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2nd Annual Celebration of Excellence Fundraising Dinner Sold Out

Posted on 5/7/2015

VAN NUYS, Calif. Valley Presbyterian Hospital is pleased to announce its 2 nd Annual Celebration of Excellence dinner is sold out.

The dinner takes place this evening at the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios in Universal City. Net proceeds will support community diabetes education programs and training of future podiatric surgeons at the hospital’s Amputation Prevention Center. The Amputation Prevention Center specializes in preserving limbs, restoring function and healing wounds for patients suffering from complications of diabetes, or other serious wound care conditions.

More than 500 business and community leaders, donors, physicians and hospital leadership are expected in attendance for the cocktail reception and dinner, which includes a two-part concert by the UCLA LatinJazz Big Band directed by Dr. Bobby Rodriguez. The 2 nd Annual Celebration of Excellence is presented by Healthcare Finance Group.

The dinner honors Valley Presbyterian Hospital esteemed physician Nicholas Di Domenico, MD, and award-winning actor and community activist Edward James Olmos.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Di Domenico has provided high quality, compassionate medical care to the patients of Valley Presbyterian Hospital and the surrounding community. He has served as a member of the hospital’s Board of Directors and was nominated by hospital employees to receive the Pride in Profession Award celebrating excellence in patient care, collaboration and peer mentoring. He has volunteered his time and talents in supporting the hospital through medical staff leadership, fundraising, and outstanding attention and care to patients and families.

Mr. Olmos has seen first -hand the devastating effects of diabetes within his family, friends and community. His concern over the impact of diabetes led him to become involved with Valley Presbyterian Hospital’s Amputation Prevention Center and its annual Diabetic Foot Global Conference (DFCon). The Edward James Olmos Award for Advocacy in Amputation Prevention is presented to a deserving physician each year at this international conference. Mr. Olmos also has spoken out about human rights as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, and has served as an advocate to the Latino community.

“We are proud to recognize our honorees for their dedication and service to Valley Presbyterian Hospital and to the San Fernando Valley community,” said Senior Vice President of Community & Market Development Pegi Matsuda. “Dr. Di Domenico and Mr. Olmos truly personify excellence.”

“We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support from companies and individuals who see what a difference Valley Presbyterian Hospital makes in the lives of people in the San Fernando Valley.”


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.