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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | March 20, 2013
With USC's acquisition of Verdugo Hills Hospital finalized last week, doctors on staff at Verdugo Hills are saying the merger's impact likely will be a mixed bag. Dr. Ben Pradhan, an orthopedic surgeon, said USC's acquisition of the hospital will have upsides and downsides for healthcare in the foothills area. “It's win-lose if they improve the facilities, but they'll also send patients down [to Keck Medical Center] and do the cases at USC, as opposed to at a local hospital,” he said.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | July 24, 2012
Verdugo Hills Hospital, for the last 40 years an independent hospital, has entered into merger talks with USC's Keck Medical Center, officials said Tuesday. Members of the Verdugo Hills board of directors voted at a June meeting to partner with USC, according to hospital spokeswoman Celine Petrossian. Verdugo Hills, on the border of Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge, hopes to complete the merger by the end of year. Keck spokeswoman Alison Trinidad confirmed that merger talks are in progress.
SPORTS
October 7, 2004
By Ralph Saenz Flintridge Prep varsity football coach Marty Konrad knows his Rebels won't repeat as CIF Division XIII champs this season. What he is worried about most is getting his team to break even this season. The Rebels lost another game last Saturday. They fell to 0-3 Verdugo Hills, 21-7, at Duarte High. Prep, which now has a 1-3 record, will get a bye this week for which Konrad is glad. "We made too many mistakes. We have to work on the mistakes," Konrad said after the game.
NEWS
August 1, 2012
Many of us have been waiting to hear what is going to happen with Verdugo Hills Hospital, and we finally have our answer (“Verdugo Hills talks merger,” July 26). I am sure that the members of the board of directors have given a lot of thought to make the decision to join USC. Glendale Adventist Medical Center would have swallowed us up. Verdugo Hills Hospital is the best. My husband and I have always had the best of personal care. Let's hope it will stay small and personal. Patricia Tarallo La Crescenta
SPORTS
March 11, 2004
The La Cañada boys' varsity baseball team won its first game of the season on Saturday, defeating Burbank 8-3 in a pool play contest at home in the San Fernando Valley Victory Spring Classic. The Spartans evened their record at 1-1 and continued play in the tournament. Starter Blake Gantry got his first win of the season by going five innings and giving up five hits. The Spartans' nine-hit effort was led by Matt Stoner who went 3-for-four. It wasn't a very auspicious beginning for La Cañada last Friday in their season opener against Verdugo Hills at the Spring Classic Tournament.
FEATURES
May 4, 2006
The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Verdugo Hills will present the second of the First Friday Forum series. Jim Lafferty, host of KPFK's Lawyers Guild Show and executive director of the National Lawyers Guild of Los Angeles, will be speaking on "Does the War on Terrorism Make Us Safer?" at 8 p.m. on Friday May 5. Admission is free. Much has been made of the need to "fight them over there so we don't have to fight them over here." How effective is that fight? Do all the security measures make us able to sleep more soundly at night?
SPORTS
September 7, 2006
Date — Opponent — Location — Time 9/08 — La Cañada — Home — 7 p.m. 9/15 — St. Francis — Home — 7 p.m. 9/22 — Verdugo Hills — Home — 7 p.m. 9/29 — Glendale — Away — 7 p.m. 10/06 — Pasadena — Home — 7 p.m. 10/12 — Burroughs — Home — 7 p.m. 10/20 — ...
FEATURES
September 7, 2006
The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Verdugo Hills has a new interim minister, the Rev James Bodman, Ph.D. Rev. Bodman kicks off the new church year with the service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 4451 Dunsmore Ave. There will be a special welcoming gathering ceremony for visitors at 9 a.m. on Sunday, featuring a light brunch. All interested or hungry persons are welcome. Bodman is a graduate of Ohio State University's McCormick Theological Seminary, Cal State L.A. and University of Southern California, where he received his doctorate.
NEWS
By Carol Cormaci | August 6, 2009
When anyone speaks of the Verdugo Hills Golf Course I’m reminded of one of my favorite experiences in life, the spectacularly clear, late Sunday afternoon in the early ’80s when I whupped my husband there during a “friendly” round of golf. His first tee shot soared into a tree and never dropped to terra firma, giving me an early lead. It was the first time I had smelled victory in any contest with him other than in a game of Scrabble. The confidence that came from realizing Mr. I’m-Better-At-Sports-Than-You-Are had made such an error on the first hole of an easy, three-par course propelled me to beat him on all nine holes we played that day. (He wasn’t about to go for 18 after that.
SPORTS
September 7, 2006
Team — League — Overall Muir — 5-0 — 9-3 Arcadia — 4-1 — 7-4 Crescenta Valley — 3-2 — 3-8 Pasadena — 2-3 — 3-7 Glendale — 1-4 — 2-8 Hoover — 0-5 — 3-7 9/09 - Thousand Oaks 42 -- Crescenta Valley 18 9/16 - St. Francis 40 - Crescenta Valley 7 9/23 -- Verdugo Hills 20 -- Crescenta Valley...
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February 20, 2014
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, an American Heart Assn. training center, is offering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training classes to community members and healthcare providers. “The primary lesson is for people to know what to do when the worst possible health emergency occurs, which is when someone is not breathing,” stated Teri Rice, family education program coordinator at USC-VHH. “Brain cells will die in four to six minutes, so it is important to start CPR as early as possible.” CPR classes are offered at USC-VHH, 1812 Verdugo Blvd., in the council room (located on the fourth floor lobby)
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By Sara Cardine and By Sara Cardine | January 8, 2014
When a pregnant Raquel Trujillo wrapped up her 12-hour shift at the Los Angeles Police Department on New Year's Eve, she had no idea New Year's Day would bring with it one very special delivery. That's because she and the baby's father, Jesus Aispuro, were planning on a Jan. 14 C-section in advance of the original Jan. 21 due date. But at about midnight on New Year's Day, the 42-year-old Trujillo awoke to a strange sensation. It was just a little startle, not like the water breaking that had announced the arrival of her first daughter, also named Raquel, two years earlier.
COMMUNITY
By Jane Napier Neely | November 27, 2013
I'm writing this column before Thanksgiving Day, but you will read it on turkey day or over the weekend. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. I'm excited to celebrate this Thanksgiving with my extended family - all 25 of them. I can provide details next week. The stormy weather last week certainly provided some autumn ambience for us. Of course I loved the chill that made me feel that maybe I really was going to go "over the river and through the wood" to be with my family. Curious about this saying, I researched it a little further.
NEWS
November 21, 2013
The Tournament of Roses announced its float judges for the 125th Rose Parade in Pasadena on Thursday. Cheryl Cecchetto, James Folsom and René van Rems will score the 2014 floats, including the Glendale, Burbank, La Cañada Flintridge entries, according to a news release. PHOTOS: Rose Queen announcement and coronation As president and owner of Sequoia Productions, Cecchetto has worked as main producer for the Academy Awards Governors Ball for 25 years. Folsom is the Marge and Sherm Telleen/Marion and Earl Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens at The Huntington, where he oversees landscapes, collections and community programming.
NEWS
November 20, 2013
The newly created position of chief operating officer at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital has been filled by Paul Czajka, it was announced Tuesday. He most recently served in the same capacity at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center. Czajka has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare leadership field, including having at one time been an associate administrator of support services at the former USC University Hospital. “This is a new position at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital and one that is crucial as we move forward with our construction and expansion plans and implementation of the electronic health record,” Debbie Walsh, chief executive of USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, stated in a news release.
NEWS
September 30, 2013
Last Wednesday, during the Community Expo at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital sponsored by the local chambers of commerce, we offered a document-shredding service to residents and businesses as a community service. Everyone was so grateful to have a local, secure, method to dispose of old financial records to avoid documents falling into the wrong hands. The response was so great that the truck was filled within 90 minutes and we had to turn people away. We didn't want to accept documents that we could not shred on-site.
COMMUNITY
June 27, 2013
Ten Years Ago The La Cañada school board was weighing whether to seek a $500 parcel tax to address a budget crunch looming for the 2004-05 school year. Twenty Years Ago Area kids of all ages were participating in rehearsals in preparation for Foothill Summer Theatre's 1993 production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical, "Oklahoma!" to be staged in the auditorium at La Cañada High School. Thirty Years Ago Ground-breaking ceremonies were held for a $20-million expansion project at Verdugo Hills Hospital.
COMMUNITY
April 11, 2013
Festive decorations, enticing prizes and a surprise bagpipe performance were hallmarks of this year's bingo luncheon organized by the Women's Council for the Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation. Twenty lucky participants won bingo games during the event, which raised nearly $3,200 for the hospital. The guest bagpiper was Dr. Karen McIlvena, an anesthesiologist at the hospital. -- Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com Follow on Twitter: @CarolCormaci .
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | March 20, 2013
With USC's acquisition of Verdugo Hills Hospital finalized last week, doctors on staff at Verdugo Hills are saying the merger's impact likely will be a mixed bag. Dr. Ben Pradhan, an orthopedic surgeon, said USC's acquisition of the hospital will have upsides and downsides for healthcare in the foothills area. “It's win-lose if they improve the facilities, but they'll also send patients down [to Keck Medical Center] and do the cases at USC, as opposed to at a local hospital,” he said.
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