Mitchell and Lisa Fuerst, simply put, make the world a better place. Individually successful, together they become a powerhouse and a force for good. Both smart, ambitious and dynamic leaders, Mitchell and Lisa have earned the titles of president and vice president, respectively. Both determined, they exhibit strengths derived from very different backgrounds.
Robert H. Curry is the president and chief executive officer of Emanate Health. Twelve years ago, Rob accepted the opportunity to lead Emanate Health (then known as Citrus Valley Health Partners) and relocated with his wife, Lori, from northern California to the San Gabriel Valley. Rob and his team turned a community-based health care system facing difficulty into a high-performing continuum of care, one of the fastest growing in the state. In the midst of building his team and making smart business decisions, Rob fell in love with the mission.
One thing Fred Sparling knows for sure: There’s no better feeling than giving from his heart to bring hope and health to others. Fred’s generosity to Emanate Health spans decades and impacts both patients and programs, especially those related to heart health.
Thirty-five years. At one hospital. No wonder it feels like home.
Covina native Thomas Chong, MD, learned an early lesson about health care: the importance of being present. According to Chinese tradition, family never leaves the bedside of ailing parents or grandparents; they take turns being there. Whenever his grandparents were hospitalized, Thomas was an important part of the family bedside rotation and frequently served as translator between physician and patient. His curiosity about medicine was piqued.
Seriously ill newborns have complex care needs. At Queen of the Valley Hospital’s 40-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a specially trained team works non-stop to provide the best care possible for these fragile and tiny patients. Volunteer Martha Soria, along with the S. Mark Taper Foundation and Golden State Foods, demonstrate their support for this vulnerable population through their time, gifts and grants.
Los Angeles County, home to ten million residents, includes cities with some of the richest and poorest communities in the nation. Many times situated side by side, these communities experience striking differences in wealth, opportunity and health. A critical element to prevent these inequities is improved access to the resources people need to be healthy. Fortunately, Emanate Health has a longstanding commitment of reaching out to the community, bridging the gap in access.
Lifting the human spirit. Striving to help others. This is a way of life for José G. Gutierrez, businessman and Emanate Health Foundation Board member. Born in Mexico, brought by his father to the U.S. at age 15 along with the rest of his family, José learned early the value of hard work and charity toward others. He has spent a lifetime building his business, providing for his family and caring for the community, while never forgetting his roots.
Gratitude for life-saving care prompts generosity.
The Estates of Howard Hatfield and Kathleen Harland.