2023 Summer Advocate

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Summer 2023

Your giving matters.

Our vision

To be the leader in creating community well-being through world-class health care delivered with kindness and dignity. Our mission

To provide excellent health care and compassionate service to each person by bringing together outstanding physicians, caring nurses, professional staff and advanced technologies. Our values Respect Integrity

Stewardship Excellence Collaboration

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On our cover: Mark Nestlehutt (center) has suffered from long COVID since 2020. The first patient in our Long COVID Recovery Clinic, he was treated by Joseph Dellinger, MD (left), and Kimberly Shriner, MD, medical director of infection, prevention and control (right). Grateful for the care he received at Huntington Hospital, he and his wife named their new baby Joseph Shriner Nestlehutt. Read the whole story

Huntington Hospital by the numbers 2022.

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A 131-year legacy of caring for our community. 544 Hospital beds 912 Physicians 1,368 Nurses 3,620 Employees 24,310 Admissions 2,936 Babies born 120,086 Outpatient visits 10,437 Surgeries performed 74,941 Emergency room visits 1,731 Trauma center visits $130+ million
of community benefits provided

Contents. Summer 2023

4 Message from our president and CEO.

5 Welcoming our new chairman of the board. Paul Johnson

6 Around the campus.

8 Innovations in care. Advanced epilepsy care for our community

10 Angela Fu. Maximizing community impact

14 Your giving provides lifesaving care. Robert Murphy

16 Fall Food + Wine Festival. Continuing a lifesaving tradition

18 Jaynie and Woody Studenmund. Strategic leadership, informed giving

22 Huntington Annual Fund. Annual support to essential needs

24 Jeanie Olson. Investing time and treasure

26 President’s Circle. Leading through giving

28 President’s Circle Member Recognition Dinner. Expressing gratitude for meaningful support

31 President’s Circle. Playing a pivotal role in creating community well-being

32 Your giving helps fight long COVID-19. Mark Nestlehutt

34 Legacy Gift Society. Make a difference for tomorrow, today

36 Frank and Risa De Quatro, RN. Investing in the future of health

38 How to be generous at every age.

40 Legacy Gift Society. Honoring the legac y of care

42 Your giving helps fight cancer. Gina Imbrenda

44 Caregiver spotlight. Huntington Cancer Center

46 Allen W. Mathies, Jr., MD. Remembering a legacy of leadership

48 We speak your language.

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Dear friends:

Huntington Hospital has been in a season of change, in many ways, over the past couple of years. Change can be challenging, but it can also create opportunities for growth and advancement.

While affiliating with Cedars-Sinai was a big change, it has already proven to bear fruit in terms of collaboration and integration, and clinical growth and expansion. For example, our new affiliation is allowing us to further build out our world-renowned cancer program. In fact, in the fall of 2022, we welcomed nine new oncologists to Huntington Cancer Center, an affiliate of Cedars-Sinai Cancer — all of whom offer patients innovative treatments and access to Cedars-Sinai Cancer clinical trials. In addition, several key teams at Cedars-Sinai and Huntington — including our billing and IT departments — have come together to provide a more streamlined experience for patients. We have also implemented a new electronic health record system, which is helping patients more easily manage their health online.

Amid changes like these, one constant has been the ongoing support from thoughtful donors like you. Your contributions have continued to be invaluable to our work. In the following pages, you will read about just some of the ways generous philanthropists have partnered with us to care for our community over the past year. We continue to rely on your support to provide world-class care, close to home. Please know that every dollar you give allows us to help community members right here in the San Gabriel Valley.

It is thanks to the generosity of donors like you that we can ensure top-of-the-line care and experiences for our patients. I am grateful for your partnership, and look eagerly ahead to the progress we will continue to make together.

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It is thanks to the generosity of donors like you that we can ensure top-of-the-line care and experiences for our patients.

Welcoming ournew chairman of the board.

We are pleased to introduce long-standing board member Paul Johnson as the new chairman of Huntington Hospital’s board of directors. Paul has served on our board since 2013, and in 2019, he also became a lifetime trustee of the hospital. This year, he begins his four-year term as chairman of the board.

Paul is currently the managing director of Paul Conrad LLC, an early-stage technology investment company and a strategic advisory service for high-potential mid-sized businesses, startups and investment groups. He also serves on the boards of multiple technology startups and private equity backed companies.

From 1999 to 2012, Paul served as president and chief executive officer of Kelley Blue Book, where he led the transformation of the company from a regional printed trade publishing guide to the most recognized consumer automotive internet portal in the country. Before working at Kelley Blue Book, he held marketing and strategic planning positions at leading consumer packaged-goods companies, including Nestlé, Conagra and Chiquita.

Paul and his wife, Katherine, have been longtime supporters of Huntington Hospital, and first became donors in 1998 after a positive experience in our neonatal intensive care unit.

Paul is also the president and director of the Gesner-Johnson Foundation, which has provided significant support toward our work, over the years. Most recently, the foundation made a generous gift toward our Campus Security Enhancement Initiative, which has allowed us to further expand our K-9 security program and upgrade one of our security vehicles. These efforts are helping ensure we can keep our employees, volunteers, patients and visitors safe.

“I’m pleased to welcome Paul Johnson into his new role on our board of directors,” says President and CEO Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA. “Paul’s outstanding leadership skills and knowledge of our hospital makes him a faithful champion for advancing local care. We will continue to ensure the highest level of health care to the community, today and into the future, under Paul’s expert guidance.”

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I look forward to leading this board of professionals and community leaders, many of whom I’ve had the honor of working with for nearly a decade.

Around the campus.

Read on to learn about just a few of the things happening at Huntington Health.

Introducing our newly elected chief of medical staff.

On January 1, 2023, Peter M. Rosenberg, MD, FACP, was elected chief of medical staff for Huntington Hospital. In this role, he leads a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians who serve the San Gabriel Valley.

Dr. Rosenberg’s impressive qualifications and collaborative leadership skills will be of great value to the physicians on our medical staff, and will benefit our patients and community. He specializes in gastroenterology and internal medicine and has been affiliated with Huntington Hospital since 2004. He has over a decade of leadership experience on our medical staff — and previously held the positions of vice president and secretary/treasurer, as well as chair of the department of medicine and gastroenterology section. Dr. Rosenberg is also active in teaching internal medical and surgical residents in our Graduate Medical Education (GME) program.

During his tenure as chief of medical staff, Dr. Rosenberg’s overarching goal is to continue our tradition of clinical excellence and personalized, compassionate care. He also aims to prioritize ongoing education and staff wellness.

Enhancing the patient experience with My CS-Link.

Thanks to our recent affiliation with Cedars-Sinai, we are making improvements to how we work by finding opportunities to collaborate and share expertise that will further strengthen how we deliver care to our region.

To begin, in November 2022, we implemented a new electronic health record system, CS-Link, which provides our caregivers a more complete view of your health record so they can provide the best care.

We also rolled out My CS-Link™ — a secure online tool that lets you take a more active role in managing your health on your computer, smartphone or tablet. My CS-Link connects you to your health information from the privacy of your home or office at any time, day or night. If your doctor uses CS-Link, you can easily communicate with their office on any electronic device.

Visit cedars-sinai.org/HHMyCSLink for more information.

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Supporting seniors.

Huntington Health’s Senior Care Network (SCN) helps older adults, and adults with disabilities and their families, remain healthy and independent and live safely in their homes. Serving more than 15,000 individuals annually, SCN is a model community care program composed of a team of more than 30 skilled nurses, social workers, volunteers and students.

SCN has also operated our Senior Caring Fund since 2018. Made possible with support from a number of generous individual donors — as well as recent gifts from the Pasadena Community Foundation — SCN’s Senior Caring Fund (SCF) helps low-income older adults secure the resources they need to age well and live independently. The fund pays for onetime expenses to ensure vulnerable seniors can meet their needs. Specifically, the program covers the cost of essential items such as food, household items, technology, personal care items and services and more. To further eliminate barriers in accessing these resources, the SCN team also arranges delivery or makes a warm handoff to the client.

Caring for our caregivers.

With support from the Simon and June Li Endowment for Caregiver Wellness, in 2022, we launched a comprehensive Caregiver Wellness Initiative to support our health care heroes. Through this initiative, we offer a variety of resources to make a measurable, positive change in the overall well-being of our physicians, nurses and staff.

To carry out the work of the initiative, we recently hired a new director of wellness.

Funds from the Li Endowment are helping to cover this team member’s salary, as well as other costs associated with our Caregiver Wellness Initiative.

We are grateful to Simon and June Li for their ongoing commitment to our invaluable health care workers.

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Avriel Linane, DO (far left), at an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) work station with Yafa Minazad, DO, and Adena Shahinian, DO (far right).

Aleader in neurological care, Huntington Hospital has long offered a comprehensive array of diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical services for patients who experience a neurological injury or disorder.

Through our collaboration with Cedars-Sinai, we have further advanced the level of neurological care we provide through the opening of a new Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU). Creation of this new unit was made possible thanks to the generous support of donors Josephine and Tony Yeh.


Advanced epilepsy care for our community.

Our EMU is a lifeline for patients living with uncontrolled epilepsy. While some epilepsy patients have symptoms that can be controlled with medication, those with uncontrolled epilepsy have frequent seizures that are drug resistant. Some of these patients, however, may benefit from a certain type of brain surgery. Our new EMU specializes in identifying patients who are candidates for this kind of surgical treatment.

The EMU includes updated patient rooms which are equipped with cameras and bedside electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring used to measure brain wave activity. A patient who comes to the unit has 21 EEG electrodes — each correlating with a different part of the brain — placed on the scalp. Staff neurologists taper off or discontinue the patient’s seizure medications, then continuously monitor the patient over several days to record seizure activity and determine where in the brain the seizures originate.

When testing and monitoring are complete, results are reviewed at a meeting between Huntington and Cedars-Sinai physicians and nurses to determine the best next steps. Those patients that could benefit from advanced treatment to remove the atypical portion of brain can undergo surgery at Cedars-Sinai.

We are deeply grateful to the Yehs for their generous philanthropic contribution toward creation of our new EMU — and for helping improve the lives of epileptic patients in our community.

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Angela Fu

Maximizing community impact.

Angela Y. Fu wears many hats — as a real estate developer and investor; mother; first generation immigrant; philanthropist; and more. In all aspects, Angela is driven by her desire to help those in need. This is exemplified by her long-standing support of community-based organizations, including Huntington Hospital. “I choose to support Huntington because it’s a hospital you can trust,” Angela says. “It also makes a real difference in the lives of its patients.”

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Angela Fu chose to invest in our updated surgery suites because of her personal belief in the importance of high-quality surgical care. She is seen here with daughter-in-law Feon, son Matthew and dog Bo-Bo.

Advancing surgical care.

Over the last two years, we have been engaged in an ambitious project to build out our surgical center to include future-ready infrastructure. Thanks to the support of generous community philanthropists like Angela Fu, we recently completed work on seven brand-new and eight existing surgical suites. All suites have been intentionally designed to provide leading-edge treatment across various specialties and are fully equipped with stateof-the-art technology — including the latestgeneration robotic surgery equipment. These enhancements are already having a meaningful impact on the lives of patients in need of life-changing or life-saving surgical care. In 2022, we were able to perform more than 10,400 surgeries in our enhanced surgery center.

In a future phase of the project, we will also be updating additional surgical facilities, including our post-anesthesia recovery unit, patient preparation area, waiting room and related administrative space.

Most recently, Angela chose to support our work by investing in the creation of our new surgery center. This important construction project involves outfitting our surgery suites with state-of-the-art technology and future-ready infrastructure. Improvements will help enhance health outcomes, serve even more patients and further improve the patient care experience. Deciding to invest in our surgery project stemmed in part from Angela’s personal understanding of the need for high-quality surgical care: Her late mother had several surgeries later in life. “Surgery is often time-sensitive,” Angela says, “and it can be the turning point in your health care journey.” She was also inspired by the tour she received of our new surgical facilities. “Huntington’s robotic surgery equipment is particularly impressive,” Angela says. “Advanced surgical equipment helps to save lives.”

Grateful for quality care.

Angela first began giving to Huntington in 2007, starting with a gift to help expand our Nan and Howard Schow Emergency & Trauma Center. She notes she has been a patient in our Emergency & Trauma Center a couple of times and remarked on the quality of care she received. “Everyone in the emergency department was so efficient and professional,” Angela says. “I will forever appreciate the care I received.”

While pregnant with her oldest son Christopher, Angela also turned to us for help when she developed a dangerously high fever. Physicians soon discovered that the infection she contracted could prove fatal to her unborn child, so Angela underwent an emergency cesarean section. After a successful delivery, Christopher was cared for in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for two weeks. “I was scared and worried as a first-time mom,” Angela says, “but everyone in the NICU was so kind, and the nurses were extremely attentive and comforting.” Today, Christopher is healthy,

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Thanks in part to Angela’s support, our newly-expanded surgical suites will allow us to further elevate our standard of care.

Transformational giving.

all grown up and married. “To this day, I credit Huntington with saving his life,” she says.

Establishing a legacy of giving.

After immigrating from Taiwan to the U.S., Angela earned her MBA from California Lutheran University and quickly rose through the ranks as an escrow agent. She subsequently earned her real estate license and went on to pursue a successful career in real estate development and investment. Today, Angela is mostly retired and participates in a myriad of hobbies, including wine tasting and singing.

Angela supports health care, education, cultural and community programming as a way to give back for her success. “This community built me up,” Angela says, “so I am always looking for new projects and organizations to support.” She serves on the board of directors of Fu Jen Catholic University Hospital in Taiwan. In 2017, she founded Wish of Angel’s Missions, a charitable foundation dedicated to helping individuals lead fulfilling lives. Her foundation enables her to budget for and fund charitable projects — including her recent gift to our surgery construction project. “To serve people is in my blood and in my heart,” says Angela.

In the near future, Angela plans to devote all of her time to Wish of Angel’s Missions. She is also preparing her family and friends to continue her legacy. Christopher and her youngest son Matthew already serve on the board of the foundation. Additionally, she often encourages her friends to give back and introduces them to the organizations she supports, including Huntington. “I want everyone to know that I trust Huntington Hospital,” Angela says. “It’s important for me to do my part and contribute to its work.”

To honor and thank our most generous supporters, Huntington Hospital established our Benefactor Circle program. Donors contributing gifts of $250,000 or more join this program and help provide the highest level of support for ongoing needs and other transformative work here.

Benefactor Circle donors receive a Benefactor Card to facilitate additional patient support services on campus and in our Nan and Howard Schow Emergency & Trauma Center. They also enjoy special recognition on our campus.

For more information about our Benefactor Circle, please contact Cathi Chadwell, executive director of philanthropy and public affairs, at (626) 397-3241.

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Robert Murphy (center right), is immensely grateful for the lifesaving care he received following a serious motorcycle accident. Among his care team were (from left) Danielle Venturo Brooks, RN, Janet Henderson, RN, and JJ Martinez, RN.

Huntington Hospital is home to the largest emergency department in Pasadena and the largest trauma center in the San Gabriel Valley — providing access to lifesaving care 24/7. Many times, emergency and trauma patients must undergo surgery here to treat life-threatening conditions. Generous donor support helps us continue to provide essential emergency, trauma and surgical care for patients like Robert Murphy, when time is of the essence.

Your giving provides lifesaving care.

On a beautiful spring morning, Robert Murphy was riding his motorcycle on the Angeles Crest Highway, which runs through the San Gabriel Mountains. His memories of what came next are spotty. “Suddenly, I was on my back,” Robert recalls. “I heard concerned voices and the sound of a helicopter in the distance.”

Robert had collided with an automobile and was lying precariously on the side of the mountain, seriously injured. Thankfully, Huntington Hospital’s emergency department supervisor Janet Henderson, RN, was on patrol with the Montrose Search and Rescue Team — and was not far from the scene of the accident. “I’m so lucky the team was only three minutes away when they got the call,” Robert says. “Another few minutes, and I might not be here today.”

When the team arrived, they found Robert’s left foot mangled. He had broken bones throughout his left leg, pelvis, hip and forearm. A major artery in his thigh was torn, and he had lost a lot of blood. But he was thankfully still alive.

Robert was quickly airlifted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Air Rescue 5 team to

Huntington Hospital Trauma Center. He was given a rapid transfusion of blood and sent to the operating room. Huntington-affiliated surgeons Todd Borenstein, MD, and Sanjeev Puri, MD, reattached the part of Robert’s foot that could be saved, straightened the bones in his lower leg and fixed a compound fracture in his femur.

Robert woke up several days later. To avoid a long series of additional surgeries, he chose to have his leg amputated below the knee. Upon discharge, Robert spent a month in a skilled nursing facility. He is now happy to be back at home and remains positive about the future. He is waiting for his limb to heal so he can be fitted with a prosthetic leg.

While Robert’s injuries have caused immense pain and shock, he is extremely thankful for the care teams who treated him. In fact, he recently returned to Huntington to say thank you to those that helped save his life. “At least 40 people cared for me at Huntington Hospital,” he says, “and every single one of them played an important role in saving my life. I’m forever grateful to the whole team!”

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Visit huntingtonhealth.org/trauma to learn about our lifesaving trauma care.

Fall Food + Wine Festival

Continuing a lifesaving tradition.

In 2022, we welcomed back our signature fundraising event: the Fall Food + Wine Festival. We were grateful for the opportunity to come together again after a hiatus due to COVID-19 to support Huntington Hospital Trauma Center — and we did not skip a beat, bite or sip.

Since it first began in 1984, the festival has raised more than $5 million in support of trauma services at the hospital. The 2022 event marked another success in that long history.

The 36th annual Fall Food + Wine Festival, held once again on the grounds between Parkway Grill and Arroyo Chop House in Pasadena, featured an evening of delectable tastes and sips. Guests had the opportunity to explore food and drink offerings from more than 80 local restaurants, wineries and breweries. In addition to enjoying the numerous treats available, guests chatted with old friends and made new ones. The dance floor was a popular location, thanks to outstanding musical entertainment provided by the band Soulville.

With proceeds from the 2022 event, we were able to invest in a CereLink System intracranial pressure monitor (ICP), an advanced tool that monitors pressure inside the skull. This highly accurate equipment is helping our trauma center team provide the best possible treatment to patients with traumatic brain injuries.

A portion of the funds raised also supported advanced education for our trauma center medical residents and nurses. This investment helps ensure our staff have the very latest knowledge and care skills, so we can stay at the forefront in trauma care.

A big thank you goes out to all those who contributed to the success of this annual fundraising event — including ticket buyers, patrons, sponsors, vendors and other friends of the hospital. Your partnership is helping save the lives of seriously injured patients in our region. We are truly grateful.

We hope you will join us for the 2023 Fall Food + Wine Festival. Your involvement will help ensure that Huntington Hospital Trauma Center continues to provide high-quality care when local patients need it most. Visit the event website at fallfoodandwine.com to learn more.

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Our 2023 Fall Food + Wine Committee

Janet Mayeda, Co-chair

Nick Salata, Co-chair

Brian Birnie

Garrett Bell

Karen Billman

Jamie Brady-Smith

Carter Donaldson Bailey and Brett Larson

John Ferdenzi

John Haglund

Anne Irvine

Jennifer Jones

Bob Michero

Lia Peterson Miller

Tom Painter

Natalie Parker

Greg Richardson

Cathy Simms

Shelby Sykes

Rob Terrazas

Michele and Greg Thompson

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For several decades, Jaynie and Woody Studenmund have been deeply involved in Huntington Hospital’s work. The couple are generous community philanthropists who have made numerous thoughtful gifts to the hospital over the years. In addition, Jaynie has served on our board of directors for 25 years and recently completed a four-year term as chair of the board. Prior to her term as chair, she served as vice chair for three years, and Jaynie also serves as a lifetime trustee.

Jaynie and Woody Studenmund

Strategic leadership, informed giving.

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“Following Jaynie as chair of the board means I have enormous shoes to fill,” says current board chair Paul Johnson. “Her deep commitment to excellence has been invaluable, as has her open and inclusive leadership style. I’m particularly inspired by her appreciation for and relationship with our physician community.”

Focused and visionary leadership.

According to fellow board member Ron Havner, Jaynie was instrumental throughout her time as chair in helping guide our organization through many transformative events. This includes chairing the executive search that brought us President and CEO Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, who took over leadership of the hospital after Stephen A. Ralph retired. “Soon after our search committee met with Dr. Morgan,” says Jaynie, “we felt she was the right person to build on Huntington’s strong legacy, especially in terms of quality and culture. We were confident she could lead us into the future in our dynamic, ever changing health care market.”

Two years later, as COVID-19 brought an unprecedented public health crisis, Jaynie and her fellow board members worked closely with Dr. Morgan and the executive team to overcome extraordinary challenges and keep our community as healthy and safe as possible. “It was a time that none of us will ever forget, especially the tireless dedication and resiliency of all on Team Huntington,” says Jaynie.

Health care is important to the whole Studenmund family. Here, Jaynie and Woody Studenmund are with their daughter, Connell, at her graduation from medical school.

Even amid the ongoing pandemic, Huntington’s board and leadership team remained steadfastly focused on ensuring our hospital was well-positioned for the future. The board underwent a rigorous strategic review that ultimately led to identifying and meeting with potential partners. Working closely with Dr. Morgan, as well as fellow board members Paul Johnson, David Kirchheimer, Chris Mitchell and Ron Havner, Jaynie led the committee that meticulously evaluated and negotiated with potential partners. From start to finish, the process took about three years and resulted in the landmark, transformative affiliation with Cedars-Sinai.

Centering quality and community.

As Jaynie recalls her thought process underlying these decisive moments as chair, common themes emerge. She worked in collaboration with Huntington’s leadership team to ensure that four important values guided the hospital’s decision-making: cultural fit, quality, serving our community and building for the future. This four-pronged approach ensured Huntington was able to continue to deliver exceptional care throughout the pandemic. It helped to guide our clinical and operational focus. And, it guided our decision to affiliate with Cedars-Sinai. “This four-pointed north star made the choice to affiliate an easy one. Cedars is so focused on developing strong collaborations and quality services,

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while keeping their sights within the local area. It was a natural fit with our values,” notes Jaynie.

Jaynie’s emphasis on quality and community also informs her philanthropy. That is in part why she and Woody recently made a significant gift toward our new Helen and Will Webster Heart & Vascular Center, which houses a comprehensive range of cardiovascular services all under one roof. “Woody and I are honored to support the new Heart & Vascular Center,” Jaynie says. “Not only because of the next level of care it has enabled, but also because it makes us feel a part of such an amazing community. We personally know many of the physicians involved with the center. It’s an incredible team of world-class doctors.”

Proactive philanthropy.

Elaborating on the inspiration behind their gift, the Studenmunds also point to the needs of the community — both now and in the future. “As demographics shift, there will likely be an increased need for top-quality cardiac care in our region,” says Jaynie. “Huntington Hospital was ahead of the game and planned for continued growth in patient volume and need.”

Given their background, it is no surprise that the couple’s philanthropic giving is informed by forward-looking, strategic thinking. Woody recently retired after 52 years as an economist at Occidental College, where he served in leadership, teaching and coaching roles. As for Jaynie, she has held many executive leadership positions throughout her career across financial services, digital and consumer companies. Prior roles include serving as the executive vice-president and managing committee member for First Interstate of California, where she led all of consumer and business banking during the era of banking transformation and consolidation. Next, she pivoted to the Internet where among other roles she was the chief operating officer for Overture Services, a company that experienced hyper growth while pioneering and transforming online advertising. In addition to Huntington, she serves on the boards of Western Asset Management, EXL Service, Forest Lawn, J. Paul Getty Trust, and Flintridge Prep.

In speaking about their philanthropic support and engagement with Huntington Hospital, Jaynie notes that “serving on Huntington’s board and as chair has been one of the highest honors of my life. Being involved with the hospital and its community has given our family much more than we could possibly give back. So, supporting this gem of the San Gabriel Valley has been one of our highest priorities.”

Surgical care

Huntington Health offers a full range of cardiology services, including surgical treatment. Robbin Cohen, MD, MMM, director of cardiac surgery at Huntington Health, leads our cardiac surgery program. As a cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Cohen has been providing expert care to patients at Huntington for over 30 years.

Dr. Cohen now leads an expert team, which includes: Tyler M. Gunn, MD, director of the ECMO Program; Michael Bowdish, MD, vice chair of quality and research; Dominic Emerson, MD, associate surgical director of heart transplant and mechanical circulatory support, surgical co-director of CSICU, associate director of the Thoracic Surgery ACGME Fellowship Program, and director of robotic cardiac surgery; and Armin Kiankhooy, MD, cardiac surgeon.

Dr. Cohen and his team provide cardiac surgical services at our Helen and Will Webster Heart & Vascular Center. From research and diagnosis to treatment and recovery, the center is the leading provider of future-ready cardiac care in the San Gabriel Valley. Visit huntingtonhealth. org/heartsurgery to learn more about our expert cardiac surgical care.

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that is a beat ahead.
Robbin Cohen, MD, MMM

Annual support to meet essential needs.

Huntington Health is here for you now and always. From our humble beginning almost 130 years ago, we have grown and evolved thanks to the generosity of our community. While much has changed since we first opened our doors, one thing has stayed the same: All of our accomplishments have been possible as a result of our enduring partnership with community supporters like you.

Each year, generous community members, grateful patients, volunteers and employees support the superlative care that we provide to our community by donating through our Huntington Annual Fund. Thanks to these gifts, we not only have the flexibility to maintain and enhance ongoing care and services, but we are also better positioned to respond to unforeseen needs as they arise. In 2022, annual fund dollars helped us enhance our surgery center, provide supportive services to seniors, support employee wellness activities, purchase much needed equipment for our Nan and Howard Schow Emergency & Trauma Center, and more. Thank you for helping ensure we are able to provide compassionate care for all patients in our community.

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Ways to give.

There are many ways your giving can make an immediate and lifelong impact on our patients and caregivers. Whether you make an unrestricted gift, which gives us maximum flexibility to use funds where they are needed most or designate your gift to a specific area of our work, you can provide a charitable contribution in a number of ways.

Credit card. By making a gift using a credit card on our safe and secure website at https://giving.huntingtonhospital.com, you allow your gift to be put to use right away.

Check. Make a check payable to Huntington Hospital and mail it to 100 W. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105.

Matching gift. Many employers will match charitable contributions made by their employees to nonprofit organizations. Contact your employer to find out whether you can double, or even triple, your gift to Huntington Hospital!

Stocks and securities. A gift of appreciated stock, mutual funds or securities may qualify you for certain tax benefits. Please notify the office of philanthropy at (626) 397-3241 if you would like to transfer a gift of stock or visit https://giving.huntingtonhospital.com/how-to-give for detailed transmittal and wire instructions.

Grateful Hearts. You may choose to say thank you for excellent care you or a loved one received here during a hospital stay by making a gift in honor of a Huntington team member. When you acknowledge a special physician, nurse, staff member or volunteer, he or she will be notified of your Grateful Heart gift and provided with a special lapel pin. Visit https://giving.huntingtonhospital.com/caregiver to learn more.

Huntington Sustainers. These donors make monthly, recurring gifts to the hospital via credit card. As little as $10 a month — or 30 cents per day — adds up to dependable support and helps protect and enhance our community’s health and well-being with high-quality, lifesaving care. Visit https://giving.huntingtonhospital.com/monthly to join Huntington Sustainers.

For more information about the many other ways you can help support our greatest needs, please contact the office of philanthropy at (626) 397-3241 or email give@huntingtonhospital.com.

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Jeanie Olson Investing time and treasure.

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Above: Jeanie Olson, seen here with her dog, Lily, has a longstanding relationship with Huntington as both a donor and a volunteer. Opposite: One of our pediatric patients cuddles the teddy bear she received, thanks to Jeanie’s involvement.

Volunteers are at the heart and soul of Huntington Health. As an integral part of our team, they help us provide compassionate care to patients in our community every day.

A resident of Altadena for more than four decades, Jeanie Olson is one of the many volunteers who believe in giving back by sharing their time — and financial support — with us. She is a member of the Altadena Guild and has volunteered in our S. Robert and Denise Zeilstra Gift Shop. Most recently, she has also chosen to give back by becoming a donor to our Huntington Annual Fund.

When it comes to deciding what organizations to support, Jeanie notes that she carefully reads through the appeal letters she receives in the mail. She recently made a gift to Huntington Hospital in response to a request for annual fund support. Our Huntington Annual Fund is a meaningful way to contribute toward the greatest needs on our campus. In fact, annual fund dollars help provide essential funding across many areas — including in some of the areas where Jeanie serves as a volunteer. “I can’t give to every nonprofit organization, but the appeal spoke to me,” says Jeanie. “There is no better cause to support than our community hospital.”

Supporting our work in many ways. Jeanie chooses to support Huntington Hospital because she shares in our commitment to safeguard community well-being. Her devotion to this cause is also why she first became involved here as a volunteer. “I feel grateful and blessed to be able to make a difference as a volunteer,” says Jeanie.

Over the years, she has found many ways to give of her time and talents. While working as a teacher in El Monte, Jeanie was introduced to the Altadena Guild. She has taken on many leadership roles within the guild since then and is also actively involved in the group’s annual Home & Garden Tour. This popular fundraising event showcases a residential street in Altadena that is of historic and architectural interest — while raising money in support of Huntington Hospital and Huntington Medical Research Institutes.

Jeanie also volunteers with the Assistance League of Pasadena, through which she participates in a program known as Bear Hugs. Through Bear Hugs, she helps coordinate the purchase and delivery of teddy bears to young patients in our pediatric unit and emergency department.

A lifetime of giving. For Jeanie, her long-standing relationship to the hospital also holds personal meaning. Her late husband was brought here when he was nearing the end of his life. “Huntington was there for me during a very difficult time,” says Jeanie. “It was comforting to be in a place that I loved while tending to my husband in his final hours.”

Since the passing of her husband, Jeanie focuses on spending time with her loved ones, traveling with her friends and gardening. Her commitment to giving back to the hospital — and giving regularly — remains. “Huntington is a pillar of our community and is so deserving of our support,” says Jeanie. I definitely plan to continue to contribute as both a donor and as a volunteer.”

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Leading through giving.

Each year, annual fund donors providing gifts of $2,000 or more are welcomed into our leadership society — the President’s Circle of Huntington Hospital. We are pleased to thank these generous supporters with a variety of special benefits. Perhaps the most valuable benefit of all is the knowledge that you will be joining a select group of people committed to ensuring our uninterrupted, state-of-the-art health care services continue to thrive.

For questions regarding the President’s Circle of Huntington Hospital, please contact Lia Peterson Miller, senior director of donor engagement and communications, at (626) 397-3241.

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President’s Circle Benefits

FRIEND $2,000-4,999

• Annual complimentary hospital self-parking in the North and East parking structures.

• Invitation to the President’s Circle Member Recognition event.

• Complimentary flu shots each fall.

ASSOCIATE $5,000-9,999

All of the above PLUS:

• Annual complimentary valet parking on our campus.

• Annual recognition on the President’s Circle donor wall in our main lobby.

MEDICUS SOCIETY $10,000-24,999

All of the above PLUS:

• Invitations to additional President’s Circle membersonly events with Huntington leadership.

• Invitation to special behind-the-scenes tours of Huntington Hospital, as available.

COLLEAGUE $25,000-49,999

All of the above PLUS:

• Two complimentary tickets to our Fall Food + Wine Festival.

• Personalized stewardship report on the use of your funds each year.

PATRON $50,000-99,999

All of the above PLUS:

• Invitations to small group gatherings with Huntington leadership.

• Access to an estate planning specialist who can help you explore and weigh the benefits of estate planning.

GOLD $100,000 - $249,999

All of the above PLUS:

• Opportunity to meet personally with Huntington leadership to learn about the impact of your support.

• Access to a patient relations representative during your hospital stay, as needed.

• Four complimentary tickets to our Fall Food + Wine Festival.

• Additional recognition opportunities on our campus, as available.

Please note some in-person gatherings have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

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President’s Circle Member Recognition Dinner Expressing gratitude for meaningful support.

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1. Becky and Jim Sarni. 2. Barbara and David Voron, MD. 3. Gabriel Akopian, MD, and Lilit Arevshatyan. 4. Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, and William Bogaard. 5. Jason Chau, and Josephine and Kon Leung, MD. 6. David and Martha Ho.
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7. Alexandra Patsavas Rosenfeld and Seth Rosenfeld. 8. Lisa Kenyon and Karl Swaidan. 9. Parthasarathi and Rajalakshimi Srinivasan. 10. Brenda Berg and Armando Gonzales.
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Our President’s Circle donors enjoy a range of meaningful recognition opportunities. To learn more about joining the President’s Circle, please contact Lia Peterson Miller, senior director of donor engagement, at (626) 397-3241.

On March 22, 2023, Huntington Hospital hosted a special dinner at University Club in Pasadena to recognize the generous contributions of our donors at the President’s Circle level. Annual support from these donors helps sustain essential health care services for our community. This exclusive event allows us to show our appreciation to these supporters for their thoughtful involvement.

More than 200 President’s Circle members were in attendance, all of whom enjoyed a delicious meal as they learned about recent developments at Huntington and mingled with Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, president and chief executive officer; and Jane Haderlein, senior vice president of philanthropy and public relations. Board members Wayne Brandt, William Bogaard, R. Scott Jenkins, Simon Li, Harry Bowles, MD, and Armando Gonzalez were also in attendance.

Dr. Morgan introduced Paul Johnson as the keynote speaker for the event. Paul is the new chairman of the board of Huntington Hospital and brings deep business acumen to his role. He has an extensive history of close involvement with Huntington, which began with the birth of his twin daughters, who received care in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nearly 30 years ago. Through the Gesner-Johnson Foundation, Paul and his wife, Katherine, have been generous supporters of our work for many years. Paul has

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We enjoy being members of the President’s Circle and learning firsthand how our support is making an impact. Knowing we are helping the hospital and making a difference in our community is so important.

Alan and Dottie Snitzer, President’s Circle members since 2003

also contributed nearly a decade of service on our board of directors and became a lifelong trustee in 2019.

Maintaining excellence in a changing environment. Paul began by sharing his perspective on the contemporary health care landscape. He explained ways in which Huntington is adapting to recent industry trends and continuing to uphold a commitment to safe, quality care. Among other trends, he spoke about the steps we have taken to ensure the safety and security of our patients, visitors and staff — amidst a nationwide increase in security incidents. In fact, the Gesner-Johnson Foundation has supported elements of our Campus Security Enhancement Initiative, including the expansion of our security dog program and the purchase of a new security vehicle.

Additionally, Paul reported on ways in which our recent affiliation with Cedars-Sinai is resulting in enhancements to our care delivery model. For example, our new electronic health record, CS-Link, is optimizing clinical decision-making by providing a more complete view of each patient’s health journey. He also spoke about Huntington Cancer Center, an affiliate of Cedars-Sinai Cancer, and our newly expanded cardiothoracic surgery program — two examples of ways in which our new affiliation has allowed us to expand and enhance local care.

Huntington Hospital is deeply grateful for the continued generosity of our President’s Circle donors. With their support, we remain prepared to meet the care needs of the San Gabriel Valley community — both now and in the future.

I was delighted to see so many of our thoughtful President’s Circle members at our recent recognition dinner. Thank you again for joining us — and for helping us sustain the world‑class care that we provide for our community.

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Playing a pivotal role in creating community well-being.

Each year, gifts made through our Huntington Annual Fund help safeguard vital care services. President’s Circle members play an especially pivotal role, helping to raise more than $5 million each year in unrestricted support that touches every area of our campus — and is critical to filling the gap when unexpected expenses arise. Here are just a few of the examples of what you help us provide when you choose to become a President’s Circle member:

Emergency medical equipment. Philanthropic support helps us purchase advanced medical equipment to stabilize, diagnose and treat, and monitor every patient in our emergency department.

Hands-on training. We offer advanced clinical education and training to keep us at the leading edge of care. This includes simulation-based training for our nurses and residents using state-of-the-art medical manikins.

Support for vulnerable babies. Gifts allow us to acquire Giraffe incubators to support the best of care for the smallest of patients.

Community outreach. We offer a variety of health education and outreach services in the community, including a student and parent education program that is aimed at preventing fentanyl overdoses — and saving lives.

Comfort and support. Your giving allows us to go above and beyond by providing a variety of supportive services, including Pet-Assisted Therapy.

Surgery upgrades. Enhancements to our surgical facilities lead to better outcomes for surgery patients.

More compassionate care. Through our CARE program, we give our nursing staff the tools they need to go the extra mile for patients nearing the end of life.

We encourage you to step up to do good by joining our President’s Circle today. For more information about recognition benefits associated with this giving level, please see page 27. To learn more about how you can become a President’s Circle member, please contact Lia Peterson Miller in the office of philanthropy at (626) 397-3241. You may also visit https://giving.huntingtonhospital.com/PresidentCircle-Giving for more information.

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Mark Nestlehutt (right), introduces his son Joseph Shriner Nestlehutt to his namesakes, Joseph Dellinger, MD, and Kimberly Shriner, MD, medical director of infection, prevention and control.

In 2021, Huntington Hospital established a Long COVID Recovery Clinic (LCRC) to help patients in our community who are diagnosed with long COVID-19. Philanthropic support allows us to operate this dedicated clinic — and offer treatment and hope to patients suffering from the devastating disease.

Your giving helps fight long COVID-19.

After spending three weeks at Huntington Hospital battling a severe case of COVID-19 in June 2020, Mark Nestlehutt returned home — but he was still in bad shape. “I had headaches almost every day, and I was so fatigued,” Mark says. “I assumed it was just the virus working its way out of my system.” As time went on, however, it became clear his symptoms were not going away.

“I’d never had high blood pressure,” Mark says, “but it skyrocketed and stayed there. I couldn’t process information the way I used to or communicate clearly. I had to stop working.” Most COVID-19 patients recover within a few weeks. But others like Mark develop what is known as long COVID, meaning symptoms may remain for months or even years.

Mark’s challenges helped inspire Kimberly Shriner, MD, FACP, medical director of infection, prevention and control, to establish our Long COVID Recovery Clinic (LCRC). “Dr. Shriner led the amazing care team that kept me alive when I was hospitalized with COVID-19,” Mark says, “and she kept in touch after I was discharged. Back then, it was early in the pandemic and not much was known yet about long COVID, but she wanted to help.”

When Dr. Shriner eventually opened the LCRC, Mark was the first patient. Thanks to the comprehensive care he received, some of his symptoms have now improved — but his recovery continues

to this day. For Dr. Shriner’s ongoing commitment to caring for Mark, he and his wife, Stacey Mauldin Nestlehutt, are deeply grateful. “I feel like she saved my life twice,” Mark says, “once in the hospital and again afterward — guiding me through my journey with long COVID.”

Today, Mark and Stacey are doing their best to return to normalcy. They recently welcomed their third child into the world. To express their appreciation, they decided to honor Dr. Shriner and LCRC physician, Joseph Dellinger, MD, by naming their son Joseph Shriner Nestlehutt. “It’s one small way that we can show our gratitude for two very special doctors,” says Mark.

While COVID-19 has affected so many and caused so much sadness, “it has been a joy to celebrate baby Joseph and a new life coming into the world,” says Dr. Dellinger.

Dr. Dellinger and Dr. Shriner note that it has been an honor to bear witness to Mark’s grit, determination and courage — and that of other LCRC patients. “It reinforces our dedication to fighting COVID-19 and broadening our understanding of the disease and its possible treatments,” says Dr. Shriner. “Dr. Dellinger and I will always treasure our lasting connection to Mark and his family through the naming of Joseph Shriner Nestlehutt.”

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Visit huntingtonhealth.org/LCRC for more information about our Long COVID Recovery Clinic.

Make a difference for tomorrow, today.

Huntington Hospital’s Legacy Gift Society (LGS) recognizes donors who want to provide for the future. Thoughtful and foresighted bequests and other planned gifts from LGS members help to sustain excellent health care.

Planned giving.

Legacy Gift Society members use different strategies, but the outcome is the same: impacting the future through philanthropy. Many establish a charitable bequest by including the hospital in their will or living trust. Some LGS members have named us as a beneficiary for a percentage of their retirement plans, including IRAs, 401ks, and 403bs. Others take advantage of important income and tax benefits by establishing a Charitable Gift Annuity or Charitable Reminder Trust. These types of gifts allow the donor to receive income for life and leave a gift to the hospital at the end. We invite you to join other Legacy Gift Society members in providing for the future of care at Huntington Hospital. As a member, you receive the following benefits:

• Invitation to the annual Legacy Gift Society appreciation luncheon.

• Invitations to select events including our annual flu shot clinic.

• Special publications and communications from the hospital.

• Gift planning information from Huntington Hospital’s office of philanthropy.

We hope that you will consider becoming a member of this distinguished group of committed donors. Please visit https://huntingtonhealth.org/ giftplanning to learn more. Many thanks for your support.

If you have already included us in your plans and have not informed us, please contact Helen Bechtolt, senior director of principal gifts, at helen.bechtolt@huntingtonhospital.com or (626) 397-8681.

Please note some in-person gatherings have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

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Ways to give.

Many donors give to Huntington Hospital using tax-saving strategies. Here are just a few of the ways:

IRA Distribution

When you make Huntington Hospital the direct recipient of a distribution from your IRA, you may be able to avoid paying income tax on the amount gifted. You also are helping to keep us strong.

Appreciated Stocks

By gifting appreciated stock, you can avoid taxes on any gains in the stock’s value, and take an income tax deduction on the fair market value — all while making a thoughtful gift to our work.

Donor Advised Fund (DAF)

Establishing a DAF through a community foundation or a financial institution gives you a significant tax benefit when you make a large gift. You can designate Huntington Hospital as a recipient of the funding from your DAF each year.

If you would like to learn more about how you can save taxes and support our critical mission, please contact Helen Bechtolt, senior director of principal gifts, at helen. bechtolt@huntingtonhospital.com or (626) 397-8681.

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Frank and Risa De Quatro, RN Investing in the future of health.

For Frank and Risa De Quatro, RN, giving back is about preserving quality care for the next generation. The couple recently made the decision to include Huntington Hospital in their living trust, qualifying them for membership in our Legacy Gift Society (LGS). LGS is a group of philanthropic donors whose estate-related gifts support the hospital. “We wanted to designate a portion of our estate to the hospital in order to invest in the future of health for our community,” says Risa.

Risa started her career as a nurse at Huntington. That is in part why she and Frank have chosen to designate their bequest towards nursing education here. Through our nursing education program, we provide scholarships to nurses to cover continuing-education expenses, help our nurses prepare for advanced specialty-care certification, offer simulation training activities and more. The De Quatros’ gift will help ensure nurses continue to have access to advanced education and training opportunities, so they can provide the very best of care to all patients in our region.

“I received so much from Huntington,” says Risa. “Knowing that Frank and I can take what we worked so hard for and turn around and do something for the future of the hospital is very rewarding.”

Leaving a legacy for nurses.

Risa’s initial introduction to Huntington Hospital came 39 years ago when she started exploring options about where to work. “When I heard about Huntington, I decided to take a tour of the hospital,” Risa says. “I knew right away that I wanted to work there.”

She started off in our medical-surgical units, before moving on to several other areas of the hospital. Ultimately, Risa became a member of the nursing team in our perioperative health center. At the center, patients undergo screenings, blood tests, electrocardiograms and more, prior to surgery.

Risa notes she is particularly appreciative of the special training she got as a nurse here over the years. “It was invaluable — and it’s not something that’s offered at every hospital,” she says. It is part of what makes Huntington special, she notes. “To be able to help guarantee that these educational opportunities will exist for future nurses feels incredible.”

Giving and receiving.

Although Risa loved her time as a nurse here, in 2021 she decided it was time to retire. It soon became clear, though, that she could not quite stay away — and in 2022 she returned to our perioperative health center as a volunteer. “I decided to volunteer because I wanted to give back,” she says. “I think it’s important to show that you appreciate the institutions that helped you succeed.”

Risa believes strongly in the quality of care of her former employer. It is why she and her family chose Huntington for their own care, again and again. When Frank had a heart attack, the De Quatros turned to us. When he needed treatment for kidney cancer, again, Huntington was the obvious choice.

“Despite living in Covina, we came all the way to Huntington because we wanted him to get the best possible care,” explains Risa. The couple’s late son, Anthony, also received care here after he was diagnosed with cancer. “The nurses who cared for Anthony made us feel like they were part of our family,” she adds.

This sense of belonging is part of why the De Quatros chose to support our work. “Huntington Hospital is more than just a health care provider,” Risa adds. “Even though it’s a large institution, it really has a community feel, which isn’t the case for all hospitals. We wanted to recognize that with a gift that will make a difference for future generations of patients who turn to Huntington for care.”

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To find out more about how you can make a planned gift to Huntington Hospital, please contact Helen Bechtolt, senior director of principal gifts, at helen.bechtolt@huntingtonhospital.com or (626) 397-8681. We also encourage you to visit https://huntingtonhealth.org/giftplanning to learn more.

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How to be generous at every age.

As you get older, follow these tips to maximize your gifts to your beloved causes.


Update your will to reflect life changes and meet with a financial advisor to review your investments and savings.

Best ways to be generous.

• A gift in your will or trust. Make a gift by adding one sentence to this document.

• Retirement plan assets. Name Huntington Hospital as a beneficiary of your retirement plan assets by contacting your plan administrator or completing the changeof-beneficiary form online.

• Donor advised funds. First make a charitable contribution to a community foundation or sponsoring organization, then recommend the distribution of funds to qualified charities like Huntington Hospital. The foundation provides regular accounting to you.

• Appreciated securities. Donate stocks you’ve owned for longer than one year and receive an income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also eliminate capital gains taxes.


Consult your financial advisor to ensure you are on track with retirement savings. If you’ve already retired, revisit your expenses and health care needs.

Best ways to be generous.

• Gifts that pay. Consider establishing a charitable remainder trust and use appreciated assets to maximize your tax benefits. You receive income for life from the trust, with the rest supporting Huntington Hospital after your lifetime. If you have a high net worth and want to minimize taxes, a charitable lead trust allows you to support us now and provide for loved ones later.

• Beneficiary designations. Review the beneficiaries of your life insurance policies and retirement plan assets.

• Bank or brokerage accounts. California allows you to designate one or more individuals or charities as a beneficiary of a checking or savings account; certificates of deposit; or brokerage or investment accounts. (Please consult with your bank representative or investment advisor if you are considering these gifts.)

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70s and 80s

Discuss your giving goals with your family. Consult your financial advisor to align your financial and philanthropic plans.

Best ways to be generous.

• Gift from your IRA.

If you are 70½ or older, you can give up to the maximum amount allowed by law from your IRA directly to Huntington Hospital without paying income taxes on the gift.

• Legacy letter.

This optional companion piece to your estate plan is a chance to share your dreams and your story with your loved ones.

Please contact Helen Bechtolt at helen.bechtolt@huntingtonhospital.com or (626) 397-3241 to discuss what is right for your stage.

© The Stelter Company. This information is not intended as legal or tax advice. Please consult an attorney or tax advisor.

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1. Susan and Ed Johnson, and Robert and Vicki Bond. 2. Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, president and CEO. 3. Cindy Jenkins. 4. Jane Hafeman; Mark Hafeman; Robert Siew, MD; Jane Haderlein; Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA; Donald Gaspard, MD; and Roger Servick. 5. Elliot Sainer. 6. John and Bonnie DeWitt.

Honoring the legacy of care.

On February 14, 2023, Huntington Hospital held a luncheon to celebrate and honor Legacy Gift Society members — a special group of donors who have expressed an intent to support our work via estaterelated gifts such as bequests or trusts. During the event, held at The Valley Hunt Club in Pasadena, hospital leaders thanked this important group of donors for their charitable giving, which will ensure our region continues to have access to the highestquality health care.

Helen Bechtolt, senior director of principal gifts, welcomed Legacy Gift Society members and expressed her appreciation and gratitude for their valued support. Jane Haderlein, senior vice president of philanthropy and public relations, then introduced President and Chief Executive Officer Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, who provided the lunch event’s keynote address.

Navigating the new normal of health care.

During her remarks, Dr. Morgan described some current trends in the field of health care. She shared that health care is shifting everywhere — and an increasing number of independent hospitals are joining health systems.

By affiliating with Cedars-Sinai, Huntington is well positioned to remain the preferred choice for trusted health care in our region for generations to come. Dr. Morgan explained that we are already seeing the benefits of our new affiliation in terms of technology, collaboration and integration, and clinical growth and expansion. By way of example, she shared that our affiliation with Cedars-Sinai is enabling us to further build out our award-winning Huntington Cancer Center, an affiliate of Cedars-Sinai Cancer. Last fall, Huntington Cancer Center welcomed nine new board-certified oncologists, many of whom have deep roots in the community, as well as expanded services with an on-site infusion center.

Following Dr. Morgan’s remarks, guests had the opportunity to ask questions and to engage in further discussion. In closing, Dr. Morgan once again thanked Legacy Gift Society members for their long-term support.

Huntington Hospital provides meaningful opportunities for donor education and engagement. To find out more about upcoming events, or how you can join our Legacy Gift Society, please contact Helen Bechtolt, senior director of principal gifts at (626) 397-8681 or at helen.bechtolt@ huntingtonhospital.com. We also encourage you to visit https://huntingtonhealth.org/ giftplanning to learn more.

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Huntington Cancer Center, an affiliate of Cedars-Sinai Cancer, is known for its expert oncologists and surgeons, innovative treatments and compassionate support for patients fighting cancer. Thanks to the generosity of our community, we are able to deliver the highest level of personalized cancer care, close to home.

Your giving helps fight cancer.

When Gina Imbrenda discovered a lump on her breast during a self-examination, she contacted her doctor immediately. She underwent an MRI at the Jim and Eleanor Randall Breast Center, which confirmed what she feared: It was breast cancer. For Gina, at the time an employee here, the choice of where she would go for treatment was easy: Huntington Cancer Center.

Gina made an appointment with surgeon Jeannie Shen, MD, medical director of the breast program at Huntington Cancer Center, an affiliate of Cedars-Sinai Cancer, and medical director of Huntington Hospital International Health. From the time she first sat down with Dr. Shen, Gina knew she was in good hands. “Dr. Shen made me feel like I was fully informed,” she says.

Thankfully, her stage 3 cancer had not spread, so Gina was able to have targeted surgery. Dr. Shen performed a lumpectomy and bilateral reduction to remove her tumor. Gina was also able to have reconstructive surgery in the same outpatient visit. This streamlined process was made possible by Huntington’s world-class surgical specialists. Gina also noted the expert skill of her radiation oncologist,

Ruth Williamson, MD, clinical director of radiation oncology. “It was amazing,” Gina recalled. “Everyone I encountered was emotionally supportive and professional.”

Gina took advantage of the unique, holistic support services available at our cancer center. There, she went to community yoga sessions and got massages to help with the stress of recovery. Gina appreciated that, as she says, “they truly cared for both my emotional and my physical well-being.”

Thanks to the dedication of her care team, Gina is now celebrating seven years of being cancer-free! Since finishing treatment, she decided to follow her passion by pursuing a career in animal rescue — inspired by her love for her pit bull, Louie.

Gina keeps up with her annual checkups and screenings to monitor her health and make sure the cancer has not returned. In reflecting on her journey, she emphasizes the importance of preventive care and education. “Do your research,” Gina says. “Get screened, and know your family history and risk factors for breast cancer. It could save your life like Huntington saved mine.”

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Visit huntingtonhealth.org/cancer to learn about our comprehensive, world-class cancer care.

Caregiver Spotlight. Huntington Cancer Center

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Pictured front row (from left): Yuan Yuan, MD, Tina Wang, MD, Tiffany Shaw, MD, Ramona Kyaw, MD, and second row (from left): Jeannie Shen, MD, James Andersen, MD, Amy Polverini, MD, Alicia Terando, MD. Not photographed: Ruth Williamson, MD.

Huntington Hospital has a long-standing tradition of caring for our patients with dignity and compassion when they are most vulnerable. At Huntington Cancer Center, an affiliate of Cedars-Sinai Cancer, this compassion in action is on display every day among our team of renowned cancer specialists — each of whom provide a whole-person, patient-centered approach to care. Philanthropic gifts from our community help support this team of dedicated professionals, and the remarkable work they do, in the fight against cancer.

Thanks to our recent affiliation with Cedars-Sinai Cancer, we recently welcomed nine cancer specialists to our cancer program to care for patients right here, in Pasadena. These cancer surgeons and oncologists bring their expertise to Huntington Cancer Center, and provide patients with innovative treatment options and access to Cedars-Sinai clinical trials. In addition to these clinicians, we are also proud to continue offering a comprehensive support program, including specialized nurse navigators who work with patients every step of the way. And, our expanding cancer program will include a new location for our infusion center and, as always, offer extensive support services, including an integrative oncology program.

Our cancer team is led by medical director Howard Kaufman, MD, a cancer specialist who has practiced at Huntington for 17 years. Dr. Kaufman is board-certified in general surgery, trained in gastrointestinal surgery and a leader in the field of colorectal surgery. He was the first surgeon on the West Coast to perform a single port laparoscopic colon resection. Dr. Kaufman earned his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his residency in surgery at the same institution.

“We are grateful that so many of the San Gabriel Valley’s best cancer specialists have chosen to join Huntington Cancer Center,” Dr. Kaufman says. “Their expertise is already greatly benefiting our patients and community. They join a team that is committed to making a difference in the lives of our patients. We are united in our desire to save lives.”

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Visit huntingtonhealth. org/cancer to learn more about our trusted cancer program — now powered by a worldclass health care system.
Howard Kaufman, MD

Allen W. Mathies, Jr., MD

On February 5, 2023, Allen W. Mathies, Jr., MD, passed away at the age of 92. Dr. Mathies, who was president emeritus and our longest serving board member, dedicated four decades of exceptional leadership and service to Huntington Hospital.

If you would like to make a gift to Huntington Hospital to honor the memory of a loved one, please visit https://giving. huntingtonhospital.com

Dr. Mathies first joined our board in 1978, before being named as president and CEO of Huntington Hospital from 1985 to 1995. Among other accomplishments, he played a key role in developing and championing our original Master Plan for Facilities — a critical initiative that outlined the vision for our East and West Towers; expansion of our emergency department; further enhancement of our care services; and more. He also helped to further elevate patient care and the patient experience here.

Dr. Mathies and his wife, Weta, are also generous donors who have supported us consistently for many years. They are longtime members of the President’s Circle of Huntington Hospital.

Born on September 23, 1930, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Dr. Mathies received his medical degree in 1961 from the University of Vermont. He began his professional life by accepting an internship with the Los Angeles County (LAC) + University of Southern California (USC) Medical Center — and later held the positions of associate dean and then dean of the USC School of Medicine for 10 years. He continued to serve on numerous boards in retirement — including our own. In addition to his beloved wife, Dr. Mathies is survived by his two sons John and Bill, two granddaughters, and a great-granddaughter.

Huntington Hospital would not be the institution it is today without Dr. Mathies’ leadership, and we are deeply grateful for his many years of impactful involvement. He will be truly missed!

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Remembering a legacy of leadership.

Award-winning world-class care.

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We speak your language.

We are committed to providing you with compassionate care regardless of the language you speak.

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Huntington Health complies with applicable federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex.

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Board of Directors

Wafaa Alrashid, MD, President Elect, Medical Staff, Ex Officio

Sharon Arthofer

Erin Baker

William J. Bogaard

Harry Bowles, MD, Past Past President, Medical Staff

Wayne Brandt, Treasurer

Michelle Quinones Chino, Secretary

Jim Gamb, Ex Officio

Akila Gibbs

Ronald L. Havner, Jr.

R. Scott Jenkins

Paul Johnson, Chair

David Kirchheimer

Brandon Lew, DO, Past President, Medical Staff

Simon Li

M. Christian Mitchell

Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA

Mei-Lee Ney

Elizabeth Graham Olson

Thomas Priselac, Ex Officio, Voting

Peter Rosenberg, MD, President, Medical Staff

Rosemary B. Simmons, Director Emeritus

Jaynie Studenmund

Deborah Williams

David Wrigley, Ex Officio, Voting

Renée Ying

President and CEO

Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA

Philanthropy Committee

Sharon Arthofer

William J. Bogaard, Vice Chair

Wayne Brandt

Ronald L. Havner, Jr.

R. Scott Jenkins, Chair

Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA

Kathleen Good Podley

Rosemary B. Simmons

Renée Ying

Senior Vice President of Philanthropy and Public Relations

Jane Haderlein

Office of Philanthropy and Communications

Mark Anello, Senior Director of Development Services and Strategic Planning

Helen Bechtolt, Senior Director of Principal Gifts

Jamie Brady-Smith, Manager of Donor Relations and Special Events

Cathi Chadwell, Executive Director of Philanthropy and Public Affairs

Stephanie Cianci, Marketing Content and Branding Manager

Marie Cleaves, Director of Major Gifts

Lia Peterson Miller, Senior Director of Donor Engagement and Communications

Eileen Neuwirth, Executive Director of Communications and Brand Strategy

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Allen W. Mathies, Jr., MD

page 48

Huntington Cancer Center

pages 46-47

Your giving helps fight cancer.

pages 44-45

Honoring the legacy of care.

pages 42-43

How to be generous at every age.

pages 40-42

Frank and Risa De Quatro, RN

pages 38-39

Legacy Gift Society

pages 36-37

Your giving helps fight long COVID-19.

pages 1, 34-35

Playing a pivotal role in creating community well-being.

page 33

Expressing gratitude for meaningful support.

pages 30-32

Leading through giving.

pages 28-29

Investing time and treasure.

pages 26-27

Annual support to meet essential needs.

pages 24-25

Jaynie and Woody Studenmund

pages 20-23

Fall Food + Wine Festival

pages 18-19

Your giving provides lifesaving care.

pages 16-17

Maximizing Community Impact

pages 12-15

Advanced epilepsy care for our community.

pages 10-11

Around the campus.

pages 8-9

Welcoming our new chairman of the board.

page 7

A note from Dr. Morgan

page 6
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