July 24, 2020

In This Issue

"The inductees tonight are definitely joining an elite group. It was an easy decision to honor VICA's member hospitals, and I am very proud to be a part of this event."

- Fritz Coleman, introducing the 2020 SFV Business Hall of Fame.

Media Mentions

Save Our Businesses. Wear a Mask.
July 20

L.A. May Become the Biggest U.S. City with a Second Stay-home Order
Los Angeles Times
July 21

L.A May Face a Grim Distinction: the Biggest U.S. City with a Second Stay-home Order
The Progress
July 21


VICA Thanks Our Renewing Members 





Armorcast Products Company

Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley

CBRE Group


Galaxy Building Systems

LBW Insurance and Financial Services

Mercury Public Affairs

New Horizons


Welcome Our New Members



Chariot Consulting

Law Office of Steven Rosenthal

The Week Ahead

Leaders Forum with Supervisor Kathryn Barger
Thursday, July 30
10 to 11:30 AM
Online Video Conference
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Save the Date

Labor and Employment Committee
Sponsored by Hilton Universal City
Wednesday, August 5
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Online Video Conference
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Education Committee
Thursday, August 6
8:30 to 10 a.m.
Online Video Conference
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Land Use Committee
Sponsored by The Garland
Tuesday, August 11
8 to 10 a.m.
Online Video Conference
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Hot Issues 

Federal Stimulus
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated that the next U.S. Senate stimulus bill would extend expanded unemployment insurance based on 70 percent wage replacement, but that it would not include a payroll tax cut.

Government Affairs
The California Legislature is considering allowing legislators to vote remotely for the last four weeks of the 2020 legislative session, but also cutting their per diem pay if they move forward with this option.

Public Health
According to the Los Angeles County Health Officer, Dr. Muntu Davis, L.A. County's COVID-19 infection rates are beginning to stabilize and more businesses are complying fully with public health orders. The County urges residents to remain vigilant, as the past week's test positivity rate numbered 8 percent.

Small Business
CSUN's David Nazarian School of Business and Economics is forming a consultancy program aimed at aiding small businesses impacted by the COID-19 pandemic.

Governor Gavin Newsom released guidelines earlier in the week for hair salons, nail salons and barbershops to reopen if operations are done outdoors. Some business owners are reserved about reopening, worried about the complications of working outdoors.

The National Women's Soccer League is expanding to Los Angeles with the new Angel City soccer team, which will join the league in 2022. 

VICA Honors Hospitals at 2020 Business Hall of Fame Dinner - Home Edition
VICA Chair Brad Rosenheim introducing Presenting Sponsor Tim Gaspar, CEO of Gaspar Insurance Services.

The 2020 Business Hall of Fame was VICA's first major, virtual event.
At VICA's 13 th  Annual San Fernando Valley Business Hall of Fame Dinner - Home Edition on Thursday, we celebrated the hard work and sacrifice made by our member hospitals in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was held virtually on the Remo platform, giving attendees the freedom to choose a virtual table and talk with any given group of people. For the event, attendees were given the option to have their dinner provided for them with the help of Airtel Plaza Hotel, Doordash, Ruth's Chris Steak House and The Garland

In his welcome remarks, Tim Gaspar, CEO of Gaspar Insurance Services , expressed how honored he was to recognize "t he doctors, the nurses,  the workers who have risked their own health to protect and save so many of us." "Calling them heroes is an understatement," Gaspar added. 

Attendees had the option of picking up dinner or having a meal delivered to them. Photo credit: Matt Swearman (Valley Village).

The 13th Annual San Fernando Valley Business Hall of Fame was presented by  Gaspar Insurance Services and co-sponsored by AT&T, Chubb InsuranceLos Angeles Daily News, The Garland and Southwest Airlines Attendees were entertained by emcee weathercaster Fritz Coleman, a proud supporter of VICA's active advocacy towards serving the business community of the San Fernando Valley.
Cedars Sinai

Cedars Sinai has served the greater Los Angeles region for decades, providing accessible and high-quality healthcare. Through the work of doctors, nurses, and healthcare providers, they have produced groundbreaking research that benefits the medical world. Their mission of providing quality patient care is reflected in their significant role in responding to the pandemic and treating COVID-19 patients, being one of the most active hospitals in the region. Cedars Sinai continues to provide the most advanced and quality care for individuals in the San Fernando Valley and Southern California region.
President and CEO of Cedars Sinai, Tom Priselac, accepted the award, talking about their efforts in treating COVID-19 and expressing they "are proud to play this role in the community, including those living in the Valley." Priselac added, "this is who we are and it's what we do." 

The Cedars Sinai
 award was sponsored by AT&T.
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) provides pediatric healthcare for the children and families of the Los Angeles area. CHLA provides more than $316.2 million annually to the community, actively supporting compassionate patient care, leading-edge education for the caregivers of tomorrow, and innovative research efforts that impact children in the Valley and the world. 

In accepting their award, President and CEO of CHLA Paul Viviano noted that their core value is "doing our best together," which has been especially important as CHLA continues to care for their young patients through this pandemic.

The Children's Hospital Los Angeles award was sponsored by Wells Fargo.
City of Hope

City of Hope was founded in 1913 and soon became the national leader in advancing research and treatment protocols for comprehensive cancer care. Providing hope has been an integral mission of theirs by caring and treating cancer patients from all over the globe. They have maintained an active commitment to caring for the San Fernando Valley and beyond for over 100 years. The patients they care for have been particularly vulnerable throughout this pandemic, and City of Hope has ensured their protection and care during these difficult times.

Speaking on behalf of City of Hope, Executive Director Peter Mackler said they were "honored to be inducted...along with such an illustrious group of individuals and businesses." "We focus on cancer care," Mackler said, "and have consistently maintained the highest standards of infection prevention and control."

City of Hope's award was presented to them by Chubb Insurance.
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital

Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital is a 357-bed community hospital that is dedicated to providing critical life-saving services and specialized care that guarantees quality, comfort, safety, and compassion that is important to our loved ones. While serving the Santa Clarita Valley for 45 years, they have recently expanded their wide range of specialized care services such as maternity care, childbirth education, cardiovascular services, and physical and occupational services to name a few. 


Marlee Lauffer, president of the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Foundation, noted how their work has been driven by philanthropy and providing services for the Santa Clarita community and more. Lauffer was "grateful for all the support we get from the community... and for VICA and the role they play in improving the business climate in the Santa Clarita Valley and San Fernando Valley."


Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital's award was presented and sponsored by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente has served the San Fernando Valley since the 1940s and were especially vital during the post-WWII baby boom. With the development and opening of numerous sites across the Los Angeles region, Kaiser Permanente has broadened their reach over the decades to serve an even larger number of communities across Los Angeles County. Their commitment to the idea that everyone deserves a chance to live a healthy life shines through their service in the community as they have addressed housing shortages, food insecurity, and improving the health of individuals beyond the patient care of their facilities.


"Kaiser Permanente has been a proud member of VICA for more than 20 years now," said Julie Miller-Phipps, regional president for Southern California. She noted that "VICA's recognition of Kaiser Permanente and all of the healthcare partners honored this evening couldn't come at a more challenging time for us."

Kaiser Permenente was presented their award by Mission Community Hospital.
Mission Community Hospital


Founded in 1923, Mission Community Hospital is the oldest hospital in the San Fernando Valley. They are dedicated to serving the multicultural, multilingual communities to ensure the best care for our diverse population. Mission Community Hospital serves as a primary access point where members of the community can receive a wide range of care from disease prevention and health education. 


James Theiring, CEO of Mission Community Hospital, mentioned how important the staff at Mission is resilient to combating the effects that the coronavirus has brought to the community. Theiring noted how he has learned "a lesson in collaboration, planning, and execution" through these challenging times.


Mission Community Hospital's award was sponsored and presented by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Dignity Health - Northridge Hospital Medical Center

From humble beginnings in 1935 with just 49 beds, Dignity Health Northridge Hospital Medical Center has grown to be an integral medical care center for the San Fernando Valley. After the 1994 Northridge earthquake that ravaged the land, Dignity Health tended to over 1,000 patients 48 hours after the disaster. Dignity Health is now ranked as one of America's 100 best hospitals by Healthgrades and continues to care for the Valley today.


CFO Doug Brown accepted the award on behalf of Dignity Health. Brown stated, "we accept this award on behalf of each physician, nurse, therapist and all other staff who tirelessly work to provide a healing environment to our patients, no matter the diagnosis."


Dignity Health Northridge Hospital Medical Center's award was sponsored by Southwest Airlines.

Providence St. Joseph Medical Center

Founded in 1943 by the Sisters of Providence,  Providence St. Joseph Medical Center has served the San Fernando Valley community for over 80 years through their dedicated caregivers and physicians.  Providence has provided a full range of diagnostic, treatment, care, and support services that is unique to the Valley. Through their recent partnership with  Cedars Sinai , they have expanded their outreach and will soon open new sites across the county. They remain dedicated to providing clinical care with compassion, especially with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kelly Linden, Chief Executive at Providence St. Joseph, accepted the award and acknowledged their  caregivers  and physicians who  "have come together to care for our communities during these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic."


Providence St. Joseph Medical Center's  award was sponsored by  The Garland .
Valley Presbyterian Hospital

Valley Presbyterian Hospital has grown to be one of the largest acute care hospital centers that is devoted to caring for the community through high quality health care. This freestanding community hospital has focused on improving the healthcare for the residents of the San Fernando Valley with the 350-bed capacity. They hold the record for delivering more babies than any other hospital in the region with more than 3,000 births a year. Valley Presbyterian continues to play a significant role towards the health and care in the San Fernando Valley just as they have done since 1958.


President and CEO Gustavo Valdespino accepted the award on behalf of Valley Presbyterian Hospital. "Because of our great partnership in the San Fernando Valley with all of our hospitals," Valdespino said, "we have been collectively better able to address the challenges of the pandemic."


The award presented to Valley Presbyterian Hospital was sponsored by California State University, Northridge.

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