VAN NUYS, CALIF. – Valley Presbyterian Hospital is pleased to announce
the upcoming launch of its annual fundraising dinner event. The 1
st Annual Celebration of Excellence will take place May 1 at the Skirball
Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., in Los Angeles from 6-9 PM.
This inaugural event will benefit Community Emergency Services at Valley
Presbyterian Hospital. For more than 50 years, the hospital has provided
critically needed emergency services to residents of the San Fernando
Valley. Last year alone, more than 60,000 patients visited the Emergency
Department seeking care. Event proceeds will enable Valley Presbyterian
Hospital to embark on a much needed, full-scale renovation of its Emergency
st Annual Celebration of Excellence event will honor noted Southern California
executive and philanthropist Lodwrick M. Cook and pay tribute to his wife,
the late Carole Cook, a dedicated member of the Valley Presbyterian Hospital
board for 12 years. Following cocktails, dinner and the program, guests
will enjoy entertainment by the UCLA LatinJazz Big Band directed by Dr.
"Lod and Carole have been generous supporters of Valley Presbyterian
Hospital for many years," said Pegi Matsuda, Senior Vice President
of Community & Market Development. "We are proud to recognize
Lod Cook for his lifetime of leadership and his beloved Carole for her
devotion to the hospital and the community it serves."
Throughout their 35 year marriage, Carole and Lod Cook were prominent figures
in efforts to strengthen and beautify Los Angeles and improve the quality
of life for the citizens of this region.
Carole was appointed to the board of Valley Presbyterian Hospital in 1998
and remained a dedicated board member until her untimely passing in 2010.
She also served on the Board of Regents of Pepperdine University and was
an active supporter and volunteer for The Music Center, including membership
in the storied Blue Ribbon Committee.
Lod began his career at Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) as an engineer
trainee and worked his way up to chairman and CEO. After leaving ARCO,
he became Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Pacific Capital Group
and Co-Chairman with Gary Winnick of the Board of Directors of Global
Crossing. As a respected leader and philanthropist, Lod is the friend
of five U.S. Presidents and received the Insignia of Honorary Knight Commander
from Queen Elizabeth II.
"Valley Presbyterian Hospital is a vital resource for the San Fernando
Valley and it has been a privilege to be involved with the hospital for
many years. Carole loved serving on the Board of Directors and knew that
her service was making a difference. I am honored– and I know she
would be so happy – to be recognized with the first Celebration
of Excellence Award," said Lod Cook.
A vital resource for the Van Nuys and surrounding community, Valley Presbyterian
Hospital is a nonprofit, independent hospital that caters to all walks
of life. Many patients who visit the Emergency Department lack financial
resources and depend on the emergency room as their primary access point
for health care services. The hospital's Emergency Department is specially-certified
to treat pediatric and stroke patients and is a designated STEMI Receiving
Center for heart attack patients brought in by paramedics. As a STEMI
Receiving Center, critical care is provided within 90 minutes of the onset
of chest pain.
For information on event sponsorship and tickets please contact Tori McNees
at (818) 902-2904 or via email at
ABOUT VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL
Valley Presbyterian Hospital (VPH) is an independent, nonprofit and nonsectarian
hospital serving the medical needs of the San Fernando Valley community
for more than 50 years. VPH has grown to become one of the largest acute
care hospitals in the Valley region and continues to provide patient-centered
care for a healthy community. The 350-bed facility offers advanced technology
and a full range of medical services to improve and save lives.