Children from our Rainbow Center Day Care Program extend a warm
welcome to visiting dignitaries.
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Bank of America
Bank of America Career
Pathway Interns with Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, WMMC
President Beth Zachary, Foundation Chair David
members of the Bank of America Executive Team including: Kimberly
Zipp, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Responsibility;
Danielle Campos, Senior Vice President & National
Philanthropy Program Manager; and Garrett Gin, Senior Vice
President, Global Marketing and Corporate
Investing in Tomorrow's Leaders: Last year White
Memorial received a $500,000 grant from the Bank of America
Foundation to enhance the hospital's Workforce Development and
Volunteer Program. Through the program local youths and young
adults volunteer at the hospital, learning vital job skills while
helping provide non-clinical assistance to patients. The first
six cohorts, totaling 153 paid interns aged 16-24, have now
completed the 12-week Career Pathway Internship Program and
received stipend checks from Bank of America for their work. The
third group will "graduate" in mid-summer.
A key component of the program has interns rounding throughout
the hospital, working in different areas ranging from the
cafeteria to the surgery waiting room. They consult with nursing
supervisors, visit patients, offer patients and families health
education materials and information about community resources,
and conduct patient satisfaction surveys. Students must complete
a three-month internship, working 10-12 hours each week.
"This program has been a great success so far. We have interns
who are learning real-world skills that can lead to a healthcare
career," says Alicia Anaya, WMMC's Workforce Development Manager.
"These paid internships allow them to interact with staff and
patients to learn new skills, hone their interpersonal and social
communication abilities and gain self-confidence. Some
participants have already been hired by the hospital and others
are continuing their education in the medical field."
"I'm really glad that I became a volunteer for WMMC," says Bagner
Gonzalez, who completed the program and is now employed by WMMC.
"Being part of this program has shown me many great things about
life and about giving a helping hand to others." Gonzalez joined
WMMC's staff on September 12, 2011 and received his stipend at
the celebration ceremony. "My experience has been great from the
start. It has helped me gain insight on how the hospital
operates. The opportunity to explore the different departments
allowed me to expand my interest in the health care profession."
Patients are grateful to have the young people assisting in their
care, whether for translation assistance or simply to bring a
cold drink. "They didn't want to stop saying thank you," says Ana
Perez, 21, a student at East Los Angeles College, whose goal is
to become a physician. For 26-year-old Mayra Hernandez, who has
volunteered at WMMC for 10 years and is now part of the
internship program, "this is an emotional experience for me. I
cried with a man who has no family and had not had a visitor in a
long time. He was happy just to have someone from the
neighborhood to come speak with him."
The young interns feel especially satisfied that "we grew up
here" in the Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles areas and are
able to help their own neighbors. They are eager to work in their
neighborhood after completing their studies. The interaction with
patients has made the experience "one that I will not forget,"
says Edson Rodriguez, who wants to study to become a
These youngsters are nothing short of amazing," says Garret Ginn,
Senior Vice President of Global Marketing & Corporate Affairs
at Bank of America, who recently visited with internship program
members. "Bank of America is proud to be part of a program that
is helping set more and more opportunities into motion for these
young leaders and for the communities White Memorial serves. We
are delighted to partner with the hospital to provide an
innovative bridge between education, community service and
workforce development. Whether the training enables them to find
meaningful employment now or pursue a college degree and become a
leader of tomorrow, the investment we have made is making a real
difference now and will continue to pay dividends far into the
Since its inception six years ago, the Workforce Development and
Volunteer Program has benefited more than 700 young adults. It
has also created opportunities for the residents of East Los
Angeles to learn more about jobs in the healthcare field and
provided training for them to pursue health careers. WMMC
actively recruits people from the surrounding areas. Click here for more information.
Wells Fargo Senior Vice President, Luanna Lindsey pictured
with WMMC Workforce Volunteers organizing Wells Fargo's gifts to
the Annual Holiday Toy Drive
Wells Fargo has long supported WMMC's efforts at combating
diabetes. "Wells Fargo's support has been invaluable," said WMMC
Vice President Sharon McCoy. "They make it possible for our
hospital to conduct outreach and education programs among those
with or at risk for diabetes."
Because diabetes is so common among the Latino population, it
carries with a high incidence of associated chronic diseases,
including cardiovascular disorders, high blood pressure and
kidney disease, WMMC has been the site of a number of national
research programs, as well as efforts to develop more effective
way to manage diabetes and other chronic diseases. Wells Fargo
has recognized the need for more effective treatment and has
committed regular philanthropic funding in support of the
Wells Fargo also continues to brighten the lives of children in
the hospital. It regularly donates oversized, limited edition
plush ponies modeled after horses that have pulled the Wells
Fargo stagecoach in the Tournament of Roses Parade. The annual,
limited edition pony, along with smaller individual stuffed
ponies, are delivered by Wells Fargo to happy children in the
Pediatrics unit in March every year.
White Memorial nurses also benefit from Wells Fargo's commitment
to the hospital. Wells Fargo funds the DAISY Award for
Extraordinary Nurses at WMMC, which recognizes the super-human
work nurses do every day. Nurses are nominated for the award by
patients and family members. Those who win are recognized with,
among other things, a beautiful hand-carved stone sculpture
crafted in Africa by a member of the Shona Tribe of Zimbabwe.
Wells Fargo's donation to the national DAISY Foundation allows
this recognition of WMMC. In turn, the money sent to Zimbabwe
reaches around the world to provide support for these gifted
Shona artists and their families.
Thank you, Wells Fargo!
Partnering With White Memorial
Since 1997, diabetes has been the sixth leading cause of death in
Los Angeles County, according to the county's Department of
Public Health. Since that time, Union Bank has provided a steady
stream of philanthropic investments in the work of White
Memorial, including $50,000 in support of the East Los Angeles
Center for Diabetes at White Memorial, which provides care,
classes and counseling to help patients manage their diabetes
Over the years, Union Bank and its Foundation have supported the
Cleft Palate Program, The Campaign for the New Patient Tower, the
Diagnostic Imaging Center, the Annual Toy Drive and most
recently, The Simulation Center Project. In total, Union Bank has
committed more than $225,000 to White Memorial's efforts to serve
The Union Bank Foundation proactively invests in the communities
in which the bank and its businesses operate, targeting resources
to benefit low-to-moderate incomes populations. As part of its
10-year community commitment, Union Bank has pledged 2 percent of
its net profit annually to charitable contributions.
Thank you, Union Bank!
Bill De La Vina
Bill De La Vina during a visit and tour of the Cardiovascular
Wing which bears his name.
Bill De La Vina has been a friend and major support of White
Memorial for almost 8 years. He was named "Man of the Year" at
the Annual Gala in 2006. That year, Bill and his company, Sigue
corporation made a significant gift to the fund raising Campaign
for the New White Memorial. That financial commitment, among the
largest to the campaign, enabled the establishment of a new
cardiovascular medicine program. In recognition of such special
giving, White Memorial named the new Cardiovascular Wing in
Since that time, Bill and Sigue have been constant supporters,
attending and or sponsoring virtually every Annual Gala and every
Golf Invitational. He has joined the effort to introduce new
business people to White Memorial, hosting A Special Evening at
White Memorial with business associates and personal friends
joining for a private tour and dinner with hospital executives
and members of the medical staff.
In 2012, Bill accepted the role of Co-Chairman of the White
Memorial Centennial Fund Raising Campaign. True to form, Bill is
leading by example: shortly before New Year, Bill and Sigue
announced and gift to the Centennial Campaign in the amount of
$100,000. Additionally, he pledged an effort to raised $150,000
from among his clients, customer and associates.
Bill is a committed and generous personal friend to White
Memorial Medical Center.
The Ahmanson Foundation
Hospital Governing Board
member and former Chair of the Foundation Board, George A.
Ramirez chats with William Ahmanson, President, The Ahmanson
Foundation during a reception at White Memorial.
Since its establishment in 1952, The Ahmanson Foundation has
played a critical role in the strengthening of nonprofit
institutions in Southern California, especially in and around
greater Los Angeles. White Memorial has been the beneficiary of
The Ahmanson Foundation on a number of important occasions.
In 2005, they made a major gift to the campaign for a New White
Memorial, enabling the construction of the Specialty Care Tower
and helping to ensure that the hospital would remain a viable
presence in East Los Angeles.
Four years later, The Ahmanson Foundation provided the lead gift
for the construction of the Outpatient Pavilion, including the
state-of-the-art L.A. Diagnostic Imaging Center and Ambulatory
Surgery Center, bringing to White Memorial a level of technology
more typically found at a university medical center.
Most recently, The Ahmanson Foundation provided a major grant and
an additional "challenge" grant for the design and construction
of a Simulation Center, as a training resource for the education
of physicians, nurses, allied health personnel and other
clinicians at WMMC. Ultimately, it will help to ensure greater
Janelle Hail, founder of the National Breast Cancer
Janelle Hail, Founder and President of the National Breast
Janelle Hail founded the National Breast Cancer Foundation in
1991. From her personal experience as a breast cancer survivor,
Janelle's vision for the National Breast Cancer Foundation was
formed. Their mission is to save lives through early detection
and to provide mammograms for those in need. They provide
increased awareness through
education, and provide diagnostic breast care services nurturing
support services for those in need.
Today, Janelle serves as the CEO of National Breast Cancer
Foundation, one of America's most highly recognized and respected
breast cancer charities. To Janelle, nothing compares to the joy
in life she receives when she hugs a woman whose life has been
spared by a mammogram provided by the National Breast Cancer
The National Breast Cancer Foundation has been an active partner
with White Memorial Medical Center for more than nine years and
has, over those years, contributed nearly $1.4 million to assist
in breast cancer prevention, detection and screening programs.
Steve Engle, former Director of Cancer Services at WMMC, sits on
the Board of Directors of the NBCF, as does Gabriella Barbarena,
also a member of the WMMC Board of Directors. The funds are used
to provide free screening and diagnostic mammograms to under- and
un-insured women in our East Los Angeles Community. According to
WMMC Director of Cancer, Helen Mosley, "WMMC's partnership with
Janelle and the NBCF is such a blessing. The wonderful
year-after-year donations from NBCF allow WMMC to continuously
offer struggling women in our community access to free breast
care that they normally would have gone without."
Priscilla and David Lizárraga
Born out of a deep desire to improve the lives of the people in
the East Los Angeles community, David Lizárraga founded TELACU in
1968. Through David's hard work and vision, and with the active
leadership of his wife Priscilla, TELACU has become the largest
community development corporation in the country and is the 44th
largest Hispanic business in the United States. WMMC worked with
David to form a strategic partnership to create the Nursing
Scholarship program. The scholarship program offers a
multi-faceted approach combining financial, academic and other
support to ensure that students succeed. Through this
partnership, TELACU offers new career opportunities to those
interested in the health care profession in the East Los Angeles
community, who will in turn improve the East Los Angeles
community through the delivery of better health care services.
In 2002, David agreed to serve as the WMMC Capital Campaign
Chairman and led the efforts to raise $30 million in five years.
The hospital was in need of major upgrades, but did not have the
capital to support such a venture. He felt the people of the East
Los Angeles community deserved quality, affordable health care at
a state-of-the-art healthcare facility and zealously set about
raising the necessary funds. David enlisted the support of the
contacts he had made during his long tenure as a business leader
in Los Angeles.
With David's leadership as Chair of the WMMC Capital Campaign and
his very large personal leadership gift, WMMC exceeded its $30
million goal one year ahead of schedule in 2007, raising $30.1
million. This was the hospital's first capital campaign in its 95
year history. The money raised help to pay for the New White
Memorial construction project, completed in 2010.
To recognize the Lizárraga family and TELACU for its leadership
and generous support of the campaign, the hospital's new main
lobby bears the Lizárraga Family/TELACU names.
Oscar De La Hoya
He is a boxing legend, an Olympic gold medalist, a successful
boxing promoter, a leader in community development and champion
for education. He is a husband and a father. He is Grammy
-nominated singer and actor. At White Memorial, we know Oscar De
La Hoya best as a generous philanthropist and friend to staff and
His win at the Barcelona Olympic Games was inspired by his
mother's battle against cancer, much of which took place here at
White Memorial. While she lost her battle, Oscar went on to
numerous victories in the ring and became White Memorial's
partner in the battle to constantly improve and expand the care
we provide people in need.
In 2000, Oscar was awarded "Man of the Year" at the Foundation's
Annual Gala. Throughout the Campaign for a New WMMC, he was a
frequent spokesman at meetings and events, encouraging the
audience to get behind the hospital. He became known as a strong
public advocate for the medical center. He and his wife, Millie,
have hosted receptions in their home on behalf of White Memorial
and he is a regular visitor to the hospital, engaging patients
and staff members alike with a genuine smile and a warm
His generous support and active participation in encouraging
others to support White's efforts are recognized throughout the
campus. Our Cancer Center is named in memory of his mother,
Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya and her valiant battle. The medical
center's Birthing Center and Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
both bear his name.
Earlier this year, he agreed to serve as Honorary Chairman of the
White Memorial Centennial Fund Raising Campaign.