Meet This Year’s Adventist Health Glendale Galaxy Winners!

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Meet some of the shining stars at Adventist Health Glendale! We recently announced our latest Galaxy Winners, who are being recognized for their outstanding work ethics and excellent patient care and customer service.

The winners were nominated by their management and peers for their hard work and exceeding expectations at all levels of their job responsibilities! Here’s what the supervisors said about the winners:

Merlie Conste, Sr. clinical laboratory scientist: “Merlie strives for health care quality. Having her on the team helps the department run at optimal performance.”

Ajitha Philip, supervisor, RN: Ajitha is recognized by several emergency department physicians stating that she “runs the night shift like a breeze” and “deserves recognition for her work performance and energy.

Karine Arakelyan, cancer center clerical associate: “Karine has amazing qualities, she’s a great fit for the department. Day after day she demonstrates compassion and kindness to the patients and guest in her department.”

Wanes Barsemian, MD: “Dr. Barsemian is motivated, welcoming, professional, responsible, team player, outstanding and compassionate are some of the words used to describe him!”



Congratulations to Stella, Adventist Health Simi Valley’s Recent DAISY Award Winner!

Meet Stella Murray, Adventist Health Simi Valley’s most recent DAISY award winner!

Stella is a registered nurse on the Telemetry floor at the hospital and was nominated by multiple hospital patients for demonstrating outstanding patient care.

In her nomination of Stella, one patient wrote, “She makes you feel like you’re the only patient. She gives you full attention at all times. Stella is a remarkable RN and should be recognized as such.”

DAISY Award honorees personify Adventist Health Simi Valley’s compassionate patient experience. These nurses consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care and are recognized as outstanding role models in our nursing community. The DAISY awards are given throughout the year, and honorees are chosen by a committee at Adventist Health Simi Valley.

You can nominate your nurse for a DAISY Award by sharing your story! Patients, visitors, nurses, physicians, employees may nominate a deserving nurse by contacting the hospital DAISY Coordinator and sharing their experience.



Blog Post Title: Welcome Alice Issai as President of Adventist Health Glendale!

Welcome to our the new Adventist Health Glendale president Alice Issai! She joined our Adventist Health family on July 2nd and is reporting to the president of the Adventist health Southern California Region, Andrew Jahn.

“We are excited to have Alice return to Adventist Health Glendale where she started her professional career as a financial analyst nearly four decades ago,” says Jahn. “Since then she has made her mark in the industry as a distinguished healthcare leader in Southern California with extensive experience leading large quaternary and tertiary health organizations.”

She comes to us from Keck Medicine of USC where for the last several years she has served as COO for Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital. During which she was responsible for developing high-performing teams, driving a culture of accountability, expanding access to excellent and affordable care in L.A. and building trust, partnership, and collaboration with physicians.

“The medical staff is eager for Alice’s arrival in July,” adds Harlan Gibbs, MD, Chief of Staff at Adventist Health Glendale. “With her depth of knowledge and breadth of expertise, we are confident that, working together, we will continue to improve the health of the Glendale community we passionately care for.”

Welcome Alice!



Introducing the Winners of Our Employee Giving Club’s Shark Tank!

The Employee Giving Club’s recent Shark Tank, presented by the Foundation, wasn’t quite as ominous as the TV version. Still, Eric Krueger, Jinhee Nguyen and Katy Lancaster (AKA the Sharks), proved a formidable trio to sway.

They questioned and analyzed each proposal, and at the end of the evening awarded $160,000 in funding to departments throughout the hospital, representing Employee Giving Club donations to the Catch the Wave campaign during the past year. The $160,000 was the most yet awarded in the three years of Shark Tank, according to Gayle Craig, the Foundation’s annual giving officer. The program began with $60,000 and increased to $120,000 last year.

In summary, the Sharks approved by department:

  • ED: Spectra-link phones for nurses working on shift to improve communications. Along with Cheetah Medical NICOM sensors to enable ED physicians to screen septic patients and provide the most appropriate, specific care.
  • Behavioral medicine: A replacement of original worn-out furniture from the mid-1960s when the department was opened and a significant safety improvement for patients and staff.
  • Critical care and respiratory: Airway Clearance Vest System to replace an older device which will improve patients’ lung function and promote more efficient use of respiratory muscles.
  • Laboratory: 10 phlebotomy carts
  • Case management: 10 wheelchairs
  • Critical care: Two EZ Stim nerve stimulators, two Nova Biomedical stat strips and docking stations, and 10 Exergen temporal probes.
  • ED and critical care: Two Symbio cardiac rhythm simulators.
  • Inpatient rehabilitation: EZ Way Smart Stand.
  • Speech therapy: Vital Stim Plus therapy unit.
  • Telemetry units: AccuVein Illuminator.
  • Anniversary Garden: Replacing the remaining pergola shade covering.

“A sincere thank you to our employees for their donations to the Employee Giving Club,” Gayle said. “Through your donations, you are actually giving back to the hospital to improve patient care.”



Honoring Cancer Survivors

We recently honored our cancer survivors and their successes at our Annual Cancer Survivor Day luncheon! Messages of strength, courage and hope echoed throughout the celebration as our guest speaker, Patricia Varga, author of the book Create to Heal, who is also a survivor of endometrial carcinoma, shared the powerful meaning of healing through the creation of art, poems, and meditation.

Each year during the celebration, we present the Flame of Hope award to a community supporter and this year we were able to acknowledge two prominent champions for the cause. We’d like to offer warm congratulations to Anita Aghajanian, president-elect of The Guild at Adventist Health Glendale, and Ann Marie Smith, Cancer Services art facilitator, who have both lovingly and selflessly given their time and support to our patients.

Our survivor luncheon ended with a beautiful rose ceremony, during which each survivor was given a rose. A big thank you to everyone who made this day so special, including Trinity Rose, who sang during the event.



A Tour Down Memory Lane for Retired Adventist Health Glendale Nurses

Did you know that back in the day, Adventist Health Glendale had a nursing school? Recently, Lucy Madatyan, physician development manager, had the privilege of taking the class of 1963 on a tour down memory lane.

“It was so wonderful for our retired nurses to visit our hospital,” Lucy says. “As you can imagine, after 55 years, nothing was the same. The buildings were different, technology was different, but one thing remained the same — the people. We have such compassionate nurses and everyone was so welcoming and took time to share information with the group.”

A special thank you to Lucy, who spent her afternoon with these amazing ladies, and all the AHGL associates who participated in the tour and helped make our retired nurses’ tour a memorable one!



Adventist Health System Partners with Stanson Health

Adventist Health System has partnered with Stanson Health, a health technology company supporting medical providers in real time at the point of care. This will enable our clinical decision support (CDS) solutions within the electronic health record (EHR) across the Adventist Health System. This partnership will enable providers to access highly validated, evidence-based recommendations and CDS analysis.

“Stanson’s technology solutions are already live in some of our largest inpatient and ambulatory care settings and we’re now expanding their usage across our entire system,” said Adventist Health System Chief Medical Information Officer Qammer Bokhari, MD. “Medical knowledge and technological capabilities are compounding at a rapid rate. Stanson is on the forefront pairing Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence capabilities with evidence-based guidelines. This will help provide additional support to our care teams by bringing meaningful, real-time clinical decision support to help provide the best care possible.”

The suite of Stanson Health tools that will be deployed across several more areas of inpatient and ambulatory EHRs includes:

Stanson’s Core Content library of proven, well-curated clinical interventions, Stanson’s PAMA-compliant mechanism for imaging decision support, and Stanson’s Iris Analytics, which enables rich CDS insights of Stanson and homegrown content.

“Our providers have responded really well to Stanson’s clinical decision support because it uses patient-specific clinical data from the chart to make recommendations,” said Adventist Health System Chief Medical Information Officer for Ambulatory Solutions Shelly Nash, MD. “It presents to them in their workflow as a helpful, actionable ‘nudge’ and we’ve seen great follow-rates and adherence to these important guidelines. Stanson’s analytics show the individualized clinician response, and leadership has been able to use the data to inform their feedback, which further drives adherence to these health system measures.” Read more in the official press release here.



Adventist Health’s Heritage of Healing

Adventist Health System has been committed to quality health care since our beginning. In 1866, the first Seventh-day Adventist health care facility opened in Battle Creek, Michigan. There, dedicated pioneers promoted the “radical” concepts of proper nutrition, exercise and sanitation. Early on, the facility was devoted to prevention as well as healing.

More than a century later, Adventist Health System circles the globe with more than 160 hospitals and nearly 500 clinics, nursing homes, and dispensaries worldwide. All while the original vision of treating the whole person- mind, body, and spirit- continues to provide the foundation for our progressive approach to health care.

As health care grew more complex, specialized expertise was needed to lead. In 1972, the regional church leadership, that had governed Adventist Health since inception, authorized centralized control and operations of its health care institutions at the multi-state level.

In 1973, regional divisions were formed based on the church’s infrastructure, we were known in the North Pacific Union as Northwest Medical Foundation and in the Pacific Union as Adventist Health Services. In 1980, the two entities joined as Adventist Health System/West. We are now known simply as Adventist Health. Read more about our history here.



Welcome, Dr. Ali Cheaito!

We’re excited that Dr. Ali Cheaito is joining our physicians’ team and will start seeing patients in beautiful Simi Valley on June 20th!

Dr. Cheaito is a general surgeon whose specialties include the treatment of colorectal, liver and related functions, and pancreatic conditions with conventional and minimally invasive as well as advanced minimally invasive procedures. He has the expertise and training to handle a range of cases, including complicated ones.

Along with 10 years of experience as a professor of surgery and practicing surgeon at UCLA and Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Cheaito can speak four languages including Spanish, French, and Arabic.

“We welcome Dr. Cheaito to our Adventist Health Simi Valley family of physicians,” said Jennifer Swenson, president of Adventist Health Simi Valley. “He’s a well-trained and highly skilled surgeon who puts his patients first, and that’s just the type of surgical care our community needs.”

As for Dr. Cheaito, he came to Adventist Health Simi Valley because he knew he could make a real impact on the community.

“My first goal is to establish a relationship so my patients feel confident in putting their care in my hands. Second, I emphasize continuity of care. I don’t just operate and leave; I follow-up with patients as they recover,” said Cheaito. “I also want them to know they can trust me with their lives; I will take care of them and their loved ones as if they are my own family.” Read More at the Simi Valley Acorn.



Join AH Simi Valley as the Philanthropy of the Foundation President

More than fifty years ago, a country doctor and a group of forward-thinking residents had a vision for their small towns of Simi and Santa Susana: They would create a special place of healing in the picturesque valley they called home. Now, you can help support that vision in the beautiful Simi Valley as President, Philanthropy.

We are looking for a very special individual to serve as principal major gifts officer and chief operating officer of the Foundation. The President works closely with the leadership and foundation staff, the Ministry, CEO, and volunteer leadership in generating major philanthropic support. An effective President will build a culture of philanthropy through strong annual giving and major gifts programs. We prefer that candidates have ten years of fundraising experience and five years of leadership experience. Apply today for this exciting opportunity in beautiful Simi Valley.