On November 12, 2018, Huntington Hospital hosted its inaugural Veteran’s Day flag-raising ceremony at the entrance of the hospital. More than 100 nurses, physicians, employees – joined by family and friends – gathered together to recognize the service of those in our military, past and present. The hospital’s driveway was lined with American flags and names of veterans, several of which are Huntington Hospital employees.
The event was held in partnership with Leadership Pasadena, whose community leadership course helps re-mission high potential, service-driven military veterans into civilian roles. Their ultimate goal is to empower local vets to help them become civic, government and business leaders and actively engage in their new community.
“While the San Gabriel Valley is home to an estimated 30,000 veterans, there is a great need for resources for our service men and women when they return home,” said Cindy Bengston Budyzn, executive consultant, Leadership Pasadena. “On Veteran’s Day, it’s my honor to encourage citizens to be intentional, stop, think and remember and honor our veterans, especially those who are still deployed and those who gave everything to protect us. I’m proud of the work of Leadership Pasadena and thankful to the community at Huntington Hospital for honoring our veteran’s in this meaningful way.”
The event was especially personal for Huntington Hospital’s President and CEO Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, who shared; “As a proud daughter of a serviceman who fought in three wars, I’m so pleased to be with you today as we pay tribute to the individuals in our lives and communities who are veterans. Military service is a family affair: our Huntington family is proud to raise awareness and support for Leadership Pasadena’s local resources and programs for our veterans.”
To learn more about Leadership Pasadena, please visit: www.leadershippasadena.org
Huntington Hospital’s Veteran’s Day flag-raising ceremony included comments from (left to right): Cindy Bengston Budyzn, executive consultant, Leadership Pasadena, Jaynie Studenmund, vice chair of the board of directors, Huntington Hospital, Lori J. Morgan, MD, MBA, president and CEO, Huntington Hospital and Lorenzeno Pereyra, retired, US Navy Corpsman.
Jaynie Studenmund, vice chair of the board of directors, Huntington Hospital, (photographed here with Dr. Morgan) shared her personal story about her son, Scott, a Green Beret, who was tragically killed in action in Afghanistan in 2014. As a gold star family, Jaynie and her husband Woody are committed to supporting those who have served in the armed forces in the Pasadena community and beyond.