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Norma O'Flaherty, Director of Marketing, Communications & Advocacy

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Recent Stories

CHMC Cares for Abandoned Baby
An abandoned newborn baby still attached to his umbilical cord and left alone in a stroller near a church in South Los Angeles was brought by authorities to California Hospital for care on Aug. 4. 
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Youth-Driven South LA Partnership Receives Prestigious $75,000 Award to Continue Health Disparities Initiative
A grant has been awarded to a South LA partnership, which includes CHMC, to develop an action plan that will expand and extend innovative community health and youth development initiatives. Read More... 

Doctors for Climate Health
Emergency Department Medical Director, Marc Futernick, MD, recently took part in a “Doctors for Climate Health” campaign developed by the American Lung Association of California. 
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Dignity Health CEO Lloyd Dean and Executive Team Members Visit 
As part of a tour of all 39 Dignity Health hospitals, executive team members from the San Francisco headquarters visited our campus in July. “Getting the chance to meet people, talking with patients, and the time that we spent with the Leadership Team is, for us, so valuable,” Dean said. “You have so much to be proud of and thankful for." Read More... 

We Care for California Rally Attracts 4,000 in Sacramento
The coalition to promote health care access, quality, and affordability for all Californians—comprised of plans, physician groups, hospitals, including Dignity Health, and labor—organized a rally at the capitol steps in Sacramento on June 2.
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Project Humankindness Features Hope Street
Dignity Health’s commitment to the communities we serve has included financial and volunteer support to hundreds of community programs. Project Humankindness showcases the collective impact of the work that Dignity Health and its caregivers have been doing outside the hospital walls over the past 20 years. Read More... 

Values in Action Awardees Honored
Every year, Dignity Health hospitals ask employees to nominate those among them who exemplify our core values:
Dignity • Collaboration • Justice • Stewardship • Excellence.
This year, we received an overwhelming response -- 48 nominations!
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Hospital Launches Heart Research with Yale University
The Los Angeles Center for Heart Health at California Hospital Medical Center is participating in the Silver AMI research project with Yale University, which is a study of older persons who are admitted to the hospital with a heart attack.
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Stroke Program Receives Top Praise
The latest report from the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency for the second half of 2014 showed California Hospital Medical Center as the second highest tissue plasminogen activator (TPA) provider for all stroke centers in the county. 
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Practice Greenhealth Recognizes Environmental Efforts
Another year, another environmental excellence award! For 2015,California Hospital Medical Center was honored with the Emerald Award from Practice Greenhealth. The Emerald Award recognizes the “cream of the crop” of the Greenhealth Partner for Change awards applicants. Read More... 

Courthouse Baby
Congratulations to Marvin Elkins Jr. and his wife Ambermarie Irving-Elkins who miraculously gave birth to a baby boy April 2 at a Downtown LA courthouse.
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Hospital Among Best in Nation for Patient Safety
California Hospital Medical Center was recently recognized with the Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that honors hospital performance in the prevention of serious, potentially preventable complications during hospital stays. Read More... 

Heart of the City 5K Raises $151,000
The 3rd annual Heart of the City 5K drew 1,700 walkers, runners, volunteers, and adorable costumed dogs to the heart of Downtown. The best news? We reached our fundraising goal! 
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The Easter Bunny Delivers Smiles and Gifts
The Easter Bunny, accompanied by our friends at Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff's Department, surprised our pediatric patients, ER visitors, new moms, and Hope Street Family Center students with special gifts on April 2. 
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Getting to Know Our Elected Officials
Throughout the spring of 2015, CHMC took part in a number of policy and advocacy events, including Legislative Day in Sacramento. On March 10 and 11, hospital representatives from throughout the state gathered with lobby members of the State Assembly and State Senate to discuss upcoming health care legislation. Read More...

Praise for CHMC Low C-Section Rate
As more studies show long-term development risks associated with C-section deliveries like immune deficiency and obesity, hospitals like ours that trend low numbers are receiving praise. 
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Circle of Hope – Champions for Children Luncheon Raises $260,000
More than 350 guests attended a February 11th event at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles to honor two well-deserving individuals with the 2015 Champions for Children Award. 

Dignity Health Collecting Donations for Nepal Earthquake Relief 
The magnitude 7.9 earthquake that devastated Nepal left thousands dead and hundreds of thousands displaced and in desperate need of help. There is an urgent need for food, temporary shelter, and medical supplies to prevent an even greater humanitarian crisis. Read More...

LA Best Babies Network Receives March of Dimes Grant
Recognizing the work of LA Best Babies Network (LABBN) with underserved communities in Los Angeles County, the March of Dimes California Chapter has named LABBN one of its six community grant recipients this year. Read More...

Councilmember Jose Huizar Honors Community Grants Program
Our Community Grants Program provides the opportunity to partner with organizations that share our vision and mission for improving the health status and quality of life for people in Los Angeles. 

Trauma Center Celebrates 10 Years of Saving Lives
Since opening in 2004, California Hospital has emerged as the busiest private trauma center in Los Angeles County and has cared for more than 22,000 patients during the past decade, saving thousands of lives in the process. 

California Hospital Acknowledged for Environmentally Preferable Practices
California Hospital Medical Center (CHMC) was awarded the 2014 "Greenhealth Partner for Change" Award by Practice Greenhealth, the nation's leading health care community that empowers its members to increase their environmental stewardship while improving patient safety. Read More...

California Hospital Awarded Grant by Susan G. Komen
For the second year in a row, California Hospital Medical Center (CHMC) was awarded a grant by the Los Angeles County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen to support a new breast cancer diagnostic program at The Los Angeles Center for Women’s Health. Funds will cover the costs for a full range of diagnostic services, which are available to approximately 100 uninsured or underinsured symptomatic women under age 40 who reside in Los Angeles County. Read More...

Hope Street Family Center Finalist for Healthcare Leadership Award
Hope Street Family Center has been selected as a finalist of Los Angeles Business Journal's 2014 Healthcare Leadership Awards. The Center joins an elite group of more than 40 individuals and organization, including physicians, healthcare practitioners, hospitals, and specialty care centers. Read More...

Margaret R. Peterson, Ph.D., R.N. Named President 
Effective March 24th, 2014, Margaret Peterson will lead the 318-bed acute care hospital located at 1401 South Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. “We are extremely fortunate to have an executive of her caliber assume leadership of the medical center at such a key time,” said Steve Barron, senior vice president of operations for Dignity Health - Southern California East. “Margaret’s vast experience and expertise will help guide California Hospital as it continues to address the challenges of the current healthcare environment.” Read More...

California Hospital's Own Nurse Bettye Celebrates 52 Years of Service
After 52 years of nursing service at California Hospital Medical Center, nurse Bettye Dacus looks back at her career with satisfaction, knowing she lived every day by the philosophy of never being "bored or stressed." 

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