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Huntington Ambulatory Care Center Receives High Ranking on Newsweek’s Best Ambulatory Surgery Centers in 2021 List

Huntington Ambulatory Surgery Center has been recognized on Newsweek’s inaugural list of Best Ambulatory Surgery Centers 2021. This prestigious award is presented by Newsweek and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider.

“We are honored to be named to Newsweek’s list of America’s Best Ambulatory Surgery Centers for 2021,” said Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, president and CEO, Huntington Hospital. “Our team of skilled physicians, nurses and staff at Huntington Ambulatory Surgery Center deliver safe, excellent care to our surgery patients every day. This designation demonstrates our commitment to not only providing the highest quality care to our patients, but doing so in a safe, state-of-the-art facility where patients can recover quickly and return to the activities they enjoy.”

The Best Ambulatory Surgery Centers 2021 highlights the nation’s top ambulatory surgery centers based on quality of care, performance data and peer recommendations, relative to in-state competition. Centers in the 25 states with the highest number of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs), according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), were included in the study. States included: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.

To see the entire awards list, please visit https://www.newsweek.com/americas-best-ambulatory-surgery-centers-2021.

Huntington Ambulatory Surgery Center is one of the most complete outpatient surgery centers in the San Gabriel Valley. Our physicians and our highly competent staff are dedicated to providing the best possible surgical outcomes. The staff of over 200 experienced surgeons treat a wide range of health issues including: general surgery, orthopedic, plastic & reconstructive, gynecologic, otolaryngologic (ENT), podiatry, opthalmology & pediatric opthalmology, pain management, oral surgery, breast, oncology, pathology, radiology, urology and neurosurgery.

Huntington Ambulatory Surgery Center is designed to accommodate the special needs of the pediatric patient. The Center has a highly qualified nursing staff, and the anesthesia team has extensive training and experience with children.

To learn more, please visit: www. https://www.huntingtonhospital.org/huntington-ambulatory-surgery-center/surgical-services/

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Pamela Weatherspoon, MBA, joins Huntington Hospital as Vice President, Enterprise Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Pamela WeatherspoonHuntington Hospital today announced that Pamela Weatherspoon, MBA, is joining the hospital’s executive management team as Vice President, Enterprise Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, a new role within the organization. She will begin December 21, 2020.

Weatherspoon has been charged with advancing Huntington’s family of services with a diversity, equity and inclusion strategy. She will partner with leaders across the organization to develop and promote a cross functional/departmental strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) that advances patient experience and education, overall quality of care and workforce culture, engagement and representation goals. Additionally, Weatherspoon will strengthen marketplace opportunities, develop the organization’s thought leadership platform and build relationships with both internal and external partners, including community members, to provide effective leadership in the coordination of all diversity-related programs and initiatives. Overall, she will build, equip and sustain a representative workforce that delivers equitable healthcare and promotes a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

“Huntington is committed to standing and working together for a more just, healthy future for all. It gives me great pride to welcome Pamela to our organization as Vice President, Enterprise Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,” says Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, president and CEO, Huntington Hospital. “Her first charge will be to guide the work we already have underway related to our ongoing community benefit, Healthcare Equity Index, and LGBTQIA efforts that will promote a culture of diversity and inclusivity within our organization and address healthcare disparities within our community. Her extensive experience in this area will be fundamental in further creating a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion for our employees and the entire community.”

Weatherspoon joins Huntington Hospital from Jersey City Medical Center – RWJ Barnabas Health where she held the position of Director, Diversity and Inclusion. In this role, she directed all diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, created strategic workforce diversity strategies, training, policies, processes, and community investments/outreach for 2,800 employees. She also created multiple training curricula to meet the needs of the hospital and health care system; consequently training 2,570 employees in 2019.

Prior to her role at Jersey City Medical Center, she served as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Manager at Legacy Health in Portland Oregon, where she directed all of the organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, managed workforce diversity strategies and delivery of culturally-responsive patient care efforts for the entire system of almost 14,000 employees. She also coordinated meaningful investments and partnerships to positively impact the community. Weatherspoon managed Legacy Health’s six employee resources groups to increase employee engagement and drove Legacy’s diversity action plan strategies. She created and advocated for multiple policies to increase workforce diversity and inclusion, decrease health disparities, and assure equitable community investments.

Weatherspoon earned her Master of Business Administration from Concordia University and her Bachelor of Science in Communications from Portland State University.

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Huntington Hospital Named America’s 100 Best for Cardiac Care and Coronary Intervention by Healthgrades

Huntington Hospital is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for cardiac care and coronary intervention according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states.

“Now more than ever, consumers understand the importance of hospital quality and starting to become more diligent when researching where they receive care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “When selecting a hospital, consumers can feel confident in the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for cardiology for their commitment to quality care and exceptional outcomes.”

Huntington Hospital is currently expanding its care capabilities with its new Huntington Heart and Vascular Center, creating state-of-the-art facilities to provide cutting edge, compassionate care to our cardiology patients. The new facility is set to open late 2020.

“I’m so proud our hospital has been named one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best for Cardiac Care and Coronary Intervention, now for the second year in a row,” said Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Huntington Hospital. “These designations are a testament to the world-class care our entire cardiovascular services team offers our patients.”

“While the pandemic continues, our number one priority is caring for our community,” shares Azhil (Alex) Durairaj, MD, medical director, cardiovascular services, Huntington Hospital. “Our cardiovascular team works hard every day to provide excellent and safe care to our patients. Heart disease impacts so many of our friends and family members. I encourage you to make your physical and mental well-being your first-priority during this challenging time – please see your doctor and don’t delay the vital care you need.”

Huntington Hospital was also recognized by Healthgrades for the following clinical achievements:

  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2020-2021)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2020-2021)
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Cardiac Services for 2 Years in a Row (2020-2021)
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Cardiology Services in 2021
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 2 Years in a Row (2020-2021)
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Cardiology Services for 2 Years in a Row (2020-2021)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Valve Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2020-2021)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 3 Years in a Row (2019-2021)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack for 2 Years in a Row (2020-2021)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 4 Years in a Row (2018-2021)

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states.

Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected). The complete Healthgrades 2021 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at https://partners.healthgrades.com/healthgrades-quality-solutions/healthgrades-quality-awards/.

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Business Life Magazine recognizes Kimberly Shriner, MD, infectious disease specialist as a Healthcare Hero

Congratulations to Huntington Hospital’s infectious disease specialist, Kimberly Shriner, MD, for being named a Healthcare Hero in the most recent issue of Business Life Magazine! Dr. Shriner has been recognized for her invaluable contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic. From weekly interviews on KPCC’s AirTalk to community forums, she has offered sound, science-based advice and information during this uncertain time.

In the article, she shares: “I’m honored to be included in the list of exceptional healthcare providers, especially during this challenging time as we battle COVID-19. I’m also incredibly proud of the tireless work of the physicians, nurses and employees I work alongside at Huntington Hospital. In these unimaginable times, I’m grateful to be surrounded by these extraordinary people. Together, we are here for our community and ready to care for anyone who needs our help.”

Thank you, Dr. Shriner for being our voice in the community as we continue to battle COVID-19. To read the complete article, visit: https://www.businesslife.com/articles.php?id=3362

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Huntington Hospital Receives Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

American Heart Association Award recognizes Huntington Hospital’s commitment to quality stroke care

Huntington Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Huntington Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions

“Huntington Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Arbi Ohanian, MD, medical director of Huntington Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Program. “Our dedicated team delivers advanced stroke treatments quickly and safely to our patients – even through these incredibly challenging times.”

Huntington Hospital additionally received the Association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

Huntington Hospital additionally received the Association’s Target: Type 2 Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90 % of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.”

Huntington Hospital has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

“We are pleased to recognize Huntington Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

About Get With The Guidelines®

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 9 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.

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Congratulations to March DAISY Award winner, Rowena Lacanilao, RN

As a designated Magnet hospital, Huntington Hospital is a recognized leader in nursing excellence. Every day,our nurses go above and beyond for our patients, and we are proud to recognize them for their efforts. Huntington Hospital’s March DAISY Award winner Rowena Lacanilao, RN, was nominated by a patient who wrote the following:

“I’m no stranger to hospitals. In addition to working in one, I’ve been in and out of them numerous times over the last year and a half while battling breast cancer. Ironically, my most recent stay was due to another condition completely unrelated to my cancer. But it also brought a wonderful nurse into my orbit. Rowena was my night shift nurse for two nights, and I will never forget her.

My cancer has left me with permanent nerve damage in my lower spinal cord, which interferes with my ability to sense when a bathroom visit is required. To my horror, this, when combined with antibiotics and my oral chemo medications, caused me to have an event my second night with Rowena. I thought, ‘This is it. There goes the shred of my dignity.’ But she was my superwoman!

She came in and calmly and professionally helped me clean up. She reassured me repeatedly that it was no big deal. She took my shame and embarrassment and used her kindness and empathy to spare my last bit of dignity. She transformed my pain, and I was left in tears, not because I was ashamed, but because Rowena found me at my lowest moment and lifted me back up above the waves.”

Congratulations, Rowena, for your well-deserved DAISY Award! For more information about the DAISY Award, please visit www.huntingtonhospital.com/daisyform.

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American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Recognizes Huntington Hospital’s Critical Care Unit with Silver Beacon Award for Excellence

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Aliso Viejo, California, recently conferred a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence in critical care at Huntington Hospital, Pasadena.

The Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments — recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. Units that achieve this three-year, three-level award with a gold, silver or bronze designation meet national criteria consistent with Magnet® Recognition, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award.

“We are honored to receive the silver Beacon Award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, recognizing the excellent care by the staff of our intensive care unit for our most critically ill patients,” says Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Huntington Hospital. “Our critical care nurses, physicians and employees are extremely dedicated caregivers. Every day, they continue to deliver exceptionally safe and compassionate care to patients on their unit with kindness and dignity, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

AACN President Megan Brunson, MSN, RN, CNL, CCRN-CSC, applauds the commitment of the caregivers the critical care unit atHuntington Hospital for working together to meet and exceed the high standards set forth by the Beacon Award for Excellence. These dedicated healthcare professionals join other members of our exceptional community of nurses, who set the standard for optimal patient care.

“Receiving a Beacon Award for Excellence demonstrates a team’s commitment to providing safe, patient-centered and evidence-based care to patients and families. Creating healthy and supportive work environments empowers nurses and other team members to make their optimal contribution,” Brunson explained. “Achieving this award is such an honor and brings such joy to those who have worked so hard to achieve excellence in patient care and positive patient outcomes,” Brunson added.

The silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence earned byHuntington Hospital’s critical care unit signifies an effective approach to policies, procedures and processes that includes engagement of staff and key stakeholders. The unit has evaluation and improvement strategies in place and good performance measures when compared to relevant benchmarks. Huntington Hospital’s critical care unit earned its silver award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria:

  • Leadership Structures and Systems
  • Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement
  • Effective Communication, Knowledge Management and Learning and Development
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
  • Outcome Measurement

The other Beacon Award designations are gold and bronze. Gold-level awardees demonstrate an effective and systematic approach to policies, procedures and processes that includes engagement of staff and key stakeholders; fact-based evaluation strategies for continuous process improvement; and performance measures that meet or exceed relevant benchmarks. Recipients who earn a bronze-level award are beginning the journey to excellence, which includes developing systematic policies, processes and procedures; identifying opportunities for staff participation; and recognizing the need to develop cycles of evaluation and improvement.

AACN honors Huntington Hospital’s critical care unit and other Beacon Award for Excellence recipients with announcements in AACN Bold Voices, the monthly award-winning member magazine distributed to more than 100,000 acute and critical care nurses nationwide. AACN also honors awardees at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, the world’s largest educational conference and trade show for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families.

About the Beacon Award for Excellence

Established in 2003, the Beacon Award for Excellence offers a road map to help guide exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall patient satisfaction. U.S. and Canadian units where patients receive their principal nursing care after hospital admission qualify for this excellence award. Units that receive the Beacon Award for Excellence meet criteria in six categories: leadership structures and systems; appropriate staffing and staff engagement; effective communication, knowledge management, and learning and development; evidence-based practice and processes; and outcome measurement. To learn more, visit www.aacn.org/beacon or call 800-899-2226.

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, California, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN represents the interests of more than half a million acute and critical care nurses and includes more than 200 chapters in the United States. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. To learn more about AACN, visit www.aacn.org, connect with the organization on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aacnface or follow AACN on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aacnme.

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Huntington Hospital Nationally Recognized with an “A” for the Spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Huntington Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade is a letter grade assigned to all general hospitals across the country and updated every six months, assessing how well the hospital prevents medical errors and other harms to patients.

“I’m incredibly proud to share this achievement with our community,” said Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, president and CEO, Huntington Hospital. “Our amazing caregivers and employees have been providing tireless, excellent care to our patients not only during the COVID-19 pandemic, but throughout the year. This designation exemplifies our hard work and commitment to safety for every individual that walks through our doors.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

“As the Nation copes with a challenging pandemic, our gratitude extends to hospital leadership and health care workers everywhere for their tremendous dedication,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We hope this ‘A’ helps to thank the people who work and volunteer for Huntington Hospital. They are role models in putting patients first, and their service has been extraordinary in our country’s time of need.”

Huntington Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ grade today, when Leapfrog updated grades for spring 2020. To see Huntington Hospital’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.


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Huntington Hospital Signs Letter of Intent to Join Cedars-Sinai Health System




Letter of Intent Provides for Continued Local Governance, Ongoing Community Commitment

Huntington Hospital and Cedars-Sinai Health System today announced the signing of a Letter of Intent for Huntington to affiliate with Cedars-Sinai Health System.

Cedars-Sinai Health System was established in 2017 to provide a platform for high-quality healthcare institutions to collaborate and share resources and expertise. It currently comprises Cedars-Sinai (which includes Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, as well as its network of physicians and medical offices throughout Southern California) and Torrance Memorial (which includes Torrance Memorial Medical Center, its network of physicians and medical offices throughout the South Bay).

The Letter of Intent includes commitments for continued investment in Huntington Hospital—in enterprise information technology, ambulatory services and physician development. It resulted from a strategic review by a special committee of the Huntington Hospital Board of Directors, led by Chair Jaynie Studenmund.

“I am delighted to announce this first step toward creating an affiliation between Cedars-Sinai Health System and Huntington Hospital that will further strengthen the communities we serve,” said Studenmund. “After reviewing a variety of alternatives, it became clear to our board that connecting our trusted brand of care to Cedars-Sinai Health System is the right choice to secure our future, enabling us to continue to provide high-quality care to the community for years to come.”

Studenmund continued, “Cedars-Sinai Health System is among the nation’s top hospitals across a variety of metrics and has demonstrated a commitment to build on the strengths of its affiliates to advance clinical quality and outcomes, provide outstanding patient care and engage with the communities it serves. This step will allow for a continued focus on quality patient care, excellence in our nursing and medical staff, and the ongoing fulfillment of our historic mission for the benefit of our physicians, employees and the communities of the San Gabriel Valley.”

“Huntington Hospital’s longstanding commitment to the community, its reputation for quality and its outstanding physicians, nurses and other staff make it a very good fit for Cedars-Sinai Health System,” said Vera Guerin, chair of the Cedars-Sinai Health System Board of Directors.
“Collaborations and sharing of resources throughout the health system will further strengthen Huntington’s ability to serve the community for decades to come.”

Huntington Hospital anticipates that the shared clinical expertise from affiliating with a system that includes one of the nation’s most esteemed academic and research medical centers—Cedars-Sinai Medical Center—will benefit its patients, physicians and allied clinical staff in many ways in the years ahead.

The Letter of Intent sustains Huntington’s 128-year legacy and its connection to the communities it serves. It provides for an ongoing commitment to advancing Huntington’s existing mission and unique culture as a community institution governed by its local community board. In addition, philanthropy and volunteer support will remain locally controlled and utilized for Huntington Hospital and its existing community.

For now, it remains business as usual at Huntington Hospital. There is currently no plan for a change in job positions based on the Letter of Intent.

Dr. Lori Morgan, CEO of Huntington noted, “Cedars-Sinai Health System has demonstrated a commitment to build on the strengths of its affiliates to advance clinical quality and outcomes, provide outstanding patient care and engage with the communities it serves, making it the clear choice for Huntington and our stakeholders. We expect that Huntington would be both a strong contributor to this world-renowned, nonprofit system and enjoy the benefits of joining a larger, regional organization to preserve our legacy of compassionate, community-based care well into the future.”

“The Huntington board, along with Lori Morgan and her colleagues, has a great vision for Huntington’s future, which will further strengthen an already outstanding institution for the benefit of the community,” said Thomas M. Priselac, Cedars-Sinai Health System president and CEO. “Being part of Cedars-Sinai Health System would help them achieve that vision, as well as enable collaborations with other health system members to increase access to high-quality care throughout the region.”

With the Letter of Intent completed, Cedars-Sinai Health System and Huntington Hospital now begin work on a definitive agreement. Completing the affiliation is subject to customary closing conditions, including securing necessary regulatory approvals.

About Cedars-Sinai Health System

Cedars-Sinai Health System was established in 2017 to bring together a collaborative network of high-quality healthcare institutions to share resources and expertise. Expanding patient access to convenient and affordable clinical care is a fundamental goal of the health system. Currently, the Cedars-Sinai Health System comprises Cedars-Sinai (which includes the 890-bed Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the 145-bed Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital), joint ventures with California Rehabilitation Institute and Cedars-Sinai Providence Tarzana Medical Center, as well as its network of physicians and ambulatory services at more than 40 locations throughout Southern California and Torrance Memorial (which includes the 470-bed Torrance Memorial Medical Center, its network of physicians and medical offices throughout the South Bay). The institutions in the health system serve nearly 2 million people each year.

About Huntington Hospital

Huntington Hospital, www.huntingtonhospital.org, is a 619-bed not-for-profit hospital in Pasadena, California. We are named among the top hospitals in California and nationally ranked in two specialties by U.S. News & World Report. Learn more about us on Facebook www.facebook.com/huntingtonmemorialhospital and on Twitter @huntingtonnews.

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Congratulations to December’s DAISY award winner, Jenna Weichman, RN

I would like to say a huge thank you to Jenna. She always goes above and beyond to support her colleagues and take care of her patients. I can always count on her without a doubt. I had a patient who had a mental breakdown in the hallway. Jenna came right away when I asked for help. I was impressed with her patience and positive attitude. She took her time to comfort the patient and even sat on the floor with my patient until the patient calmed down. Another day, I had an agitated patient who kept on getting out of bed. Jenna automatically stayed in the room and kept an eye on the patient for me. Without her support, I would not be able to focus on my work and care for my other patients. I really appreciate Jenna for all her support, encouragement and also bringing kindness to our unit which eases a challenging work environment. My patients expressed their gratitude for her as well. I feel very fortunate to have her here on our team! Thank you for all you do!

Congratulations, Jenna, for your well-deserved DAISY Award!