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February 4, 2005
I have been a nurse for 30 years, but never was I so proud of my profession and my hospital as I was on January 26th when we were called upon to respond to the tragic train disaster in Glendale. As the incident commander here at Verdugo Hills Hospital, I witnessed the true sense of "team" and the real reason why so many of us entered the healthcare field in the first place. Nurses, physicians, technicians, administrative personnel, volunteers and countless others rallied together to provide the medical care and emotional support needed by the victims and their families.
NEWS
January 15, 2004
Darleene Barrientos Legislators believed requiring hospitals to maintain a steady ratio of nurses for patients would translate into better patient care. Instead, hospital administrators say the new law is difficult to manage. The nurse-to-patient ratio law, which was passed in 1999 by former Gov. Gray Davis, went into effect Jan. 1. The law stipulates that certain departments must maintain prescribed nurse-to-patient ratios at all times. With fewer patients per nurse in departments such as telemetry, where patients don't require critical care, work is more evenly spread out. "Oh yeah, it's been really nice," said Michelle Jocson, a Glendale Memorial Hospital registered nurse.
FEATURES
By Tania Chatila | July 5, 2006
NORTHEAST GLENDALE ? When Liz Randall first stepped onto the set of the upcoming Oliver Stone movie, "World Trade Center," as an extra, she had no expectations. "I just had to be in it," the 32-year-old Glendale resident said. "It's just so personal to me." But when director Stone discovered that Randall was a nurse and had been near Ground Zero when the Twin Towers went down on Sept. 11, 2001, Randall's role in the movie significantly changed. She went from a "fly on the wall," to a make-shift technical assistant for Stone ?
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By Ani Amirkhanian | May 22, 2008
Glendale resident Myrtle Nelson has given about 400 flu shots since she’s been a volunteer with the Glendale-Crescenta Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. Nelson, a retired critical care registered nurse, maintains her nursing license and since retiring has been providing her skills as a nurse to the Red Cross and Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center. “I knew I couldn’t do nothing,” Nelson said, adding she wanted to keep busy after retirement.
NEWS
December 6, 2004
The teen volunteer program at the Glendale Adventist Medical Center is inviting students interested in careers in medicine and nursing to attend a presentation today on careers open to them in healthcare. The speakers will include Dr. Catherine Chern, private practice physician in Glendale and Armen Hatamian, an emergency room nurse at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. The presentation will include what doctors and nurses do on the job, the kind of environment they work in, the schooling it takes to be a doctor or nurse and future job expectation for this career.
NEWS
June 10, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta GLENDALE -- Thanks for everything -- from professionalism to volunteerism. Local nonprofit health-care provider VNACare honored some of its own at a dinner held Thursday night at the Oakmont Country Club. The following is a list of awards and their recipients: Communication -- Barbara Balke, volunteer coordinator Respect -- Armen Adamyan, nurse Teamwork -- Therese DeLisle, human resources assistant Professionalism -- Pattie Gocke, nurse Trust -- Lynn Weiner, fund-raising project manager Caregiver -- Herbert Permillion, Bonnie Brady-Hoskins, Carol LeBleu Volunteer: Nancy Nichols, Mark and Lisa Hineman Patrick Liddell: Patrick Liddell Rhonda McMillan, assistant to VNACare's director, said this was the organization's first awards program.
NEWS
December 3, 2002
MARGARET ANN STANTON Margaret Ann Stanton, 83, a longtime Montrose resident, died Nov. 30, 2002, in a Montrose convalescent home. Mrs. Stanton was born in Cheyenne, Wyo. She was a registered nurse, and was a school nurse at Holy Redeemer School for 10 years and a resident nurse at Casa Verdugo Home for 13 years. She is survived by her husband, Kilmer F. Stanton Sr.; daughters, Kathleen Robertson of Reseda and Joanne Dornhuber of Canoga Park; sons, Kilmer F. Jr., Patrick of Anaheim, Michael of Sunland and Ralph of Kings Beach; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Jeanne Tague of Laguna Woods.
NEWS
February 24, 2006
Toon Prasertsit, RN, has been named director of the med/surg unit at Verdugo Hills Hospital, effective immediately. Prasertsit has an extensive background in healthcare management and direct patient care. Most recently he was the nurse manager for the Hematology/Oncology Complex at Los Angeles County-University of Southern California (LAC-USC) Medical Center. Prior to that he served as an assistant nurse manager of the LAC-USC infusion center and was a staff nurse for both hematology/oncology and the HIV unit at LAC-USC.
NEWS
March 29, 2005
Darleene Barrientos Students at Holy Family High School got a glimpse of career choices by talking with nurses, police officers, firefighters, journalists and other professionals during the school's Career Day. Instead of having several professionals visit just one class, the entire school was involved in its Career Day on March 15. Students from each grade chose four sessions to ask questions and get a picture of...
NEWS
April 19, 2003
NELSON Alisa M. Dargenzio and Matthew J. Nelson have announced their engagement and plan to marry in July. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Richard and Kathy Dargenzio of Burbank. Alisa graduated from Providence High School in 1997 and attends Cal State Los Ange- les' School of Nursing, from which she will graduate in June with a bachelor's degree in nursing and soon after will become a registered nurse. She is a senior student nurse worker in LAC/USC's Women and Children's hospital and has been accepted into the August registered-nurse residency new graduate program at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles to work in the neonatal intensive-care unit.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | March 27, 2014
Registered nurses at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital on Wednesday voted in favor of joining one of California's largest nursing unions in hopes, they said, of securing better retirement plans, improved staffing and other additional benefits. Ninety-six nurses, or 72%, voted to join the California Nurses Assn./National Nurses United while 38 cast their ballots in opposition. There are 150 nurses overall at the hospital. The vote aligns Verdugo Hills staff with approximately 800 nurses at USC's other Southland medical centers, including Keck Hospital and the Norris Cancer Center and Hospital.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com and By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | August 30, 2013
Registered nurses at Glendale Memorial Hospital are set to vote on a deal for their own healthcare as part of a tentative four-year agreement with the hospital's parent company, Dignity Health. The deal covers 12,000 registered nurses at 28 hospitals in California and Nevada, Dignity Health and the California Nurses Assn. announced this week. Glendale Memorial employs 415 registered nurses, who will vote on whether to ratify the contract in the next two weeks. The collective bargaining agreement guarantees no reduction in health coverage, expands guaranteed pensions and retiree health benefits, and establishes a new accident-prevention program.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | June 17, 2013
Graduates of Glendale Community College's nursing program were looking forward to bright futures in the high-demand career field during a traditional “pinning” ceremony on Saturday at the Lanterman Auditorium in La Cañada Flintridge. For the 35 graduates, the pins signify successful completion of two years of training to become registered nurses. PHOTOS: GCC's nursing department holds pinning ceremony Many who earn their certificates at GCC go on to work in the Glendale area, nursing program director Emelyn Judge said.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | February 22, 2013
A new condominium development three blocks from the Americana at Brand that languished for years is now selling units at a discount for "Hometown Heroes," including veterans, teachers, first responders, doctors and nurses. Eligible home buyers get 1% off the net sales price of the 26 urban-style condos in the Residences at Jackson Glen. With two-bedroom units running at $429,000, that would be a savings of $4,290. “That's quite a bit of cash,” said Mary Jean Duran, spokeswoman for the development, adding that the condominiums in the three-story building start at $399,900.
COMMUNITY
February 12, 2013
Beryl Fowlie passed away January 28, 2013 in Monterey, California surrounded by her family after a brief battle with cancer. She was 83 years old. Beryl Bernice French was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 13, 1929 to Herbert Fredrick French and Dorothy May French. Known as “BB” to her family and close friends, she, along with her brother Wayne, grew up in the Detroit area during the Great Depression. They visited their grandparents in Canada often and even moved there for a brief time during the depths of the Depression.
COMMUNITY
September 14, 2012
Nellie Cathryn Strand September 24, 1913 to August 14, 2012. Nellie Cathryn Strand was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who lived to be 98 years old (just one month shy of 99), outliving her husband Paul and two of her children, James Edwin Strand and Lawrence Richard Strand. Born in Meridian, Mississippi, Cathryn would move with her mother and sister through several southern states, ending up in a Catholic orphanage in Alabama where her mother went through nurse training.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | September 12, 2012
Two employees of the Glendale Community College nursing department this week spoke against planned spending cuts that they said would paralyze some services. Earlier this year, college officials announced they would reduce the hours of 115 employees campuswide - that number has since dropped to 95 - and cut 80 positions this fiscal year. Another 18 positions are on the chopping block for 2013, saving the school an estimated $816,000 over the two-year period. But the plan has garnered significant push-back from employees who say reducing hours and cutting positions will significantly hurt services - even as college officials also cut back on the number of courses and class sessions.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 3, 2011
MONTROSE - Officials at the state attorney general's office say investigators are looking into a recent incident involving a nursing facility patient who ran away and barricaded himself in a neighborhood restaurant. Officials declined to comment further on the July 26 incident, but confirmed it would be “wrapped up” in additional investigations into the Montrose-based Verdugo Valley Skilled Nursing and Wellness Centre for abuse and neglect of a suicidal patient who eventually killed himself, said Nicholas Pacilio, a spokesman for the agency.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | July 12, 2011
GLENDALE - The Montrose-based Valley Skilled Nursing and Wellness Centre was named in a grand jury indictment for abuse and neglect after a patient killed himself by discharging a handheld fire extinguisher down his throat, officials said. State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris on Monday announced indictments against the facility and its former administrator, Phyllis Paver, claiming they were complicit in attempts by the 34-year-old patient, Charles Morrill, to kill himself three times before the fire extinguisher incident on Feb. 28, 2009.
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