Light Up A Life
In a year during which so many of our favorite traditions and activities have been canceled or postponed, the Adventist Health Glendale Foundation made a special effort to re-create these memory-making events and milestones with Light Up a Life, our annual tree-lighting ceremony and fundraiser for the Beyond Loss Bereavement Ministry and Hospice Services.
On Thursday, December 10, 2020, the special ceremony was held virtually as a YouTube premiere. More than $25,000 was raised to help provide bereavement services to those suffering a loss, and hospice services to provide end-of-life care. If you missed the premiere, you can still watch it in full below.
Light Up A Life has been held at Adventist Health Glendale for the last seven years and is part of an annual tradition celebrated throughout the United States to increase awareness and support of hospice care. The tree lighting ceremony is a meaningful way to honor those we love and those who have passed on.
“We’re so grateful to all who donated to this special event,” said Irene Bourdon, President of the Adventist Health Glendale Foundation. “Especially during a year when so many are facing hardships of their own. The unstoppable philanthropic spirit of our community is so inspiring to see.”
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Support for Armenia
The escalating conflict in Armenia affecting innocent civilians is devastating news to so many in our community and among our colleagues. I pray for a rapid end to the battles and a lasting peace in the region. Until then, we continue to look for ways to serve our brothers and sisters in this region, something Adventist Health Glendale has been committed to for years.
I’m heartened by the support offered by hundreds of people in and around our medical center. To date, our Foundation has raised more than $600,000 from associates, physicians and the community to purchase critical medical supplies that we have already sent to Stepanakert. Additionally, working with our vendors, we’ve been able to purchase additional supplies at significant discount.
Last Friday, Dr. Arby Nahapetian and a group of five community volunteers left Los Angeles to perform humanitarian work in the region. Each carried three suitcases filled with wound vacs, external fixators and other supplies used to treat physical injuries and burns that have been flooding hospitals in the region. By Sunday, they delivered these life-saving devices and supplies to hospitals personally and engaged in teaching local care-givers proper uses of these devices.
Another group of volunteers is coming together this week to travel to Armenia and continue our humanitarian mission. Again, working with our vendors, we’ve been able to secure two C-arms and additional wound vacs and external fixators which will travel with this group.
The medical professionals and community members we’ve met through our annual mission trips to Armenia have counted on us delivering supplies, expertise and human connection; they’re counting on us all the more now and I’m proud of our collective response to deliver on our promise.
I want to thank every donor, every member of our medical center who assembled supplies and, especially, Romic Eskandarian, director of Pharmacy, who led the work on assembling, packing suitcases and shipping those supplies.
The response from our associates, physicians and community is unprecedented and I’m incredibly grateful for the support we’re seeing. As this crisis continues, so does the need for support. If you can assist with further relief efforts, please visit our Foundation website to make a contribution: Click here to learn more and donate now.
Please continue to pray for the people of Armenia.
Alice Issai, President
Looking Beyond COVID-19
The last few months have been a challenging time for all of us. As an organization, we are navigating uncharted waters as we care for our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. As individuals, we share in the uncertainty of continuing lockdown, economic insecurity and physical distancing.
One thing is becoming clear, however, as we remain on this journey: COVID-19 is here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. And although we continue to seek innovative and safe ways to care for our patients and their families during the pandemic, we also feel in our hearts that the time has come to move forward with our needs for the future. After all, in the midst of COVID-19, our community is still struggling with cancer. They are still facing heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and all the chronic and acute illnesses that still plague our society.
Although COVID-19 is part of our lives for now, I’m still inspired. I’m inspired by our 115-year legacy of healing. I’m inspired by the way our physicians, nurses and staff continue to stand strong as a beacon of hope during a worldwide pandemic. And I’m inspired by the way we continue to seek ways to better care for our community beyond COVID-19.
As we begin to look to the future of Adventist Health Glendale, we invite you on this new adventure with us, to look at our new world with hope and positivity, to connect with us in new and different ways, and work with us for a better, healthier community. Your support is needed, now more than ever, to help us continue to fight for the health of our beloved community.
In the coming weeks and months, we will be providing you with new opportunities to give, to invest in technology and services that will benefit our community for many years to come. So stay tuned…the future is exciting, different—and still inspiring!
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President, Adventist Health Glendale Foundation