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USC-VHH Goes ‘Positively Pink’

By Tina Marie Ito
Special to the News-Press

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital held the Positively Pink Women’s Health Panel last Thursday, hosted by the USC Council of Keck Hospitals in collaboration with Christina Jabarian, and the Women’s Council of USC-VHH.
More than 100 guests, many of whom were dressed in shades of pink, received a warm welcome outside the hospital’s lobby by the Glendale Police Department’s Pink Patch Vehicle, in support of Women’s Breast Health Awareness.
Dr. Linda J. Hovanessian Larsen moderated the panel, which was composed of Drs. Laila Al-Marayati, Tarina Kang, Mary Yamashita and Barbara Van Noppen. Discussion topics included women’s heart health, breast health, mental health and wellness, and tips for preventive health.
It was an informative, lively discussion centered on women’s unique needs and how the hospital’s specialists provide compassionate medical care for women at every stage of life.
Decked out in pink decor, the meeting space at USC-VHH featured pink linen-covered tables and mixed floral displays of roses and hydrangeas throughout.
Guests came away with a deeper awareness of what they need to be cognizant of to stay healthy, and with more understanding of the role of the USC Council of Keck Hospitals — which is to build awareness and provide philanthropic support for the hospitals in the Keck Medicine of USC health system. These include Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital and USC Arcadia Hospital.
Positively Pink succeeded in engendering a spirit of continued involvement and learning for all who attended.

The panel at the event included Dr. Barbara van Noppen, Dr. Mary Yamashita, moderator Dr. Linda Hovanessian Larsen, Dr. Laila Al-Marayati and Dr. Tarina Kang.

Ito is board chair of the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation and a member of the USC Council of Keck Hospitals Leadership Committee and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Women’s Council.

First published in the October 21 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

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