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TODAY news for Thursday, January 15, 2007

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2006: The year in review

Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center and its various entities experienced a historic year in 2006. From groundbreaking for the Centennial Complex and Centennial Pathway to the announcement by LLUMC of its intention to work with local community health care organizations to build a new outpatient facility in Beaumont, 2006 will be remembered as an eventful year in the life of the institution.

We pause to take a look at some of the moments during the past year.

January
Loma Linda speech and language pathologists participated in an international conference with Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute on January 8 and 9. The conference marked the beginning of the sixth year of partnership between LLU and the Indian institute.

More than 150 students, faculty, and administration attended the fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. symposium on January 11. Guest speaker for the event was Josepha Campinha-Bacote, PhD. She spoke on “A Vision for Culturally Competent Health Care: Addressing Disparities in Health Care.”

Loma Linda University Medical Center pledged $600,000 towards Loma Linda University’s Centennial Complex. The announcement was made by Ruthita Fike, MA, chief executive officer.

February
“Go Red” day, hosted by Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and Loma Linda University Medical Center in conjunction with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women, was held on Friday, February 3. Hundreds of Loma Linda employees wore red clothing on the “Go Red” day to show support of the awareness for heart disease campaign.

March
A press conference was held on March 1 announcing the establishment of the Loma Linda University Center for Health Disparities Research. The center was established with an $8.1 million grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health. The center brings together researchers from different disciplines within the School of Medicine and School of Public Health. Researchers will focus their expertise on this national health priority through the integration of translational biomedical research, education and training, community participation, and health related outreach activities.

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital received a check on March 7 in the amount of $270,000, representing proceeds from the 10th annual Walter’s Children’s Charity Classic. Funds received from the annual golf tournament will benefit the pediatric emergency room.

April
The final event of Loma Linda’s centennial celebration was held on April 9 in Drayson Center. The concluding event commemorated the dedication of the original Loma Linda Sanitarium and Hospital on April 15, 1905.

Groundbreaking ceremonies for Loma Linda University’s new Centennial Complex and Centennial Pathway were held on April 7. The Centennial Complex, now under construction, will embody three themes—Growth, Innovation, and Touching the World. The Centennial Pathway will contain more than 36,000 granite pavers—each representing a day in Loma Linda’s history from 1905 through 2005.

Nathan Greene’s painting “The Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda,” was unveiled on April 7 during ceremonies in the lobby of Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus Hospital. The painting was commissioned to illustrate the East Campus’s mission to serve people with disabilities.

Also on April 7, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s DISCOVERIES vehicle was dedicated. The self-contained four-wheel drive vehicle has sophisticated diagnostic equipment connecting to the Medical Center via satellite for teleconferencing.

“Footsteps of the Unknown,” a film produced for Adventist Health International, was featured before an audience at the Newport Beach Film Festival. The film, produced, directed, and edited by Loma Linda University Health Services’ Patricia Thio, won the Audience Award for Best Short Film.

A banquet held on April 27 celebrated the service of Loma Linda University Medical Center and Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital volunteers. More than 1,600 volunteers contributed 196,361 hours to the Medical Center and Children’s Hospital during 2005.

May
Commencement ceremonies were held for students of the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Dentistry. The events were held on the Campus Mall between the University Church and School of Dentistry on Sunday, May 28.

Loma Linda University Medical Center physician Vilma Torres, MD, associate professor of medicine, was named physician of the year by the American Heart Association at the fifth annual “Stars of the Heart” celebrity gala held on May 6 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario.

The 16th annual Proton Charity Invitational held at The Club at Morningside in Rancho Mirage on May 22 raised funds pushing the Ken Venturi Endowed Chair for Proton Therapy Research to $2.5 million.

June
The Schools of Science and Technology, Nursing, Allied Health Professions, and Public Health held commencement services on Sunday, June 11, for their students.

The Loma Linda University Cancer Institute held its 15th annual Celebration of Life for cancer survivors on June 4. The event provided a chance for survivors to share encouraging stories with each other.

Stater Bros. and Dryers Grand Ice Cream hosted an ice cream social for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital patients on June 2. More than 30 Stater Bros. employees volunteered their time to create made-to-order ice cream sundaes for the children.

People’s Choice, Inc., a non-profit organization based in San Bernardino, honored Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus urgent care physician Eric Walsh, MD. The award was presented to Dr. Walsh for his work with young people and helping them to live to their potential, as well as having them know Christ as their savior.

July
On July 5, 13 tennis players gathered for the first-ever tennis tournament benefitting the Loma Linda University Medical Center’s Proton Treatment Center. The players each paid $100 to participate in the tournament, driven by five former proton patients who wanted to celebrate their successful cancer treatments.

August
Representatives from the inaugural Jackson Invitational golf tournament met on August 29 to celebrate more than $70,000 raised at the event for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

Versacare presented $25,000 for urology research to Herbert Ruckle, MD, chief of urology at Loma Linda University Health Care. The money will be used to fund research on the outcomes of robotic prostatectomy with the use of the daVinci Robotic Surgical System compared to the outcomes using traditional open surgery.

September
A new 72,000-square-foot health care facility was announced on September 27. The Beaumont Healthcare Center will be a collaborative effort of Loma Linda University Medical Center, Faculty Practice Plan of Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Redlands Community Hospital, and Beaver Medical Group.

The eighth annual Cops for Kids Fly-In held on September 19 brought hundreds of toys for Children’s Hospital patients. The event was co-hosted by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the Riverside Police Department, and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

October
Cheryl McGuiness, founder of the ministry Beauty Beyond the Ashes, spoke to a group of Loma Linda students, faculty, employees, and community residents, presenting her story on October 18 during a noon lecture on the Campus Hall. Her husband, Tom, was co-pilot of American Airlines flight 11, which hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11.

The Hispanic Alumni of Loma Linda University hosted its 10th annual alumni scholarship banquet on October 22. During the event, HALL awarded Mirta Lopez Hernandez, RN, with its Alumni of the Year Award.

November
Loma Linda University researcher Lee Berk, DrPH, was interviewed on CNN on November 19 by CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, MD. Dr. Gupta had interviewed Dr. Berk at Loma Linda in early September. Dr. Berk’s interview was part of a special titled “Happiness and Your Health.”

A new Starlight Starbright “Fun Center” was unveiled at Children’s Hospital on November 6. The center is designed to combat the anxiety and weariness faced by hospitalized children.

The Palm Desert Corvette Club donated $8,600 to the Loma Linda University neurology department’s “Hearts for ALS” program. ALS is a disorder of the motor neurons and nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control the action of voluntary muscles.

Approximately 4,500 individuals attended the fourth annual Loma Linda University Children’s  Hospital bicycle giveaway on November 12 held at the Arrowhead Credit Union Park in San Bernardino. The event was the culmination of the annual KFRG / Stater Bros. radiothon that raised $507,175 for the treatment of cancer patients at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

December
Students for International Mission Service, a Loma Linda University student organization, held an adopt-a-kid Christmas party for more than 80 disadvantaged children.

Hundreds of motorcycle riders participated in the 14th annual Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Toy Run. The motorcyclists donated more than $4,500 to the hospital in addition to hundreds of toys.

By Richard Weismeyer

TODAY news for Thursday, January 15, 2007