La Cañada-Flintridge Orthopaedic Guild (LCFOG) held its annual Christmas luncheon during the Dec. 3 meeting at the home of Sustainer Liz Argue. The luncheon was provided by a committee chaired by Marie Baker. The guild meets monthly September through June at the homes of various members. Their goal is to raise funds for the support of Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) and the soon-to-be open Ambulatory Surgery Center. LCFOG has pledged $100,000 towards the completion of the surgical center and will soon meet their goal. Progress is being made on the construction of two surgical suites on the downtown campus. On average, 60% of the 65,000 children who are seen each year in the OIC Urgent Care Center and 21 Sub-Specialty Clinics at OIC require outpatient surgery and that will soon be readily available when construction is completed in summer 2016.
The luncheon included the installation of the 2016 officers. Officers were installed by Mary Beth Perrine, senior director, Community Outreach in the spirit of Christmas complete with reindeer antlers for each officer. She was assisted by Danielle Barrios, assistant director, Volunteer Services. Guild member Joan Cleven will repeat her term as president as will Ginney Pruitt as vice president. Rounding out the board will be Marie Baker as recording secretary, Elinor Bunn as corresponding secretary and Joanne Ploszaj as treasurer.
The theme for the installation chosen by Baker was that of déjà vu and “Haven’t we been here before?” Baker referred to the circle of life and comparisons of the formerly called Orthopaedic Hospital (OH) and the current, re-named Orthopaedic Institute for Children. With the completion of the Ambulatory Surgery Center, OIC doctors will perform surgery where they see patients just as OH did. Children will be able to go to one location for diagnosis, treatment and, if needed, surgery. Follow-up and post-op care will be given at the same location by the same physicians and staff as when they were diagnosed.
Those interested in furthering medical care for children with orthopaedic conditions, from a broken arm to spina bifida, can contact a Guild member for an invitation to one of their meetings.
Submitted by Arlene MASSIMINO