Commutes to Northern California three days a week may seem excessive to the average Glendale resident, but for Robert Issai it's a simple duty.
Issai was elected to the Catholic Health Assn. of the U.S. Board of Trustees June 15. Although his work as president and chief executive of Daughters of Charity Health System is in Los Altos, he commutes to and from the Northern California city to Glendale, where he and his family have lived for 31 years.
Issai will now be responsible for overseeing more than 600 U.S. hospitals under the Catholic Health Assn. of the United States, one of the largest groups of nonprofit hospitals in the country.
Issai and his wife, Alice, moved to Glendale as some of the "first pioneer Armenians" 31 years ago, he said. Now, he wouldn't consider leaving the jewel city.
"When I moved to Glendale in 1979, we had one relative, and we fell in love with the city," he said. " We never wanted to move. Glendale is home. I care about Glendale. I love the city."