January 22, 2015 Issue

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Commerce Marks 55th Birthday With Festive Library Reopening

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To outsiders, Commerce is best known for its Citadel shopping center, the Commerce Casino, and its large network of rail yards and industrial buildings, but for many of the city’s residents, the libraries are what they are most proud of.

On Saturday, the city will hold a festive celebration to mark the “Grand Re-Opening” of the newly renovated, state-of-the art Rosewood Neighborhood Library, closed since November 2013. A temporary library was set up in a trailer during the remodeling.

The ceremony will coincide with the city’s 55th anniversary and include the unveiling of a plaque to honor Valentina Bassett, one of the city’s founders. The plaque will be installed in the Citadel Room, a family room in the library.

Commerce’s newly renovated Rosewood Library re-opens Saturday. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

Commerce’s newly renovated Rosewood Library re-opens Saturday. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

“[Bassett] was part of the incorporating committee back in 1959 and she’s the last living member of that committee,” Beatriz Sarmiento, Director of the Commerce Library, told EGP.

The promise of libraries, swimming pools and lower taxes, were prime factors in residents’ support of cityhood.

In Commerce, the libraries are not just about books; they are centers of social engagement and free programs for working-class residents of all ages.

The city used $4.8 million in bond money for the renovations, which include a complete transformation of the interior, from electrical power to fixing the ceiling, walls and floors. The layout has been reorganized by ages. There are desktop computers for adults and children, and laptops and 60” TVs in the Teens Center. There’s even a dedicated area where patrons can use their own electronic devices to access the library’s “high-speed Wi-Fi,” and three group study rooms.

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“No money from the General Fund was used for this project,” Sarmiento told EGP.

Although the renovations were finished in December, the grand reopening was delayed so it could be held in conjunction with Commerce’s annual birthday celebration on Saturday.

The Central Library—as it is also known—opened on July 3, 1961 with only 800 books. By 1964, a warehouse was renovated to house the library adjacent to where City Hall would be built.

For 50 years, the library has served thousands of residents, schools, and businesses in Commerce and nearby communities. During those years, renovations to the facility were mostly cosmetic, so the upgrades were long overdue.

Today, the Rosewood Library has thousands of books and about 60 employees, according to Sarmiento.

Renovations to the library’s interior are complete but work is still being done on the exterior of the facility, which according to Sarmiento should be finished by spring.

Sarmiento told EGP Commerce hopes to secure funding to complete similar renovations at the city’s other libraries.

Saturday’s Grand Reopening of the Rosewood Library will start at 10 a.m., followed by the unveiling of the plaque of Valentina Basset at 11:30am. The event will feature treats, entertainment and guided tours of the library.

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New Bell Gardens Official Claims Independence

January 22, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Bell Gardens residents will have a special opportunity to meet the newest member of the city council next Monday when Maria Pulido is sworn in during the council’s annual reorganization ceremony when council titles and assignments for the year ahead are made.

Pulido was appointed Nov. 23 to fill the seat left vacant by the death of mayor Daniel Crespo, fatally shot Sept. 30 by his wife during a domestic dispute at their Bell Gardens home.

At just 24 years of age, she is the youngest woman to ever serve on the council. EGP spoke with Pulido this week to get her view on the job ahead.

For some, the death of the popular mayor has left a void on the council, but Pulido told EGP her job isn’t to do everything as Crespo would have, but to find her own voice when dealing with city issues.

“I doubt we have the same mentality and ideologies,” said Pulido about Crespo. “So, [while] there is pressure, I can’t change the way I think just to accommodate those expectations,” she told EGP. “Otherwise, I’m not going to be serving the rest of the residents.”

Maria Pulido, 24, is the youngest woman to serve on the Bell Gardens City Council.  (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Maria Pulido, 24, is the youngest woman to serve on the Bell Gardens City Council. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Pulido has only attended two council meetings so far so it may still be too soon to tell, but the political novice says she doesn’t shy away from controversies and has no qualms about asking questions when something’s not clear.

“I’m comfortable with the idea that there are no dumb questions,” she said. In her view, asking questions publicly keeps residents from thinking the council votes blindly on whatever goes before them.

Being seen as independent is important to Pulido.

She says council decisions affect the city’s 52,000 residents, so she has to speak out if she disagrees with staff or her fellow council members. “I’m not going to vote one way just because I don’t want to disagree with four other people,” she emphasizes.

Pulido says she’s been spending time reviewing past staff reports with City Manager Phil Wagner to help her get up to speed on the city’s finances and her role on the council.

Wagner describes Pulido as “eager to learn ” and having “compassion for the city.”

The longtime city administrator, who over the years has witnessed many of the city’s fiercest political rivalries, told EGP, “It does not seem she has political ties to anyone, which in my opinion is rare.”

Those political rivalries have at times erupted during city council meetings, with residents accusing council members of corruption and heated debates and finger pointing between council members, especially if it’s election season. Those outbreaks are less common these days, but Pulido tells EGP she is prepared to not take the attacks personally if it happens again. She wants to be seen as transparent and reliable and says she will refrain from making promises she can’t keep just to make someone feel good.

In a city where it is not unusual for council decisions to be met with suspicion, Pulido’s appointment has drawn little reaction from the city’s usual vocal galley of critics, especially surprising since Pulido works at the Briarcrest Nursing Center in Bell Gardens, the same facility where Councilwoman Jennifer Rodriguez is employed.

“I don’t think I was brought in…I worked for that recognition,” says Pulido about her appointment. “I made the extra effort to advocate for myself before the council made their decision.”

Wagner tells EGP those who tend to be vocal may simply have no reason to complain.

“Maybe people are pleased with her appointment, and have no issue,” he said.

Pulido has already met with the Neighborhood Watch, Bell Gardens High School students, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard and residents at local events, such as “posadas” and other Christmas programs, and will soon go on a ride-a-long with police to learn more about crime in the city. She says she also hopes to meet with Montebello Unified School District officials, since Bell Gardens youth attend MUSD schools.

At last week’s meeting, the new councilwoman was attentive, taking notes on comments made by staff and concerns raised by residents.

“A lot of people expect me to be nervous,” but the city’s “staff has really made me feel comfortable and prepared,” she points out.

Pulido is working on her Masters Degree in social work at Cal State Long Beach, something she says goes hand in hand with government.

“Social workers and public officials are both agents of resources,” she said. “We both connect and obtain information for residents.”

She says her priorities are public safety and ensuring the city balances its budget, which according to Wagner will mean continuing to address the ongoing fallout from the dissolution of the city’s redevelopment agency, unsustainable water rates and the economy in general.

Pulido says neither her young age nor status as a full time student will prevent her from doing her job on the council, and might actually come in handy.

“Since I am younger, I can bring in that population that identifies with me, that would otherwise not be comfortable speaking up,” Pulido said. “If anything, it’s an asset.”

Nothing New at ‘State of the City’ Forum

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It was an effort to get residents in East and Northeast Los Angeles civically engaged, but turnout for the “State of the City” forum in Boyle Heights last Saturday was sparse, with most of those in attendance already regulars at community meetings and forums.

The Los Angeles chapter of the League of Women Voters (LWV), a non-profit, nonpartisan national political organization, sponsored the forum and invited the neighborhood councils of Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights, Glassell Park, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Cypress Park and Highland Park to attend.

The group said the “pilot” eastside event was in keeping with its mission to encourage active and informed participation in government, particularly in the city of Los Angeles.

Participants at the ‘State of the City’ forum hosted by the League of Women Voters Los  Angeles on Saturday listen to presentations by city departments. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

Participants at the ‘State of the City’ forum hosted by the League of Women Voters Los Angeles on Saturday listen to presentations by city departments. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

It was hoped the forum at the Evergreen Senior Center in Boyle Heights would be a new opportunity for the city’s east and northeast area residents to  “hear from their leaders their vision for 2015,” and that they would give feedback to create a better city of Los Angeles.

The effort faced challenges from the beginning, however.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Police Chief Charlie Beck, Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas and L.A. Department of Water and Power (DWP) General Manager Marcie Edwards were all invited to take part as speakers, but each opted to send a representative in their place.

A wrong address on the invitation and a lack of communication could have contributed to the low-turnout, said some of those who did attend.

Some speculated campaigning in the 14th District City Council race might also have been a factor, though former supervisor and city council candidate Gloria Molina did stop by for a few minutes to listen in, and Councilman Jose Huizar aid Jennifer Martinez was in the audience.

“It’s bad that there are not a lot of people here, [but] they [the League] are doing a good job, people need to be informed,” Molina told EGP.

Whether the problem was timing, logistics, miscommunication or unfamiliarity with the League is unclear, what is clear, however, is that only a few dozen people showed up Saturday at the center where a local Mariachi group had been hired to play as a welcoming gesture to the attendees.

The presentations, followed by questions, were light on details, especially for an audience made up of people who make it a practice, if not a mission, to know what’s going on in their neighborhoods and the city.

Participants listened politely as the mayor’s chief of staff, Ana Guerrero, talked about her boss’ plan to focus in 2015 on job creation, helping homeless veterans, fixing streets and sidewalks, raising the minimum wage and retrofitting buildings in the city to withstand an earthquake.

They listened as Sgt. Kenneth Edwards of LAPD’s Hollenbeck Division explained that much of the city’s 14.3% increase in violent crime could be attributed to a rise in the number of domestic violence cases, and as he explained the department’s need for more cooperation from the community and crime victims.

They heard from Deputy Chief Phillip T. Fligiel that LAFD hopes to improve emergency response times by reorganizing the department into four bureaus. They also heard about the importance of having smoke detectors with working batteries. Many local fire stations are even giving them away free, Fligiel said.

According to DWP representative Albert Perez, the main part of a DWP employee’s job is to help ratepayers save money on their bills. He explained that the utility has many incentives to get there, and urged customers to adopt water conservation practices.

Carlos Montes, president of the Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council, said the information presented was important but he was hoping to hear more specifics at the “State of the City” about critical issues facing Boyle Heights, namely “gentrification, pollution and jobs.”

Long-time Boyle Heights resident Teresa Marquez, who on any given day can be found at one community meeting or another, said the speakers did not bring anything new to the table.

She said she was disappointed by the tone and how general the information from the mayor, the Police and Fire departments and DWP was.

“They approach us and think we are uneducated, they think we don’t know what they are talking about,” Marquez said.

Montes attributes the low turnout, at least in part, to the League not knowing eastside communities very well. He said they should have reached out to find co-sponsors from the communities they were trying engage.

It could also be that those who attended are already engaged and better informed than the average city resident or voter, explaining the seemingly lack of enthusiasm for the League’s programming.

“We certainly will use the information we received from the attendees’ reactions to shape any programs in the future,” League President Elizabeth Ralston told EGP. “It seemed clear that the audience was more interested in hearing from the Mayor’s Office and the Police Department than the Fire Department and DWP.

League Director Carlos Medina told EGP that the forum was the first of many such sessions they hope to hold on the eastside, and their effort to get to know the community better.

The discussions that take place at these types of forums help the League form its positions on many policy issues, Medina explained.

The political advocacy group, which welcomes both men and women as members, is widely respected and often turned to for information on candidates and ballot measures. The group’s voter website, SmartVoter.org, provides a great deal of information in both those areas, as well as information about voting practices and voter’s rights.

“We don’t lobby, but we advocate for the state legislature or for the city council to take an action on a position that the League has already” taken, said Medina, such as issues related to homelessness, crime, the LAPD and climate change policies.

Southwest Museum Named ‘National Treasure’

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The city of Los Angeles’100-year-old Southwest Museum was named a “national treasure” today by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The announcement was made at the museum’s Mount Washington location, making it one of just 55 such designations across the country.

What the designation means for the Southwest Museum in practical terms is not yet clear, however, it will open the door to valuable resources and alliances that could aid in securing the  museum’s future, and most importantly, its long term financial sustainability.

(EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

(EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

 

The National Trust for Historic Preservation — one of the nation’s leading private historic preservation groups — said today it plans to hold public outreach meetings to gather opinions on how best to use the museum site.

The Southwest Museum has been at the center of a near decade long feud between museum supporters and the Autry National Center of the American West, which took over management of the financially failing museum in 2003 as part of a merger agreement.

Southwest supporters say the Autry has not lived up to its “promise” to restore the facility so it could continue to operate as a fully functioning museum.

According to the Autry, they have invested over $14 million since taking over. Two-thirds of the investment has gone to conserving the Southwest’s extensive collection of Native American and early California artifacts and art – which has been removed from the site – and the remainder to renovations to stabilize the museum structure. But they say they cannot afford to operate the museum or pay the estimated $26 to $46 million cost to upgrade the Southwest to modern museum standards.

Friends of the Southwest Museum, a coalition of individuals and organizations that has tried for years to pressure the Autry – and city officials – to reopen the museum, has long contended that the value of the Southwest’s collections could provide a path to securing the revenue needed for operating the historic facility, but that the Autry has been more interested in using the collections to bolster its status and to build patronage of its Griffith Park campus.

The museum has been mostly closed since 2006, only opening for a few hours on Saturdays, to the ire of many museum supporters.

A recent community-based survey showed overwhelming support for a fully functioning museum at the Mt. Washington site, and possibly a cultural community center with some commercial elements, such as a restaurant.

The National Trust says it plans to hold public outreach meetings to gather opinions on how best to use the museum site and its collection.

Barbara Pah, Western Regional VP of the preservation group, said designating the museum site as a national treasure recognizes “the historic, architectural and cultural values that have made the Southwest Museum site a beloved fixture in Los Angeles for the past century.

“With the collaboration and enthusiasm of the Autry, the city of Los Angeles, and individuals and organizations both in the neighborhood and throughout Los Angeles, we look forward to identifying a sustainable use that ensures that the Southwest Museum site actively contributes to the thriving
urban fabric of Los Angeles for the next 100 years,” Pahl said.

Autry president, W. Richard West Jr., said Autry officials are “honored to partner with the National Trust to identify a proud and viable future for the site that will respect its important legacy and bring value to the community and Los Angeles area.”

The National Trust will take the lead on planning and mediating the tense relationship between community stakeholders and the Autry, and could pursue government and private grant funding to support the eventual consensus on the museum’s future.

Councilman Gil Cedillo, who represents the area where the Southwest Museum is located, hailed the National Treasure designation.

“I applaud the National Trust for naming the Southwest Museum, a National Treasure,” stated Cedillo in an email.

The “announcement confirms and validates the importance of preserving our historic resources,” he stated. “I am committed to working with the community and the Autry to help protect and ensure the next 100 years of the Southwest Museum.”

 

4:30 p.m. This article has been updated to note that the “national treasure” designation has been made; National Trust for Historic Preservation’s plans to hold public meetings; quotes and background information from the National Trust and the Autry.

Alcohol Ads Banned on L.A. Bus Shelters, Benches

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The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to ban alcohol advertising on bus shelters, benches and other city-owned property.

The measure’s supporters said the prohibition will curb the alcohol industry’s ability to entice young people into alcohol consumption.

Councilman Paul Koretz, one of the authors of the ban, said the city joins “Philadelphia and San Francisco in striking a blow against the presence of alcohol ads on city-owned and controlled property, including bus shelters used daily by young people in our city.”

The council voted 12-0 to approve the ordinance, which will now go to the mayor’s desk. If signed, the measure would make Los Angeles the most populous city in the country to prohibit alcohol advertising on city property, according to supporters.

Councilman Jose Huizar, an early backer of the ban when it was first suggested in 2011 by then-Councilmen Richard Alarcon, Tony Cardenas and Bill Rosendahl, said the ban “is a long time coming.”

Low-income and working communities in his council district — such as Boyle Heights, El Sereno and Highland Park — are “disproportionately” exposed to alcohol advertising, Huizar said.

Those are “proud communities that are improving, and these types of advertisements are not the kind of messages we want to send to kids on the Eastside, South L.A. or any other low-income areas in the city of Los Angeles,” Huizar said.

Alcohol advertisements take up about 20 percent of the space offered on bus shelters and benches in five council districts surveyed by members of Alcohol Justice, which pushed for the ordinance.

The prohibition would apply to new advertising contracts, in particular those with the Bureau of Street Services which manages bus shelters and benches, but would not affect existing contracts.

Alcohol Justice’s advocacy director, Jorge E. Castillo, said the city currently has about seven years left on a contract with outdoor advertising company JCDecaux.

The prohibition would not affect all property owned or controlled by the city. The Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles International Airport and other city-controlled properties would be exempt because they operate restaurants, sell alcohol or serve as venues for sports events, concerts and other types of entertainment.]

City libraries and the Recreation and Parks would also be technically exempt, but Castillo said those places currently do not have alcohol advertising.

The ban drew support Tuesday from representatives of Mothers of East L.A., the Koreatown Youth and Community Center, Pueblo y Salud, Inc. and other community groups.

Margot Bennett, executive director of Women Against Gun Violence, said the organization also supports the ban because there is a “definite” link between alcohol and gun violence.

Those pushing for the ban said they will next tackle alcohol advertising on private property, including when the City Council considers a sign district outside LAX and proposed regulation that would allow digital billboards on private property.

Dennis Hathaway, president of Ban Billboard Blight, urged the City Council to “think seriously about not allowing alcohol advertising on any public property anywhere, not just on the street furniture.”

The Department of Transportation already has a policy barring alcohol and tobacco advertising on city transit vehicles such as DASH, as does Metro, which runs the county’s transportation system.

Students Inspire Law to Teach Mexican Repatriation History

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A trip to Bell Gardens Elementary led Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia to introduce a bill that would encourage California schools to teach about the unconstitutional deportation of over one million U.S. Citizens and lawful residents of Mexican descent from California in the 1920s.

AB 146 asks that schools across the state use textbooks and include curriculum that discusses President Herbert Hoover’s depression-era Mexican Repatriation Act, under which Mexican American citizens were swept up in raids of churches, restaurants, workplaces and loaded into trucks and trains and deported to Mexico.

(Office of Assemblymember Cristina Garcia)

(Office of Assemblymember Cristina Garcia)

Garcia, who represents Bell Gardens, says Leslie Hiatt’s fifth grade class where inspired after hearing the Assemblymember talk about her recent trip to Mexico and Central America to learn about the plight of unaccompanied migrant children to America.

Hiatt and her students submitted the idea for the new state law during Garcia’s district-wide “There Ought to Be a Law” contest, which ended Jan. 16.

“I was pleasantly surprised that the students had prepared skits, poems, power point presentations and a book about the Repatriation Act,” Garcia said. “The students related how difficult it was for them to even find information on the repatriation, but as they dug and learned more, how impactful this history was to them on a personal level.”

Garcia said the state should include the repatriation in schools just like it has the Holocaust, Japanese internment and other violations of human rights especially since Latinos make up 38 percent of the state’s population.

As one of the winners of the contest, Hiatt and her class will travel to Sacramento in the coming months to testify when the bill is heard in the assembly.

Montebello Hosts ‘Frozen’ Celebration

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(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

 

Hundreds of children and their parents played in man-made snow and watched a winter themed dance recital during Montebello’s Big Chill Festival Saturday.

Kids lined up for a chance to ride down the snow slide, play in the snow and get a balloon animal. The event was held at Montebello City Park and featured an art show and food and craft vendors.

Pictured: Youth from the Montebello Performing Arts school performed in the ‘Frozen’ themed dance recital Jan. 17 at Montebello City Park. 

 

More Cases of Measles Confirmed

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Local public health officials have confirmed 59 cases of measles in California residents since the end of December 2014, Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer, announced Wednesday.

Across the state, the measles patients range in age from 11 months to 70 years old, according to state epidemiologist Gil Chavez. Six of the cases involve children less than a year old who are too young to get shots, he added.

One-quarter of the patients had to be hospitalized, Chavez said.

Cases connected to Disneyland have been confirmed in three Utah residents, two in Washington state, one in Oregon, one in Colorado and one in Mexico, Chavez said.

Chavez said the vast majority of the patients were never immunized with

vaccines that are considered 99 percent effective.

Unless it is an emergency, anyone who might have been exposed and is experiencing symptoms should first contact their local health care provider by phone “to prevent spread in doctor’s offices.” said Chapman, adding that vaccinations for the disease are still the best defense against its spread.

Forty-two of the confirmed cases have been directly linked to an initial exposure in December at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, according to health officials.

Five of the cases involve Disney employees.

CDPH recommends that any patient with a measles compatible illness who has recently visited venues where international travelers congregate, such as theme parks, airports, etc., be considered to have a plausible exposure to measles.

Measles is a highly infectious and airborne disease, said health officials Wednesday. Fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes are usually the first sign, followed by a red rash a few days later. The rash usually first appears on the face before spreading downward to the rest of the body.

The measles-containing vaccine (MMR vaccine) is more than 99 percent effective and two doses are recommended.

State and local health departments are investigating reports of additional possible cases, noting that  “secondary” cases are common with measles because persons can be infectious for a few days prior to developing symptoms and may feel well enough to be out and about potentially exposing others.

Measles has been largely eliminated in the United States since 2000, however, travelers to areas where measles circulates can bring measles back to the U.S. California has many international attractions and visitors come from many parts of the world. It is important for health care providers and the public to be aware that measles transmission can occur in California, and they can prevent transmission by receiving the MMR vaccine.

Patients in the most recent outbreak range in age from seven months to 70 years. Vaccination status is documented for 34 of the 59 cases. Of these 34, 28 were unvaccinated, one had received one dose and five had received two or more doses of MMR vaccine.

People who are unvaccinated should know that there is presently a risk for acquiring measles in California, advise state health officials.

More information about measles can be found on the CDPH website www.cdph.ca.gov.

White Memorial Recognized for Community Service

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A competitive national program that each year hands out awards for excellence in community service has singled out the White Memorial Medical Center in Boyle Heights for recognition.

The hospital/medical center was one of four finalists for the prestigious 2014 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service, according to the prize announcement.

It is “one of the most esteemed community service honors in healthcare,” added the announcement.

Recognition is given to groups that help the “most vulnerable“ in the community. “Through its community programs, White Memorial Medical Center strives to create opportunities for growth and development that will make a real, lasting impact on the health of its community,” said John O’Brien, chair of the Foster G. McGaw Prize Committee.

The Baxter International Foundation, American Hospital Association (AHA), and Health Research & Educational Trust sponsor the award.

White Memorial’s Healthy Eating Lifestyle program, which teaches children the risks of diabetes; the TELACU Nursing Program, an initiative that supports local bilingual and bicultural Hispanic nursing students in completing their education and becoming licensed Registered Nurses; and the Baby Friendly and Welcome Baby program to increase awareness of infant nutrition and mother-baby bonding among pregnant women and mothers, are three of the programs the award committee singled out for recognition.

The national recognition comes following a yearlong commemoration of White Memorial’s centennial, and its rise from a small neighborhood clinic to a full-service 353-bed acute care, not-for-profit teaching hospital. Today, White Memorial serves more than 1 million people in East and South Los Angeles, the majority of whom are Hispanic and uninsured or underserved.

“We’re honored to be recognized as a finalist for the 2014 Foster McGaw Prize,” said Beth Zachary, president and chief executive officer of White Memorial. “Our continuous commitment to providing our community the highest quality care is centered on improving the health and well-being of everyone we serve. Providing healing and wellness for the whole person is the cornerstone of our mission.”

Top honors went to Palmetto Health of Columbia, South Carolina, which will receive a prize award of $100, 000.

The remaining three finalists, including White Memorial, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA and Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI, will each receive $10,000.

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