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Some of the Foundation’s upcoming events have been postponed. We will update you as soon as further details are known. We have decided to publish this edition of The Difference magazine in digital form, instead of printing and mailing.

The Difference Magazine

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37th Annual Golf Classic Postponed

Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts and the business disruption that COVID continues to effect on our health care partners and physicians, we have decided to postpone this year’s Golf Classic, originally scheduled for October 26, 2020.

We are pleased to announce that next year, our Golf Classic will be hosted at the prestigious Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank. We will follow our traditional format that has marked our Golf Classic as one of the most distinguished golf tournaments in the region.

Make sure to mark your calendars now for this exciting event.

Monday, September 20, 2021
Lakeside Golf Club
Burbank, CA

Despite this turn of events, we hope that you will still consider donating to the cause that this year’s Golf Classic would have helped fund—a CT scanner for our emergency room. This project will enable our physicians and medical teams to diagnose and treat strokes and other time-urgent conditions faster. Your support is needed, now more than ever. Simply click here to make your contribution, with our deepest appreciation.


Help Support Armenia at a Critical Time

So many of our associates and neighbors have ties to Armenia; we recognize the heartbreaking conflict in the region is personal to you. We’re deeply committed to Armenia through our annual medical mission to the region. This week, we would have been there were it not for the COVID pandemic.

The people of Armenia need our help. Please join us in making a contribution which will help us purchase and send surgical, medical, trauma and burn supplies and medications to the affected region. Time is of the essence; we need to raise funds this week to deliver these supplies and resources as quickly as possible. This is a time to give generously because lives are at stake. Click here to learn more and donate now.


Our Visitor Policy Has Changed!

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to maintaining the safety of our patients, their families and our physicians and associates. For the safety of all who enter our hospital the following general guidelines apply:

  • NO Visitors for patients with current positive COVID-19 test or pending COVID test
  • Visitation between 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; no overnight visits
  • Visitation should NOT EXCEED 2 hours
  • No exit and re-entry per 24 hour period
  • All visitors required to be 18 years old and over, in good health, and undergo temperature and symptom screening upon entering the building
  • All visitors are required to wear a mask, maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others in all areas including the patient room, and practice frequent hand hygiene
  • Visitors must remain in the patient room; the use of interior public spaces (cafeteria, family lounges, lobbies, etc.) is not permitted
  • Virtual visits are strongly encouraged, especially for vulnerable populations including those 65+ and those with underlying health conditions
  • Visitation privileges may be revoked for any visitor not complying with safety protocols and visitor guidelines
  • Visitation guidelines are subject to change at any time to protect the safety of our patients, visitors, and caregivers


How Should Your Cloth Face Mask Be Washed?

Thanks to COVID-19, most of us have gotten used to wearing a mask when we’re out and about. Along with social distancing, handwashing and other safety measures, masking up is one of the best things we can do to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Just like any other wearable item, your cloth face mask will need to be washed on a regular basis. Learn the best ways to clean your mask here.


An Open Letter to Our Community

Adventist Health Glendale Hospital has always been a place of competent, caring and high-quality care. We’ve been serving this community for 115 years and are ranked in the top 10% among hospitals in the region, according to US News & World Report.

It’s the result of our culture that is committed to excellence and our continuous drive to be better to live out our mission to inspire health, wholeness and hope to the community we serve. We are fortunate to not only have terrific health care professionals here, but also consistent support as part of an integrated health system.

We take great pride in the clear communications and planning that has allowed us to embrace the profession’s best practices and cutting-edge, top-of-the-line care. This level of care is now more important to our well-being than ever.

Our value has been proven over and over during the COVID-19 pandemic. We were better able to be prepared by learning important lessons in real time from hospitals in other parts of the country that were hit with the coronavirus first. From the start, physicians from multiple specialties have worked closely together and with hospital administration on each and every case to ensure the best care. We were effective in our readiness efforts by securing adequate supplies of personal protective equipment and pharmaceutical supplies. Obtaining these resources, during a time of great demand, allowed us all the safety needed to provide excellent care for our patients.

Adventist Health Glendale is, in our view, a hidden gem of a hospital in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. That’s why we want the community to be aware of our record and our continuous commitment to a level of patient care that never compromises.

With news of new infection spikes, and more anticipated on the horizon, we want to be clear about Adventist Health Glendale’s proven role as a guardian of public health and a place where patients can feel safe and secure whether they are facing COVID-19 or any other complex medical need.

We want to remind our community that in this time of a public health crisis, it is vital that you take care of yourself. If you need medical attention, don’t delay or hesitate to visit the hospital. The earlier you are cared for, the fewer the complications and the quicker your recovery.

The value we place on patient safety and positive outcomes is number one. We want you to know that Adventist Health Glendale is here for you. At a time of great challenges and uncertainty, please know that we are prepared to take care of you and your family. We believe we are made for more. More kindness, more support, more hope.

Thank you for your continued trust as we care for this community during extraordinary times, with the same unwavering commitment to quality care that we’ve had since our founding in 1905.

  • Arash Alborzi, MD
  • Romic Eskandarian, PharmD
  • Sylvia Kotikian, MD
  • Elizabeth Maslow, MD
  • Saeid Safaee, MD
  • Shant Shirvanian, MD
  • Leo Shum, MD

Learn more in the video below.


UNGala Raises $1 Million

It was a breezy, pleasant evening, perfect for a drive-in movie, waving to friends, and some popcorn. That’s how the Adventist Health Glendale Foundation and a few hundred of our sponsors, donors and friends spent the evening of August 5, 2020.

In the wake of COVID-19 and being unable to hold a traditional gala, the AHGL Foundation team banded together and created the UNGala, a truly unique and exciting drive-in event. Guests enjoyed a short program dedicated to our very special honorees, Dr. Ronald S. and Mrs. Georgiana Wu, before settling down for a drive-in movie and snacks, all from the safety of their own cars.

“I want to say a very special thanks to all our sponsors and donors who gave so generously to this special event, especially during the hard times that COVID-19 has brought upon us,” said Irene Bourdon, president of the AHGL Foundation. “I especially want to recognize Dr. and Mrs. Wu for their extraordinary service to this medical center. We are a state-of-the-art facility in part because of Dr. Wu’s dedication and expertise, and Georgiana’s selfless spirit.”

To learn more about our beloved Dr. and Mrs. Wu, who have graced our community with their kindness and generosity for nearly 50 years, watch the video below to learn more about their amazing story.

This year’s UNGala raised more than $1 million, which will go toward purchasing a new CT scanner for the medical center, help fund our COVID-19 efforts, and support additional areas where funds are most needed.

If you would still like to donate to these efforts, it’s not too late! Simply click here to be taken to our donation page. No gift is too small and is so appreciated!


Caring for a Loved One with COVID-19

In mild cases of COVID-19, patients can recover from the virus at home. If your loved one has been diagnosed with coronavirus, learn what you can do to help, while keeping yourself and other family members safe.


Award-Winning Care for Stroke Patients

Providing optimal health care requires staying on top of constantly advancing treatment recommendations. That’s why we follow the latest guidance from the American Heart Association. Its Get With The Guidelines® program, helps ensure that patients get up-to-the-minute scientifically based treatment. We’ve been recognized for adhering to those exacting guidelines, helping patients live longer, healthier lives. That’s what we do. For you.


Recognized Again by US News & World Report

Adventist Health Glendale has once again been independently verified by U.S. News & World Report as one of 2020’s “Best Hospitals” in their annual ranking. The hospital, celebrating its 115th anniversary, is 12th among the 132 hospitals in the Los Angeles area and 20th in California from among 424 hospitals. These rankings place us, again, in the top 5% of hospitals statewide and the top 10% of Los Angeles-area hospitals and further validate our standing as a destination medical center for advanced care. Learn more…


Send a Prayer to Your Loved One

At Adventist Health Glendale, we acknowledge the role that spiritual and emotional support have in contributing to health and healing. Click this link to to send your loved one a prayer or some words of encouragement and our Spiritual Care Team will personally deliver your message of support.


Staying Safe When Going Out During COVID-19

How can we stay safe when we need to run errands or go to work? Follow these tips for going out during and post-COVID-19. Learn more…


Is It Safe to Go To the Hospital During COVID-19?

During the pandemic, you may be wondering if it’s still safe to go to the hospital. Although social distancing is important, you should never delay care when an emergency happens. Learn how we’re keeping our hospital rooms clean and safe for when you need us.

Maintaining a safe environment for you

During a pandemic, is it still safe to go to the hospital? Although #SocialDistancing is important, you should never delay care when an emergency happens. Learn how we’re keeping our hospital rooms clean and safe for when you need us. #Togetherinspired #COVID19

Posted by Adventist Health on Tuesday, July 7, 2020


Impact AHGL Foundation Today and Tomorrow

Interested in planned giving/estate planning with the AHGL Foundation? Get started here:


2020 CARES Act and Charitable Giving

Steven Kamajian, DO

Here are a few things you should know…

  • One of the rules that can directly affect your charitable giving is that you can now donate up to $300 ($600 for joint filers) to the Foundation or any bona fide 501(c)3 organization and deduct it above-the-line on your tax return in 2020 directly lowering your taxable income. This new rule is available for taxpayers who do not itemize deductions in 2020. *Please note this rule change is only in effect for 2020 and donations to a Donor Advised Fund do not count for this deduction
  • For those that are itemizing, charitable deduction limits have increased from 60% of adjusted gross income to 100% of adjusted gross income for 2020 only. Charitable deduction limits for corporations have also increased to 25% of their taxable income, up from 10% for 2020 only.  *Please note donations made to Donor Advised Funds again do not count for this incentive. Be advised if you plan to donate property, securities, and other non-cash assets that they may not qualify
  • Lastly, required minimum distributions have been waived for 2020 in most cases. However, individuals who want to donate from their IRA can still make qualified charitable distributions to 501(c)3 organizations, even though there is no incentive to do so.

The silver lining to these trying times is that we can still make a positive impact.


Financial and Investment Planning Strategies During COVID-19

By James Van De Voorde, President and CEO, Osher Van de Voorde

While it may be difficult to focus on financial considerations during such extraordinarily difficult periods as the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many financial and investment planning strategies that may be of tremendous benefit both now and when our lives return to a more normalized pace. Here are ten opportunistic strategies to consider:

  1. While interest rates have been subdued for many years, the Federal Reserve has again lowered its key Fed Funds rate back to the 0% to .25% crisis level range that prevailed during the Great Recession of 2008-09. If you haven’t already done so, now is a great time to refinance your mortgage.    
  2. The recently passed CAREs Act waived the 2020 required minimum distribution (RMD) requirement for owners of Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and Inherited IRAs. If you don’t depend on income from your IRA, you should consider taking your next RMD in 2021 in order to give markets ample time to recover and save income taxes that otherwise would be due on the distribution.
  3. For those who may have already taken out their 2020 RMD, the CAREs ACT also allows you 60 days to roll these funds back to you IRA, thereby eliminating the taxable income that otherwise would be due on the distribution.
  4. If any IRA owner or spouse or dependent of an IRA owner has been infected by COVID-19 or suffered adverse financial consequences due to COVID-19, the CAREs ACT allows the IRA owner to take a coronavirus related distribution (CRD) up to $100,000 in 2020. Income taxes can be spread over 3 years on CRDs and the 10% early-distribution penalty is waived for IRA owners under age 59 ½. Further, the funds can be rolled back into one’s IRA within three years. 
  5. The Internal Revenue Service has extended the deadline for filing income tax returns to July 15, 2020. Consequently, the deadline to make a contribution to your IRA for 2019 has also been extended. 
  6. The CAREs ACT created the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which provides up to $350 billion of loans to small business owners with fewer than 500 employees. The loans are fixed at 1% and are forgiven if used for payroll and no more than 25% for rent or utilities, as long as employees are retained. While the first round of funding for PPP loans has already been exhausted, it is widely expected the additional funds will be approved. 
  7. Periods of excessive volatility in the financial markets provide investors with an opportunistic window to rebalance their portfolio. With interest rates so low and the price of many equities now at bargain levels, it may be a wonderful time to consider increasing one’s allocation to equities, depending of course on one’s specific needs and circumstances. 
  8. With the sharp decline in stock prices, many investors will find themselves with increased unrealized losses. Harvesting of tax losses may make sense in order to offset capital gains in other positions that may have become overly concentrated in one’s portfolio. 
  9. The coronavirus pandemic serves as a great reminder of the importance of having our estate and insurance planning up to date. If it’s been some time since you last reviewed your trust and estate planning documents or insurance coverage needs (especially for life, health and disability), now is a great time to contact your estate attorney or insurance agent.       
  10. As so many individuals suffer from the pandemic, our hospitals and non-profit institutions serving those in need require our philanthropic support now more than ever before. We all have so much to be thankful for – donating our resources to those causes that most need our help is a wonderful way to show our appreciation.


COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Symptom Checker

Did you know that you can access COVID-19 advice by using the symptom checker on Once you arrive at our website, click the chat icon in the lower right to ask questions and learn more about COVID-19.

Adventist Health Coronavirus Preparedness

For more on COVID-19 symptoms, treatment, and hospital preparedness, please visit the hospital’s main coronavirus preparedness page.

Adventist Health has established an advice line to provide information about coronavirus. This advice line is staffed by associates and clinicians to answer your questions about coronavirus or concerns about visiting an Adventist Health clinic or hospital. You can reach this special coronavirus advice line by calling 844-542-8840. The advice line is available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific time, Monday through Friday.

Clinical Advisory Team

Adventist Health Glendale has formed a council of medical expertise, comprised of physicians with backgrounds in infectious disease and pulmonary medicine. This team meets seven days a week, and their role is to apply current recommendations and make decisions on appropriate use of the limited treatment options available for COVID-19. Our experts are closely following and analyzing updates on this outbreak. Led by Dr. Saeid Safaee, this panel includes Dr. Arash Alborzi, Dr. Sylvia Kotikian, Dr. Elizabeth Maslow, Dr. Shant Shirvanian, Dr. Leo Shum and Romic Eskandarian PharmD.

Virtual Visits

As part of our efforts to keep our community members safe and healthy, Adventist Health is now offering virtual doctor’s visits. Using a smartphone, tablet or computer, you may be able to connect with your Adventist Health provider from the comfort and safety of your own home. Please call your doctor’s office to determine if a virtual visit is right for you or visit our Virtual Visits page on our hospital website for more information.

Emergency Room and Urgent Care

Emergencies happen, even during a pandemic. We want to assure you that our emergency department is safe and prepared to handle emergencies as well as COVID-19 cases. If an emergency arises, please don’t delay care—we are here for you 24/7 and have the resources necessary to care for you and your family. Learn more…

Hospital visitors, classes, and events

  • No visitors will be allowed on hospital units with the exception of OB, pediatric and hospice, which will be limited to only ONE visitor throughout the duration of the patient’s stay, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Patients are encouraged to use FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp or their preferred telephone or video chat application.