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                               2020 HONOREES & FINALISTS
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        Letter from the Publisher

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                                   uring “normal” times, it’s hard to think of a more complex and challenging road than that of the health-related business sector. It’s
                                   an industry that continues to navigate through changes and the need for trouble-shooting, while providing services that are the most
                                   essential to those in need. This year in particular, with the COVID-19 crisis and all its accompanying challenges, it has been our health
                                   care leaders managing the front lines of treatment – for coronavirus as well as all other health concerns – while providing answers and
                              best practices for the people and businesses of Los Angeles and beyond.
                                 Once again, this year, we have set aside this special section of the Los Angeles Business Journal to honor the outstanding leaders in the
                              world of health care for our region. These individuals, organizations and programs have made huge strides helping Los Angeles (and beyond)
                              outstanding levels of care and treatment while fighting to help us navigate through uncharted waters.
                                 We have chosen to recognize leaders and organizations that make an impact on both the frontlines of healthcare and those protecting the
                              operational bottom lines as well.
                                 This special section you are reading now spotlights the honorees we celebrated as part of our Health Care Panel & Awards virtual event
                              on Wednesday, August 26th.
                                 Eleven inspirational honoree organizations and individuals were announced this year and are described in this section. We applaud each of
                              them, as well as the impactful collection of finalists, also listed in these pages. Congratulations – and thank you – to all the great health care
                              leaders in Los Angeles who play such an integral role in our lives and the lives of our families, friends and coworkers – now more than ever.

                              Best regards,

                              Josh Schimmels
                              Publisher & CEO

                                  AltaMed congratulates all of the nominees of the
                          Los Angeles Business Journal Health Care Leadership Awards
                        especially Dr. Sherrill Brown, Medical Director, Infection Prevention.

                        Thank you for your leadership and dedication in protecting the health
                                         and well-being of our community.

                                     At AltaMed, we are committed to providing quality health care
                                      and community services to help families live healthier lives.

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        The Los Angeles Business Journal Celebrates
        the Top Health Leaders of the Region
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               he Los Angeles Business Journal proudly hosted the annual Health Leadership Awards as a free virtual event on Wednesday, August 26th.
                 Before launching into the virtual awards ceremony, the event brought together a diverse group of elite health industry insiders for a panel discussion
               about the state of health care, delivery of care, and the overall impact COVID-19 has had on the health care system and businesses in Southern California.
            Below are some quotes from the event’s esteemed panelists:

                                      Dr. James Kyle                                                                      Denise Pines
                                      Medical Director                                                                    President
                                      LA Care Health Plan                                                                 Medical Board of California

                                      “Our greatest challenge as a health plan in a                                        “COVID-19 put health care organizations’
                                      pandemic is to support our providers and hold                                        responsiveness to the test, and those that had
                                      our provider network together.”                                                      implemented sound strategies fared better. So
                                                                                                                           many of our top health leaders in Southern
                                                                                                                           California were ready.”

                                      Dr. Demetria Malloy
                                      Medical Director                                                                    Robert Stone
                                      Anthem Blue Cross                                                                   President & CEO
                                                                                                                          City of Hope

                                       “Anthem has taken a strategic approach
                                       to enhancing its operational infrastructure,                                        “Cancer doesn’t stop for COVID-19. The lessons
                                       increasing its focus on data and promoting                                          we have learned about innovation, speed,
                                       innovative clinical programs that increase                                          partnerships and resilience will have a dramatic
                                       health equity.”                                                                     impact on research and delivery of care.”

                                      Thomas Mone
                                      Chief Executive Officer
                                      OneLegacy

                                                                                                         To view highlights
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                                       compassion, skills, and commitment of our                         from the virtual event, visit
                                       health care colleagues and our team members to
                                       make life-saving donations happen despite the
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                                       pandemic, gives hope to patients in need and our
                                       entire community.”

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                                              is proud to support the
                                Los Angeles Business Journal
                                   and this year’s Health Care Panel & Awards

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                                                                                                               INDIVIDUALS
                                                                                                                      HEALTH SYSTEM EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

                                                                                                                      JOHN MAZZIOTTA, MD
                                                                                                                      CEO, UCLA Health, Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences
                                                                                                                      UCLA Health

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                                                                                                                             r. John C. Mazziotta has been CEO of UCLA Health and vice chancellor of UCLA
                                                                                                                             Health Sciences since 2015. He also has served as Dean of the David Geffen School
                                                                                                                             of Medicine at UCLA, associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences and
                                                                                                                             executive vice dean. Dr. Mazziotta was chair of the Department of Neurology and
                                                                                                                      founding director of the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center. Under Dr. Mazziotta’s
                                                                                                                      leadership, UCLA’s academic medical center has accelerated along its trajectory as a research
                                                                                                                      powerhouse and world-class center of learning. UCLA Health has been on the U.S. News
                                                                                                                      & World Report’s national Honor Role of best hospitals for 30 consecutive years; in 2019,
                                                                                                                      its hospitals ranked No. 1 in Los Angeles and California and No. 6 nationally. Dr. Mazziotta
                                                                                                                      guided UCLA Health’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that the system’s
                                                                                                                      medical centers had sufficient capacity and resources to manage the crisis and to address the
                                                                                                                      needs of the community. From the start, he was involved in PPE procurement, logistics and
                                                                                                                      all levels of operation, as well as reaching out to donors and friends of UCLA Health for
                                                                                                                      their support.
                                                                                                                           During Dr. Mazziotta’s tenure, UCLA Health and the David Geffen School of Medicine
                                                                                                                      at UCLA have received numerous gifts to support clinical care, research and education,
                                                                                                                      including a $46 million gift from David Geffen that brought the amount of the David Geffen
                                                                                                                      Medical Scholarship Fund to $146 million, which will assist more than 400 students over a
                                                                                                                      10-year period.

                                                                                                        FINALISTS

            SUNNY BHATIA, MD, MMM,                                        RYAN IWAMOTO                                    NEHA NANDA, MD                                  JOANNE WEIDHAAS, MD
                  FACC, FSCAI                                              President & Co-Founder
                                                                            24 Hour Home Care
                                                                                                                    Medical Director of Infection Prevention and
                                                                                                                            Antimicrobial Stewardship
                                                                                                                                                                                        Founder
                                                                                                                                                                                   MiraKind, MiraDx
         Chief Executive Officer | Prime Healthcare Region I                                                                Keck Medicine of USC

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         Corporate Chief Medical Officer | Prime Healthcare        yan Iwamoto is president and co-found-                                                                 r. Joanne Weidhaas, MD, PhD, MSM

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                         Prime Healthcare                          er of 24 Hour Home Care, one of Los           n years without an international pandemic,               is the co-founder of MiraDx and a pro-
                                                                   Angeles’ largest homecare companies. A        the role of an infection preventionist at a              fessor and vice-chair in the department

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             unny Bhatia, MD is the chief executive            LA native, Iwamoto co-founded 24 Hour in          hospital might fly under the radar. However,        of radiation oncology at UCLA. MiraDx
             officer and chief medical officer for Prime       2008 at age 26. Over the last five years, 24    with COVID-19 dominating health care for              is a Los Angeles-based molecular genetics
             Healthcare’s Region I which includes              Hour has grown from $48 million to $110         the past six months, Neha Nanda, MD, med-             company that identifies, validates, develops,
        Prime Healthcare’s 17 hospitals located                million projected revenue in 2020. It started   ical director of infection prevention and anti-       and delivers novel germline biomarker tests
        in California and Nevada. Dr. Bhatia also              as a $160,000 self- and family-funded ven-      microbial stewardship with Keck Medicine of           for individualized cancer treatment. When
        serves as the chief medical officer at Sherman         ture. Now it is an enterprise with 20 loca-     USC, has risen to well-deserved prominence.           the pandemic hit, Dr. Weidhaas decided
        Oaks Hospital and Encino Hospital Medical              tions and 10,000 caregivers serving 10,000      Under her steady, expert hand, Dr. Nanda              to take action and use MiraDx’s existing
        Center, two of Prime Healthcare’s acute                seniors and individuals with developmental      has taken the lead in infection prevention            technology to develop a COVID-19 test.
        care, community hospitals located in LA                disabilities each year. Iwamoto’s leadership    and policy at Keck Medicine’s three hospitals         Because MiraDX’s cancer research has been
        County. Under Dr. Bhatia’s leadership, Prime           during COVID-19 is an example of his            and some 80 ambulatory locations during the           focused on molecular studies of DNA and
        Healthcare’s hospitals have earned accolades           leadership skills. Right away he prioritized    outbreak. She coordinated hospital restruc-           RNA, Dr. Weidhaas was able to use her
        for quality, patient safety and performance            safety above all else. He spearheaded the       turing to allow for isolation and quarantine          expertise to quickly repurpose most of their
        over the past year from nationally recognized          organization’s industry-leading S.A.F.E.R. at   of COVID-19 patients, oversaw a necessary             equipment and protocols to test for COVID-
        healthcare rating agencies. As CMO, Dr.                home program to safely care for vulnerable      cessation of services in anticipation of a            19. The test she and her team designed uses
        Bhatia ensures that Prime’s hospitals and phy-         populations through investing in training,      surge, and developed a plan for the strate-           highly-sensitive tests which can detect if
        sicians in California and Nevada are aligned           PPE, and safety procedures. This enabled        gic resumption of elective procedures and             someone is contagious at the early stage
        in their goals of providing safe and high-qual-        24 Hour Home Care to become one of few          surgeries. Through her working relationship           of infection. MiraDx was able to mobilize
        ity care. Through Dr. Bhatia’s leadership,             home care companies to alleviate hospitals      with national and local health officials to           to provide immediate COVID-19 tests for
        physician-led teams at the hospital and cor-           in LA by caring for recovering COVID+           create best practices throughout the health           essential workers, reaching the capacity for
        porate levels have designed and implemented            seniors in their homes.                         system of 2,000 doctors and over one million          10,000 tests per day, with an Accuracy Rate
        groundbreaking clinical programs.                                                                      patients.                                             of 95+%.

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                                                                                                            INDIVIDUALS
                                                                                                                  HOSPITAL CEO OR PRESIDENT OF THE YEAR

                                                                                                                  ROD HANNERS
                                                                                                                  Interim CEO
                                                                                                                  Keck Medicine of USC

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                                                                                                                         s a seasoned health care executive, Rod Hanners has a proven track record of
                                                                                                                         driving clinical efficiencies and promoting a culture of respect, diversity, trust and
                                                                                                                         teamwork. Under his leadership as CEO for Keck Medical Center of USC, which
                                                                                                                         includes two acute care hospitals, Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer
                                                                                                                  Hospital, the center has experienced unprecedented recent success. Keck Medical Center
                                                                                                                  was ranked No. 16 on the U.S. News & World Report 2019-20 Best Hospitals Honor
                                                                                                                  Roll. It also ranked nationally in nine adult specialties. In addition, Keck Hospital
                                                                                                                  received an A rating in hospital safety for the fall of 2019 and spring of 2020 by industry
                                                                                                                  watchdog, the Leapfrog Group. Keck Hospital has also grown into the number one
                                                                                                                  transfer center in Southern California by tackling the toughest cases needing specialized
                                                                                                                  care.
                                                                                                                      In his role as COO of Keck Medicine, which also includes USC Verdugo Hills
                                                                                                                  Hospital (USC-VHH) in Glendale and some 80 outpatient locations, Hanners has
                                                                                                                  helped usher in numerous achievements, including Keck Medicine being named the
                                                                                                                  official orthopedic medical partner of the Los Angeles Kings hockey team in 2019
                                                                                                                  and USC-VHH recognized with the 2019 Lantern Award by the Emergency Nurses
                                                                                                                  Association, the only community hospital in Southern California to receive the honor.
                                                                                                                  Since June of 2020, Hanners has served as interim CEO of Keck Medicine. Under his
                                                                                                                  guidance, Keck Medicine has successfully resumed business operations post COVID-19
                                                                                                                  by reconfiguring clinical spaces and enacting new policies to ensure the safety and well-
                                                                                                                  being of patients and staff.

                                                                                                    FINALISTS

                        ROB H. CURRY                                     ALICE ISSAI                                   JOHNESE SPISSO                                        ROBERT STONE
                         President & CEO                                    President                                    President, UCLA Health,                               President and CEO
                         Emanate Health                             Adventist Health Glendale                         CEO, UCLA Hospital System,                                 City of Hope
                                                                                                             Associate Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences

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            ob Curry, the president and chief execu-           lice Issai joined Adventist Health Glen-                       UCLA Health                            obert W. Stone, City of Hope’s presi-
            tive officer of Emanate Health, oversees           dale as the new president in July 2018.                                                               dent and chief executive officer, leads a

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            the largest health care system in the              She previously was with Keck Medicine           ohnese Spisso has been president of                   world-renowned independent biomedical
        San Gabriel Valley. Curry’s leadership has        of USC where she served as chief operating           UCLA Health, CEO of UCLA Hospital                 research and treatment center for cancer
        been invaluable in guiding Emanate Health         officer for Keck Hospital of USC and USC             System and associate vice chancellor of           and diabetes which is setting the standards
        during the pandemic to ensure financial           Norris Cancer Hospital. Under Issai’s lead-       UCLA Health Sciences since 2016. With 30             for precision oncology care, delivering
        sustainability, preserve staff positions, treat   ership, Adventist Health Glendale began           years of experience, she is a nationally recog-      impactful research discoveries, collaborating
        those with and without COVID-19, and              the year with the Centers for Medicare &          nized academic health care leader, overseeing        with industry and philanthropic partners,
        inspire confidence that everything that           Medicaid Services (CMS) awarding it five          operations of UCLA’s hospitals, clinics and          and influencing healthcare policy to trans-
        could be done is being done to bring the          stars - the highest-possible - for quality.       the health system’s regional outreach strate-        form the future of health. Stone, a lawyer
        surrounding communities back to good              Fewer than 300 hospitals nationwide, and          gy. Spisso led UCLA’s expansion to provide           who moved up the ranks of the organiza-
        health. He serves as the board chair for Pri-     only five in the Los Angeles area, earned         convenient access to care throughout South-          tion to assume the chief executive role in
        vate Essential Access Community Hospitals         five stars. Adventist Health Glendale was         ern California, with more than 200 clinics           2014, possesses a unique perspective and
        (PEACH) - a network of private, core safety       recognized by U.S. News & World Report            recording more than 2.8 million outpatient           understanding of the dynamic healthcare
        net hospitals in California that care for a       as the 10th Best Hospital among the 130+          visits in 2019. She also has led the effort to       environment and an ability to make big bets
        disproportionate share of low-income, med-        area hospitals and received The Leapfrog          accomplish essential clinical goals at UCLA          on priorities that matter most, inspiring the
        ically vulnerable patients. Curry is currently    Group’s A grade for the 10th consecutive          Health. During the COVID-19 pandemic,                enterprise to make his vision a reality. He
        a fellow in the American College of Health-       time, an achievement fewer than 3.5% of           Spisso rallied UCLA Health’s team to an              has driven City of Hope’s rapid evolution,
        care Executives. He serves on the board of        hospitals nationwide can boast. Additional-       early response and encouraged the public to          including expanding access to its excep-
        directors for the California Hospital Asso-       ly, the hospital earned top recognition for its   adopt life-saving practices. From the launch         tional patient-centered care, as it has grown
        ciation and also serves as a member of its        comprehensive stroke care from the Amer-          of the COVID-19 Command Center in early              from a single site outside of Los Angeles to
        executive committee. He previously served         ican Heart Association/American Stroke            March, Spisso oversaw procurement of PPE,            a clinical network spanning 30 locations
        as a member on the board of the American          Association.                                      surge planning, operations, logistics and all        throughout California.
        Hospital Association, Region 9.                                                                     other critical aspects of the health system.

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                                                                                                              INDIVIDUALS
                                                                                                                     HOSPITAL EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

                                                                                                                     KAREN GRIMLEY
                                                                                                                     Chief Nurse Executive, UCLA Health, Assistant Dean, UCLA School of Nursing
                                                                                                                     UCLA Health

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                                                                                                                          aren Grimley came to UCLA Health in 2015. With more than 30 years of
                                                                                                                          experience as a nurse leader she is responsible for the overall delivery and
                                                                                                                          management of nursing practice, education, professional development, research,
                                                                                                                          administration and clinical services, as well as enhancing a compassionate and
                                                                                                                     respectful patient-centered clinical practice environment. Under her leadership, Ronald
                                                                                                                     Reagan UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica and Resnick
                                                                                                                     Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA have earned Magnet Status for Nursing Excellence
                                                                                                                     – the highest and most prestigious distinction a health care organization can receive for
                                                                                                                     nursing excellence – from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, as well as several
                                                                                                                     other prestigious nursing recognitions and awards.
                                                                                                                         During the COVID-19 pandemic, Grimley was a key member of the UCLA Health
                                                                                                                     Command Center. Her focus and clear-eyed leadership helped to guide the organization’s
                                                                                                                     preparation for and management of the crisis. Partnering with the nurses and medical
                                                                                                                     team, she was instrumental in finding real-world solutions to assure that both nurses and
                                                                                                                     patients never felt isolated during the crisis. Her efforts to maintain human connections
                                                                                                                     led to an expedited implementation of tablet technology that kept hospitalized patients
                                                                                                                     in touch with their families. She also demonstrated deep caring for her staff, creating
                                                                                                                     respite space for her nursing staff to decompress, reflect and rest. In collaboration with
                                                                                                                     the chief medical and quality officer, she issued daily reports to assure UCLA’s workforce
                                                                                                                     and community were kept informed about the evolving crisis and the development of
                                                                                                                     hundreds of new policies, procedures and protocols.

                                                                                                         FINALISTS

                                                                                                                                                                    JAMES STEIN, MD, MSc, FACS,
               BRUCE L. GEWERTZ, MD                           SANTOSH KESARI, MD, PhD                                      JOUNG LEE, MD                                       FAAP
                           Surgeon-in-Chief                  Director, Neuro-Oncology; Chair and Professor,             Chief Administrative Officer
                    Vice Dean, Academic Affairs              Department of Translational Neurosciences and      CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center             Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
                Vice President, Interventional Services                    Neurotherapeutics                                                                                Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

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                                                                                                                   the subspecialty of skull base surgery, Dr.        ames Stein, MD, is CHLA’s inaugural

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            ruce L. Gewertz, MD has been a leading             r. Santosh Kesari, M.D., Ph.D., is a                Joung Lee, who currently serves as chief           senior vice president and chief medical
            medical expert in the Los Angeles area             board-certified neurologist and neu-            administrative officer at CHA Hollywood                officer. Dr. Stein is responsible for devel-
            and nationally for more than 25 years.             ro-oncologist who leads the Pacific             Presbyterian Medical Center, previously            oping care delivery systems that set the bar
        The research of Dr. Gewertz focuses on             Neuroscience Research Center and Pacific            established one of the world’s largest skull       in all metrics. From cancer surgeries to sepa-
        human factors in delivery of health care and       Neuroscience Institute. He also serves as           base surgery programs at the Cleveland             rating conjoined twins, Stein is a renowned
        the distribution of surgical services. His clin-   director of neuro-oncology at Providence            Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio where he served          pediatric surgeon. As CMO, he is a physician
        ical interests include cerebrovascular disease,    Saint John’s Health Center and chair of the         as Professor and the Founding Director of          leader overseeing CHLA’s COVID-19 crisis
        especially intraoperative neurophysiologic         Department of Translational Neuroscienc-            the clinic’s Skull Base Surgery Center from        command team. He has exhibited grace under
        monitoring and outcome analysis, aortic            es and Neurotherapeutics at John Wayne              July 1993 to March 2014. During his vast           fire and led with calm reassurance. During the
        aneurysmal disease, and mesenteric ischemic        Cancer Institute. Dr. Kesari specializes in         experience spanning over 4000 complex              pandemic, CHLA developed its own robust
        syndromes. Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai,          personalized medicine for patients with             cranial surgery cases, he has pioneered many       viral testing system for patients, staff and com-
        Dr. Gewertz served on the faculty at the           malignant brain tumors. His experience in           innovative surgical techniques which are           munity partners; maintained supplies of PPE
        University of Chicago (1981-2006). There           precision therapeutic strategies targets brain      currently used by neurosurgeons through-           and created a specialized unit for COVID-19
        he enjoyed a regional and national referral        tumors at the molecular level to eliminate          out the world. Dr. Lee has been recognized         positive patients. More than 15,000 on-site
        practice in vascular surgery and established       the disease. Dr. Kesari’s research efforts          since 2005 as one of the “Best Doctors in          viral tests were conducted with turn-around
        a fully funded laboratory focused on cellular      have focused on cancer stem cells, their            America,” and has been a recipient of the          times of 24 hours. Universal masking and
        mechanisms of ischemia-reperfusion injury.         role in the formation of brain tumors, and          “Patient’s Choice Award” for over 10 years.        daily health screenings for staff and visitors
        In his very substantial body of basic science      their resistance to treatment. His goal is to       He has also authored more than 100 publi-          ensured a safe environment for patients, fam-
        work, Dr. Gewertz was consistently funded by       advance neurological medicine by develop-           cations and edited two books, including a          ilies and workers – protocols that have now
        the NIH and American Heart Association             ing targeted drugs to eradicate brain tumors.       comprehensive textbook on meningioma.              been shared nationally through his leadership
        and published his work in the most highly                                                                                                                 on several committees, enabling CHLA to
        refereed research journals.                                                                                                                               provide care for underserved populations.

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                                                                    in
                                                                    California.
                                                                     And top 4
                                                                     in the nation.

                                                              #1 in Los Angeles, #4 in
                                                              the nation, U.S. News &
                                                              World Report Best Hospitals.

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                                                                                                             TRUSTED ADVISOR OF THE YEAR

                                                                                                             DR. MIATTA SNETTER
                                                                                                             Director of Clinical Services
                                                                                                             U.S. VETS Outside the Wire

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                                                                                                                   r. Miatta Snetter is a clinical psychologist and director of clinical services for
                                                                                                                   U.S.VETS Outside the Wire, a veteran-specific mental health program offering
                                                                                                                   free, place-based and virtual, counseling and case management to student veterans
                                                                                                                   at community colleges across Los Angeles and Orange Counties. She recently
                                                                                                             co-authored a mental health report on female veteran students. Dr. Snetter provides
                                                                                                             counseling through Women Vets on Point, a partnership of U.S.VETS and EDC that
                                                                                                             provides local female veterans with mental health and supportive services. She is an
                                                                                                             educator, speaking at mental health conferences to share best practices in delivering
                                                                                                             veteran-sensitive services, and training doctoral trainees and MSW students who
                                                                                                             specialize in military social work. Veterans are at higher risk of experiencing mental
                                                                                                             illness, unemployment, substance use, homelessness, and suicide. Twenty United States
                                                                                                             veterans take their own lives every day. Amidst the current pandemic, the challenges
                                                                                                             that veterans face, are compounded by isolation and uncertainty, post-traumatic stress, or
                                                                                                             financial instability. Today, U.S.VETS Outside the Wire services are more important than
                                                                                                             ever.
                                                                                                                 When COVID-19 hit, Dr. Snetter pivoted quickly, finding new ways to reach
                                                                                                             veterans. She started creating and sharing videos, which circulated to veterans across the
                                                                                                             state through community and advocacy groups. Dr. Snetter meets veterans where they
                                                                                                             are, helping them with emotional stability during this acutely stressful time. Her calm,
                                                                                                             knowledgeable and authentic demeanor, and commitment to our clients is a shining
                                                                                                             example of the standard of care that our veterans deserve.

                                                                                                 FINALISTS

                                                      SUZAN KONELL                                                  DAMARIS MEDINA
                                         System Vice President and Associate General Counsel -                               Shareholder
                                               Legal Compliance and Regulatory Affairs                                       Buchalter
                                              CommonSpirit Health / Dignity Health

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                                                                                                              amaris Medina serves on Buchalter’s Board

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                                             uzan Konell has provided guidance to the                         of Directors, is co-chair of Buchalter’s
                                             health system on a wide range of legal issues                    Life Sciences Industry group, chair of the
                                             involving compliance and regulatory affairs.                Women of Buchalter Committee and a member
                                        In addition to the extensive legal guidance she                  of various other committees including the firm’s
                                        provides across the organization, Suzan has been                 Partnership Evaluation committee. Medina
                                        heavily involved in philanthropic initiatives                    successfully litigates numerous complex expo-
                                        for Dignity Health in Los Angeles and the                        sure cases against major health plans recovering
                                        broader Southern California region, including                    millions of dollars on behalf of health care pro-
                                        Northridge Hospital Medical Center’s Center for                  viders, and routinely advocates for health care
                                        Assault Treatment Services (CATS), California                    providers by advancing and establishing new
                                        Hospital Medical Center and its Hope Street                      legal theories that are significant to the health
                                        Community Benefit Programs, the Human Traf-                      care provider industry. Medina is a frequent
                                        ficking Response Program and more. The Hope                      speaker and author on healthcare industry top-
                                        Street Margolis Family Center became a nation-                   ics and serves as the Director of the Board for
                                        ally recognized Project Head Start Program and                   the Urgent Care Association of America. Her
                                        expanded to touch children and their families to                 standing as a top attorney in the healthcare field
                                        include education, literacy training, and mental                 is routinely recognized by industry publications.
                                        health services to assure that the children had                  This was recently reinforced by her selection as
                                        the opportunity to have healthy productive lives.                one, of only four, leading attorneys in the field
                                        Konnell balances providing her legal expertise in                to teach mediation and arbitration of healthcare
                                        a dynamic, fast-moving organization with these                   matters to JAMS’ neutrals in California.
                                        types of efforts to better the communities that
                                        Dignity Health serves.

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                         When we look for those
                         who inspire, encourage
                         and lead, we simply turn
                         to those around us
                          On behalf of Cedars-Sinai, congratulations to all of
                          the outstanding honorees and award recipients.

                          Cedars-Sinai is proud to be recognized alongside
                          transformative organizations and individuals working
                          to create a more resilient Los Angeles for all.

                                                                                                © 2020 Cedars-Sinai

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                                                                                           INDIVIDUALS
                                                                                                   INSURANCE EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

                                                                                                   JOHN BAACKES
                                                                                                   Chief Executive Officer
                                                                                                   L.A. Care Health Plan

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                                                                                                         s a leader in the health insurance sector for more than 40 years, John Baackes,
                                                                                                         CEO of L.A. Care Health Plan, which serves more members in Los Angeles
                                                                                                         County than any other health plan, knows all too well there is no shortage of
                                                                                                         opportunities for improvement and innovation in the industry. Since taking the
                                                                                                   helm in 2015, Baackes has launched a number of significant efforts to add value to the
                                                                                                   health plan’s members and providers. Most recently, Baackes assembled a team to deploy
                                                                                                   a comprehensive response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately
                                                                                                   affected the most marginalized and under-resourced communities in Los Angeles County,
                                                                                                   the very communities that L.A. Care serves. Further, the health care providers who serve
                                                                                                   these communities have also suffered as regular visits decreased dramatically due to fear of
                                                                                                   exposure.
                                                                                                       From accelerating $85 million in claims payments to L.A. Care network hospitals and
                                                                                                   more than $21 million in performance-based payments to providers, to granting more
                                                                                                   than $3 million to community clinics and community-based organizations for COVID-19
                                                                                                   response efforts, L.A Care has quickly mobilized to support its members and providers.
                                                                                                   L.A. Care has also convened nearly 200 health care leaders to discuss strategies to address
                                                                                                   the racial disparities in COVID-19 illnesses and is supporting numerous drive-through
                                                                                                   food banks across Los Angeles County to address the food insecurity needs of members
                                                                                                   and the community. Under Baackes’ leadership, L.A. Care has taken a decidedly bold
                                                                                                   approach in addressing social determinants of health.

                                                                                       FINALISTS

                                                    THOMAS MEANS                                         NAAMA O. POZNIAK
                                                            CEO                                                      CEO
                                                         PCH Benefits                              Paz Holding Inc. dba A+ Insurance Service

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                                            om Means is a 15-year veteran of the health            aama O. Pozniak is a creative, global-
                                            and life insurance industries, spending                ly-minded health insurance strategic advi-
                                            his entire professional career focused on              sor, meditation coach, and speaker. She
                                        strategies and solutions for employee benefits         has served the American insurance industry
                                        and executive benefits. He is an expert on the         for 30+ years specializing in healthcare reform,
                                        Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”), and its             employee benefits, international travel insur-
                                        potential impacts on individuals and business-         ance, and Medicare. Pozniak marries her fields
                                        es. As an agent/broker, Means’ role is to guide        of expertise through presentations and speak-
                                        clients to the right strategies and plan designs       ing events spreading the message of reducing
                                        for them and/or their businesses. Means is             healthcare costs and stress reduction with
                                        always searching for compliant health insur-           meditation and yoga. Her mission is to empow-
                                        ance solutions to best serve you, your employ-         er other insurance professionals to start prac-
                                        ees, your business and your budget. While              ticing and share these techniques with clients,
                                        many agents/agencies are myopic, contending            employers, and/or peers. Her innovative ideas
                                        with conflicting ideologies of either planning         on healthcare have been published in Amer-
                                        for today versus planning for tomorrow, Means          ican’s Benefit Specialist Magazine, Insurance
                                        continues to display his ability to do both            News Net Magazine, Benefit News, Cal Broker
                                        successfully. And, in the midst of a worldwide         Magazine and more. She has been recognized
                                        pandemic, he was one of the first to go virtual-       by a number of prestigious awards, including
                                        ly and did so seamlessly.                              Employee Benefits Adviser’s 2019 “Wellness
                                                                                               Adviser of the Year” and the San Fernando
                                                                                               Valley Chamber of Commerce’s SIBBIE Award
                                                                                               for 2019.

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                                                                                               ORGANIZATIONS
                                                                                                                 HOSPITAL OR MEDICAL CENTER OF THE YEAR

                                                                                                                 CEDARS-SINAI

                                                                                                                 A
                                                                                                                       global leader in a number on medical fields, Cedars-Sinai was named our Hospital
                                                                                                                       or Medical Center of the Year this year with particular focus on its groundbreaking
                                                                                                                       liver transplant work. Cedars-Sinai houses the expertise of some of the world’s
                                                                                                                       leading liver transplant specialists. Each team consists of a wide array of specialists
                                                                                                                 from various fields of medicine. In addition to diagnosing and treating complex medical
                                                                                                                 conditions and performing the multifaceted procedures associated with organ transplants,
                                                                                                                 the staff is also engaged in groundbreaking research that has advanced the field of
                                                                                                                 medicine in many ways. Nicholas N. Nissen is the director of the Liver Transplant
                                                                                                                 Program at Cedars-Sinai and one of the leading experts in the surgical treatment of
                                                                                                                 Liver and Pancreatic Diseases in the United States. Dr. Nissen has developed one of the
                                                                                                                 most prolific and successful surgical practices in the US and has personally performed
                                                                                                                 over 3000 complex liver and pancreatic surgeries and over 500 liver transplants. Under
                                                                                                                 his leadership, the Liver Transplant Program volume has almost tripled in size, and now
                                                                                                                 demonstrates patient outcomes that are the best in California and among the best in the
                                                                                                                 country.
                                                                                                                     Dr. Nissen’s contributions span both surgical oncology and liver transplant fields. In
                                                                                                                 the transplant arena, his efforts are focused on expanding access to liver transplantation.
                                                                                                                 Examples include pioneering the use of liver transplantation in HIV positive patients,
                                                                                                                 in a multicenter trial lead at Cedars-Sinai by Dr. Nissen and maximizing the utilization
                                                                                                                 of donor livers for transplantation that might be otherwise discarded. Through his
                                                                                                                 leadership efforts and a team of seven surgeons, the liver transplant program has achieved
                                                                                                                 survival rates of 95% despite facing patients who are among the sickest of the sick.

                                                                                                   FINALISTS

          ADVENTIST HEALTH GLENDALE                              CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL                                    CITY OF HOPE                             UCLA HEALTH - Ronald Reagan
                                                                     LOS ANGELES                                                                                  UCLA Medical Center/UCLA
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             ince its founding in 1905 as the Glen-                                                            ity of Hope is a world-renowned inde-
             dale Sanitarium, countless patients have                                                          pendent biomedical research and treat-             Medical Center, Santa Monica

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             entrusted its physicians, nurses and asso-       ounded in 1901, Children’s Hospital Los          ment center for cancer and diabetes

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        ciates with their healthcare needs. Today,            Angeles is a pediatric academic medical      that is setting the standards for precision               onald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and
        Adventist Health Glendale is the largest              center built around its mission of cre-      oncology care, delivering impactful research              UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica are
        medical center serving the San Fernando           ating hope and building healthier futures        discoveries, collaborating with industry and              the primary hospitals of UCLA Health,
        Valley. As it continues to grow and evolve        for children. Renowned for its world-class       philanthropic partners, and influencing              recognized for delivering the highest quality
        to better meet the needs of the communities       clinical care, leading-edge research and one     healthcare policy to transform the future            care and consistently ranked by U.S. News &
        it serves, its staff knows that exceptional       of the most successful pediatric training        of health. President and CEO Robert                  World Report among the country’s best hos-
        healthcare is more than medicine. It’s about      programs in the country – all while being        Stone’s vision for the future of City of Hope        pitals, leading UCLA Health for 30 consecu-
        how Adventist Health Glendale chooses to          the pediatric safety net hospital for the        embraces the 100-plus-year-old institution’s         tive years to be named to USNWR’s Nation-
        care for its patients and each other – taking     entire region – CHLA performs more than          legacy of serving humanity by advancing              al Honor Roll. Reliably recognized for patient
        time to listen, to understand, to answer          17,000 surgeries and sees more than 600,000      scientific and clinical research and partner-        safety, each received an A in the Leapfrog
        questions, to hold a hand, even to pray.          patient visits annually. Providing $316.2        ing with like-minded organizations to speed          Group’s latest quality-and-safety assessment,
        Adventist Health Glendale has achieved            million in community benefits, CHLA – at         cures to patients. That vision is to be at the       and they received the 2020 Healthgrades
        major distinctions, including a five-star rat-    its core – reflects its physicians, nurses and   center of eliminating cancer and diabetes,           Outstanding Patient Experience Award. In
        ing by the Centers for Medicare and Medic-        clinical staff, who provide compassionate        bringing the discoveries of tomorrow to              addition, UCLA’s hospitals have been the
        aid Services for quality care and outcomes;       and lifesaving care for young patients hail-     people who need them today, collaborating            busiest transplant centers in the nation, per-
        and 11 consecutive A grades for quality care      ing from all 50 states and more than 75          through integrated networks of scientific            forming more than 18,800 procedures since
        from The Leapfrog Group. It has also been         countries. In the U.S. News’ “Honor Roll         innovation and deeply personalized care.             1988, when shared data collection began.
        named as a Joint Commission “Top Perform-         of Best Children’s Hospitals,” CHLA ranks        City of Hope’s rapid evolution has includ-           The hospitals’ comprehensive preparation
        er” in the areas of stroke, cardiac care and      No. 1 in the Western United States and No.       ed expanding access to its exceptional               has also made them leaders in the COVID-19
        pneumonia.                                        5 nationally for the second straight Year.       patient-centered care, as it has grown from a        response. Their clinical labs were among the
                                                          CHLA also had seven sub-specialties in the       single site outside of Los Angeles to a clini-       first in the country to develop in-house test-
                                                          top 10 nationwide.                               cal network spanning 30 locations.                   ing for COVID-19, reducing the time to get
                                                                                                                                                                results from several days to a few hours.

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                                        ORGANIZATIONS
                                                                                                         EXCEPTIONAL COVID-19 RESPONSE AND CARE

                                                                                                         LOS ANGELES SURGE HOSPITAL (LASH)
                                                                                                         (Partnership of State of California, Los Angeles
                                                                                                         County, Dignity Health, Kaiser Permanente)

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                                                                                                                emonstrating a spirit of collaboration combined with a passion for protecting and
                                                                                                                healing the people of our region, in a matter of days, the State of California, Los
                                                                                                                Angeles County, Dignity Health, and Kaiser Permanente partnered to open the
                                                                                                                Los Angeles Surge Hospital (LASH), a temporary facility that added critically
                                                                                                         needed beds to help safely meet the needs of an expected surge of patients with COVID-
                                                                                                         19. The collaboration was the first of its kind and a true public-private partnership: the
                                                                                                         state funded the hospital and its operations, LA County coordinated intake and transfer
                                                                                                         requests from public and private hospitals, and Dignity Health and Kaiser Permanente
                                                                                                         provided operational expertise and management oversight.
                                                                                                             In less than 30 days, the partnering organizations transformed a local decommissioned
                                                                                                         facility into a fully operational COVID-19 hospital prepared to serve 250 patients. Spe-
                                                                                                         cifically, LASH provided the majority of services found in a traditional hospital – from IT
                                                                                                         services, pharmacy, imaging, linens, and food and nutrition services. In turn, LASH not
                                                                                                         only added vital resources at a pivotal moment, but also provided complex ICU services
                                                                                                         to some of the most vulnerable patients affected by COVID-19. Thanks to the tireless
                                                                                                         efforts of 500 physicians, nurses, health care workers and staff who brought the surge
                                                                                                         hospital to life and maintained the facility, patients treated at LASH received advanced
                                                                                                         high-quality and compassionate care consistent with standards across the country. The
                                                                                                         opening and operation of LASH speaks to the power of partnership at a critical moment,
                                                                                                         and is a testament to the values of collaboration, creativity, and community.

                                                                                            FINALISTS

                                                          CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
       ALTAMED HEALTH SERVICES                                LOS ANGELES                                          MIRADX                               USC VERDUGO HILLS HOSPITAL

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    n response to the COVID-19 public health                                                             iraDx is a Los Angeles-based molecu-                 hen USC Verdugo Hills Hospital

                                                   T
    crisis, AltaMed Health Services, the               hroughout the pandemic, the Clinical              lar genetics company that identifies,                (USC-VHH) in Glendale first realized
    nation’s largest federally qualified com-          Microbiology and Virology Laboratory              validates, develops, and delivers novel              the risks of COVID-19 in January,
  munity health center, quickly reinvented             in the Department of Pathology and          germline biomarker tests for individualized         the leadership and the infection prevention
  the way it delivers care. As a community         Laboratory Medicine (PLM) at Children’s         cancer treatment. In March 2020, MiraDx             team immediately developed plans to ration
  health center, AltaMed plays a vital role        Hospital Los Angeles has played a vital role    paused its cancer patient testing and piv-          supplies, screen patients and keep patients
  in providing access to medical services to       in keeping CHLA’s environment safe for          oted its resources to COVID-19 testing in           and staff safe. Hospital leadership also held
  all who seek care to reduce unnecessary ER       patients, families and staff. In February, as   response to the pandemic. Because MiraDx’s          free seminars throughout the Glendale
  visits and hospitalizations. In just 10 days,    the coronavirus was spreading through Italy     research is focused on studying DNA and             area to inform the public. As the pandemic
  AltaMed launched the first of nine outdoor       and Iran, the laboratory director, Jennifer     RNA, the company was able to quickly                took hold, USC-VHH took a bold step by
  COVID-19 testing and medical evaluation          Dien Bard, Ph.D. D(ABMM), recognized the        repurpose its existing laboratory equipment         publicly providing daily tallies of how many
  sites in Los Angeles and Orange counties         likelihood of a global pandemic. With the       and protocols to test for COVID-19, an              patients and staff tested positive or were
  that were hit hardest with COVID-19              support of CHLA’s Department of Pathology       RNA virus. The test developed is a high-            treated for COVID 19. This transparent
  cases. Patients who were symptomatic were        and Laboratory Medicine, she and her team       ly-sensitive PCR test, which can detect if          approach gained the praise and trust of the
  treated outdoors, leaving the health centers     began the preparation to ensure that all the    someone is contagious at the early stage of         community. USC-VHH also created highly
  open for regular appointments. Testing was       components required for continuous testing      infection, regardless of whether they are           effective infection prevention protocols to
  made available to anyone with symptoms,          at CHLA, including test reagents and naso-      displaying symptoms. MiraDx’s shift to cre-         limit the spread of the virus, resulting in a
  regardless of their ability to pay. From April   pharyngeal swabs, were procured and fully       ate a coronavirus test amid the pandemic            very low infection rate of 0.3% among staff
  1 to June 5, 43,177 tests have been per-         stocked before the pandemic. This testing       has had a positive impact on not just the           when they were tested in May. One innova-
  formed and each day, AltaMed had 417 staff       capability enabled CHLA to test all CHLA        surrounding LA community but the entire             tion keeping rates down: patients arriving to
  working at its nine evaluation centers. The      staff exhibiting symptoms during daily health   country. It has been able to expand testing         the Emergency Department with symptoms
  health centers quickly implemented tele-         screenings – and testing all patients admit-    to nationwide businesses as well as public          of COVID-19 are screened at telemedicine
  medicine appointments for patients. From         ted for care and procedures. The laboratory     and private universities, with programs that        stations, which protects both staff and
  March 16 to June 7, 69,249 virtual visits        expanded its operation to provide testing       can be customized to the needs of each indi-        patients from possible exposure to the
  were completed.                                  24-7, testing with six-hour turnaround time     vidual institution.                                 virus while preserving personal protective
                                                   to support clinical operations.                                                                     equipment.

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                                                                                              ORGANIZATIONS
                                                                                                                   COMMUNITY CLINIC OF THE YEAR

                                                                                                                   KHEIR CLINIC

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                                                                                                                        heir Clinic is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving the uniquely
                                                                                                                        multicultural Koreatown neighborhood with unparalleled linguistic and cultural
                                                                                                                        competence. Kheir was established in 1986 to serve as a bridge between recently
                                                                                                                        immigrated Koreans and social service providers. Today, Kheir is the only FQHC in
                                                                                                                   the nation that provides a full suite of healthcare and human services in English, Korean,
                                                                                                                   Spanish, Bengali and Thai. The clinic is projected to serve more than 16,000 patients
                                                                                                                   through more than 80,000 visits in 2020. Kheir provides comprehensive, in-language
                                                                                                                   high-quality primary care, dentistry, optometry, behavioral healthcare, prenatal services,
                                                                                                                   transportation, and healthcare enrollment assistance. The clinic also offers selected
                                                                                                                   specialty care services in-house, including gastroenterology, physical therapy, podiatry,
                                                                                                                   neurology, and dermatology.
                                                                                                                       Kheir also has innovative, culturally-specific programs to address health disparities
                                                                                                                   in the Koreatown community. Kheir has the country’s longest-running Korean-language
                                                                                                                   cancer support group (more than 20 years old), and offers Spanish and Korean-language
                                                                                                                   diabetes support groups. Kheir’s Korean-language Caregiver Training Program helps
                                                                                                                   patients learn how to care for elders and disabled family members, and/or gain skills for
                                                                                                                   a career in hospice care. To address high rates of colon cancer among Kheir’s popula-
                                                                                                                   tion, the clinic launched a special Board-funded colonoscopy project for undocumented
                                                                                                                   patients in February 2020. While the project is currently paused due to the pandemic, the
                                                                                                                   funds will ultimately subsidize free colonoscopies at a state-of-the-art gastroenterology
                                                                                                                   center in Koreatown for 110 uninsured immigrant patients, promoting cancer survival
                                                                                                                   through early detection. Most recently, Kheir has been on the frontlines of the COVID-
                                                                                                                   19 response in Koreatown, providing coronavirus testing, information, and essential ser-
                                                                                                                   vices to keep patients out of hospitals and Emergency Rooms. Kheir has collaborated with
                                                                                                                   local partners to provide 7,124 hot meals, 150 grocery boxes, 3,200 cloth masks and 2,400
                                                                                                                   hand sanitizers to low-income patients, seniors and the homeless.

                                                                                                                                                   CONGRATULATIONS
                                                                                                                                                       DR. GOH
                                                                                                                                                 on being nominated as one
            PASADENA CARES ABOUT HEALTH CARE                                                                                                   LABJ’s 2020 Health Care leaders.
            The Pasadena Public Health Department has been responsible for helping
            protect, maintain and improve the health of the Pasadena community. In
            addition to congratulating Pasadena’s Medical Director, Dr. Goh and her
            staff, Pasadena wants to share other exciting Healthcare news.

            • Pasadena’s Huntington Hospital joined the Cedars-Sinai Health System. The merger will guide continued
            investment and further enhance a high quality health system that will provide first-class care to the community
            for years to come.
            • Kaiser Permanente’s Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine (below, middle) recently welcomed its first class of                                YING-YING GOH, MD, MSHS
            future physicians and medical leaders. The new modern facility is in located in the heart of Pasadena’s dynamic                               Director of Public Health and Health Officer
            downtown.
                                                                                                                                                  As the City’s Director of Public Health and Health Officer, Dr.
            • Doheny Eye Institute, (below, right) highly respected organization proudly affiliated with UCLA Stein                             Goh is responsible for the overall planning, administration and
                                                                                                                                               operation of the Pasadena Public Health Department. In this dual
            Eye Institute is moving its headquarters to Pasadena. These partnering organizations will be advancing the                           role, Dr. Goh also provides medical supervision and direction
            conservation, improvement and restoration of human eyesight in a beautiful campus in West Pasadena.                                 for City health services and programs, and has the authority to
                                                                                                                                                      declare public health emergencies and quarantines.

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                                       ORGANIZATIONS
                                                                                         FINALISTS

                EISNER HEALTH                               HEAL ONE WORLD                                   VENICE FAMILY CLINIC                    WESTSIDE FAMILY HEALTH CENTER

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      elebrating its 100th year of community           eal One World was formed in 2009 and                020 marks Venice Family Clinic’s 50th         ounded in 1974 as a women’s health clinic
      health service, Eisner Health continues          for 11 years has served the community               Anniversary. Since its beginning as an        in Santa Monica, WFHC is a women-led,
      to be an organization that provides qual-        in Los Angeles with free classes and                all-volunteer operation in a borrowed         award winning FQHC that provides pri-
  ity health care and is a tremendous asset       individual instruction and care. The impact         office, the clinic has become a healthcare     mary care and health education to 13,000
  to the Los Angeles community. Currently,        of Heal One World on the community is               leader serving people in need across greater   women, men and children. Its patients are
  Eisner Health operates 16 sites and has         profound, with people from different back-          L.A., a pioneer in innovations that improve    among the 188,000 low-income or uninsured
  more than 200,000 patient visits and with       grounds converging in a welcoming space for         lives and an effective advocate for equal      residents on LA’ s Westside with high rates
  50,000 plus unduplicated patients. Eisner       self-knowledge from the physical and mental         access to health care. It has grown to 12      of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and
  Health offers a wide variety of medical ser-    practices of tai chi, yoga and meditation.          sites in Venice, Santa Monica, Mar Vista,      cancer. Nearly half of the center’s patients
  vices including pediatrics, dental, women’s     The organization has worked with the Ven-           Inglewood, Hawthorne and Culver City,          are uninsured. 93% of WFHC’s patients live
  health, prenatal care/education, adult care,    ice Family Clinic, Saban Clinic, Salvation          serving nearly 28,000 men, women and           at or below 200% of the FPL, and rely on
  midwifery, and a Daddy Boot camp. It also       Army, Bresee Foundation, LAMP, Healthcare           children in need, including 4,500 people       WFHC’s affordable services to provide the
  provides school-based health and dental         for the Homeless, PATH, Pilgrim and Vista           experiencing homelessness. A vital local       quality health services they deserve. WFHC’s
  care to some LAUSD students on their            Towers Senior Housing, Front Porch Seniors          institution, the nonprofit community health    visionary President/CEO dreamed of a larger
  school campuses. Eisner Health prides itself    US Vets and the Veterans Administration.            center has demonstrated its importance to      site that matched the dignity WFHC gives
  as a place providing quality care and as an     This is in addition to the organization’s space     L.A.’s health throughout its history and       its patients. A million-dollar pledge kicked
  organization where people want to work          in mid-city, where the classes have been held       especially now, with COVID-19 highlight-       off years of planning and fundraising: WFHC
  in furtherance of its mission. The staff is     since 2010, serving over 10,000 communi-            ing poorer health outcomes for people in       found the perfect site to lease (former LA
  one of the greatest assets of Eisner Health.    ty members. Since COVID-19, Heal One                poverty. The clinic led the way in expand-     Weekly building) and built it out and moved
  Because many staff members are long time        World has begun offering free online yoga,          ing telehealth to protect patient and staff    during the pandemic. In this new space,
  employees, patients feel welcomed and com-      meditation, tai chi, bootcamp and energy            health and served as one of the only clinics   WFHC can double the number of patients
  fortable, and the institution benefits from     classes. There have been hundreds of partici-       offering in-person counseling during the       seen, and expand its services in 12,000 square
  their collective institutional knowledge.       pants enjoying the live classes.                    pandemic.                                      feet of new clinic space.

                                                                                                          C O N G R AT U L AT I O N S

                                                                                                    to Alice Issai, Hospital Executive
                                                                                                    of the Year finalist, and leader of
                                                                                                      Adventist Health Glendale, a
                                                                                                           Top Hospital finalist

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                                                                                              ORGANIZATIONS
                                                                                                                RESEARCH ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR

                                                                                                                MILKEN INSTITUTE

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                                                                                                                      OVID-19 has changed the game for every sector of society – businesses shuttered,
                                                                                                                      schools canceled, travel and tourism suspended, and a health-care system stretched
                                                                                                                      to its breaking point. While the death toll mounts, and new cases are surging on a
                                                                                                                      nearly daily basis, one thing has held true since day one of the pandemic – policy-
                                                                                                                makers, biomedical researchers, media, and the public have been in desperate need of
                                                                                                                clear, concise, and objective information about the scope of this crisis. Most critically,
                                                                                                                they have sought guidance on the vaccines and treatments that are in the pipeline, as
                                                                                                                a way to help inform their approaches to the virus across all sectors of society. Faster-
                                                                                                                Cures, a center of the Milken Institute, responded to this need early in the pandemic
                                                                                                                with the most comprehensive vaccine and treatment tracker available today. At its core,
                                                                                                                FasterCures helps lower barriers to progress in biomedical innovation to save lives, and
                                                                                                                COVID-19 is a call-to-action for us all. In a rapid pace, our team of PhD-level research-
                                                                                                                ers, designers, and data experts, developed our tracker to answer key questions, including:
                                                                                                                Which therapies and vaccines are in the pipeline? Who is sponsoring these efforts? At
                                                                                                                which stage in development are these therapies? FasterCures condensed thousands of data
                                                                                                                points into a usable, open-source tool that answers those key questions, and ultimately,
                                                                                                                creates a vital public service during a time of great uncertainty.
                                                                                                                    As a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank, the Milken Institute’s mission is to use our
                                                                                                                powerful platforms to help people build meaningful lives and create ever-expanding
                                                                                                                opportunities for themselves and their broader communities. However, none of that
                                                                                                                is possible without health and a shared commitment to rising to the challenges that
                                                                                                                COVID-19 has placed before us. Through these tools, Milken Institute offers accurate,
                                                                                                                timely information that centralizes and amplifies a shared humanity.

                                                                                                  FINALISTS

             THE LUNDQUIST INSTITUTE                                    MIRAKIND                               PACIFIC NEUROSCIENCE                                  UCLA JONSSON
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             esearchers from The Lundquist Institute        ounded in 2013 by Dr. Joanne Weidhaas,
             (TLI), a biomedical research institute in      MiraKind is the non-profit research                                                                         CENTER

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             Torrance, are at the forefront of calm-        arm of MiraDx, focused on applying                he Pacific Neuroscience Institute is

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        ing fears, and providing expertise, on the       Dr. Weidhaas’ discovery of a novel class of          devoted to providing personalized, pre-            he UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Can-
        COVID-19 pandemic for the community              genetic mutations to develop cancer pre-             cision multidisciplinary patient care;             cer Center is one of 51 comprehensive
        through multiple LA media outlets. TLI is        vention strategies. MiraKind aims to instill     advancing the neurosciences and promoting              cancer centers in the nation, the highest
        conducting numerous federally sponsored          change in the cancer research industry by        brain health through novel research and            designation possible from the National
        COVID-19 clinical trials to test the most        breaking down the barriers between doctors,      innovative clinical trials; training the next      Cancer Institute, recognizing state-of-the-
        promising vaccines and therapies, as well        scientists, and patients to validate novel       generation of clinician and research neuro-        art research focused on developing new and
        as collecting hyperimmune serum from             findings and to ask the questions that will      scientists; and educating patients and the         better approaches to preventing, diagnosing,
        convalescent COVID-19 patients for use in        lead to actionable strategies to reduce can-     community at large on vital neuroscience           and treating cancer. The Cancer Center
        preventing further spread of the virus. The      cer risk and suffering. MiraKind provides        issues. The Pacific Neuroscience Institute is      has become a leader in cancer research and
        research will gain a better understanding        women, especially women of menopause             home to a family of doctors, nurses and staff      clinical care, establishing itself in a rapidly
        of the disease’s frequency and spread in         age with or without a cancer diagnosis,          who are committed to not only providing            changing field. Numerous successful targeted
        multi-ethnic, minority and underserved pop-      easy access to genetic information that can      patients with the best quality care but also       therapies and immunotherapies were devel-
        ulations. Despite shutdowns resulting from       help them understand their potential risk        advancing the field of neurosurgical and           oped based on basic science done in UCLA
        the pandemic, TLI found a way to continue        for certain cancers, detail the cause of their   neurooncological medicine. From cutting            laboratories and later in clinical research
        its life-saving endeavors, including finding     personal or family histories of cancer, and      edge surgeries to groundbreaking clinical tri-     with UCLA patients. The Cancer Center’s
        treatments for children with the fatal San-      determine whether they should consider           als, the organization goes above and beyond        500 scientists and physicians are changing
        filippo syndrome, or “childhood Alzheimer’s.”    hormone replacement therapy as a preven-         to treat patients and provide pioneering           the treatment paradigms for patients with
        TLI has achieved major milestones in the         tative strategy, if they are KRAS-variant        research.                                          cancer. Since 2014, the U.S. Food & Drug
        field of healthcare innovation over the last     positive. MiraKind also specifically conducts                                                       Administration has approved 13 therapies
        year, including: the first and only FDA-ap-      research on the KRAS-variant and other                                                              that were developed through research con-
        proved treatment for Thyroid Eye Disease,        mutations like it.                                                                                  ducted in UCLA labs. Pioneering UCLA
        marking it the third FDA-approved product                                                                                                            research led to the development of the breast
        developed at TLI in five years.                                                                                                                      cancer drug Herceptin.

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