By Charly SHELTON
Glendale Adventist Medical Center held a 110th anniversary kickoff celebration at the Glendale Galleria on Sunday. An estimated 2,000 guests stopped by to check out the Cirque du Soleil-style performers from Way 2 Much Entertainment who had acts of balancing, ring riding, contortion and ribbon aerial performance, as well as jugglers, hula hoop performers and stilt walkers, the crowd was entertained and delighted by the shows held throughout the day.
Along with the performances, medical speakers and doctors from Glendale Adventist took the stage to advocate heart health, holistic health and emergency medicine awareness. They also wanted to drive guests to the booths surrounding the JC Penney plaza, which had more in-depth details on the services provided by Glendale Adventist, as well as some prizes and giveaways.
At several times throughout the day, Porto’s Bakery cupcakes were given away to the guests in attendance, numbering almost 1,500 cupcakes in all distributed. A display made of 110 cupcakes, which stood stage right all day, was finally depleted at the end of the celebration, concluding the festivities.
Celebrating its littlest patients, GAMC will host a Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) reunion for graduates and their families on Sunday, Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the hospital. As part of the hospital’s 110 years of service to the community, the NICU celebration will honor patients and their families and reunite them with the physicians and nurses who cared for them during their hospital stay. Participants will enjoy refreshments, activities and games for the whole family.
The NICU has been providing specialized lifesaving care to thousands of babies born prematurely or with other particular medical needs since 1976. Because most NICU patients typically experience a lengthier hospital stay, staff and families often form relationships that continue even after the patient is discharged. This reunion will provide an opportunity to celebrate the many years of service and the special bonds that develop.
The hospital is located at 1509 Wilson Terrace in Glendale.