Press Releases

Section: News

VPH Celebrates 3rd Annual Celebration of Excellence Event

Posted on 4/25/2016

VAN NUYS, Calif. — Valley Presbyterian Hospital (VPH) is pleased to announce its 3rd Annual Celebration of Excellence dinner will be held Thursday, May 12 at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., in Los Angeles from 6-9 PM.

Net proceeds from the event will support the hospital’s $8.4 million Emergency Department renovation and expansion project. VPH’s Emergency Department is one of the busiest in the San Fernando Valley with more than 66,000 patient visits each year. To continue to meet the region’s growing demand for critical and urgent medical care, VPH began construction to renovate and expand its Emergency Department in fall 2015.

More than 500 business and community leaders, donors, physicians and hospital leadership are expected in attendance for the cocktail reception and dinner. Featured entertainment is by the San Fernando Valley Japanese Community Center’s Taiko Drummers; Kirk Portuguez and his Jazz Trio; and the CSUN Jazz Band.

The dinner honors VPH physician Ralph R. Salimpour, MD, DCH, FAAP, and Wells Fargo Bank.

For over 30 years, Dr. Salimpour has provided health care for children in the San Fernando Valley. Parents have come to depend on Dr. Salimpour to provide quality medical care for their children. His compassionate, and all-inclusive pediatrics care has earned him the prestigious “Leaders of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow Award,” from the UCLA School of Public Health and in 2012 and he was named “Physician of the Year” by the Los Angeles County Medical Association. Currently a clinical professor of pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, he is founder of the Salimpour Pediatric Medical Group.

Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries. Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the U.S., and is among the nation’s top employers, with approximately 265,000 team members companywide, and 11,335 team members in the Greater Los Angeles area. Wells Fargo has been ranked LA’s top corporate philanthropist by the Los Angeles Business Journal for the past decade, donating millions of dollars to support local schools and nonprofits and volunteering thousands of hours in support of local communities.

“We are proud to recognize Dr. Salimpour and Wells Fargo Bank for their dedication and service to Valley Presbyterian Hospital and to the San Fernando Valley community,” said Pegi Matsuda, President of the Valley Presbyterian Hospital Foundation & Senior Vice President of Community Development. “Dr. Salimpour and Wells Fargo 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.”

Tickets for the 3rd Annual Celebration of Excellence dinner are available. For more information or reservations, please contact Special Events Manager, Breanne Kamai at 818.902.2980 or

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.