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.
At a time when mothers want to feel completely connected and in tune with their newborn, the separation and anxiety caused by hospitalization can seem overwhelming. Thermal tote bags for transporting breast milk offer mothers the opportunity to participate in the care of their babies, delivering life-giving nutrients for growth and development, and enabling some babies to return home earlier.