Circle of Excellence Previous Events - PIH Health - Whittier, CA

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Circle of Excellence Gatherings

October 2018

On October 11, 2018 PIH Health Foundation Circle of Excellence members gathered at our PIH Health Whittwood Medical Office Building for an educational presentation, followed by an interactive grocery store tour of Sprouts Farmers Market. Circle of Excellence members learned how the decisions that we make at the grocery store can directly affect our diet and health. We explored ways to enhance some of the food items that we love with healthier options and portions.

June 2018

On June 7, 2018, PIH Health Foundation Circle of Excellence members gathered at Ravello Bar and Grill for an evening with Rachael L. Moore MD, Chair of PIH Health Dermatology, Aesthetics and Mohs Surgery Center, and Lisette Peralta PA-C to learn more about skin health and receive tips on how best to protect our skin this summer. Guests in attendance were treated to a delicious hosted reception that offered a taste of upscale Italian cuisine right in the heart of Uptown Whittier. The Circle of Excellence ambassador for the evening, Rich Atwood, Chair of the PIH Health Board of Directors and PIH Health Foundation Board Member, welcomed our guests with opening remarks that highlighted his positive experience with the PIH Health dermatology department.

March 2018

On March 7, 2018, PIH Health Foundation Circle of Excellence members gathered for an evening with our physical and speech language therapists to learn how to slow the effects of aging on balance, strength, coordination, and mental capacity. The evenings speakers were Michael Gozar, Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist and Reginald Smith, licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. Circle of Excellence members and guests received an inside look into our rehabilitation services and learned key moves and exercises in a fun and engaging environment. Attendees also received a behind-the-scenes look at the PIH Health Rehabilitation Services Department and learned from our expert staff.

July 2017

On July 25, 2017, PIH Health Foundation Circle of Excellence members gathered for a special evening highlighting the care that mothers and their babies receive at the Ruth B. Shannon Maternity Care Center and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Brent Gray MD and Frederick Shum MD gave special presentations on their departments’ work, followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of labor support, obstetrical simulations, centralized monitoring, and the NICU – all led by our exceptional PIH Health nurses.

March 2017

On March 21, 2017 PIH Health Foundation Circle of Excellence members and guests gathered for an educational luncheon at Friendly Hills Country Club. PIH Health Chief Financial Officer, Greg Williams and Bob Hoffman, sr. vice president with Thompson & Associates presented answers to top questions in healthcare billing and discussed why a non-profit hospital is so important to our community. Luncheon attendees enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the financial state of non-profit hospitals and how their support ensures that PIH Health can continue to provide excellent healthcare for generations to come.

October 2016

On October 27, 2016, Circle of Excellence members and guests enjoyed a behind-the-scenes look at our Critical Care Center at PIH Health Hospital – Whittier. Daniel Akhavan MD, Chairman, Department of Medicine and President, Intensivist Group, provided attendees with an inside look at the work of intensivists. He also highlighted the highly specialized interdisciplinary teams, which provide critical care to our patients 24/7. Dr. Akhavan also introduced grateful patient Jason Miller and his wife Brooke who shared Jason’s miraculous story of recovery – highlighting the great care and support that they received from their entire care team.

June 2016

On June 28, 2016 the PIH Health digestive health team graciously hosted Circle of Excellence members at the PIH Health Outpatient GI Center. Ashwin P. Ashok MD, Susette Grosveld PA-C, John J. Lah MD, Renee Palta DO, and Neal M. Shindel MD led Circle members on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the state-of-the-art facility and provided everyone in attendance with great introductions to the wide range of lifesaving tests and procedures performed at the GI center. Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to gather and reconnect with fellow Circle members, as well as the opportunity to see first-hand what makes the GI center a model of healthcare excellence throughout our region.

February 2016

On Wednesday, February 24, Circle of Excellence members gathered at Four Bricks Restaurant in Whittier. The gathering was graciously underwritten by Leeba Lessin and the Atwood Family. Daniel Saket MD presented “PIH Health Radiology of the Present and Future,” speaking about how radiology impacts the care of almost all of our patients and the importance of raising funds for new state-of-the-art CT Scanner imaging systems for both the Downey and Whittier campuses. This technology offers clearer, more precise imaging and diagnoses and provides full body imaging in less than five seconds, which means quicker scans, faster diagnoses and reduced treatment wait-times for the patients we serve. The next Circle of Excellence gathering is planned for June 2016.

October 2015

On Wednesday, October 21, Brian Smolskis the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of PIH Health Hospital – Downey spoke at the Circle of Excellence gathering. Brian Smolskis shared important milestones and gave about 60 attendees a glimpse of future projects that will keep PIH Health Hospital – Downey on the forefront of technology for years to come as they celebrated their two year anniversary. PIH Health Foundation’s Circle of Excellence recognizes the generous donors in our communities that consistently support PIH Health, while also providing members-only benefits including exclusive updates and events. The next Circle of Excellence gathering is planned for February 2016.

June 2015

Thursday, June 11th was the third event, since PIH Health Foundation launched the Circle of Excellence in September 2014. Guests, who are all supporters of PIH Health, enjoyed fine wine and delicious appetizers and heard an interesting presentation from Eduardo Tovar MD and Yousef Odeh MD, cardiothoracic surgeons on “Current and Future Trends in Cardiothoracic Surgery.” Informative gatherings like this are held throughout the year and are a benefit of membership in the PIH Health Foundation Circle of Excellence. These exclusive opportunities are led by PIH Health Leadership or physicians and offer information about the quality and future of PIH Health. The next gathering will be held in October.

Thank you to every member of the PIH Health Foundation Circle of Excellence. Each annual gift of $1,000 or more ensures that PIH Health will stay strong and continue to provide excellent healthcare. For more information, please contact PIH Health Foundation at Ext. 81520.

February 2015

The second Circle of Excellence gathering was held on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in the Blanchard-Haendiges Auditorium at PIH Health Hospital - Whittier. Several PIH Health physicians, Circle of Excellence members and employees were among the guests who attended. The evening was hosted by PIH Health Foundation Board member, Kathy Luciano and PIH Health Foundation Trustee, Richard Luciano.  The featured speaker was John D. McCarthy MD, Infectious Diseases Specialist.
Dr. McCarthy shared an intriguing presentation about emerging viral infections and health tips while traveling. Carole Snyder RN made a special appearance wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to demonstrate how PIH Health is prepared to protect healthcare workers against infectious disease exposures.  Guests, who are all supporters of PIH Health, enjoyed delicious appetizers and wine while mingling before and after the presentation.
Future gatherings will include behind-the-scenes tours and exclusive updates led by PIH Health physicians and leadership. The next gathering is scheduled for June.

Dr. McCarthy and Carole Snyder demonstrating personal protective equipment

October 2014

The inaugural Circle of Excellence gathering was held on October 9, 2014 at the Patricia L. Scheifly Breast Health Center. Fellow Circle of Excellence members gathered to hear from the very dedicated and talented radiologists and were shown the new 3D mammography (tomosynthesis) equipment firsthand.

For more information, please contact PIH Health Foundation at 562.698.0811 Ext. 81520 or email