Hospital updates

Do Pneumonia Vaccines Protect from Coronavirus?

Many are asking whether the pneumonia vaccines, administered to millions of patients each year, might protect an individual if they contract the coronavirus. Learn more about what this could mean for you and your loved ones.

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Meet Sylvia Kotikian, MD, COVID-19 Superhero

Meet Sylvia Kotikian, MD, one of our amazing COVID-19 superheroes! Dr. Kotikian has spent countless hours in the emergency room, taking care of COVID-19 and other patients. When she’s not working a shift in the ER, she’s busy raising two girls, ages 9 and 11, to be superheroes too! Thank you, Dr. Kotikian, for your passion and energy in caring for our patients!

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IT – Hospital Heroes

The Information Technology (IT) team has been facilitating lots of the workflow changes that have been happening to clinical and business areas during the COVID-19 crisis. Here are just some of the things IT has done in recent weeks:

  • Built 7 iPad carts for telehealth
  • Set up 33 iPads for tele visits between physician and patient
  • Provisioned the CCU area with 10 computers, 5 phones, 5 Ascom wireless phones and 5 workstations on wheels (WOW)
  • Provisioned Medical 2 with WiFi, 10 computers, 5 phones, 5 Ascoms and 5 WOWs
  • Provisioned 70 laptops and desktops with Cisco phone software for remote users
  • Moved dozens of people to different areas for social distancing

Thank you for all you do to support our care!

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7 Tips to Protect Your Stimulus Payment

Have you received a stimulus payment from the IRS for coronavirus aid? Millions of Americans have, and they are a great temptation for thieves and scammers. Click here to learn more about how to protect your stimulus payment and report fraud.

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Celebrating EMS Week

As a community, we honor our courageous emergency medical services this National EMS Week. It takes a special person to be an emergency medical services (EMS) professional—someone who is mentally sharp, physically and emotionally strong and ready to act at a moment’s notice. During National EMS Week, May 17-23, we salute these men and women, our partners in saving lives and providing peace of mind to a grateful community. Thank you for your service!

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Thank You Carousel Restaurant

A big thank you to our friends Mike and Rosalie at Carousel Restaurant for donating lunch to our front line heroes!

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Emergencies Happen, Even During a Pandemic

It’s vital for you to get emergency care when you are experiencing symptoms of stroke, heart attack, GI pain and other emergent health issues. Below, Dr. Sylvia Kotikian, our emergency room director, shares what you can expect when you visit our ER, especially during this unprecedented time. We want to keep our community healthy and safe!

Emergencies happen, even during a pandemic

It's vital for you to get emergency care when you are experiencing symptoms of stroke, heart attack, GI pain and other emergent health issues. Dr. Sylvia Kotikian, our Emergency Room Director, shares what you can expect when you visit our ER, especially during this unprecedented time. We want to keep our community healthy and safe!

Posted by Adventist Health on Friday, May 1, 2020

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Recognized – Again! – For Our Culture of Safety

Adventist Health Glendale has received its 11th consecutive A grade from patient safety organization The Leapfrog Group, the only hospital in Glendale or Burbank to receive the top grade for Spring 2020. Of the 2,600 hospitals nationally that are graded twice annually, only 86 hospitals nationwide, and 11 in California, have received straight A’s since spring 2015.

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Impact AHGL Foundation Today and Tomorrow

Interested in planned giving/estate planning with the AHGL Foundation? Get started here: https://ah.giftlegacy.com/.

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Thank You Alique Krikorian

This is Alique Rita Krikorian. She has just turned 10 years old. For the last 8 months, with the help of family and friends, she has been recycling to save money to go to Disneyland with a few friends to celebrate her birthday. However, recently she made the biggest, yet most amazing decision, of taking her collected money to buy food to help the local first responders in her Glendale community. Her goal was also to help a local business. So, with the help of her parents, they contacted Adventist Health Glendale (where she was born), and asked if they could donate food. Alique also wanted the food to be prepared from her favorite burger place “Mix & Match Burgers” in Glendale. Working with the right team at Adventist, her 10th birthday celebration was a memorable one!

Alique says, “Thank you doctors and nurses for all your help keeping us safe, God bless you all. Hope you enjoy the burger.”

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2020 CARES Act and Charitable Giving

Steven Kamajian, DO

Here are a few things you should know…

  • One of the rules that can directly affect your charitable giving is that you can now donate up to $300 ($600 for joint filers) to the Foundation or any bona fide 501(c)3 organization and deduct it above-the-line on your tax return in 2020 directly lowering your taxable income. This new rule is available for taxpayers who do not itemize deductions in 2020. *Please note this rule change is only in effect for 2020 and donations to a Donor Advised Fund do not count for this deduction
  • For those that are itemizing, charitable deduction limits have increased from 60% of adjusted gross income to 100% of adjusted gross income for 2020 only. Charitable deduction limits for corporations have also increased to 25% of their taxable income, up from 10% for 2020 only.  *Please note donations made to Donor Advised Funds again do not count for this incentive. Be advised if you plan to donate property, securities, and other non-cash assets that they may not qualify
  • Lastly, required minimum distributions have been waived for 2020 in most cases. However, individuals who want to donate from their IRA can still make qualified charitable distributions to 501(c)3 organizations, even though there is no incentive to do so.

The silver lining to these trying times is that we can still make a positive impact.

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Resilience and Hope at GAADS

By Alejandro Zavala, GAADS Interim Program Manager

Glendale Adventist Alcohol and Drug Services is AHGL’s center for addiction recovery. GAADS has been known in the addiction community as one of the premiere institutions for ethical rehabilitation. Our facility houses thirteen different 12 Step Recovery meetings open to the public throughout the week. We have offered free continuing treatment services for our patients and their families to carry them through their first year of sobriety. Decades of alumni flood through our halls paying hope forward to the newcomer in recovery.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, GAADS has continued to support the Continuing Care Program via telehealth services. Our Continuing Care patients rose to the occasion and expressed their desire to stay connected with their GAADS recovery community. GAADS staff immediately coordinated the set-up of “Peer-Facilitated Continuing Care Groups” and the “alumni group” via telehealth. These groups take place on regular continuing care scheduled days (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays).

GAADS staff trained and oriented four alumni patients currently active in phase IV of continuing care, to effectively facilitate the group process. GAADS staff provides regular follow ups to support the four core alumni facilitators and answer any of their questions. Staff also coordinates the smooth transition of our current patients that complete phase I of treatment, into these peer-facilitated groups and alumni group for continued support.

It has been a pleasure to learn that our alumni meeting on Sundays has a regular attendance of 40 alumni participants. Also, the attendance of continuing care groups have a steady attendance of 20-30 patients from phase II, II, and IV, in EACH group! Along with ongoing support from GAADS staff, these patients created a link, http://www.glendaleaaonline.org/, where they can attend twelve step meetings as another source of support in the Glendale area, aside from continuing care and alumni groups.

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Thank You Armenian Relief Society Sepan Chapter!

So grateful to our friends and community partners at the Armenian Relief society Sepan Chapter, for their generous donation of delicious lunch from Carousel and their appreciation for our ICU and emergency room healthcare workers!

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Thank You First Responders!

Our hospital heroes were treated to another visit on April 22 by the Glendale Fire Department, Glendale Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, Burbank Fire Department and California Highway Patrol. Thank you for cheering on our physicians and associates, and for working the front lines with us.

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Honoring Dr. Ronald S. and Mrs Georgiana Wu

Although the coronavirus kept us from honoring Dr. Ronald S. and Mrs. Georgiana Wu at the foundation’s UNGala in April, like we planned, friends of the Wu’s gathered at a socially respectable distance on April 19 for a “drive-by” celebration at their home. Joining the celebration was daughter Roxanne. Thank you to Dr. and Mrs. Wu for the decades of service they have provided to Adventist Health Glendale!

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Thank You GAA!

Thank you to the students and faculty at Glendale Adventist Academy for giving a high five to our amazing team!

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Thank You Homenetmen Ararat Glendale Chapter

We are grateful to our long time community health partners, Homenetmen Ararat Glendale Chapter, for their outpouring of love and support for our front line healthcare workers. On April 15, they cheered us up with hundreds of TOGO’s sandwiches! Thank you, Ararat.

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Thank You First Responders

On April 14, 2020, first responders from across our community came together to pay tribute to our frontline caregivers at Adventist Health Glendale. See the video below:

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Thank You Westerlay Orchids!

On April 10, we received a generous donation of hundreds of orchids from Westerlay Orchids in appreciation of our associates. Thank you for such a beautiful gift to our hospital heroes!

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Thank You Rotary Club of Glendale (Noon)

Thanks to the Rotary Club of Glendale (Noon) for delivering a special meal to our ICU nurses!

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Thank You Irma & Njdeh Amirian

A big thank you to our community friends Irma and Njdeh Amirian for bringing Popeyes to our nurses!

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Thank You Home Depot

A big thank you to our friends at Home Depot for donating face shields to our teams here at Adventist Health Glendale!

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Thank You Music Superstar Lizzo

Thank you to music superstar Lizzo who treated our caregivers to lunch on April 1 from Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop.

Lizzo also left a special message for our caregivers. Watch the video below:

Look who had lunch with Lizzo! Well, she’s practicing safe social distancing, but she sent our emergency workers tasty meals from Capriotti's Sandwich Shop along with this gem of a video. Thank you, Lizzo! #Togetherinspired #AdventistHealthBeEating #CuzILoveYou #SomeGoodNews #ThankYouLizzo

Posted by Adventist Health on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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Thank You Papillon International Bakery, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Buca Di Beppo

Special thanks for keeping our associates’ tummies full!

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Financial and Investment Planning Strategies During COVID-19

By James Van De Voorde, President and CEO, Osher Van de Voorde

While it may be difficult to focus on financial considerations during such extraordinarily difficult periods as the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many financial and investment planning strategies that may be of tremendous benefit both now and when our lives return to a more normalized pace. Here are ten opportunistic strategies to consider:

  1. While interest rates have been subdued for many years, the Federal Reserve has again lowered its key Fed Funds rate back to the 0% to .25% crisis level range that prevailed during the Great Recession of 2008-09. If you haven’t already done so, now is a great time to refinance your mortgage.    
  2. The recently passed CAREs Act waived the 2020 required minimum distribution (RMD) requirement for owners of Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and Inherited IRAs. If you don’t depend on income from your IRA, you should consider taking your next RMD in 2021 in order to give markets ample time to recover and save income taxes that otherwise would be due on the distribution.
  3. For those who may have already taken out their 2020 RMD, the CAREs ACT also allows you 60 days to roll these funds back to you IRA, thereby eliminating the taxable income that otherwise would be due on the distribution.
  4. If any IRA owner or spouse or dependent of an IRA owner has been infected by COVID-19 or suffered adverse financial consequences due to COVID-19, the CAREs ACT allows the IRA owner to take a coronavirus related distribution (CRD) up to $100,000 in 2020. Income taxes can be spread over 3 years on CRDs and the 10% early-distribution penalty is waived for IRA owners under age 59 ½. Further, the funds can be rolled back into one’s IRA within three years. 
  5. The Internal Revenue Service has extended the deadline for filing income tax returns to July 15, 2020. Consequently, the deadline to make a contribution to your IRA for 2019 has also been extended. 
  6. The CAREs ACT created the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which provides up to $350 billion of loans to small business owners with fewer than 500 employees. The loans are fixed at 1% and are forgiven if used for payroll and no more than 25% for rent or utilities, as long as employees are retained. While the first round of funding for PPP loans has already been exhausted, it is widely expected the additional funds will be approved. 
  7. Periods of excessive volatility in the financial markets provide investors with an opportunistic window to rebalance their portfolio. With interest rates so low and the price of many equities now at bargain levels, it may be a wonderful time to consider increasing one’s allocation to equities, depending of course on one’s specific needs and circumstances. 
  8. With the sharp decline in stock prices, many investors will find themselves with increased unrealized losses. Harvesting of tax losses may make sense in order to offset capital gains in other positions that may have become overly concentrated in one’s portfolio. 
  9. The coronavirus pandemic serves as a great reminder of the importance of having our estate and insurance planning up to date. If it’s been some time since you last reviewed your trust and estate planning documents or insurance coverage needs (especially for life, health and disability), now is a great time to contact your estate attorney or insurance agent.       
  10. As so many individuals suffer from the pandemic, our hospitals and non-profit institutions serving those in need require our philanthropic support now more than ever before. We all have so much to be thankful for – donating our resources to those causes that most need our help is a wonderful way to show our appreciation.

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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Symptom Checker

Did you know that you can access COVID-19 advice by using the symptom checker on AdventistHealthGlendale.org? Once you arrive at our website, click the chat icon in the lower right to ask questions and learn more about COVID-19.

Adventist Health Coronavirus Preparedness

For more on COVID-19 symptoms, treatment, and hospital preparedness, please visit the hospital’s main coronavirus preparedness page.

Adventist Health has established an advice line to provide information about coronavirus. This advice line is staffed by associates and clinicians to answer your questions about coronavirus or concerns about visiting an Adventist Health clinic or hospital. You can reach this special coronavirus advice line by calling 844-542-8840. The advice line is available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific time, Monday through Friday.

Clinical Advisory Team

Adventist Health Glendale has formed a council of medical expertise, comprised of physicians with backgrounds in infectious disease and pulmonary medicine. This team meets seven days a week, and their role is to apply current recommendations and make decisions on appropriate use of the limited treatment options available for COVID-19. Our experts are closely following and analyzing updates on this outbreak. Led by Dr. Saeid Safaee, this panel includes Dr. Arash Alborzi, Dr. Sylvia Kotikian, Dr. Elizabeth Maslow, Dr. Shant Shirvanian, Dr. Leo Shum and Romic Eskandarian PharmD.

Virtual Visits

As part of our efforts to keep our community members safe and healthy, Adventist Health is now offering virtual doctor’s visits. Using a smartphone, tablet or computer, you may be able to connect with your Adventist Health provider from the comfort and safety of your own home. Please call your doctor’s office to determine if a virtual visit is right for you or visit our Virtual Visits page on our hospital website for more information.

Emergency Room and Urgent Care

Emergencies happen, even during a pandemic. We want to assure you that our emergency department is safe and prepared to handle emergencies as well as COVID-19 cases. If an emergency arises, please don’t delay care—we are here for you 24/7 and have the resources necessary to care for you and your family. Learn more…

Hospital visitors, classes, and events

  • No visitors will be allowed on hospital units with the exception of OB, pediatric and hospice, which will be limited to only ONE visitor throughout the duration of the patient’s stay, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Patients are encouraged to use FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp or their preferred telephone or video chat application.
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The Difference Magazine

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Keeping you connected with us

Some of the Foundation’s upcoming events have been postponed. We will update you as soon as further details are known. We have decided to publish this edition of The Difference magazine in digital form, instead of printing and mailing. You can download and read the entire magazine: CLICK HERE

UNGALA 2020, originally scheduled for April 19, has been postponed. The Foundation is currently working to reschedule this event in the fall. You can read about our exciting plans for UNGALA 2020 in The Difference magazine.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you and all of our donors who have already pledged support for UNGALA 2020. We look forward to celebrating with everyone later this fall

While we may not see you in person, we will continue to keep you connected to our foundation and the mission of our hospital that you so faithfully suppport. During this time of COVID-19 and beyond, we plan to offer you an engaging menu of stories of courage and gratitude, livestream videos and other exciting content. We urge you to check this website often. When needed, we will also reach out to you through e-mail.