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November 11, 2019

A Torrance-based women’s soccer club went pink this fall to spread breast cancer awareness.

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November
November 11, 2019

Jim Andrews is still a kid at heart and brings joy with new toys and art supplies.

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November
November 11, 2019

Local students shared a smile when they delivered the proceeds from their community service project.

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November
October 21, 2019

Deborah Keesey, Esq., explains how to prepare as a child of aging parents.

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October
September 18, 2019

Written by Christian Cordoba, RFC®, CFS

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September
August 12, 2019

Upon Her Retirement, Pat Sacks, MD, Looks Back at an Accomplished Career

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August
May 08, 2019

Their own personal cancer journey inspires Jake and Betty Belin to make a gift to the Hunt Cancer Center.

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May
May 07, 2019

Feel good stories from amazing community members.

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May
April 30, 2019

With a career that intersects mental health, entertainment, arts and cuisine, Ambassador Barbara Demming Lurie is not afraid to change lanes.

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April
April 30, 2019

The Luminaries, a support organization for Torrance Memorial Medical Center, introduced the Links of Love initiative during Holiday Festival 2017. The group invited festival attendees to make a contribution personalized with a handwritten message. Messages were then delivered to hospital patients and also included in a paper link chain that decorated various units to spread holiday cheer.

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April
April 30, 2019

Torrance Memorial Medical Center is committed to providing the families and community of the South Bay with the most advanced care available. According to Dr. John McNamara, chief medical officer, the medical center is continually looking for ways to improve patient outcomes, and technology is an integral part of that effort.

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April
April 30, 2019

Hint: It's not just awards!

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April
April 25, 2019

What is the Alzheimer’s epidemic?

It’s hard to believe, but every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops the disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. More than 5 million Americans are presently living with the disease, and that number is expected to climb to 16 million by 2050 with our aging population.

How does Alzheimer’s affect someone?

Financial Health
April
April 25, 2019

Judy Maizlish recalls that her parents always prioritized community involvement and giving to others, even when funds were limited. "Giving is in my blood," she says. Though she's past retirement age, Maizlish remains willing to give her time to a job she loves. She serves as executive director at Independence Center, a small, nonprofit residential program in Los Angeles for people with social and learning disabilities.

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April
April 23, 2019

Click to view this video on how South Bay attorney Stephanie Bezner was able to receive care for a brain aneurysm at Torrance Memorial thanks to the medical center's affiliation with Cedars-Sinai.

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April
April 22, 2019

When a child is sick or injured and in the hospital, it can make a parent feel helpless.

Pat and Ellen Theodora have experienced such a situation not once, but twice.

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April
March 25, 2019

What a difference a year makes. February 1 marked the one-year anniversary of a strategic alliance between Torrance Memorial and Cedars-Sinai. The two organizations joined forces with very big goals to create new opportunities to enhance medical care in the South Bay.

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March
March 11, 2019

Since 2016 the cardiac specialists from Torrance Memorial and Cedars-Sinai have been working together to bring outstanding cardiovascular care to the residents of the South Bay community.

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March
March 07, 2019

In November 2012 Stephanie Bezner, an attorney and lifelong resident of the South Bay, was feeling excitement surrounding the impending arrival of her first child with husband Brian. Stephanie and Brian had toured Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s labor and delivery unit as well as the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and had selected the hospital as the location of their child’s birth.

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March
February 04, 2019

By Stephanie Bezner, Attorney

Financial Health
February
January 10, 2019

Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s Volunteer Auxiliary presented a check for $284,000 to the Torrance Memorial Foundation at its 2019 Auxiliary Board Installation Lunch.

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January
November 12, 2018

The Torrance Memorial Pediatric unit recently made a debut of its new location, presenting patients and staff with a number of fresh new features. One such addition is two highly-anticipated Starlight Fun Centers, donated by the Young Physicians and Professionals Alliance (YPPA).

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November
October 03, 2018

While other kids living in Palos Verdes in the 1980s were emulating stars like Madonna, Duran Duran and Bon Jovi, at age 5, Nakul Dev Mahajan would take every opportunity to borrow his parents’ cassette player, take it out in the yard and play their collection of Eastern Indian music. Dancing around the trees, he would reenact the elaborate scenes from their collection of Bollywood movies.

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October
October 03, 2018

As Torrance Memorial’s NICU moves to a new home, its longtime medical director reflects on a Christmas Eve miracle.

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October
October 01, 2018

It wouldn’t be a holiday party without music. For more than a decade, DJ Dewey has been there to set just the right musical tone for each moment of the Holiday Festival—from the fashion show to the gala to the public hours.

“When you are enjoying something as much as I enjoy the Holiday Festival, who counts how many years it has been? I know it is over 10, as I used to have hair,” Dewey says with a chuckle.

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October
October 01, 2018

Even while vacationing in Banff, Canada this past summer, Bev George couldn’t seem to shake her pre-occupation with pending orders of hundreds of wreaths, garlands and evergreen trees.

“Four orders arrived during my vacation. My living room was a quick reminder of the work ahead,” she says. “It’s always great to be back home and get back to work.”

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October
October 01, 2018

For the past 30 years, the Luminaries and Novas volunteer organizations have provided exclusive support to Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

In addition to being “helping hands” at various events throughout the year, their fundraising efforts have included selling stocking stuffers and handmade themed blankets at Holiday Festival’s Children’s Marketplace, the Novas’ annual bake sale, and most recently, a 5K at South Coast Botanical gardens.

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October
September 27, 2018

Torrance Memorial's genetic counselor may put your mind at ease.

You’ve just been diagnosed with cancer. So many questions arise. You want to know why you got it. You also wonder, is it genetic? Does your family need to be concerned they’ll get it too? Questions like these can be answered by a licensed genetic counselor.

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September
September 26, 2018

The Campbell family’s relationship with Torrance Memorial Medical Center spans decades, but it was Paul Campbell’s trip to the emergency department that got the family involved with the Patrons program.

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September
September 26, 2018

Stepping into Kate Crane’s El Segundo office, one is immediately surrounded by a sense of calm. The sea-blue colors and beach-themed décor exude a feeling of tranquility that aptly reflects the suite’s occupant. However, that calmness should not be confused with lack of energy. Crane gets things done.

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September
September 26, 2018

Growing up in the South Bay, Hilary Zachry spent a lot of time at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. She had a rare respiratory disease and was in and out of the hospital for treatment between the ages of 6 and 12.

“It was a terrible time, but [I was touched by] the care and commitment of the physicians,” Hilary recalls. “I have so many memories of just having great experiences with the health care professionals at Torrance Memorial decades ago.”

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September
September 26, 2018

Irene Goldman and David Sato have been married for more than 30 years—long enough to find each other often saying what the other is thinking. One of the shared activities they have found most meaningful has been serving their community by volunteering at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

Goldman started volunteering at the hospital 10 years ago, after she retired from her career as an administrative assistant.

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September
September 26, 2018

Candy Isidro, a volunteer in Torrance Memorial’s Employee Health Clinic since 2011, is still learning to master all the features of the red Lexus RX 450H she won by entering the opportunity drawing at Torrance Memorial’s Holiday Festival last year.

“I’ve never won anything before,” says Isidro. “Winning this car was an absolute surprise for me and my family.”

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September
August 01, 2018

Patients in the pediatric unit playroom are now enjoying a new train table thanks to the work of More Sensible, an entrepreneurial mentor group for high schoolers.

Through the group’s A Million Pennies (AMP) project, they also recently hired Snow White to spend time with child life specialist Gina Sievert and patients as a special birthday present for Sievert, who approved the hospital’s partnership with AMP.

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August
July 19, 2018

The Mastery in Transformational Training (MITT) leadership program cohort, a workshop in which participants are encouraged to “be the change they want to see,” decided raising funds to benefit the Pediatric Burn Unit would be that change. On May 24, 2018, they began fundraising. In less than three weeks, they raised more than $17,000 from fundraisers which included a dating auction, BBQ poker tournament, Tarot card readings and dancing, and other fun events.

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July
June 21, 2018

By Nancy Gragg, CWS

Gender roles are evolving quickly in today’s day and age. No longer are lines drawn in the sand dividing the roles men and women play in a household. Most notable seems to be the role of women in the household financial equation. Much of this trend has to do with confidence and education, so let’s review some important steps you can take…

Financial Health
June
May 29, 2018

Written by The Torrance Memorial Professional Advisory Council

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May
May 29, 2018

Torrance Memorial is now partnering with Cedars-Sinai to provide the most comprehensive heart failure care in the South Bay. This affiliation formalizes what has been a growing collaboration over the last several years between the heart failure teams at both hospitals. The goal of the partnership is to provide advanced, life-saving treatment for even the sickest heart failure patients.

Comprehensive Heart Failure Treatment, Right Here in South Bay

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May
May 29, 2018

Investing your wealth seems to be as confusing as ever. The new U.S. tax law adds perhaps the most significant changes to business and personal taxation since the 1980s. Worldwide, stock markets trended upward in 2017 with minimal volatility. It appears capitalist “animal spirits” that drive investment in equipment and allow for payroll increases have been released. Still, we worry about inflation. Will the aging population drag down growth? What is this Bitcoin thing?

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May
May 23, 2018

For the newly retired local psychiatrist, Dr. John Sealy, there’s no greater thrill than watching a gift—whether financial or simply the gift of time, effort and attention—bear fruit in someone else’s life. Gardening is one of Dr. Sealy’s passions, and he sees parallels between that hobby and his nearly 50-year career as a psychiatrist.

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May
May 18, 2018

Dr. Melanie Friedlander doesn’t know what drove her to medicine. She just always knew. “I announced one day that I was going to be a doctor,” the New Jersey native recalls. “And when I was in seventh grade, I told my parents that I was going to be a surgeon.”

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May
May 18, 2018

Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s Young Physicians and Professionals Alliance (YPPA) began as the brainchild of the late Richard Hoffman, MD, a dedicated and pioneering radiologist at Torrance Memorial. It was at his suggestion, made to the hospital Foundation board, that the group was formed to engage younger members of the South Bay community with Torrance Memorial—by bringing young physicians and professionals together for social events and philanthropic activities.

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May
May 16, 2018

The Hunt family’s support of Torrance Memorial Medical Center is three generations in the making. It’s where Donald George Hunt received care before he passed away at age 96. It is where two of his grandsons were born and where his daughter-in-law was a longtime employee. The sister of Donald’s wife, Priscilla, also received cancer treatments there.

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May
May 16, 2018

It’s 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday and there’s a school assembly vibe in the air.

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May
May 16, 2018

Steve Baker is a creature of habit—bedtime at 10 p.m., morning alarm at 6 a.m. and in the shower 15 minutes later. That’s why when Steve was awake and agitated at 5:15 on the morning of February 22, his wife, Namele, knew something wasn’t right. When she saw the left side of his face looked weaker than the right, she immediately suspected he’d had a stroke.

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May
May 08, 2018

By Christian Cordoba, CFP

From incapacity planning to legacy and gifting intentions, a well-constructed estate plan can be one of the greatest gifts you provide your loved ones to remove unnecessary stress during an emotional time of loss—but only if it is properly executed. Be sure to check your estate plan for these critical financial planning updates.

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May
April 25, 2018

By Stephanie Bezner, Attorney

In December, Congress passed significant tax legislation. The federal estate tax exemption was increased to $10,000,000 per person, adjusted for inflation. For 2018, the federal estate tax exemption is now $11,200,000. This means estate taxes will impact less than 0.5% of the people in the United States! As a result, some people are thinking estate planning is not necessary because their net worth is so much lower.

Financial Health
April
November 20, 2017

Recognized For Cardiac Care

Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s Lundquist Lurie Cardiovascular Institute received the Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, Resuscitation Gold Quality  Achievement Award and Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.

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November
November 20, 2017

Torrance Memorial Foundation board member David McKinnie and his wife, Kak, tested their luck at the 2016 Holiday Festival Gala. With no strategy in mind, they purchased five Holiday Festival opportunity drawing tickets and hoped for the best. Coincidently, the winners of the 2013 and 2014 opportunity drawing also happened to purchase five tickets when they entered. Five must be the lucky number.

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November
November 20, 2017

Back in 1987, as a promising young banking executive at Inglewood-based Imperial Bancorp, Don Douthwright rarely played golf. But his boss, Imperial’s co-founder, the late George Graziadio, was an avid golfer and a firm believer that the golf course was as useful as the boardroom for making connections and striking deals.

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November
November 20, 2017

Alfred and Rozelyn Redisch had three passions in life: family, philanthropy and travel. The couple, who passed away in 2012 and 2015 respectively, never did anything by halves. Their enthusiasm for travel led them to take more than 125 cruises during their lifetimes.

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November
November 20, 2017

Louis Graziadio vividly recalls attending a meeting as a young boy in the early 1960s, with his dad, noted philanthropist and longtime Palos Verdes Peninsula resident the late George L. Graziadio, Jr. The gathering was inside a trailer on the construction site of Torrance Memorial’s soon-to-be-built new patient tower.

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November
November 20, 2017

Joseph Hohm and Steven Spierer have been friends for nearly 40 years. Their friendship has led to a partnership in real estate investments and joint family vacations. Hohm and Spierer are also aligned when it comes to supporting local health care. Both are members of the board of the Torrance Memorial Foundation.

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November
November 20, 2017

We live in a wired society. Most people use cell phones and tablets throughout the day to conduct work and school-related business and to stay connected with cherished family and friends. Donor and former board member of the Torrance Memorial Foundation, Jeffrey Neu recognizes the value of maintaining a connection to others.

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