PIH Health Kicks Off Centennial Year at the 131st Rose Parade

Published on January 01, 2020

PIH Health Kicks Off Centennial Year at the 131st Rose Parade

PIH Health made its debut at the 131st Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California today. The nonprofit, regional healthcare network is a proud supporter of the Downey Rose Float Association’s rose float entry, “On the Wings of Hope” in celebration of PIH Health Downey Hospital 100th anniversary in 2020. Riding on the float this year were Jaime Diaz MD, chief medical officer of PIH Health Downey Hospital and PIH Health patient, Alfonso Estrada. 

“We thank the Downey Rose Float Association for allowing PIH Health to be part of such a special venture, and we especially thank our volunteers for their efforts in spreading the message of hope and healing to our community.” said Jaime Diaz MD. “As a nonprofit hospital, we deeply resonate with the theme of the 2020 Rose Parade, ‘The Power of Hope.’ We are very proud to be an integral part of the Downey community, and look forward to spreading the message of hope and healing for another hundred years.” 

For the last eight years, patient Alfonso Estrada has received blood transfusions at PIH Health Downey Hospital every two weeks to treat his Beta Thalassemia—a genetic blood disorder that causes severe anemia and affects the bone marrow. He is very appreciative of the care and support he has received over the years from the hospital staff and was proud to represent PIH Health in the Rose Parade. 

“This is my hospital, and will be for the rest of my life,” Alfonso explains. “The staff members in the Surgical Outpatient Department are like family to me – always caring and loving. I’m glad to see all of the new improvements at the hospital over the years. It’s a positive change for the community.” 

For the concept and design of the float, the Downey Rose Float Association drew inspiration from the Japanese tradition of folding 1,000 origami cranes to share a healing wish and hope for a brighter tomorrow with the world. The float featured large origami cranes flying above a lush oriental garden landscape, encompassing the belief that through hope, anything is possible. 

Leading up to the parade, the Downey Rose Float Association held crane-making events with the ultimate goal to fold 10,000 origami cranes. PIH Health volunteers generously contributed to reach this goal, filling baskets with cranes to gift to other non-profit organizations in the Downey community as well as PIH Health patients.