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Wednesday May 06 2015

Bill To Protect Physicians Passes Out of Judiciary Committee

Press Release posted 5/6/15 – Legislation authored by Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) passed a crucial policy committee test after receiving a unanimous vote of support in the Senate Judiciary Committee. SB 738 is follow-up legislation from SB 1266, which Senator Huff successfully authored and the governor signed into law last year. SB 1266 required [...]

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Tuesday September 10 2013

Wellness in the Park – Health Fair Next Weekend, 9/21

Wellness in the Park – Health Fair Next Weekend, 9/21

Press Release posted 9/10/13 – Wellness in the Park brings together health and wellness related organizations, speakers and screenings to the Sierra Madre Community, specifically seniors. Hosted by the City of Sierra Madre Community Services Department and Senior Community Commission, the event takes place on Saturday, September 21st from 9am to 12pm at Memorial Park, [...]

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Thursday July 11 2013

West Nile Virus Found in Neighboring Arcadia

Press Release posted 7/11/13 – San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District vector ecologists confirmed that three dead crows collected last week from the cities of Arcadia and Covina tested positive for West Nile virus (WNv). So far this year, the District has confirmed a total of four WNv infected birds; three from the [...]

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Thursday May 23 2013

American Red Cross To Offer First Aid and CPR/AED Courses in Sierra Madre

American Red Cross To Offer First Aid and CPR/AED Courses in Sierra Madre

Press Release posted 5/23/13 – The Community Services Department is happy to announce Red Cross certification course are now available! Certified instructors are holding courses for First Aid and CPR/AED for both professional rescuers and workplace, schools and individuals. All courses are held in the Sierra Madre Room, located at 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., [...]

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Saturday April 20 2013

Senate Health Committee Advances Huff Legislation That Allows Volunteers to Administer Life Saving Medication

Press Release posted 4/20/13 - Sacramento – The Senate Health Committee took action today to approve legislation authored by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) that will better protect children and adults who suffer from serious and potentially life-threatening allergies. SB 669 enables California to join a growing group of states that provide training in [...]

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Sunday March 24 2013

Be a Hero During Red Cross Month

Press Release posted 3/24/13 – Each year, the President of the United States declares March as Red Cross Month. This year, the Red Cross celebrates the month by recognizing the Everyday Heroes in our community – including you. As a blood or platelet donor, you could help someone like Lindsey Crowder, who was diagnosed with acute [...]

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Monday March 18 2013

And the Walls…Come Tumbling, Tumbling

And the Walls...Come Tumbling, Tumbling

Posted 3/18/13 – As we reported yesterday, the demolition on the old Skilled Nursing Facility across the street from City Hall began, the first stage in the transition to the new Kensington Assisted Living Facility that voters approved last November.  At the rate they are going, it won’t be long before it’s just a memory.

Monday February 11 2013

Free Dental Care Available for Qualifying PUSD Students

Press Release posted 2/11/13 - Qualifying students who are between the ages of 6-18 and live in Altadena, Pasadena or Sierra Madre can get free dental care when the USC Mobile Dental Clinic returns to PUSD March 1.  Kids who don’t have dental insurance, are income eligible and have dental cavities will receive free comprehensive dental [...]

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Tuesday November 27 2012

American Red Cross To Hold Holiday Blood Drive in Sierra Madre

Press Release posted 11/27/12 – Save the date!  Thursday, December 20th, the Sierra Madre Community Services Department and American Red Cross are hosting a Community Blood Drive from 12 noon to 6:00 pm.  This life-saving event takes place at the Sierra Madre Community Recreation Center, 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., and is open to the [...]

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Friday August 24 2012

Red Cross Blood Supply Still Fragile; Donors Needed

Press Release posted 8/24/12 – The emergency need for blood donors continues as effects of the worst summer blood shortage since 1996 persist. Southern California’s community blood supply remains in a fragile state and additional donations are needed to ensure an adequate supply is available through the end of the summer. Patients are counting on [...]

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Thursday August 16 2012

Vector Control Warns of Increased Mosquito Danger Due to Heat and Humidity

Press Release posted 8/16/12 - Vector Control officials warn that ongoing high temperatures and excessive humidity are ideal conditions for both rapid mosquito reproduction and the diseases they can transmit. Los Angeles County is home to nearly 15 different mosquito species capable of transmitting many pathogens including West Nile (WNV), St. Louis encephalitis (SLE), western equine [...]

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Wednesday August 15 2012

Sierra Madre Health Fair and Wellness in the Park Set for Sept. 22nd

Press Release posted 8/15/22 - Save the date! Saturday, September 22 is the Sierra Madre Health Fair and Wellness in the Park presented by the Senior Community Commission and Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce. The event will be held in Memorial Park, located at 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024 from 8:00am-12:00pm. This [...]

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Monday August 13 2012

Local Chiropractor to Present Free Chronic Pain Seminars

Local Chiropractor to Present Free Chronic Pain Seminars

Posted 8/13/12 – Dr. Theresa Smith of Hands 2 Health Wellness Center will present a workshop on chronic pain at 3887 E Sierra Madre Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107 (Raffi’s Mediterranean Cuisine in the Albertson’s Shopping Center), Tuesday from 6:45 to 8pm, free of charge.  Workshops will also be held on the 21st and 28th. Do you [...]

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Friday August 10 2012

Local Man Celebrates 80th Birthday by Giving Back

Local Man Celebrates 80th Birthday by Giving Back

Posted 8/10/12 – Like many folks celebrating their birthday, particularly milestone birthdays, Russ Anderson hoped to spend time with his family when he recently celebrated his eightieth birthday.  Unlike most folks, though, Anderson got to spend time with several members of his family, spanning three generations, with what is turning into a family tradition, donating [...]

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Friday August 10 2012

Library’s Parent/Child Workshops Slated for September

Press Release posted 8/10/12 – Registration is now open for Sierra Madre Public Library’s popular Parent/Child workshop series, slated for September 6, 13, 20, 27, and October 4. Sessions will take place at the Library on consecutive Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and will be interactive including toys, crafts, books and play in addition [...]

Friday August 10 2012

Donations Needed for Foothill Unity Center Back-to-School Program

Press Release posted 8/10/12 – “When a cute little nine year old girl comes up to you, smiling from ear to ear, and tells you “This is the best day of my whole life — EVER’, and she can hardly wait until school starts — you know that you have made a difference in that [...]

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Saturday July 14 2012

Staying Cool This Summer for Seniors

Press Release posted 7/14/12 – The Community Services Department and the Senior Community Commission would like to remind local seniors that during this time of hot weather that they should follow these tips to stay cool and safe. Slow down, avoid strenuous activity. Do not try to do too much on a hot day. Wear [...]

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Tuesday July 10 2012

Kensington Project Moving Forward

Kensington Project Moving Forward

Posted 7/10/12 – The City Council approved the Mitigated Negative Declaration for the proposed Kensington Assisted Living Facility project unanimously this evening.  They also instructed the City Attorney to draft simple language for an amendment to Measure V that would exempt the two project parcels from the density aspects of Measure V. The discussion of [...]

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Friday July 06 2012

Save – A – Life Sunday at St. Rita

Give Blood Give Life St. Rita Parish Blood Drive Sunday July 8, 2012 8:30 am – 2:30 pm Held in O’Malley Hall  All participants will receive A coupon from Chili’s for a Free Queso Appetizer, 2 Complimentary VIP tickets to the Laugh Factory, 2 tickets for a Chivas game ($10.00 processing fee), Plus a Save-A-Life [...]

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Thursday June 28 2012

Assemblyman Donnelly Reacts to SCOTUS Ruling on ACA

Press Release posted 6/28/12 – Assemblyman Tim Donnelly today released the following statements in response to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to uphold the major provisions of the controversial “Obamacare” mandate. The decision will allow the federal government to require individuals to purchase health insurance and levy a tax on those who choose not to [...]

Thursday June 28 2012

Congressman Dreier Reacts to SCOTUS Ruling on ACA

Press Release posted 6/28/12 – Congressman David Dreier (R-CA), Chairman of the House Rules Committee issued the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the healthcare law: “Today’s ruling makes clear what many of us have said all along – the flawed healthcare law represents one of the largest tax increases in American [...]

Thursday June 28 2012

Sierra Madre Paramedic Program Turns Five

Sierra Madre Paramedic Program Turns Five

Press Release posted 6/28/12 - On Friday June 1, 2007, the Sierra Madre Fire Department, and the sitting City Council, introduced Paramedic services to the residents, business owners, and visitors of our community. This significant achievement by our City made the entire County of Los Angeles fully covered by Paramedic services. The Sierra Madre Fire Department [...]

Friday June 08 2012

West Nile Virus Found in Sierra Madre

Press Release posted 6/8/12 - A dead crow from the city of Sierra Madre has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).  This is the first indication of WNV activity in the San Gabriel Valley this year.  Mosquitoes trapped in the area today will be tested for virus.  Results from this test will be available Monday, [...]

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Thursday May 31 2012

City of Hope Receives $5M Grant for Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Research

Press Release posted 5/31/12 – (Editor’s Note:  This story is not about Sierra Madre, but it caught my eye because my sister Maureen McAdam was treated at City of Hope for glioma before she passed away in December, 2010.  In addition, there’s an indirect connection because the News Net had covered glioma treatment at City [...]

Thursday April 26 2012

Supervisors Call For Report On Mislabeled Seafood Sold In Restaurants And Grocery Stores

Press Release posted 4/26/12 – Approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors, a motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich directed the Department of Public Health to work with Federal and State agencies to address seafood mislabeling in Los Angeles County. “Consumers must have confidence that the fish they are buying at restaurants and grocery stores [...]

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Wednesday March 14 2012

Kensington Project to Go Before Voters in November

Posted 3/14/12 – It is clear after Tuesday night’s City Council meeting that the proposed Assisted Living Facility (ALF) known as the Kensington Project will not be built without a vote of the residents of Sierra Madre.  What is not clear, is what form exactly that vote will take. Despite the belief by many that [...]

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Monday February 20 2012

Proposed Kensington Assisted Living Facility Project

Proposed Kensington Assisted Living Facility Project

Initial Post 2/2012 – Fountain Square Development West, LLC, would like to put an Assisted Living Facility at 235 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., the former site of the Sierra Madre Skilled Nursing Facility. The property sat vacant for more than five years, and FSWD initially brought the plan to the public at a March 8th [...]

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Wednesday February 08 2012

Fountain Square West Requests Council to Put Kensington Project on November Ballot

Fountain Square West Requests Council to Put Kensington Project on November Ballot

Posted 2/8/12 – Fountain Square West, LLC (FSW), developer of the proposed Kensington Assisted Living project at the site of the former Skilled Nursing Facility, has sent a letter to the City Council requesting that the Council pass a resolution that: “Following completion  of the review by the Planning  Commission, and approval  by the City [...]

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Tuesday February 07 2012

SM Community Medical Group Groundbreaking Thursday, Public Invited

SM Community Medical Group Groundbreaking Thursday, Public Invited

The Sierra Madre Community Medical Group will hold a groundbreaking ceremony to kickoff construction of the new 7,000 sq. ft. medical building at 147 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.  on Thursday, Feb. 9th at 4:30pm. Dr. Hani Sami, M.D. invites the public to join him as the project gets underway.  To RSVP, contact Chris Bertrand at [...]

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Friday December 23 2011

New Laws in 2012 That Affect Employees/Employers

Posted 12/23/11 – Did you know that beginning January 1st, 2012, it will be illegal to use credit reports to help decide whether or not to hire most employees? That misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor could result in a fine as high as $25,000 PER INCIDENT? That there are not one, but FIVE [...]

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Wednesday December 07 2011

Dr. White Doing Fine

Dr. White Doing Fine

Dr. Bill White, who had his medical practice in Sierra Madre for about 40 years, and who was named in 1998 as the only Honorary Citizen in Sierra Madre’s history, is recovering nicely from open heart surgery just before Thanksgiving.  I spoke with Dr. White this morning and he assured me that “I’m really doing [...]

Wednesday November 16 2011

Workshop on Tips & Strategies for Effective IEP Goal Writing Scheduled

What: Tips and Strategies for Effective Goal Writing – Mark Woodsmall, Esq. Date: Thursday, November 17th Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm Where: Justine Sherman & Associates Address: 55 Auburn Avenue, Sierra Madre, California 91024 Office Phone: (626) 355-1729 Interactive workshop will detail three essential components required for drafting quality Individual Education Program (IEP) goals including the [...]

Thursday October 20 2011

CERT to Take Part in Great Shake Out Today

Posted 10/20/11 – The Sierra Madre Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is participating in the Great Shake Out today at 10:20 am. Disaster preparedness is the primary concern for the CERT group and CERT would like to keep the residents of Sierra Madre informed when they have such events. For more information and resources on the Shake [...]

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Sunday October 02 2011

Vector Control Agencies Partner on Neighborhood Asian Tiger Mosquito

Posted 10/02/11 – After identifying Asian tiger mosquitoes (Aedes albopictus) in the cities of El Monte and South El Monte this month, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District and the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District are collaborating in a campaign to conduct neighborhood surveillance, control, and outreach to raise awareness [...]

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Sunday October 02 2011

Wine and Jazz Walk This Saturday

Posted 10/02/11 – The historical San Antonio Winery and the merchants of Sierra Madre are once again joining forces to host the 6th annual Sierra Madre Wine & Jazz Walk.  This fun and unique event, benefiting City of Hope Cancer Research and Treatment, will be held from 4 to 7pm on Saturday, October 8, 2011 [...]

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Tuesday September 20 2011

6th Annual Sierra Madre Wine & Jazz Walk October 8th

6th Annual Sierra Madre Wine & Jazz Walk October 8th

Posted 9/20/11 – The historical San Antonio Winery and the merchants of Sierra Madre are once again joining forces to host the 6th annual Sierra Madre Wine & Jazz Walk.  This fun and unique event, benefiting City of Hope Cancer Research and Treatment, will be held from 4 to 7pm on Saturday, October 8, 2011 [...]

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Wednesday September 07 2011

Kensington Project Town Hall Meeting Photo Gallery

Kensington Project Town Hall Meeting Photo Gallery

Posted 2/20/12 – Fountain Square West held a Town Hall Meeting at the Sierra Madre Room on September 7th, 2011.   This photo gallery shows the drawings for the project as FSWD was proposing to build it at that time. In this video from the September Town Hall Meeting, Gregg Yamachika, contracted by the City to [...]

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Sunday September 04 2011

Senior Information & Health Screen Fair Coincides with Pancake Breakfast

Sept. 4th, 2011 – A Senior Information & Health Screen Fair will be hosted by the Sierra Madre Community & Personnel Services Department and Sierra Madre Senior Community Commission, St. Rita Senior Ministry, and the Royal Oaks Retirement Community.  The event takes place on Saturday, September 24th in Memorial Park.  The Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast will [...]

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Sunday September 04 2011

Neighborhood Meeting Wednesday re: Proposed Assisted Living Facility

Sept. 4th, 2011 – While most projects that go before the Planning Commission and/or the City Council for review and approval do not have public reviews prior to their appearance before those venues, the public will have opportunities to learn about and provide input for the proposed senior assisted living facility at the former Skilled [...]

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Thursday September 01 2011

Small Town Company Thrives Against All Odds

Small Town Company Thrives Against All Odds

Fighting Diabetes and a Bad Economy at the Same Time In the quaint little town of Sierra Madre, one growing business just joined the ranks of companies such as Microsoft and Oracle. By helping hospitals all over the country, Wound Care Advantage has reached #316 on Inc. Magazine’s “500” list of the nation’s fastest-­‐growing companies. [...]

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Tuesday August 23 2011

West Nile Virus Update

August 23, 2011 – West Nile Virus Continues to Circulate in Valley – Public Vigilance Has Helped The SGV Mosquito and Vector Control District’s West Nile virus (WNV) surveillance team continues to find evidence of WNV transmission in the San Gabriel Valley.  To date: Seventeen (17) birds have tested positive for WNV this year from [...]

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Sunday August 21 2011

Sierra Madre Man Marks Milestone with Three Generations of Platelets

Sierra Madre Man Marks Milestone with Three Generations of Platelets

August 21, 2011 – Russ Anderson, member of the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team and Sierra Madre’s 2006 Older American of the Year, recently celebrated his 79th birthday with the help of children and grandchildren.  Anderson donated platelets at City of Hope for the 259th time, but on this special day, he was joined [...]

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Thursday August 18 2011

Neighborhood Meeting To Be Held Regarding Proposed Senior Assisted Living Facility

Neighborhood Meeting To Be Held Regarding Proposed Senior Assisted Living Facility

Posted August 18, 2011 – Back in March, Billy Shields of Fountain Square Development West made a presentation to City Council regarding the company’s consideration of converting the former 1.84 acre Skilled Nursing Facility property to a Senior Assisted Living facility that will assist 96 seniors and includes a 58,000 sq. ft. 2-story structure.  You can [...]

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Tuesday August 02 2011

Vector Control Says SGV West Nile Virus Risk Up

Vector Control Says SGV West Nile Virus Risk Up

The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District continues to identify additional evidence of West Nile virus (WNV) transmission.  Mosquitoes collected at the District headquarters in West Covina, and a chicken from a sentinel flock housed at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in the City of Irwindale have tested positive for the virus.   [...]

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Tuesday August 02 2011

American Heart Association Recognizes Methodist Hospital with Award

Methodist Hospital was recognized recently by the American Heart Association as a Mission: Lifeline Receiving Center Silver Performance Achievement Award Hospital. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to and success for heart attack patients in implementing a higher standard of care that effectively improves the survival and care of STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) patients. [...]

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Tuesday July 26 2011

Urgent Call to Action for Blood Donors

Urgent Call to Action for Blood Donors

Please roll up a sleeve and give blood because our community blood supply has dropped to critically low levels. Now is a great time to donate blood because our annual KLOS blood drive has begun today. If you present to donate at a participating KLOS blood drive today through Saturday July 30th, you will receive [...]

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Thursday July 07 2011

Sierra Madre Summer Fun in the Park

Sierra Madre Summer Fun in the Park The City of Sierra Madre is offering the Summer Fun in the Park program every Tuesday and Thursday morning starting on July 5 and running through August 25. The youth program is from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at the Memorial Park Bandshell, 222 West Sierra Madre Blvd. [...]

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Tuesday May 03 2011

Letter to the Editor re: Emergency Medical Services Week

Editor: May 15-21 is National Emergency Medical Services Week. I encourage everyone to do two things. First, familiarize yourself with local emergency resources and how to access them. Make certain that everyone in your household knows how to call for help, whether it’s 911 for paramedics and fire, or the nearest Poison Control Center. Second, [...]

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Thursday March 31 2011

World Famous SMSR Passes Re-Certification With Flying Colors

World Famous SMSR Passes Re-Certification With Flying Colors

Each year, members of The Mountain Rescue Association teams are tested in one of three subjects and, if they pass, are certified in that area of rescue training.   This year, fifteen teams, among them the world famous Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team, participated in the certification process, which took place in the shadows of [...]

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Wednesday March 09 2011

Fountain Square Development West Opens Dialogue re: Former SNF

Fountain Square Development West Opens Dialogue re: Former SNF

Posted March 9, 2011 – Billy Shields, Executive Director for Fountain Square Development West began his presentation by reiterating what City Manager Elaine Aguilar had stated in introducing the Agenda item at tonight’s City Council meeting, that no plan has been presented to the City for the property at the site of the former Skilled [...]

Saturday March 05 2011

Developer to Introduce Self/Proposal re: SNF

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Item 4 on the agenda is discussion regarding a preliminary proposal for an assisted living facility at the site of the former Skilled Nursing Facility at 225 – 245 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.   The property is just under 2 acres of land and has been vacant for several years. According to [...]

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Monday February 28 2011

Mardi Gras Event to Benefit Emergency Services at Methodist Hospital

Mardi Gras Event to Benefit Emergency Services at Methodist Hospital

Methodist Hospital’s 16th annual Mardi Gras will be Tuesday, March 8, at Sirona’s, Santa Anita Park. Proceeds from this year’s gala will support the hospital’s emergency department, which provides critical care to San Gabriel Valley residents 24 hours a day. This fall, the emergency department will move into the new North Tower, where it will [...]

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Friday February 18 2011

Local Hospital Executive Earns Top Healthcare Management Credential

Local Hospital Executive Earns Top Healthcare Management Credential

Methodist Hospital President and CEO Dennis Lee recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders. This means Lee has achieved board certification in healthcare management and ACHE Fellow status. Only 7,500 healthcare executives hold this distinction. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill [...]

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