s important that the care you receive is the
best possible. I guess this contribution is just an
extension of our original commitment to Huntington Hospital.”
“The hospital is very special to us,” Francine
adds. “We want to help ensure that others have access to the same level of high-quality care that our
family has received in the past, and possibly may
need in the future. We want to help ensure that
the hospital remains the best in the region.” ★
SHELLY LOWE AND IRENE SANG
Partnering in Service
to our Community
Doctors of optometry Shelly Lowe (left) and Irene Sang created their practice —
South Pasadena Optometric Group, Inc. — with the goal of serving their community.
“Our vision was to position ourselves at the highest standards of quality and ethics,”
says Dr. Sang — and the close friends and business partners have been putting this
vision into action since 1991. >
he optometrists, along with their
husbands — Dennis Howard
Lowe and David Levy — have extended their commitment to the
community still further, through
their support for Huntington
Memorial Hospital over many
years. In addition to personal
contributions, the Lowes have
hosted fundraising and donor
stewardship events at their
Pasadena home. Their daughter, Cara, has also
contributed by painting a mural for the hospital’s
pediatric department, as part of a Girl Scouts
community service program.
Dr. Sang was inspired to become involved at
Huntington Hospital as a result of family illness.
When her late mother was in the hospital in
Chicago, “I flew out to be with her,” says Dr. Sang,
“and became acutely aware of the level of knowledge nurses must have. They’re really an essential
bridge in patient care.”
Upon her return to California, Dr. Sang
reached out to Huntington Hospital, where
she helped establish a recognition program for
nurses who go beyond the call of duty in caring
for their patients. This award program has since
been expanded to recognize clinical excellence
among nurses and other hospital personnel.
Dr. Sang has added to her initial support through
contributions to nursing education here. The
hospital is now bringing further educational and
program development opportunities to nursing
staff, via our new Institute for Nursing Excellence and Innovation.
Building a dream practice
Drs. Lowe and Sang met when both were attending Southern California College of Optometry in
Fullerton. Dr. Lowe, originally from California,
began her career as a teacher of the visually
impaired and partially sighted. Particularly
interested in the field of low vision, she ultimately
decided to become an optometrist. Dr. Sang came
to California from Chicago in order to attend Occidental College. Accepted early into optometry
school, she received a bachelor’s of vision science
first, followed by her doctorate.
Casually acquainted in school, the two women both happened to settle in the Pasadena area
following graduation. “We individually became
very involved in the community,” says Dr. Sang,
“and kept bumping into each other at events.”
Their friendship blossomed and today the two
speak of themselves as friends first, and business
It was after they reconnected in Pasadena
that the two doctors began talking with each other
about their respective dreams for professional
practice. “As we discussed our dream practice,”
says Dr. Sang, “we realized it was together,” but as
Dr. Lowe started a family and Dr. Sang found a position with another practice, their dream was put on
hold for a while. Both ultimately realized, however,
that “there’s no perfect time to start a business, and
we should just go for it,” notes Dr. Lowe.
Doctors of optometry Shelly Lowe (left) and Irene Sang
at the opening of their practice in 1991. They are not only
colleagues, but close friends who share a commitment
to their community. Both are strong supporters of
Huntington Memorial Hospital.
Start-up was certainly eventful: Dr. Lowe’s
second child was born by emergency Caesarean
section at Huntington Hospital the same day the
optometrists were picking out carpet samples
for their offices. Dr. Lowe was back at work less
than a month later, and she and Dr. Sang not only
continue to practice together successfully, but to
support each other in other aspects of life. When
Dr. Sang started her own family, Dr. Lowe was on
hand with advice. Their spouses are friends and
their children are like siblings, they note.
In business, adds Dr. Sang, “We both specialize in different areas, so we look to each other
to complete the spectrum of knowledge”: While
both provide general vision care to their patients,
Dr. Sang also has special knowledge in fitting
contact lenses for people with diseased or damaged corneas, while Dr. Lowe’s skills include a
specialty in caring for pediatric patients and for
the visually impaired.
Further complementing this blend of
knowledge and skills, a third partner, doctor of
optometry Cindy P. Wang, joined the practice
10 years ago.
On the short list for support
While family and professional life consumes a
considerable part of their schedules, the partners
also make time for community involvement, both
separately and as a team. Dr. Sang credits her
grandparents with being community-minded
role models. Following in their footsteps, two
years ago she helped found Muse/ique — a
San Gabriel Valley organization that provides
new musical experiences through live performances and other activities. In the past, she
has been actively involved in numerous civic
In addition to Huntington Hospital, the
Lowes support a variety of arts organizations, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pasadena
Playhouse and The Museum of Contemporary
Art. Dennis has served on the boards of the
Playhouse and the Pasadena Symphony. The
couple also supports The California Institute of
Technology — as Caltech Associates — and the
University of Southern California.
Jointly, too, Drs. Lowe and Sang provide
community support through their South Pasadena Optometric Group, Inc. The practice each
year grants a scholarship to a graduating South
Pasadena High School student who has overcome
challenges and achieved success. “We honor
resiliency,” says Dr. Sang.
She relates this strength to Huntington
Hospital, also: “Even through healthcare bumps,
it’s light on its feet,” she says.
The doctors also donate their professional
services through InfantSEE and Young & Healthy,
and they recognize that there are many community organizations that provide valuable services
and require support. “We’ve given a lot to a lot
of different things over the years, says Dr. Lowe,
“but of all the charities we’ve been involved with,
Huntington Hospital is on the short list.” ★
MORAIG “JO” JARDON
Moraig “Jo” Jardon has high expectations when it comes to quality
healthcare. This former registered nurse recently recognized
Huntington Memorial Hospital’s special brand of care through a
generous donation to our Heart and Vascular Center.
y husband spent his
life dedicated to the
medical field, and
healthcare has always
been such a big part of
my life,” explains Jo,
who worked as a nurse
for many years, and was
married to the late Gaspar Jardon, MD,
a Los Angeles-based obstetrician/gynecologist. “I marvel at the high quality of
care provided by Huntington Hospital,”
she adds, “and supporting its commitment to excellence seemed like the right
thing to do.”
The Jardons themselves turned to
Huntington Hospital for care on several
occasions. Dr. Jardon was treated here
before being transferred to a skilled
nursing facility, where he passed away
in 2002. Jo has received treatment for
an elbow injury and has participated
in the hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation
program. She continues to receive treatment from John Easthope, Jr., MD, a
cardiologist on staff at the hospital.
It was in tribute to this physician, in
fact, that she made her recent generous
gift to the hospital’s Heart and Vascular
Center. “I don’t know what I would do
without him,” she says. “He’s always
there for me, and his entire staff treats
me with respect and dignity.
“I wanted to show my appreciation
and recognition for the quality of service
I’ve received at Huntington Hospital —
and from Dr. Easthope,” she adds. “I’ve
realized how important it is to give back
to the community and how good it makes
you feel when you can do so in a meaningful way.”
Love and livelihood
In the 1920s, Jo’s mother came to the
United States from Scotland to visit
her brother in Fargo, North Dakota. It
was there that she met and married
Jo’s father. The young couple moved to
Ohio, where they raised three children.
(Jo’s brothers are deceased. She has two
nieces, who still live in Ohio.)
Jo earned a bachelor’s degree in
nursing at Western Reserve University
(now Case Western Reserve University)
in Cleveland. She worked briefly as a
nurse and subsequently as a flight attendant for Trans World Airlines. Following
her return to a career in nursing, she met
After marrying, the couple decided
to move to California “to escape the cold
Ohio winters,” Jo notes. They initially
lived on the Westside, and Dr. Jardon
worked for an established obstetrics/
gynecology group. He later opened his
own practice on Wilshire Boulevard.
Jo herself provided nursing care at
Shriner’s Hospital for Children before
joining her husband’s private practice.
“We had a wonderful marriage,” says Jo.
“We worked together for what seems like
forever and enjoyed it every day!”
A feel-good investment
After Dr. Jardon retired from practice,
he and Jo moved to Pasadena, where
Jo still resides today. She is active in
the community: In addition to her
generous contributions to Huntington
Hospital, she is involved in numerous
other charitable activities, including the
Shakespeare Club of Pasadena (which
funds college scholarships for outstanding Pasadena high-school graduates),
Shriner’s Hospital for Children, and the
Pasadena Humane Society. Jo adopted
her beloved dog, Coco, from the humane
“My gift to the Heart and Vascular
Center is a way to say thank you for the
outstanding care the hospital has provided for me, Gaspar and many others,”
she says. “I’m getting older and I want to
do something valuable with my money.
Huntington Hospital does wonderful
things for the community. I feel good
about supporting it.” ★
Donor Jo Jardon and her
late husband, Gaspar
Jardon, MD, spent their
careers in medicine. Jo is
pictured with Coco, her
companionable Shih Tzu.
Jennifer DeVoll is
executive director of the
Foundation, which is
celebrating its 60th
year of supporting local
Hospital was among the
first recipients of funding
from the foundation,
and is grateful for its
PASADENA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The Pasadena Community
Foundation is celebrating its
60th year of support for the
greater Pasadena community. In
commemoration of this important
anniversary, it held its first-ever
gala at the Langham Huntington,
Pasadena, on October 5, 2013.
Proceeds will help grow the
foundation’s endowment, thus
increasing its capacity to help local
Hospital was one of the
first recipients of funding from what was then
known as the Pasadena
its creation by Louis
and Marion Webb in 1953. In an
interview with the Pasadena StarNews in 1961, Louis explained his
desire to create a community trust.
“I wanted to do some good with
my money . . . in some manner that
would continue the charitable work
after I was gone,” he noted. The
foundation’s mission: to improve
and enrich the lives of residents of
the greater Pasadena area.
A broad portfolio
Since its inception it has provided
support to many local organizations — including additional gifts to
Huntington Hospital — through a
board-reviewed, competitive grant
program. “Our grants fall into six
areas of focus that we think broadly
cover the community as a whole,”
says the foundation’s executive director, Jennifer DeVoll. These areas
are the arts, education, the environment, health, human services, and
In the area of health, the
foundation funds work as diverse
as medical research, direct care
services and fitness organizations,
for example. “Huntington Hospital
is a hugely important provider in our
community and fits within this area
of interest,” says Jennifer.
In addition to providing traditional board-approved discretionary
grants, the foundation manages a
number of donor-advised funds.
Gifts through such funds are disbursed to organizations that match
donors’ own philanthropic interests.
(During their lifetime, the Webbs
encouraged others to contribute to the foundation they had established —
and community residents continue to do so today.)
Underscoring a focus on its community
Born in Michigan in 1882, Louis Webb later moved to Pasadena with his
family, where he became a successful engineer, real estate developer and
investor. He and his wife, Marion, pledged the proceeds of their estate to
establish the foundation: A portion of the estate was bequeathed to the foundation after Louis passed away in 1966, with the remainder gifted following
Marion’s death in 1977.
Following Jennifer DeVoll’s recruitment as executive director a little
over a decade ago, the foundation more fully embraced its special identity as
a community foundation, changing its name (to become the Pasadena Community Foundation) to reflect this.
“The foundation has grown over the years — from a tiny organization to a mature entity that complies with rigorous national standards and
best practices,” says Jennifer. “Over this same time period, community
foundations have become more widely known and understood. Identifying
ourselves more clearly in this category helps underscore our commitment to
meeting the needs of Pasadena. We remain very proud that Pasadena has its
own community foundation,” she adds.
Given the fact that both the hospital and the foundation are lynchpins
of our community, it is logical that noted local leaders, including Lois Matthews and R-Lene Mijares de Lang should be involved on the boards of both
Looking to the future
Since 1954, the Pasadena Community Foundation has generously provided
more than $340,000 in support for Huntington Hospital’s work, including
funding to meet a variety of capital needs.
“One of the reasons to celebrate 60 years is to honor our past accomplishments and our grantees,” says Jennifer. “In addition, we see this as
an opportunity to talk about where we go from here, to tell our community
about our longer-term goals. We want to continue having an impact and
playing an important role.”
Under Jennifer’s leadership, the foundation has conducted a strategic
planning process to guide its work in the coming years. “We see ourselves
as an endowment for the whole community, and our giving will continue to
evolve as the needs of our community change,” she notes.
“Of course, we will continue supporting organizations that do important work in our community,” she adds, “and Huntington Hospital is one of
those organizations.” ★
The Pasadena Community Foundation (known then as
the Pasadena Foundation) began supporting Huntington
Memorial Hospital in the 1950s. Much has changed in
the field of healthcare since then, but the foundation has
remained a steadfast contributor.
Annual Fund and President’s Circle
Support Wherever the Need is Greatest
rivate philanthropy helps to
services — and
state-of-the-art medical facilities
and technologies — at Huntington
Memorial Hospital. An important
way in which community members
can help the hospital remain responsive to our region’s needs is through
contributions to the Huntington
Generous annual-fund donors
provide approximately $3 million
in unrestricted, flexible operating
support each year. We are deeply
grateful for the support of more than
3,000 community members who are
already involved. Their contributions help bridge the gap between
available revenue streams and the
actual costs of providing care.
Donors to the Huntington Annual Fund are recognized in a variety
of ways (see right). Those providing
gifts of $2,000 and above qualify
for membership in the President’s
Circle of Huntington Memorial
Hospital. President’s Circle donors
provide approximately 80 percent of
annual funds raised by the hospital
and we are particularly grateful for
their generous contributions.
We encourage you to join
President’s Circle members and
other annual fund donors today, in
ensuring the continued availability of
high-quality care close to home.
Annual Fund Benefits
• Receipt of all Huntington Hospital publications.
The above PLUS
• Recognition in the hospital’s annual report.
All of the above PLUS
• Discount at Huntington Hospital’s S. Robert and Denise Zeilstra Gift Shop.
President’s Circle Benefits
All of the above PLUS
• Annual complimentary hospital parking.
• Invitation to annual President’s Circle Member Recognition Dinner.
• Access to complimentary flu shots each fall, as available.
All of the above PLUS
• Annual complimentary valet parking.
• Annual recognition on President’s Circle donor wall, located in Huntington
Hospital’s main lobby.
• Invitation to annual private President’s Circle Associates dinner seminar
with hospital physicians and executive leadership.
MEDICUS SOCIETY $10,000–24,999
All of the above PLUS
• Invitation to annual Medicus Society VIP cocktail reception.
• Annual stewardship report on the impact of your support.
All of the above PLUS
• Two complimentary tickets to our annual Fall Food & Wine Festival.
All of the above PLUS
• Invitation to special evening with the president, physicians and trustees of
CHAIRMAN’S COUNCIL cumulative lifetime giving of $100,000 or more
All of the above PLUS
• Permanent recognition on our Chairman’s Council Wall, located in the
hospital’s main lobby.
• A Huntington Hospital Gold Card. For benefits associated with the Gold
Card, please call the office of philanthropy at (626) 397‑3241.
For more information about how you can contribute to the Huntington Annual Fund or
become a President’s Circle member, please contact Lia Peterson Miller, director, annual
giving, at (626) 397-3241.
P residen t ’s Circle
President’s Circle Member Recognition Dinner
In appreciation for President’s Circle members’ generous involvement,
Huntington Memorial Hospital hosted the annual member recognition
dinner on March 20, 2013. Held at the University Club, the event
provided President’s Circle-level donors with an opportunity to meet
hospital leaders and learn about some of the work made possible thanks
to donor involvement.
n addition to gourmet dining, the approximately 200 attendees enjoyed
an informative keynote address
entitled Excellence is Infectious.
The evening’s speaker was Kimberly Shriner, MD, chair, Graduate
Medical Education Committee.
She presented information about
Huntington Hospital’s rigorous, internationally
recognized Graduate Medical Education program.
For the past four decades, Huntington Hospital
has offered a medical residency program, preparing the physicians and surgeons of the future. We
are one of only 25 community hospitals in California to have such a program.
Since our Graduate Medical Education
program’s inception, Dr. Shriner explained, nearly
1,000 internal medicine and general surgery
residents have expanded their medical knowledge
and enhanced their clinical practice at Huntington Hospital. Dr. Shriner underscored the ways in
which being a teaching hospital benefits patients.
In addition, she noted, one in three Huntington
Hospital medical residents go on to practice locally, helping to ensure high-quality care for the
children and grandchildren of our current patients.
Dr. Shriner herself participated as a resident
in our Graduate Medical Education program.
She now practices in Pasadena, specializing in
infectious diseases, and has been a member of
Huntington Hospital’s medical staff since 1994.
She is also the founder and director of the hospital’s Phil Simon Clinic, an outpatient teaching
clinic that is dedicated to serving patients with
HIV. In 2001, she founded The Phil Simon Clinic
Tanzania Project, an innovative outreach program that provides free medical and surgical care
— and conducts home-health visits — for patients
living with AIDS in Northern Tanzania.
Each year, gifts made through the Huntington Annual Fund help safeguard both the vital
care services at the hospital and the quality of
the care we provide. Contributions from President’s Circle members are the cornerstone of our
annual fund, representing more than 80 percent
of the fund’s philanthropic income each year. We
are deeply grateful for this support. ★
President’s Circle members enjoy exclusive benefits. If you are interested in becoming a President’s
Circle member, please contact Lia Peterson Miller,
director, annual giving, at (626) 397-3241.
President’s Circle members at the recognition dinner included, from left,
Paul and Sherrill Colony and Lois and Phil Matthews.
Contributions from President’s Circle members, including
Alice Coulombe (left) and Nancy Van Tuyle, are a cornerstone
of the hospital’s annual fund.
President’s Circle members Diana and Charles Minning also attended
the exclusive event, held at the University Club.
From left, Theresé Mothershead, Diane and Fred Blum, PhD, and John, Leanne
and Lee Mothershead, were among those who enjoyed mixing and mingling with
fellow President’s Circle members and with hospital leadership, during the event.
The dinner event included a presentation from Kimberly Shriner, MD (left),
regarding Huntington Memorial Hospital’s medical residency program. Dr. Shriner
chairs the hospital’s Graduate Medical Education Committee. She is joined above
by Syeda Ali, MD.
As members of the President’s Circle, Wai-Ling Lew (right)
and her daughter Melinda Kiang (left) are among those who
provide important support toward the work of Huntington
P residen t ’s Circle
President’s Cocktail Reception
On June 26, 2013, Huntington Memorial Hospital hosted an exclusive
cocktail reception for President’s Circle members who have made
contributions at the Medicus Society level and above. The elegant evening
event, held at the Valley Hunt Club, provided an opportunity to recognize
these leadership donors for their generous involvement and to further
acquaint them with the hospital’s work.
pproximately 80 President’s
Circle members, including Rosemary B. (Rary) Simmons, Louise
Bryson, Allen Mathies, Jr., MD,
Kathleen Good Podley and other
hospital board members, were in attendance.
Guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres and
sampled from various food stations — including a
risotto bar and a tapas bar — in an elegant candlelit setting.
Huntington Hospital’s president and CEO,
Stephen A. Ralph, welcomed guests and thanked
them for their continued support, which makes a
measurable difference in regional medical care.
Steve also offered exclusive updates regarding
new programs at the hospital. He described the
new Huntington Hospital Neurological Rehabilitation Center —
launched with generous
challenge funding from Harry Tsao and Carol
Chen, and from Renata and Talmadge O’Neill,
along with matching gifts from other community
residents. He also discussed the hospital’s new
Institute for Nursing Excellence and Innovation, made possible with leadership support from
Anne and Jim Rothenberg and other local donors.
These important programs are consistent with
our commitment to innovation, caregiver excellence and high-quality, patient-centered care. ★
Highlights of the September 12, 2013, President’s
Circle dinner event will be featured in the spring
2014 issue of Advocate.
From left, Brad and Susie Talt and J.C. and Pam Massar were among the
generous donors attending the President’s Circle cocktail reception.
During the event, contributors including Gwen and Guil
Babcock received updates regarding new hospital programs.
Sally White (far left), along with Joan and James Caillouette, MD, were
also among the President’s Circle members at the elegant event.
From left, hospital physician Sonia Singla, board member Rary Simmons, and Dan and
Fran Biles mingled at the event.
From left, Huntington Memorial Hospital’s president and CEO, Steve Ralph,
with President’s Circle members Stephen and Linda Gill and Russ White.
From left, Roger Servick and Sydney Mead with Jack Brickson,
the hospital’s director, planned giving.
Ben Pradhan, MD,
with his wife Dimple
Bhasin, MD, and the
Sapna (left) and
Natalia. Dr. Pradhan’s
Hospital extends beyond
the provision of patient
care. The Pradhans
also provide generous
Ben B. Pradhan, MD
Ben B. Pradhan, MD, began his academic career in aerospace engineering
at Princeton University, with an eye to becoming a rocket scientist. As
the Cold War ended, he looked for other ways of contributing to society,
however. His two sisters — both physicians — inspired him to enter the
field of medicine.
r. Pradhan transferred from his
doctoral program in engineering, and entered medical school.
Today, he is an orthopedic surgeon
with a subspecialty in spine surgery. “The spine is arguably the most complex
mechanical system in the body,” Dr. Pradhan explains, “so with my background in engineering,
this field is the perfect fit.”
Practicing with Risser Orthopedic Group
and on staff at Huntington Memorial Hospital,
the surgeon is also deeply involved in a variety
of research in his field. He became acquainted
with the hospital through respected spine specialist Charles Prickett, MD, who also practiced
with Risser Orthopedic Group.
“When Dr. Prickett passed away, the
group asked me to step in and help their spine
patients,” notes Dr. Pradhan. “They are affiliated
with Huntington Hospital, and I fell in love with
the hospital and with the community. Familywise and career-wise,” he adds, “it just made
sense for us to move here.”
Dr. Pradhan previously worked in West
Los Angeles, and he and his wife, Dimple
Bhasin, MD, a radiologist, along with their two
daughters, lived in Pacific Palisades. The young
family now resides in La Cañada-Flintridge.
“We were looking to raise our girls in a nice environment with good schools,” he says, “and the
San Gabriel Valley checked all the boxes.”
Mutual support. Dr. Pradhan sees
Huntington Hospital’s relationship with its
community as a symbiotic one. “The community
is lucky to have this hospital,” he says, “with
every service and technology you could need
— and the hospital is lucky to be part of this
community, where it enjoys such great support.”
Physicians at Huntington Hospital, adds
Dr. Pradhan, are also afforded a special opportunity: to work with a community healthcare
institution that also offers the sophistication of a
university hospital. “There’s access to the latest
technologies, and to the clinical studies that are
typically only available at large, urban hospitals,”
he notes. “At the same time, doctors and patients
are never treated as just a number here.”
Dr. Pradhan not only goes above and
beyond in providing care to Huntington Hospital patients. He and his family express their
gratitude for all that the hospital means to them
through their philanthropic support. He notes
that support from others in the community
also inspired his own contributions. “I saw
my patients express their gratitude through
charitable support,” he says, “and I felt I should
support the hospital as well.”
Contributing to health. As a medical
professional, Dr. Pradhan is particularly aware
of the need for philanthropic involvement.
“The way reimbursements work,” he says, “the
hospital certainly couldn’t continue to provide
such quality care without community support.”
Contributions help ensure, for example, that
Huntington Hospital remains at the forefront in
orthopedic surgery, by supporting advanced surgical technologies. In turn, this helps the hospital
to attract top clinical talent — physicians like Dr.
Pradhan who are committed to advancing care
still further, through their research.
Of particular interest to him is research
that lies at the intersection of his work as a
physician, and his earlier training as an engineer: He is involved in developing artificial
spinal joints, and further enhancing minimally
invasive surgical techniques. In addition, he has
participated in research to develop drugs that
help the body regenerate bone and repair itself.
Dr. Pradhan regularly contributes to publications including Spine, the leading journal in
the field. He has also contributed to the textbooks
used by orthopedic surgeons who are preparing for board certification, including a chapter
regarding osteoporotic fractures of the spine.
Whether providing direct patient care,
conducting and publishing research, or providing philanthropic support toward the work of
Huntington Hospital, Dr. Pradhan continuously
demonstrates his profound commitment to the
health and well-being of our region. “Lots of
things in life are important,” he says, “but the
most important thing should be your health.
That’s why, to me, it’s logical that everyone
should support the hospital.” ★
Dr. Pradhan is one of the many physicians at
Huntington Hospital who contribute to their
community in more ways than one. Look for
more Physician Partners features in future
issues of Advocate.
Legacy Gift Society
Make a Difference for
Huntington Memorial Hospital’s Legacy Gift Society provides donors with a means of
ensuring continued high-quality care to our region, beyond their own lifetimes. Members
are those who have expressed their intent of providing for the hospital through their
estate. Such thoughtful and foresighted philanthropy helps sustain excellent care for future
generations of local residents.
A variety of gift vehicles are available, including bequest gifts through a will or living
trust, gift annuities, and charitable remainder trusts, for example. In general, these estate
— often called planned — gifts offer the opportunity to make a difference at our region’s
leading medical center, and also provide important income and/or estate tax benefits to
the donors. Additionally, some even generate an income stream for the donor, or for one or
more loved ones or heirs.
Huntington Hospital is pleased to recognize Legacy Gift Society members in a variety
of ways (see below). We encourage you to join other members of the Legacy Gift Society
in providing for future generations at Huntington Hospital through a planned gift.
Legacy Gift Society Benefits
Invitation to annual Legacy Gift Society appreciation luncheon.
Invitation to an insider tour of Huntington Hospital’s campus.
A discount at Huntington Hospital’s S. Robert and Denise Zeilstra Gift Shop.
Counsel from Huntington Hospital’s director of planned giving, as needed.
Recognition in Huntington Hospital’s annual report.
Receipt of all Huntington Hospital publications.
Legacy Gift Society members who have made irrevocable planned gifts with a present
value of $100,000 also enjoy:
• Permanent recognition on the Legacy Wall of Honor, located by the hospital’s
• A Huntington Hospital Gold Card. For benefits associated with the Gold Card, please call
the office of philanthropy at (626) 397-3241.
• Annual complimentary hospital parking, including valet service.
• Invitation to an annual private dinner seminar featuring physician experts from
For more information please contact Jack Brickson, director, planned giving,
at (626) 397‑3241, or via email at [email protected]
You can also visit our website: www.huntingtonhospital.com/giftplanning.
Legacy Gift Society
Huntington Memorial Hospital Engages Supporters
During an educational luncheon for Huntington Memorial Hospital patients and
donors, Vyshali Rao, MD, provided an overview of recent advances in cardiac care.
n June 25, 2013, a select group of
Huntington Memorial Hospital
patients and donors gathered at the
University Club in Pasadena for an
educational luncheon entitled The
Latest Advances in Cardiac Care: What It Means
for You at Huntington Hospital. The event’s featured speaker was Vyshali Rao, MD, a respected
interventional cardiologist who serves on the
hospital’s medical staff. She provided attendees
an overview of recent advances in cardiac care
— and of Huntington Hospital’s high-quality
A three-course luncheon was served in
one of the University Club’s elegant lounges,
where guests were greeted by Jack Brickson, the
hospital’s director, planned giving, and by Sally
Hinckley, director, major gifts. Also participating
was Gail Cinexi, director, cardiovascular services.
In his welcoming remarks, Jack underscored the
various ways in which philanthropy at the hospital makes a difference in the lives of patients.
Dr. Rao is part of an outstanding team of
cardiac physicians and surgeons who bring
first-class heart services to Huntington Hospital
patients. She completed her internal medicine
From left, John and Peggy
Yingling, Suzanne and Joel
McIntyre, Dorothy Hull and
Rod Shingu were among those
in attendance at the luncheon
event, entitled The Latest
Advances in Cardiac Care:
What It Means for You at
From left, Jim Meagher,
Joanne Lester, Edna
Hernandez, Elsie Crespo and
Cindy Dixon also attended the
event, held at the University
Club in Pasadena.
training at the University of Southern California, and received specialized
training in interventional cardiology at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles
Dr. Rao joined Huntington Hospital as a cardiologist in 2006 and also
works with Foothill Cardiology, in Pasadena. She is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology and has extensive
expertise in prevention and treatment of heart disease.
Following Dr. Rao’s presentation regarding heart-related topics, guests
had the opportunity to ask questions and engage in further discussion. “It
was a lively and informative conversation,” notes Jack. “I received uniformly
positive feedback,” he adds. “People were particularly impressed with
Dr. Rao’s level of knowledge and her very personable approach.” ★
Huntington Memorial Hospital will
hold a special luncheon for members of
our Legacy Gift Society on November
19, 2013. The event, to be held at the
Valley Hunt Club, will thank these
foresighted donors for their thoughtful
support — and provide an opportunity
for them to learn more from hospital
leaders about our latest programs and
initiatives. For more information about
the Legacy Gift Society, please contact
Jack Brickson, director, planned giving,
at (626) 397-3241.
Legacy Gift Society
Nurses and their
Ann Kaiser served as a nursing administrator at Huntington Memorial Hospital for
20 years. Throughout her time at the hospital, she demonstrated a strong commitment to
nursing excellence, and to advancing both the practice of nursing and the quality of patient
care. She played a leadership role in establishing our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
— and, now, in addition to providing annual contributions to the hospital, she has chosen to
create a lasting legacy by supporting the NICU through her estate. >
nn’s career in nursing led her from Ontario, Canada — where
she grew up — to Southern California during the early 1970s.
After attending Toronto Western Hospital’s school of nursing, she and some friends rented a car and drove to Oakland,
California, to take up jobs there. Ann later moved to Southern
California, working in Santa Monica before being recruited
to work as a nursing administrator at Huntington Hospital in
1971. She remained here until her retirement in 1991.
During her tenure, Ann helped promote the hospital’s culture of nursing excellence and continuing education. Today, our ongoing work in this regard is recognized
through Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The
designation is considered the gold standard in nursing, which only 6 percent of all
acute care organizations nationwide receive.
Ann’s philanthropic support for the hospital began prior to her retirement. She
has designated a portion of her contributions toward nursing education. “I think
it’s so important that nurses continue their education,” she says, “to be sure that
quality patient care is provided. Nurses are there when people are feeling at their
worst,” she adds. “It requires great skill and compassion to help them.”
Ann recalls how her own nursing education taught her “how to do things that
were not only necessary to the patient’s recovery, but that made the patient feel
comfortable.” As an administrator at the hospital, she in turn enjoyed working with
student nurses and nurses in their early careers, guiding them to provide aboveand-beyond care that was both clinically excellent and truly compassionate.
In addition to her contributions to nurse education at Huntington Hospital,
Ann still dedicates time to mentoring nursing students. When Azusa Pacific University nursing students visit Royal Oaks (where Ann is a resident), she invites one
of them to have lunch with her. “They can ask me anything they want,” she says,
“and they ask all kinds of things. It’s fun.”
Founding role, further support
One of the accomplishments of which Ann is most proud is her role in establishing
our NICU — today the only level-III NICU in our region. (At the time, Huntington
Hospital had already developed a reputation for high-quality pediatric care and
Ann and other hospital administrators sought to provide similarly superlative care
for newborns.) She is now helping to ensure the future of the unit she helped establish through an estate gift made through her will. “My family is taken care of, and I
wanted to do something to help the neonatal unit,” she says simply.
Ann’s involvement at Huntington
Hospital also extended to serving as a
founding board member for the Huntington
Collection, the upscale resale store whose
proceeds help support Huntington Hospital
Senior Care Network. She enjoys staying
in touch with former nursing and other
In addition, she is a keen swimmer,
and previously volunteered to teach
swimming to children with disabilities
at AbilityFirst’s Camp Paivika. She is a
member of Assistance League of Pasadena, and her handiwork — including seasonal decorative wreaths — can often be
seen in that organization’s craft fairs. It was through friends at Assistance League
that she adopted her two cats, Pinto and Jade.
When Ann required knee surgery a short time ago, she counted on Huntington
Hospital. “I wouldn’t go anywhere else,” she says, “and it feels wonderful to support
it. It has been such an important part of my life.” ★
For me d in 2 0 0 5, SCRUBS engages next-generation community
philanthropists in the work of Huntington Memorial Hospital. Members of this
dynamic group make annual contributions that help sustain and enhance highquality care for our community. Most recently, members launched the SCRUBS
Campaign for Pediatrics, with the ambitious goal of raising $1.8 million by 2015
toward refurbishment of the hospital’s pediatric department and pediatric
intensive care unit (PICU). To date, $750,000 has been raised.
Through essential facilities and technology upgrades, SCRUBS’ campaign is
helping Huntington Hospital become an even better place for local children and
their families to receive needed care. Our work in this regard is more essential
than ever since we are now the only remaining hospital in the San Gabriel Valley
with an inpatient pediatric department and PICU. We are deeply grateful for
SCRUBS Member Benefits
Membership in SCRUBS is available via annual contributions starting at $300. All SCRUBS members enjoy the following annual benefits:
• Invitations to interact with physicians, hospital administrators and other
SCRUBS members at two Let’s Get Personal events annually.
• Recognition in the hospital’s annual report.
SCRUBS Partner Benefits
In addition to receiving regular membership benefits, SCRUBS Partners — those
who give $1,000 and above — are invited to attend a special fall dinner event at
SCRUBS Society Benefits
SCRUBS members who give $10,000 and above qualify for membership in
SCRUBS Society. This group of leading SCRUBS supporters receive all of the
• Recognition on a special SCRUBS donor wall in Huntington Hospital’s
• Access to exclusive receptions and tours.
SCRUBS members who contribute $25,000 and above qualify for additional
prominent recognition in the pediatric unit. Those who make cumulative gifts
totaling $100,000 or more receive all of the above benefits, PLUS
• Permanent recognition on our Chairman’s Council Wall, located in the hospital’s
• A Huntington Hospital Gold Card. For benefits associated with the Gold Card,
please call the office of philanthropy at (626) 397-3241.
For information regarding SCRUBS Society, please contact Tracy Smith, director,
major gifts, at (626) 397-3241. For all other SCRUBS queries, please contact
Lia Peterson Miller, director, annual giving, at (626) 397-3241.
A New Generation
of support for pediatric care
provided toward restoration and refurbishment of the hospin July 12, 2013, Huntington Memorial Hospital
tal’s pediatric department and PICU. Steve provided context
hosted Drinks on the Links at Annandale Golf Club
for the importance of this work, noting that Huntington Hospiin Pasadena. The special bring-a-friend event
brought SCRUBS members and their invited guests tal now operates the only remaining pediatric inpatient facility
— and the only remaining PICU — in the San
together for fun and networkGabriel Valley. He emphasized the essential
ing — and offered guests the
role of private philanthropy in ensuring the
opportunity to learn more about
pediatric services are
future of premier pediatric care for our region
the SCRUBS’ Campaign for Pediatrics.
founded on a simple,
and encouraged guests of SCRUBS members
SCRUBS’ current goal: To raise $1.8 million
compelling belief: Our
to become members of the group themselves.
toward refurbishment of Huntington Hoscommunity’s children
Such involvement, he noted, will help ensure
pital’s pediatric department and pediatric
deserve the very best in
continued high-quality care for children in
intensive care unit (PICU) by 2015.
care. By underwriting
More than 125 SCRUBS members —
upgrades to the hospital’s
SCRUBS members enjoy benefits inand approximately 30 guests — attended
pediatric and pediatric
cluding invitations to exciting social and
Drinks on the Links, which included a full
intensive care units,
networking events like Drinks on the Links,
bar and a selection of casual gourmet food.
gifts through SCRUBS’
as well as special opportunities to learn more
Attendees particularly enjoyed the event’s
Campaign for Pediatrics
about the hospital and become acquainted with
signature Blackberry Bramble cocktail. Live
truly support the best in
members of our medical staff. On September
music by Debra Davis and the Band of Gold
care. It’s simply the right
16, 2013, members of SCRUBS at the Partner
filled the air, as guests mingled on the golf
thing to do.”
level and above gathered at Gale’s Restaurant in
club’s patio and adjacent grassy common
Paula Verrette, MD,
Pasadena for the group’s exclusive annual dinarea. Colorful summer floral arrangements
pediatrician and chief
ner event. This year’s event featured the highly
were provided by SCRUBS member and formedical officer
rated wines of Michele Chiarlo, one of the most
mer Co-chair Drew Domenghini, who owns
respected producers in the Piedmont region of Italy. InformaPatterson’s Topiaries Pots & Teas in Pasadena.
tion regarding the event will be provided in the spring 2014
issue of Advocate. ★
Huntington Hospital President and CEO Stephen A. Ralph
For more information about SCRUBS membership, please call
welcomed SCRUBS members and their guests to the event
the office of philanthropy at (626) 397-3241.
and conveyed the hospital’s gratitude for generous support
Clockwise from upper left: 1) SCRUBS members
participating at Drinks on the Links included, from left, Andy
and Michele Esbenshade, David Hayden, Allison Withers and
Shana Hayden. 2) SCRUBS members recognized for their
generous philanthropic support included Becky and Jim Sarni.
3) Among the SCRUBS members who attended the summer
event were, from left, Beatrice and Steven Usher, along with
SCRUBS Co-chairs Lauren and Kevin Bender and Mabel and
Tony Paine. 4) Also in attendance were Erin Carey, Robert
Ferraro, SCRUBS Co-chair Tina Baker, Greg Chapman and
Heather Drake. 5) From left, Phillip Baker, co-chair, Bill Hayden
and Justin Watson at the event.
Catherine and Casey Adams
—and community— first
Pasadena’s strong sense of community is important to SCRUBS members Catherine
and Casey Adams. This, along with their families’ roots here, drew the couple to the area
when they married and began looking for a place to start a family. Today, as parents of
three children under the age of 5, they note a sharpened commitment to preserving their
community’s most important medical institution for the future.
atherine and Casey see themselves and other SCRUBS
members as playing a key role in that future. “We’re the
next generation, and our community organizations need
us,” says Catherine.
All three of the couple’s children were born at Huntington Memorial Hospital, and many of their family members
have received care here. Their involvement in SCRUBS is an
expression of their gratitude for the hospital’s care. “It’s our
view that Huntington Hospital is one of the crown jewels of
Pasadena,” says Casey. “Not every small city has a world-class
hospital. It’s so important to the community and to us.”
SCRUBS’ current fundraising focus is the Campaign
for Pediatrics, which will provide funds toward reconfiguration and renovation of the hospital’s pediatrics and pediatric
intensive care unit. “The campaign is helping kids by supporting Huntington Hospital,” Casey explains. “Children are the
most innocent and deserving members of society and we see
an enormous benefit in supporting this campaign.”
Both Catherine and Casey are Southern California natives.
Casey was born and raised in Hancock Park, and Catherine in
Pacific Palisades. Their fathers grew up in Pasadena and San
Marino and, today, various members of their extended families
live in the area.
Catherine is the youngest of three girls in her family. She
spent most of her high school and college years out of state, attending Proctor Academy in New Hampshire, and then moving
Catherine and Casey Adams — here
with their three young children,
Henry, Charlotte and baby Georgia
— recently provided funding toward
SCRUBS’ Campaign for Pediatrics.
to Chicago, where she pursued undergraduate studies at Lake Forest College. A year after
graduating, she moved back to the Los Angeles area, where she worked at Gehry Partners,
the architecture firm.
Casey — one of six siblings — traveled extensively with his family during adolescence
and early adulthood. He also took the opportunity to travel after graduating from college,
including backpacking trips to Europe and China. He stayed closer to home to pursue higher
education, however, obtaining an undergraduate degree in business from the University of
Southern California, and a master’s in business administration from Loyola Marymount University. Having
worked in commercial real estate investment since
graduation, he is currently a principal of Los Angelesbased Excelsior Partners, LLC.
Time for community involvement
Today, “with three young children, our free time is dominated by family,” Casey says. “Spending time with them
is our favorite thing to do.” However, the couple also
makes time for community commitments.
“Something I learned from my dad,” notes Casey, “is
that if you want a nice community, you have to support
the institutions that make that possible. My dad has led by example,” Casey adds, “by putting
time, talents and financial support on the table for the institutions he cares about.”
Casey continues this family tradition, in part through his service on the board of trustees for Hollenbeck Palms, a residential, assisted-living and skilled-nursing facility in Boyle
Heights, where both his father and grandfather were involved. He also serves on the board of
Catherine — whose parents also set an example of community engagement — is a member of the Circle of Friends, a support group for Kidspace Children’s Museum. She has been
involved as a supporter of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and continues to volunteer at and
support Aria Montessori School, where the couple’s eldest child recently began school.
Catherine and Casey were introduced to SCRUBS by Catherine’s sister and brother-in-law
and attended their first SCRUBS event just two weeks after their first child was born. “We
had already grown so fond of Huntington Hospital through having Henry there,” says Catherine. “SCRUBS membership was a perfect way to get to know other young families in the
area while supporting the hospital.”
Their commitment to the hospital — and to SCRUBS — has only grown since then.
Not only have they come to know physicians in the community, but they have turned to the
hospital for additional care, when Henry became ill. “The care and treatment he received in
the hospital’s emergency department was incredible,” says Catherine.
“We were already supporting the hospital at that point,” adds Casey, “and it made the
importance of our support resonate even more.” ★
Avery and Fred Johnson are generous SCRUBS
members, and have multiplied the impact of
their support through matching gift programs
offered by their employers. They are pictured
with their daughter, Juliet, and son, Dean.
Avery and Fred Johnson
COMMUNITY AND GIVING BACK
Avery and Fred Johnson are enthusiastic supporters of Huntington
Memorial Hospital. Avery has worked for several medical diagnostic
companies over the years, interfacing with various departments within
the hospital on numerous occasions. “My perspective has been influenced
by the experience of interacting with hospitals across the country in
my professional life,” she says, “and Huntington Hospital is recognized
throughout the industry as one of the best. The professionalism of the staff
and the quality of care are impressive.”
s a young couple living in San
Francisco, Avery and Fred bonded
over their shared passion for
community involvement and
philanthropy. In fact, they met
during a fundraising event for the
Edgewood Center for Children
and Families, a Bay Area nonprofit
organization that is dedicated to helping children
with learning and behavioral challenges.
After moving from Northern California to
Pasadena, the couple decided that the best way to
feel at home in their new community was to get
involved in the work of local organizations. Several of their friends helped form SCRUBS, which
fosters involvement among a new generation of
supporters at Huntington Hospital. That — plus
Avery’s professional experiences working with
the hospital — meant “making the decision to get
involved was easy,” she notes. “In addition, while
there are many worthy causes in the area,” says
Avery, “my feeling is that our health and wellbeing should be top priorities.”
In 2004, the Johnsons attended the first SCRUBS
event held, to learn more about the lifesaving care
provided through our Emergency & Trauma Center. SCRUBS subsequently launched a successful
campaign to raise funds toward the center’s
expansion. The Johnsons provided generous philanthropic support. “We’re lucky to have such an
excellent institution in our back yard,” says Fred,
“and to be able to rely on it for emergency and
trauma care, should the need ever arise. Enhancing and expanding that care is something we feel
compelled to support.”
More recently, the couple stepped up to the
plate once more, in support of SCRUBS’ Campaign for Pediatrics. Through the campaign,
SCRUBS members are providing generous support toward renovation and reconfiguration of
our pediatric and pediatric intensive care units.
To help multiply their donations to Huntington Hospital, the Johnsons have leveraged funds
through matching gift programs offered by their
employers. (Johnson & Johnson, which provides
a two-to-one match for charitable contributions and John Hancock, which matches gifts
“The matching gift process is relatively
easy and can be accomplished online,” says Fred.
“Many people aren’t aware that their employers
offer such a benefit. We think it’s important to
investigate, since it can really expand the impact
of your own gift.”
Strong feelings, staunch support
Fred holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from
Brown University and a Master of Business Administration from San Francisco State University.
He started his career in the insurance industry
and has remained in the field ever since. Today, he
is the managing partner for John Hancock Financial Network in Pasadena and Anaheim.
Avery holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rollins College in Florida. For the past
16 years, she has worked for LifeScan, one of the
Johnson & Johnson (“No relation,” she notes) family of companies. She currently serves as senior
business manager of the firm, which develops,
manufactures and distributes testing and monitoring products for individuals living with diabetes.
The Johnsons have two children, Dean and
Juliet. Dean, who is a freshman at Polytechnic
School, was born at Huntington Hospital in 1999.
Juliet, a senior at Poly, volunteers as a candy
striper at the hospital — continuing the family
value of community service.
As SCRUBS members, Avery and Fred continue to enjoy participating in the group’s events,
which offer opportunities to interact with friends
— and other like-minded community members.
They are also active in their children’s academic
and sports activities. In addition, Fred volunteers
time every year to interview local students who
are applying for admission to Brown University.
“Giving back to our community is an important part of our lives,” says Avery, “and we feel
particularly strongly about supporting Huntington Hospital. It’s reassuring that, if necessary,
we’ll have access to the highest-quality patient
care,” she adds. “That’s something that benefits
all of us in this region. We really encourage others to get involved in SCRUBS. It’s an investment
in our future.” ★
Denise and Dominick Ranalli
have provided generous support
to the hospital through SCRUBS’
Campaign for Pediatrics. Their
beloved pet, Vincenzo “Vinnie”
Ranalli, is an important member
of their family.
Denise and Dominick Ranalli
HEART AND HOME
Denise and Dominick Ranalli both hail originally from Texas. They moved to the San Gabriel
Valley, settling in Pasadena more than 15 years ago. The couple lived here until making a
work-related move to Orange County in 2008. However, regardless of their current place of
residence, they still consider the San Gabriel Valley home.
ominick and various family members, including
Denise’s father have received medical care at Huntington Memorial Hospital and the couple initially
became involved philanthropically through SCRUBS.
“We provide support because of how the hospital has
helped our family,” says Denise.
“The care and everything they do is outstanding,” she adds.
“I can’t tell you how compassionate and caring the doctors and
nurses were. They acted like my daddy was a member of their
own family. We consider it our responsibility to give back.”
Dominick, who graduated from Texas State Technical College
in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering,
initially worked for Royal Construction, Inc., in Abilene,
Texas, where he oversaw all field construction operations
for the company’s commercial and residential projects. He
went on to work for two other major construction companies
before becoming a founding shareholder of LCS Constructors, Inc., in 1991.
Over subsequent years, LCS has grown significantly to
provide a broad range of design, construction and related services for laboratory, chemical and scientific facilities around
the world. Dominick, the majority stakeholder of LCS, serves
as president and chief executive officer, and is a member of the
board of directors. The company has offices in Irvine, California, and Houston, Texas. Dominick works out of the company’s
corporate office in Irvine.
Denise is an associate and principal designer with Jennifer Bevan Interiors, located in South Pasadena. The firm
specializes in residential projects, designing homes locally, nationally and internationally. “We’ve been married to each other
longer than to our husbands,” Denise says of Jennifer, with a
laugh. In recent years, she has introduced Jennifer to SCRUBS.
A high priority
While living in Houston, Denise and Dominick were involved
in many community organizations. In fact, Denise notes,
volunteering became a full-time job. When the couple settled
in California, however, their calendars were full with work
— Dominick was growing LCS, while Denise was involved in
starting up a new business with Jennifer — thus limiting time
available for community volunteerism.
Becoming involved with Huntington Hospital and
SCRUBS was, however, a priority. “SCRUBS is different,” says
Denise. “It’s one of the best.”
“It supports one of the most important institutions in our
community,” adds Dominick. The couple also appreciates the
opportunities SCRUBS provides to connect with other likeminded individuals, he says, and to get to know physicians and
other hospital staff who participate in the group’s events.
Recently, SCRUBS successfully completed a major
fundraising campaign, supporting expansion of the hospital’s
Emergency & Trauma Center. The campaign was close to the Ranallis’ hearts, says Denise, as a result of their family’s experience
— and in particular, the care her father received at the center.
The couple has also provided generous support toward
SCRUBS’ current fundraising effort — the Campaign for Pediatrics — which will cover costs associated with reconfiguring
and refurbishing the hospital’s pediatrics and pediatric intensive care units. “The campaign is helping the hospital carry out
essential upgrades that will make the hospital an even better
place for local children and their families to receive needed
care,” says Denise.
A difference in quality
Dominick has turned to Huntington Hospital more than once
for care. He credits the medical team here with saving his life
after he acquired a potentially fatal infection several years ago.
“They brought me back to life,” he notes.
During this and other family experiences at Huntington Hospital, Denise and Dominick say they have noticed a
markedly higher caliber of care here, when compared to other
hospitals they have visited. “There is a glaringly unbelievable
difference,” notes Denise.
The couple would one day like to move back to Pasadena,
they say, to be closer not only to their network of friends, but
also to the hospital. In the meantime, they plan to continue
Living in Orange County will not prevent them from turning to Huntington Hospital when the need arises: “I’ve told
Denise, no matter where we’re living, if I need medical care, I
want to be taken to Huntington Hospital,” says Dominick. “We
want the best of care and they’re the best of the best.” ★
From left: 1) Survivor and women’s health advocate
Helen Harris and friends at the Pasadena Fire
Department’s Go Pink event. 2 and 3) Firefighters
worked alongside staff at California Pizza Kitchen,
with a portion of proceeds going toward the
hospital’s Constance G. Zahorik Appearance Center.
4) Tangles Salon staff (back row, standing from
left, Tonya Fairley, Lilit Iskandaryan, Julie Varela,
Brianna Simpson, Stephanie Contreras, Julianna
Harris, Brianna Varela, Michele Barraza, and Isabel
Machado, and kneeling from left, Jeannie DaSalla,
Cathy Sripramong (owner), Lynn Nakamura, and
Sabina Montoya) helped provide spirits-raising
beauty treatments for chemotherapy patients,
during Huntington-Hill Breast Center’s Pink
Ribbon Spa Night.
Constance G. Zahorik Appearance Center
Community Support for
Comprehensive Breast Cancer Care
Hospital’s Constance G.
Center is an
essential part of our commitment to
high-quality patient care. The center,
named for a breast cancer survivor and
philanthropist who believed in a comprehensive approach to breast cancer
treatment, is the only one of its kind in
the San Gabriel Valley. It helps patients
manage the aesthetic side-effects of
breast cancer treatment.
Yo Zeiman, a licensed cosmetologist,
staffs the center, where services include
helping patients to select and style wigs
and other head coverings, and to apply
makeup. Yo also provides referrals for
breast prostheses and bra fittings.
Huntington Hospital is grateful for
the ongoing community support that
makes it possible for Constance G. Zahorik Appearance Center to serve more
than 600 patients annually. In 2012,
generous local residents and organizations again provided essential support to
help sustain the center’s services.
In October 2012, in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month,
the Pasadena Fire Department’s special
weeklong Go Pink event raised awareness of breast cancer — and generated
philanthropic support for the appearance center. Throughout the week, fire
department personnel wore specially designed pink t-shirts emblazoned with the
department’s logo and a breast cancer
ribbon. The t-shirts were also available
for purchase by community members,
with 100 percent of proceeds supporting
our appearance center’s work.
During their Go Pink week, Pasadena firefighters also partnered with
California Pizza Kitchen to raise additional support: On October 11, 2012,
they worked alongside the restaurant’s
regular servers during lunch and
dinner shifts. A portion of each patron’s check was then donated to the
In addition, community support for
comprehensive cancer care at Huntington Hospital extends beyond National
Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On
June 10, 2013, Huntington-Hill Breast
Center hosted the 10th annual Pink
Ribbon Spa Night at Tangles Salon in
Pasadena, in support of breast cancer patients and survivors. The event
provided spirits-raising manicures,
hairstyling and massage treatments for
13 women who were undergoing or had
recently completed chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer at the hospital.
The community came together once
again around National Breast Cancer
Awareness Month in 2013 to support
Huntington Hospital’s breast center. See
back cover. *
Support Group Directory
Deborah Williams, president
Fall Food & Wine Festival
Jamie Simpson, office of philanthropy
Flintridge-La Cañada Guild
Lauren Shen, president
P.O. Box 563, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91012
Tracy Smith, office of philanthropy
National Charity League Juniors of San Marino
Lora Wagner, president
San Marino Guild
Tays Bogue, president
P.O. Box 80194, San Marino, CA 91108-8194
Diane Martin, president
Linda Stephens, manager
766 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105
Open weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays noon to 6 p.m.
S. Robert and Denise Zeilstra Gift Shop
Geri Hamane, manager
Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.
Each year, Huntington Memorial Hospital's Volunteer
Leadership Council provides a college scholarship for an
outstanding young hospital volunteer.
Andrea Quach (center) and
Lauren Tunzi (right) are
the recipients of Volunteer
Leadership Council 2013
college scholarships. The young
women, who aspire to careers as
physicians, have collectively spent
almost 500 hours volunteering at
Huntington Memorial Hospital.
They are pictured with Susan
D’Antuono, chair, Volunteer
Who Give Back
n May 30, 2013, Huntington Memorial Hospital’s
Council awarded $1,500
college scholarships to
outstanding student volunteers Andrea Quach and
Andrea, who recently graduated
from Gabrielino High School in San
Gabriel, spent more than 370 hours
volunteering at Huntington Hospital,
beginning in 10th grade and continuing
through her high-school graduation.
Her volunteerism included helping
to direct patients and visitors on our
campus and providing information
regarding available classes and other
resources via phone.
Andrea will major in molecular and
cellular biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and ultimately plans to
pursue a career in medicine. After seeing a physician oversee care for a man
suffering a seizure at the hospital, she
remembers “feeling so impressed . . . by
his knowledge, presence of mind, and
ability to take command.” That moment,
she adds, turned her budding interest in medicine into “a truly earnest
infatuation . . . and made me feel that the
practice of medicine was a vocation I
could give myself to and thrive.”
This year, the council also recognized Lauren Tunzi, a recent graduate
of Alverno High School in Sierra Madre,
who began volunteering at Huntington
Hospital during the summer before her
senior year in high school. She logged
more than 125 volunteer hours at the
hospital in a single year, assisting staff
in discharging patients, transporting
specimens to the laboratory for analysis, and assembling patient charts. She
has also volunteered at several other
community organizations over many
years, providing more than 600 hours of
service, she reports.
Since she was very young, Lauren
has dreamed of becoming a doctor, and
“My experience at Huntington Hospital
has only made me fall more in love with
the idea of working in a hospital,” she
notes. She is attending the University
of California, Santa Cruz in the fall, majoring in human biology, and plans to go
to medical school in the future. “There
is nothing in the world I want to do
more than become a doctor,” she says.
Huntington Hospital’s Volunteer
Leadership Council is comprised of
current and immediate past presidents
of the hospital’s support groups and
meets quarterly to share information,
coordinate dates for upcoming special
events, and receive updates on hospital initiatives. Each year, the council
awards a scholarship to at least one
outstanding student volunteer who is
a graduating high school senior, has
volunteered a minimum of 40 hours at
Huntington Hospital and is planning to
pursue a career in a healthcare-related
field when he or she enters college.
In addition to supporting Huntington Memorial Hospital’s Constance G.
Zahorik Appearance Center, the Altadena Guild helps deserving hospital
employees pursue higher education.
Assisting in Professional Growth
The Altadena Guild of Huntington Memorial Hospital annually awards
scholarship funds to a deserving employee at Huntington Memorial
Hospital, to help defray the costs of continuing education. By contributing to enhanced employee knowledge and skills in this way, the
Altadena Guild Community Service Scholarship supports continuous
quality improvement at the hospital.
This year’s scholarship recipient was Janet Henderson, RN, who works
in the emergency department as well as the hospital’s disaster office. The
funds will help her pursue a master’s degree in healthcare administration.
Altadena Guild scholarship recipients are selected based on rigorous
criteria, including demonstrated excellence in community service and in
healthcare. Janet is an active participant in our emergency department’s
disaster planning efforts, and chairs the Emergency Department Preparedness Committee. She is also a member of the hospital’s Emergency
Management Committee and Emergency Department Unit-based Council.
Janet’s role with emergency management at Huntington Hospital
includes coordination of services with the nonprofit organization Community Partners. Specifically, this involves helping to develop safety
plans for implementation in the event a disaster should strike Pasadena
or the surrounding community.
Janet also serves as a volunteer captain of the Montrose Search and
Rescue Team. She describes helping her community in this way as a joy.
It also, she says, teaches “the importance of perseverance, teamwork
and respect for one another.”
Says Karen Knudsen, RN, manager, emergency services, at Huntington Hospital, “Janet is a leader in the emergency department and a
resource for many of our younger nurses. She’s simply amazing — and
very deserving of this scholarship.”
The Altadena Guild hosted its 62nd annual Home
Tour — entitled The Allure of Altadena — in
May 2013. The event featured several homes on
Midlothian Drive. Above: Home Tour Co-chairs
Maureen Savage and Bobbie Miller; Priscilla Gamb,
the hospital’s director, volunteer and customer services; and Co-chair Judy Bolenbaugh. Bagpipe music
opened the event.
Providing additional support
Debbie Williams, president, Altadena Guild (left), congratulates Janet Henderson,
RN (right). Janet is this year’s recipient of the Altadena Guild Community
In addition to its generous community service
scholarship and support of Huntington Hospital’s
Constance G. Zahorik Appearance Center,
the Altadena Guild provides a wide array of
volunteer services at the hospital. Collectively,
the group’s members contribute more than 400
hours monthly throughout the hospital, including
service at our information desks, the Huntington
Collection, and the S. Robert and Denise Zeilstra
Gift Shop. The Altadena Guild’s fall fashion show
was held on October 13, 2013. (Additional details
regarding this event will appear in the spring
2014 issue of Advocate.) For more information
regarding the Altadena Guild and their upcoming
events, please visit www.altadenaguild.org.
Fall Food &
The 2013 Fall Food & Wine Festival took place on October 27.
The event supports the lifesaving work of the Emergency &
Trauma Center at Huntington Memorial Hospital.
Members of the 2013 Fall Food &
Wine Committee are (front row,
seated from left) Nick Salata, Janet
Mayeda, Lindburgh McPherson,
Rachel Barker, Garrett Bell,
Bob Michero, Caroline Birnie,
Greg Thompson, and Michele
Thompson; (back row, standing
from left) Michael Demoratz, Lee
Mothershead, Theresé Mothershead,
Ian Bell, Wendy Senour, Lauralynn
Derringer, Lynn De Groot, Jane
Glover, Tom Glover, Doug Senour,
John Haglund, Anne Irvine, Will
Bortz, Ave Bortz, Cheryl Conway,
Trish Callaghan, Kris Giordano,
Sherry Taylor, Caitlin Salata, Jamie
Simpson, Brittany Thompson, and
Ensuring Access to
Lifesaving Trauma Care
n October 27, 2013,
Hospital and the Parkway Grill hosted the
29th annual Fall Food &
Wine Festival. Held on
the grounds between
Parkway Grill and Arroyo
Chop House in Pasadena, the event
had a turn-of-the-20th-century theme.
Approximately 2,000 guests enjoyed
gourmet offerings from some of our finest local restaurants and regional wine
producers, along with upbeat musical
The outstanding 2013 festival was
made possible thanks to the tireless
efforts of the 38-member Fall Food &
Wine Committee, co-chaired for the
fourth time this year by Linda Barker
and Garrett Bell. Proceeds from the
event will help fund the lifesaving work
of Huntington Hospital Trauma Center
and make a difference in the lives of
patients who come to the center in the
direst of need.
Festival funds in action
The Fall Food & Wine Committee’s
important work helps support essential care for patients like Jesus “Adam”
Esparza. Adam was involved in a serious
motorcycle accident on the 210 freeway.
He sustained major life-threatening
injuries to his head and body, and was
rushed by ambulance to Huntington
Hospital Trauma Center, where caregivers stabilized him before transferring
him to our intensive care unit.
Adam ultimately received care —
including inpatient and rehabilitation
services — from a multidisciplinary
team of Huntington Hospital professionals over several months. In
appreciation of the outstanding care
her son received, Adam’s mother, Patty,
today volunteers at the hospital.
“Adam’s story illustrates the work
we do as a team and the high-quality
lifesaving care we provide every day,”
says Susan Thompson, manager,
trauma and disaster programs, at Huntington Hospital.
The superlative care provided
through our trauma center would not
be possible without the involvement
of generous community donors. This
includes supporters of our annual Fall
Food & Wine Festival, which raises
funds toward the latest technologies
and treatment, and supports continuing
education for providers to ensure they
remain at the leading edge in their fields.
“No other medical facility in our
service area provides critical trauma
care year-round, and without interruption,” says Susan. “Community support
is absolutely essential.”
La Cañada Guild
The Flintridge La Cañada Guild has provided
essential support for Huntington Memorial Hospital’s
Emergency & Trauma Center expansion.
Emergency and Trauma Care
n June 10, 2013, members of the Flintridge
La Cañada Guild presented proceeds from
their 92nd annual Flintridge Horse Show to
Huntington Memorial Hospital. Over the years,
the guild has supported the hospital in a variety
of ways. Most recently, it has designated funds
toward expansion of the hospital’s Emergency
& Trauma Center — and committed $175,000
toward creation of a new conference area
within the expanded center.
The new multimedia conference room has been named
in grateful recognition of the group’s support. The highly
sophisticated space includes state-of-the-art audiovisual
equipment and video-conferencing capabilities and is used
for staff education, training and meetings. It also accommodates educational seminars for Huntington Memorial
Hospital’s community partners, including paramedics,
firefighters and police officers, and is easily reconfigured to
accommodate groups of varying sizes.
“We absolutely love the new space,” says Julie Gomez,
nursing professional development specialist, Huntington
Hospital Emergency & Trauma Center. “The hospital is
committed to continuing education and the conference
room has enhanced our ability to provide rich learning experiences for staff.”
The Flintridge La Cañada Guild’s 92nd annual Flintridge Horse Show was held Thursday, April 25, through
Sunday, April 28, 2013. The sold-out event offered entertainments including a wine tasting on Friday night and a
benefit dinner and silent auction on Saturday night. Dinner
attendees also watched the Land Rover Pasadena Grand
Prix. Proceeds will help meet the guild’s pledge toward our
Emergency & Trauma Center’s conference space.
Preparations are now underway for the 2014 Flintridge
Horse Show, scheduled for April at the Flintridge Riding Club.
Proceeds from the event will be dedicated toward completion
of the group’s generous pledge.
Top: This summer, members of the Flintridge La Cañada Guild
presented proceeds of their 92nd annual Flintridge Horse Show to
Huntington Hospital. Center: One of the horse show’s youngest
participants. Bottom: Jenny Van Slyke, RN, and James Van Slyke,
with Tom and Karen Knudson, RN, were among those in attendance
at the sold-out event. Jenny and Karen are caregivers in the hospital’s
Emergency & Trauma Center.
H.E.A.R.T. was founded in 1995 by a group of former heart patients at
Huntington Memorial Hospital. The group raises funds toward cardiac
rehabilitation and other essential cardiovascular services here.
Donors John and Carol McGhee
John McGhee and his wife, Carol, have
participated in Huntington Memorial
Hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation
program for 20 years. John is a
founding member of H.E.A.R.T., which
has raised more than $1 million toward
cardiovascular care and services at the
hospital. The McGhees are pictured here
with a new generation of the family,
born at Huntington Hospital: greatgrandsons Connor (far left) and James.
ohn McGhee was first introduced to Huntington Memorial Hospital’s Emergency &
Trauma Center on August 1, 1993. He and
his wife, Carol, were already acquainted
with the hospital as a result of prior family
experiences here. Their two sons, David
and Michael, were born at Huntington
Hospital, as were four of their grandsons and two
The McGhees’ 1993 visit to the hospital was not
to welcome a new family member, though. John was
experiencing a mild heart attack.
John and Carol both walked frequently as well
as playing golf and tennis. They felt their lifestyle was
healthy enough to ward off heart disease. However,
following initial treatment for his heart attack, John
took the advice of his doctor and began exercising
regularly at the hospital’s physician-supervised
cardiac rehabilitation program. This program also
includes nutrition counseling and other support
to help heart patients lower their risk and enhance
A few months later, Carol joined John in the program and they have been faithful participants ever
since, attending three days a week. This year marks
their 20th anniversary of heart-healthy participation — a significant milestone. In addition to enjoying
improved well-being, they appreciate the extensive
support of the nursing staff, all of whom are “caring,
dedicated and professional,” they note.
The McGhees’ positive experiences spurred
John to help form H.E.A.R.T. (Heart Education Association for Rehabilitation and Treatment), a group
that helps raise funds in support of the cardiac rehabilitation program. H.E.A.R.T members want to give
back to the program that has given them so much:
“We are gratified to have raised more than a million
dollars thus far to help maintain, enhance and expand
this great program,” explains John.
“Cardiac rehab is like a second home to us,” Carol
and John agree. “If your doctor recommends cardiac
rehab, go for it!”
National Charity League
Juniors of San Marino
NCL Juniors provide a variety of support
toward care for children at the hospital — as
well scholarships toward nursing education.
in a Time of Need
On June 5, 2013, National Charity League Juniors of San Marino
celebrated their successful spring fundraising gala — and the beginning of a new year of activities in support of Huntington Memorial
Hospital. At a dinner event, NCL Juniors presented the hospital
with a check for $86,500 toward facilities upgrades for our pediatric
and pediatric intensive care units. The group also installed their
2013 – 2014 board, including new president, Lora Wagner.
In September, NCL Juniors members visited Huntington Hospital for their annual dinner and tour of the hospital’s neonatal and
pediatric intensive care units, toward which they have provided significant support over the years. Since the group’s inception in 1975, NCL
Juniors has generated more than $1.7 million in support of women’s
and children’s services here.
Caring for patients and families
In addition to their current pledge in support of pediatric facilities
upgrades, NCL Juniors annually donates funds toward baby clothes
for premature infants in Huntington Hospital’s neonatal intensive
care unit (NICU). The clothes are distributed through quarterly
baby showers hosted by the NICU, in collaboration with Parent
Connection — a hospital volunteer group made up of parents whose
children have received care in the unit.
“Going to a baby shower is exciting for most new parents,”
explains Parent Connection volunteer Lisa Raines, whose daughter,
Lorelei, born two months early, is a NICU graduate, “but you haven’t
had a baby shower yet if the baby is preterm.” As a result, she says,
parents of NICU patients do not have all the supplies they will need.
At NICU baby showers, parents receive a layette bag of baby
clothing donated by NCL Juniors. In addition, they enjoy games and
refreshments and have the opportunity to connect with each other,
share experiences, and provide mutual support.
“It’s a great way to relieve parents’ stress,” says Lisa. “It provides
comfort that we can get through the hard time to a better time ahead.”
Top: NCL Juniors presented funds to Huntington
Memorial Hospital, designated toward pediatric and
pediatric intensive care units. Center: From left, at the
presentation were Priscilla Gamb, director, volunteer and
customer services; Justene Pierce, NCL Juniors president;
Rene Kae Pak, NCL Juniors benefit co-chair; Jane Haderlein,
senior vice president, philanthropy and public affairs; Tracy
Smith, director, major gifts; and Vicky Law, NCL Juniors
benefit co-chair. Bottom: Lisa Raines with daughter Lorelei.
On March 15, 2014, NCL Juniors will host their annual gala,
Moonlight Over Paris, at The Jonathan Club in downtown
Los Angeles. Funds raised will be directed toward the remodeling
of Huntington Hospital’s pediatric and pediatric intensive care
units, and the purchase of needed equipment for our neonatal and
pediatric intensive care units. Complete event details are available
online at www.ncljrsofsanmarino.org.
The San Marino Guild has raised more than $1.725 million toward
women’s and children’s services at Huntington Memorial Hospital
over the years.
Left: San Marino Guild members include (seated, from left) Lois Matthews, Rary Simmons, June Banta, and (standing, from left) Kerrin Pittman and
Stacy Miller. Right: Guild member Sharla Durant models an outfit generously donated for the occasion by the San Marino fashion boutique deVelle.
Giving Back . . . Fashionably
n October 2010, Wynn Develle
awoke in the middle of the night
with chest pain. Thinking her
symptoms were simply heartburn,
she and her husband took the time
to shower before making their way
to Huntington Memorial Hospital.
Within minutes of arriving at the
hospital’s Emergency & Trauma Center,
however, Wynn was being wheeled into
the hospital’s catheterization laboratory, surrounded by a team of caregivers.
She had suffered a heart attack.
A longtime San Gabriel Valley
resident and owner of deVelle, a fashion
boutique on Mission Street in San
Marino, Wynn says she has long been
aware of the hospital and its quality
of care. In turning to the hospital for
treatment, “I was also impressed by the
compassion of the caregivers,” she says.
“Everyone was so warm and wonderful.
I remember looking at a nurse and tearing up. I told her, ‘I’m so grateful you’re
all taking such good care of me.’”
Despite a healthy lifestyle prior
to her heart attack, hereditary factors
placed Wynn at greater risk of heart disease, she says. She has since become a
faithful participant in Huntington Hospital’s cardiac rehabilitation program,
attending three times a week. Here, she
has access to physician-supervised exercise, as well as health counseling from
a social worker and a nutritionist.
“It’s the caring people working
there who make it all happen,” she
says of the program — and it is the care
Wynn has received at Huntington Hospital that makes her eager to contribute.
Thus, when a member of the San
Marino Guild asked if Wynn would help
the group host its next fashion show on
behalf of the hospital, she immediately
agreed. Thanks to her generous contribution of clothing from deVelle, the
group’s spring 2013 luncheon fashion
show was a resounding success: The
event drew the largest turnout in the
guild’s history, with proceeds designated toward women’s and children’s
services at Huntington Hospital.
“My life was saved at Huntington
Hospital,” says Wynn. “Since then, I’ve always known that I was going to give back.
Having this opportunity to help with the
fashion show made me very happy.”
The San Marino Guild ’s beloved celebrity series will return for its 46th season in spring 2014.
The Women’s Auxiliary provides important medication
assistance for patients at Huntington Ambulatory Care Center.
An 87-year History of Support
A nurse providing care at Huntington Memorial Hospital in the 1920s — the
era in which the Women’s Auxiliary began supporting the hospital’s work.
he year 1926 was a relatively calm one in
world history — falling between the two
world wars and before the Great Depression. The Rose Parade marked its 37th
anniversary that year, and was broadcast
on local radio for the first time, announced by Olympic track star Charlie
Paddock. The Rose Queen: reigning Miss
America Fay Lanphier.
Tragically, a wooden grandstand on the corner of
Madison Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena collapsed during the parade. Eleven people died
and more than 200 were injured. Huntington Memorial Hospital and other hospitals in the area quickly
rallied to treat the injured. (Since this tragedy, strict
construction rules have been enforced at all Tournament of Roses activities.)
A number of local women generously opened
their homes to provide places for the injured to convalesce. Soon, they decided to organize more formally,
with the goal of helping their community respond
to future emergencies. Their Women’s Auxiliary —
affiliated with Huntington Hospital — became the
hospital’s first-ever support group. It has served the
hospital and its community continuously for 87 years.
Originally, the Women’s Auxiliary raised funds
to support the hospital’s patient library and nurse inservice training. It did so by holding small events such
as bridge luncheons and an annual fashion benefit.
Today, the auxiliary holds numerous fundraising
events each year, with revenues helping to provide
needed medications for patients at Huntington
Ambulatory Care Center. The center’s under- and
uninsured patients lack insurance coverage and are
typically unable to afford the costs of medications
prescribed for their treatment. A special patient assistance fund has been established at the hospital to
help with medication as well as other costs — until
longer-term coverage can be obtained.
The Women’s Auxiliary is the only guild focusing
its efforts on this need and has to date provided more
than $150,000 in support.
Are you a fun-loving lady with a charitable spirit? The Women’s Auxiliary might be the perfect way for you to get
involved at Huntington Hospital and in your community. Contact Ginny Lechler at (626) 355-2578 for more information
Since its inception in 1984, the Huntington Collection
has provided essential support for Huntington Memorial
Hospital’s Senior Care Network.
A Profile in Determined Leadership:
Betty MacInnes (seated) has been instrumental in the
success of the Huntington Collection since its inception in
1984. Linda Stephens (standing) has worked with Betty
for the past 22 years and now serves as manager of the
upscale resale store, proceeds from which help support the
hospital’s Senior Care Network
n 1984, Betty MacInnes announced the Huntington Collection’s
first-ever sale, with proceeds designated toward Huntington
Memorial Hospital’s new Senior Care Network. The Collection
did not have a permanent home yet, but Betty recruited volunteers to help run the sale, and solicited donations of high-quality
secondhand goods from the community, making the event a
The Huntington Collection soon found a permanent home, and
today operates as an upscale resale store and consignment shop,
selling vintage items and designer goods at sensible prices. Proceeds
continue to support Senior Care Network, which has become nationally recognized for its work in helping senior citizens and adults with
disabilities to remain independent and healthy.
Betty — the Collection’s first employee and first manager — has
continued to play a key role in the store’s success. “She has been at the
helm this whole time,” says Priscilla Gamb, director, volunteer and
customer services, at Huntington Hospital. “Betty has more energy
than anyone I know, and she has poured that energy into the Collection,” Priscilla adds. “She’s masterful at managing paid and volunteer
staff and is continually developing and implementing new ideas.”
“Betty has always found a way to surmount any challenge,” adds
former vice president of development at the hospital, Elsie Sadler,
who also played a leadership role in creating the Collection. “I give her
much of the credit for the Collection’s longevity. She has been a star.”
Soon after that initial sales event, and following the Huntington
Collection’s move into a large space on Fair Oaks Avenue, Betty went
to work filling the massive space with desirable items for purchase.
In partnership with the Collection’s Advisory Committee — comprised of professionals from the retail, advertising and marketing
industries, along with Collection volunteers — she led the store
through decades of expansion.
Betty now serves as the Collection’s assistant manager and
Linda Stephens, who has worked alongside Betty for 22 years, has
taken on the role of managing the store. “Betty remains so focused
on the Collection’s success,” Linda says. “This place is her lifeblood.”
One of the things that makes Betty so special is that “She’s got the
kind of toughness that gets a lot done and, at the same time, she
remains wonderfully compassionate and patient,” Linda adds. “I just
can’t say enough lovely things about her.”
Make a difference while you shop. Visit the Huntington Collection, located at 766 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA
91105, at the corner of Fillmore Street. The Collection is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Thursdays, when hours
are from noon to 6 p.m. You can also preview some items at www.HuntingtonCollection.com.
S. Robert and Denise Zeilstra
Find the perfect gift for every occasion at Huntington Memorial
Hospital’s gift shop, centrally located in the hospital’s main lobby.
Geri Hamane, manager, S. Robert and Denise Zeilstra Gift Shop; Steve Ralph, president and
CEO; Denise Zeilstra, donor and volunteer; Jane Haderlein, senior vice president, philanthropy
and public affairs; and Priscilla Gamb, director, volunteer and customer services, during an event
honoring Denise’s 10,000 hours of volunteer service at Huntington Memorial Hospital. Denise and
Robert Zeilstra have also provided generous financial support to the hospital over many years.
10,000 Hours of
n 1979, Denise Zeilstra was a
newcomer to the United States.
She and her husband, Robert,
had recently concluded several
years of world travels — which
began in their native Holland and
ultimately drew them to the San
Gabriel Valley, where they now
spend part of the year.
After being introduced to Huntington Memorial Hospital, the couple
began volunteering in our rehabilitation department. It was the beginning
of a long and meaningful relationship
between the Zeilstras and the hospital,
which continues to this day.
“When Denise first started volunteering at the hospital,” recalls Priscilla
Gamb, director, volunteer and customer
services, “she was still becoming acclimated to life in the United States.
As she supported patients in the rehab
department, she became more deeply
introduced to her new home community and, at the same time, she shared
her incredible generosity of spirit with
everyone around her.
“She’s one of those people who has
a real glow,” Priscilla continues. “She’s
so warm and gracious and polite . . . a
real lady . . . someone you just want to
This March, during an inspirational ceremony in the hospital’s
Benefactor Lounge, Denise received
recognition from hospital leaders for
the 10,000 hours of volunteer service
she has contributed to the hospital.
Over more than three decades, she has
lent her time and talents to several
hospital departments, but she found a
special home at the hospital’s gift shop,
where she began volunteering one day
a week in 1983. (That same year, Denise
also volunteered one day a week at the
hospital’s medical library.)
Denise has developed a close relationship with the gift shop’s manager,
Geri Hamane. “Denise is such a caring
and sensitive volunteer,” says Geri. “She’s
always willing to lend a listening ear. Her
presence really enhances the experience
of people who come here to shop.”
Above and beyond their history
of volunteer involvement with Huntington Hospital, the Zeilstras have
provided generous support toward
several important hospital initiatives.
In recognition of their philanthropic
leadership, the S. Robert and Denise
Zeilstra Gift Shop, as well as the
S. Robert and Denise Zeilstra Radiology
Center, have been named for them.
In addition, the Zeilstra Communication Program annually recognizes a
physician who exemplifies outstanding
communications with patients. Ricardo
Liberman, MD, was the 2012 recipient
of the program’s award. The 2013 recipient will be announced in December.
“This is an incredible hospital,”
says Denise. “We think people in our
community are fortunate to have this
great resource right in their own backyard, and there’s really no other place
where I would rather be volunteering
The S. Robert and Denise Zeilstra Gift Shop is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and
Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information on how to get involved as a gift shop volunteer,
please contact the volunteer department at (626) 397-5208.
To Help People at
Local Brownies Keep Their Promise
In spring 2012, Brownie Troop #1961, which involves students from Mayfield
Junior School in Pasadena, presented a $1,000 gift to Huntington Memorial
Hospital. Their contribution was influenced by personal experiences at
the hospital. Not only were many troop members born at the hospital, but
members of their families have received care for a wide range of injuries and
illnesses, here. Troop leaders (not pictured) are Ann Marie Ahern, Angela
Bohanec, Diane Mechaley and Patty Wickman. Lia Peterson Miller (far
left), director, annual giving, at Huntington Hospital, gratefully accepted the
troop’s contribution and extended thanks on behalf of all at the hospital.
untington Memorial Hospital is your
hospital . . . it is my hospital . . . and it is
our community’s hospital. This vital San
Gabriel Valley institution has thrived
through generations, thanks to community support — and safeguarding
the robust health of this vital medical
institution is critical to our own health,
now and for the future.
In the recent past, as you know, Huntington
Hospital has turned to the community for philanthropic contributions toward significant capital
needs — including state-of-the-art facilities and
groundbreaking technologies. It has also relied on
donations from local residents and institutions to
sustain and enhance a variety of essential programs
and services. Today, private support remains essential in pursuing the hospital’s core mission — to excel
at the delivery of healthcare to its community.
Four pillars of excellence — compassionate, patient-centered care; professional caregiver
excellence; ongoing innovation in facilities and
technologies; and outstanding community health
services — underpin the hospital’s mission-driven
work. Your gifts in these areas will help safeguard
and further strengthen care at Huntington Hospital,
benefiting all of us.
I encourage you to support superior healthcare
for our community. Please join me in contributing to
James F. Rothenberg
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Board of Directors
Louise Henry Bryson
James V. Buese, MD
Michelle Quinones Chino
R-lene Mijares deLang
Reed S. Gardiner
Armando L. Gonzalez
David M. Kirchheimer
Allen W. Mathies, Jr., MD, President Emeritus
Lois S. Matthews, Secretary
John Mothershead, Ex Officio
Paul L.H. Ouyang, Treasurer
Kathleen Good Podley
Carmen A. Puliafito, MD
Stephen A. Ralph, President
James F. Rothenberg, Chairman
James A. Shankwiler, MD, Ex Officio
Charles F. Sharp, MD
Rosemary B. Simmons, Director Emeritus
Jaynie M. Studenmund, Vice Chairman
K. Edmund Tse, MD
Robert Y. Yu
President and CEO
Stephen A. Ralph
Senior Vice President, Philanthropy and Public Affairs
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Cathi Chadwell, Executive Director, Public Affairs
Jack Brickson, Director, Planned Giving
Sally Hinckley, Director, Major Gifts
Lia Peterson Miller, Director, Annual Giving
Tracy Smith, Director, Major Gifts
Kevin Andrus, Executive Director, Public Relations and Communications
Eileen Neuwirth, Manager, Marketing and Public Relations
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More than 200 survivors, family members, friends and employees attended Huntington
Memorial Hospital’s first ever Paint the Wall Pink event on September 28, held in honor of
those who have or are fighting breast cancer — and to raise awareness about breast health.