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Fall 2008   The semi-annual newsletter of
Special Effort Helps Some Lucky Patients
Get the Specialty Care They Need
Suppose you have a hernia.                              Now suppose you’re also uninsured.                At one of his Wednesday evening
You discovered it a couple months ago                                                                     pulmonology clinics, Dr. Bierer examines
                                                        You could be in serious trouble. Unless
while lifting your youngest daughter                                                                      Maria Marin, a cheerful 62-year-old woman
                                                        you can pay for treatment at a private
from her highchair, a cramp-like pain                                                                     who is clearly thrilled to see him.
                                                        hospital—and most likely you can’t—you’ll
filling your abdomen.                                   have to wait more than a year for surgery         “Take a deep breath,” he tells Maria. She
It causes you only occasional discomfort                through one of the County hospitals.              wheezes and strains a bit but insists she’s
and inconvenience at home, but you’re                   That’s how great the need is. And there’s         feeling better. He encourages her to pay
having a hard time at your construction job,            almost nowhere else you can go.                   special attention to her medications.
and your boss has noticed. He’s growing                                                                   “You’ve got to take your aspirin.”
                                                        But it doesn’t have to be a hernia. It could
more impatient by the day.                              be a back injury, a heart condition, a            Earlier, Maria had been diagnosed with                      Volunteer rheumatologist Michael Weisman, MD,
                                                        digestive disorder, complications from            asthma, but Dr. Bierer suspected something                  examines Luis Rangel at the monthly rheumatology clinic.
                                                                                                                                                                      Dr. Weisman is the Director of the Division of Rheumatology
                                                        diabetes, lots of things. If you aren’t able      else was going on. He ordered a stress test                 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and has been bringing
                                                        to see a doctor who specializes in                of her heart, which Maria got within about                  rheumatology fellows to Venice Family Clinic for more
Cover: Eric Schmitter, MD, a retired orthopedic
surgeon, performs a carpal tunnel release on            your condition, you might not be able             a month and a half, at County-USC                           than six years. Photo: Tim Smith
Deborah Champney. Dr. Schmitter operates on             to work, or sleep, or see, or hear. It could      Hospital downtown.
Clinic patients free of charge at Santa Monica-         even kill you.                                                                                                “One of the key benefits here is that we
UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital,                                                             Without the Clinic’s referral, Bierer says,                 know her,” he says. “We know that when
which donates its surgical suite for ten outpatient     The main County hospital on the Westside          it would have taken at least six months—                    she has asthma, she reacts a certain way,
surgeries per month. Photo: Margaret Molloy             of Los Angeles, Harbor-UCLA in Torrance,          a substantial difference, considering the test              she responds to the medications. But if I
                                                        is so swamped with emergency cases that           showed Maria had blockages in her coronary                  were seeing her for the first time, and she
                                                        staff there have almost no time to tend to        arteries. She might have coronary artery                    said, ‘You know what, I have this chest
                                                        anything else. Wait times for most types of       disease and end up needing a stent or                       tightness, and it doesn’t really go away,’
                                                        specialty care are now measured in months,        coronary bypass surgery. These months                       I might approach it differently. She doesn’t
                                                        bordering on years. Gastroenterology—six          are precious.                                               have a tremendous number of cardiac risk
                                                        months. Cardiology, neurology, and                                                                            factors—not any more than most of the
                                                                                                          But there’s another outcome that’s just
                                                        ophthalmology—nine to twelve months.                                                                          patients we see, and certainly not all of
                                                                                                          as important as shortened wait times,
                                                        Orthopedics—sixteen months.                                                                                   them have coronary artery disease. So if
                                                                                                          Bierer says.
                                                        Venice Family Clinic has provided some                                                                        I were seeing her for the first time, I would
                                                                                                          “We’re talking about the number one killer                  probably say, ‘You know what, let’s treat
                                                        level of specialty care since it started, at
                                                                                                          of Americans,” he explains. “And a lot                      your asthma the best we can, and we’ll see
                                                        least by referrals, and has tried to keep pace
                                                                                                          of times it’s unrecognized—particularly                     you back in a couple months.’ But we
                                                        with the steadily rising need by always
David Shih, MD, a gastroenterology fellow at                                                              in a woman who has asthma and other                         know better…because we know her.”
                                                        expanding its corps of volunteers and its
UCLA, examines Georgina Ojeda at the monthly                                                              reasons to have chest tightness.”
gastroenterology clinic. Georgina has had pain in       institutional partnerships. But things are
her abdomen for a year, often triggered by stress.      different now.
“What kind of stress do you have?” Dr. Shih asks.
“You look like a happy girl.” Photo: Tim Smith          “There’s always been a lack of specialty care
                                                        for the uninsured, but it’s becoming a lot
                                                        harder to get,” says Karen Lamp, MD,
                                                        Venice Family Clinic’s Medical Director.
                                                        “As we see more people and the population
                                                        becomes sicker, we can’t just do primary
                                                        care, even though that’s our model. Our
                                                        mission takes us to these new places.”
                                                        Despite the challenges of accessing
                                                        specialty care, Venice Family Clinic provides
                                                        more of it than ever—17 kinds at the Clinic;
                                                        another 11 through outside referrals.

Dr. Shih then consults with the attending physician,
                                                        One volunteer specialist, Gregory Bierer, MD,
Ronald Siegel, MD, of UCLA. The UCLA Division           is, somewhat surprisingly, a staff physician
of Digestive Diseases, headed by Gary Gitnick, MD,      at another of the County hospitals, Olive
is the largest of its kind in the world. Its generous   View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar. He
contribution of gastroenterologists enables Clinic                                                        Gregory Bierer, MD, a volunteer pulmonologist from LA County’s Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar, examines
patients to access care much more quickly than the      deals with the overwhelming patient load          Maria Marin. Because he had been seeing Maria regularly, Dr. Bierer was able to see beyond her asthma and diagnose
six months minimum it would take at one of the          every day, yet he still finds time, every week,   blockages in her coronary arteries. “[Having a medical home] gives patients continuity of care,” he says. “We know
County hospitals. Photo: Tim Smith                      to volunteer at Venice Family Clinic.             better…because we know her.” Photo: Tim Smith

                                                                                                             Venice Family Clinic Thanks All of Its
“This gives patients continuity of care,”       As she lies on the operating table, Dr.                      Volunteer Specialists for Their Generous Support
he says. “Once we see that their cases are      Schmitter narrates.
                                                                                                             If you are a specialist and would like to volunteer for Venice Family Clinic—or know
not fitting the right picture, we have the
                                                “This is so simple, it will only take a few                  a specialist who might like to volunteer—please contact Ingrid Trejo, Volunteer Services
ability to push the issue, to look for other
                                                minutes,” he says.                                           Manager, at 310.664.7532 or The Clinic has particular need for
things that could cause these problems.”
                                                                                                             ear/nose/throat specialists, neurologists, ophthalmologists, podiatrists, rheumatologists,
                                                Deborah’s left arm—awash in betadine—
More than a hundred other specialists                                                                        and urologists.
                                                glows red and yellow under the bright
volunteer for Venice Family Clinic. Some
                                                surgical lamp. She doesn’t feel a thing,
volunteer every week, others once a                                                                          Allergy                           Gastroenterology                Orthopedics
                                                even though she’s been feeling pain                          Jonathan Corren, MD               Christopher Chang, MD           Thomas Grogan, MD
month. Some do it at the Clinic, some in
                                                for the last two years.                                      Mary Ellen Friedman, MD           Daniel Cole, MD                 Satish Kadaba, MD
their own offices—providing everything                                                                       Robert Meth, MD                   Marvin Derezin, MD              Isaac Schmidt, MD
from cardiology to gastroenterology to          “And that’s it,” Dr. Schmitter says, as he                                                     Francisco Durazo, MD            Eric Schmitter, MD
obstetrics and gynecology.                      begins stitching the incision. With that,                    Cardiology
                                                                                                                                               Robert Elson, MD                Mark Wellisch, MD
                                                                                                             Joseph Ahdoot, MD
                                                the carpal tunnel pain in Deborah’s left                     Noel Baire, MD
                                                                                                                                               Jerold B. Federman, MD
                                                                                                                                                                               Plastic and
Despite this variety, Dr. Lamp is quick                                                                                                        Terri Getzug, MD
                                                wrist and hand is gone. She will come back                   Noel G. Boyle, MD                                                 Reconstructive Surgery
to point out that the Clinic can meet only                                                                                                     Aidran Lunn, MD
                                                in three months for the same surgery                         Lennis Burke, MD                                                  Ruth Carr, MD
a tiny fraction of the need. But that doesn’t                                                                                                  Sammy Saab, MD
                                                                                                                                                                               Fredric Corbin, MD
                                                on her right side.                                           California Heart Center
                                                                                                                                               Ronald Siegel, MD
keep everyone from trying.                                                                                   Foundation                                                        Herbert Goldberg, MD
                                                Dr. Schmitter, like Dr. Shorr and Dr. Bierer,                COPE Health Solutions             Southern California Medical
                                                                                                                                               Gastroenterology Group Inc.     Cadvan Griffiths, MD
“It’s really a matter of finding physicians                                                                  Brian Fagan, MD
                                                volunteers because he understands just                                                         Brennan Spiegel, MD             Robert W. Hutcherson, MD
who have a warm spot in their heart and                                                                      George Grifka, MD                                                 Michael McGuire, MD
                                                how much people’s lives can be hampered                                                        Kirsten Tillisch, MD
a little extra time,” she says, acknowledging                                                                Ibrahim Helmy, MD                                                 Dennis Thompson, MD
                                                or permanently altered by lack of access                     Joel Isackson, MD
                                                                                                                                               Wilfred Weinstein, MD
that physicians are often overworked.                                                                                                          Marc Wishingrad, MD             Psychiatry
                                                to care. They also know that delays in                       Allison Kean, MD
                                                                                                                                               UCLA Division of Digestive      Joshua Golden, MD
Vic Wylie, MD, a retired family practice        treatment can affect the stability of the                    Robert Loitz, MD                  Diseases; Eric Esrailian, MD,
                                                                                                             Elizabeth de Oliveira, MD                                         Jacqueline Heller, MD
physician who volunteers at the Clinic,         health care system—by pushing patients                                                         and Gary Gitnick, MD
                                                                                                                                                                               David Marcus, MD
recently sent hand-written letters to select    to make emergency room visits, which                         Pacific Heart Institute
                                                                                                             Alice Perlowski, MD               Genetics                        Stephen Marmer, MD
specialists at local hospitals. He got one      they rarely can pay for. Patients, physicians,               Paul Poommipanit, MD              David Rimoin, MD                Regina Pally, MD
response, from an ophthalmologist.              and hospitals alike are becoming more                        Saint John’s Health Center        Infectious Disease
                                                                                                                                                                               William Resnick, MD
                                                desperate.                                                   Irving Tessler, MD                                                Shirah Vollmer, MD
“In some areas, like ophthalmology,                                                                                                            Ellie Goldstein, MD
                                                                                                             UCLA Department of                                                Pulmonology
neurology, rheumatology and urology,            But some Venice Family Clinic patients                       Cardiology; Juan Alvergue, MD,    Nephrology
                                                                                                                                                                               Gregory Bierer, MD
if patients don’t get treated by our            get a reprieve from this harsh reality.                      and David Chang, MD               Ronald Nudelman, MD
                                                                                                                                                                               Gary Gibbon, MD
volunteers, they might not get treated          At the end of her appointment, Maria,                        Marmar Vaseghi, MD
                                                                                                                                               Neurology                       Alvin Markovitz, MD
                                                                                                             William Vincent, MD
at all,” Dr. Lamp says. “Just one new           who knows how lucky she is, smiles at                                                          Kevin Brennan, MD               Scott Oh, MD
volunteer can make a huge difference.”          Dr. Bierer.                                                  Dermatology                       Christine Brower, MD            Ami Oren, MD
                                                                                                             Jonathan Cotliar, MD              Nancy L. Sicotte, MD
Consider again the hernia case. Recently,       “She must be nervous tonight,” he says,                      Noah Craft, MD                    Edmond Teng, MD
                                                                                                                                                                               American Wellness & Imaging
Venice Family Clinic was contacted by           alluding to the camera. “Usually she tries                   Wade Foster, MD
                                                                                                                                               Obstetrics/Gynecology           Beverly Tower Imaging
Robert Shorr, MD, from Surgeons of the          to kiss me.”                                                 Michael Freed, MD
                                                                                                                                               Gayane Ambartsumyan, MD         Landmark Imaging Medical
                                                                                                             Jeremy Kampp, MD                                                  Group Inc
Earth, who will provide hernia surgeries                                                                     Ronald L. Moy, MD
                                                                                                                                               William A. Freije, MD
                                                                                                                                               William Frumovitz, MD           Parkview Imaging
for at least ten of the Clinic’s patients                                                                    Maria Teresa Ochoa, MD                                            Saint John’s Health Center
                                                                                                                                               Prudence Hall, MD
in December. The patient list was filled                                                                     Maggie Olsen, MD                                                  Santa Monica Bay Physicians
                                                                                                                                               Andy Huang, MD
immediately.                                                                                                 Rhonda Rand, MD                                                   Santa Monica-UCLA Medical
                                                                                                                                               Michael Johnson, MD
                                                                                                             Myron Samovitz, MD                                                Center and Orthopaedic Hospital
                                                                                                                                               Bill Parker, MD
Some procedures take only a few minutes                                                                      Howard Sofen, MD                                                  Western Imaging
                                                                                                                                               Jeannine Rahimian, MD
to perform. Eric Schmitter, MD, a retired                                                                    Teresa Soriano, MD
                                                                                                                                               Laurie Reynard, MD              Woman’s Breast Center
orthopedic surgeon, operates on Clinic                                                                       Edward L. Tobinick, MD                                            UCLA Medical Center
                                                                                                                                               Michael Sela, MD
                                                                                                             UCLA Department of
patients free of charge at Santa Monica-                                                                     Dermatology                       Leah Tonkin, MD                 Rheumatology
UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic                                                                                                            UCLA Department of Obstetrics   Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
                                                                                                             Ear, Nose and Throat              and Gynecology                  Rheumatology Fellows
Hospital, which donates its surgical suite                                                                   Chester F. Griffiths, MD, FACS
                                                                                                                                               Ophthalmology                   Basil Clyman, MD
for ten outpatient surgeries per month.                                                                      F. Monte Purcelli, MD                                             Michael Weisman, MD
                                                                                                                                               Assil Sinskey Eye Institute
                                                                                                             Southern California Head
One of his patients, Deborah Champney,                                                                       and Neck Medical Group            Eduardo Besser, MD              Sports Medicine
47, had been suffering with carpal tunnel                                                                                                      Benton W. Boone, MD             UCLA Sports Medicine
                                                                                                             Electromyography and              Barbara Breger, MD              Fellowship
syndrome. She used to be an office worker                                                                    Nerve Conduction Velocity         Joseph Caprioli, MD
but now works as a housekeeper, in part                                                                      David Campion, MD                 Candice Chen, MD
because her carpal tunnel prevented her                                                                                                                                        Tracey Childs, MD
                                                                                                             Emergency                         Jay Gross, MD
                                                                                                                                                                               Marjorie Fine, MD
from working on a computer.                                                                                  Santa Monica-UCLA Medical         Jules Stein Eye Institute
                                                                                                                                                                               Eric Fonkalsrud, MD
                                                                                                             Center and Orthopaedic Hospital   Daniel Krivoy, MD
“It’s very painful. I wake up in the middle                                                                                                                                    Jeremy Korman, MD
                                                                                                             Philip Schwarzman, MD             Retina Vitreous Associates
of the night because my hands are like two      A happy Venice Family Clinic patient, Maria Hernandez,
                                                                                                                                               Ken Wright, MD
                                                salutes Dr. Schmitter after surgery to correct her trigger   Endocrinology                                                     Every volunteer specialist is important
rocks,” Deborah says, as she demonstrates       finger. Just a few minutes into the surgery, Dr. Schmitter                                                                     to us. If your name is not listed within
                                                                                                             Mayer B. Davidson, MD
how she stretches her clinched fists back       had Maria flex her finger. Maria, who spoke no other         Beverly Karpman, MD
                                                                                                                                                                               the appropriate category or is listed
                                                                                                                                                                               improperly, please accept our apologies
and forth. “I’ve been taking ibuprofen,         English during her visit, cried out in disbelief, “What?!
                                                                                                             Janet Winikoff, MD                                                and notify us at 310.664.7532 so the
                                                Oh my gosh!” Photo: Margaret Molloy
naproxen, muscle relaxers…a lot of them.”                                                                                                                                      correction can be made.

                                                                                                                                                                  Looking for an Easy
How You Can Help Venice Family Clinic                                                                                                                             Way to Support
This Holiday Season                                                                                                                                               Venice Family Clinic?
                                                                                                                                                                  Include It in Your Will
                                                                                                                                                                  It’s easy to arrange. It can be changed
The end of the year is a great time to make a gift to Venice Family Clinic.                                                                                       at any time. And it can help ensure the
Celebrate the holidays with one of these special support opportunities.                                                                                           sustainability of Venice Family Clinic’s
                                                                                                                                                                  essential services for tens of thousands
                                                                                                                                                                  of low-income and uninsured individuals.
                                                                                                                                                                  Dozens of donors have taken the simple
    Send a Child to the Children’s Holiday Movie                                                                                                                  step of including Venice Family Clinic in
                                                                                                                                                                  their wills, and you can, too. A provision
    No one would expect children to go without food or housing or education, right?                                                                               or amendment prepared by your attorney
    Well let’s not let them go without health care either. Help Venice Family Clinic provide                                                                      at the time you make or update your will
    a medical home to uninsured kids by making a donation through the Children’s Holiday                                                                          or trust is all that is necessary.
    Movie Campaign. Your gift will help send a child to a special screening of Madagascar
    Escape 2 Africa, and, more importantly, help pay for his or her health care throughout                                                                        Venice Family Clinic’s Legacy Society
    the coming year.                                                                                                                                              recognizes those—both living and
                                                                                                                                                                  deceased—who have remembered
    Special thanks to the Children’s Holiday Movie Co-Chairs: Rick Bradley and Leslie Thurman                      Photo: Margaret Molloy
                                                                                                                                                                  the Clinic in their wills or other estate
                                                                                                                                                                  plans. For more information about
                                                                                                                                                                  how to include the Clinic in your will
    Spread Holiday Cheer with Venice Family Clinic                                                                                                                or establish a life-income gift, please
    Artist Cards                                                                                                                                                  contact Bill Jones, Interim Chief
                                                                                                                                                                  Development Officer, at 310.664.7932
    If you send holiday cards to friends, colleagues, or customers, consider using Venice Family                                                                  or
    Clinic Artist Cards—limited-edition reproductions donated by Venice Art Walk & Auctions
    artists and renowned collections. Only Venice Family Clinic has them! Each carries a
    message explaining that all proceeds from the program benefit Venice Family Clinic and its
    mission of providing free, quality health care to people in need. If you’ve been looking for a
    way to spread the word about your favorite charity, look no further.
    Venice Family Clinic’s Artist Cards Program is underwritten by a generous grant from the
    Frederick R. Weisman Philanthropic Foundation.                                                                                                                Legacy Society Members
                                                                                                                                                                  Robert C. Aronoff
                                                                                                                        Penguin Walk, by Daniel Gottlieb. Image
                                                                                                                                                                  Katherine Bard
    Join Silver Circle                                                                                                  used with permission from G2 Gallery      Irma & Louis Colen
                                                                                                                                                                  Mayer B. Davidson, MD, &
    Silver Circle is Venice Family Clinic’s premier annual giving group. Its members donate more                                                                     Roseann Herman, Esq.
    than one million dollars annually. Join Silver Circle with a donation of $2,000 or more                                                                       Sylvia & Mose Firestone, PhD
    and then celebrate the accomplishments of this remarkable group at the Thank You Gala
                                                                                                                                                                  Patricia & William Flumenbaum
    on February 23, 2009, at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. Hugh Laurie and David Shore
                                                                                                                                                                  Elizabeth & Daniel Forer
    from the hit Fox television show House will receive the 2009 Humanitarian Award, and
                                                                                                                                                                  Elaine Hoffman
    the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA Health System will be honored
    with the 2009 Community Service Award.                                                                                                                        Joanne Jubelier, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                  Marilyn H. Karsten
    Special thanks to the Silver Circle Committee: Andrea Bacon, Vicki Baker, Kathy Barrett, Dorothy Breininger,
                                                                                                                                                                  Amita & Viren Mehta
    Chris Griffiths, Ashley Johnson, Harley Liker, MD (Co-Chair), Julie Liker (Co-Chair), Deb Love,
    Frank Matricardi, and Cynthia Garvey Truhan                                                                                                                   Charlotte Neumann, MD, &
                                                                                                                                                                     Alfred Neumann, MD
                                                                                                                                                                  Janet Papkin
                                                                                                                                                                  Maida Richards
    Make a Year-End Gift                                                                                                                                          Stanley Richards
    Support a specific clinical program or make an unrestricted gift that the Clinic can use                                                                      Fern & Robert Seizer
    in the area of greatest need.                                                                                                                                 Jeffrey Sinaiko
                                                                                                                                                                  Leonard Stone
                                                                                                                   Photo: Margaret Molloy
                                                                                                                                                                  Ina Tillman
                                                                                                                                                                  Beatrice Zeiger
                                                  We’re Here to Make It Easy                                                                                      If you have already named Venice Family Clinic as
                                                                                                                                                                  a beneficiary in your estate plan, please contact us
                                                  To make a donation or for more information, please contact Venice Family Clinic’s                               at 310.664.7932 so that we may appropriately
                                                  Development office at 310.392.9255 or visit                                         recognize your generosity.

Major Gifts
April 23, 2008, to November 14, 2008                    Exciting Plans
$100,000 +
The Ahmanson Foundation
Broad Reach Foundation
                                                        in the Making
Lou Colen
The Eisner Foundation
The Fineshriber Family Foundation
Kaiser Permanente of Southern California
                                                        for the 30th Anniversary
Lincy Foundation
Wilbur May Foundation
    Anita May Rosenstein & Arnold Rosenstein
                                                        Venice Art Walk & Auctions,
Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System
    Mission Fund
    Saint John’s Health Center
                                                        May 16 & 17, 2009
Tides Foundation
Weingart Foundation                                     Volunteer Co-Chairs Leslie Adler and Mary Jensen are already hard at work
$50,000 to $99,999                                      on the 30th anniversary Venice Art Walk & Auctions, May 16 & 17, 2009.
The Dharma Grace Foundation                             “The Venice Art Walk & Auctions has raised millions of dollars for Venice
   Chuck Lorre
International Creative Management (ICM)
                                                        Family Clinic over the past three decades,” Adler says, “and that makes it
The Larry King Cardiac Foundation                       well worth the many months of effort.” Expect to see dozens of arty
   Shawn and Larry King                                 spaces you’ve never seen before, plus an all-new Art Happening, the
The Barry and Wendy Meyer Foundation
Stanley Richards                                        always popular Art & Architecture Tours, and plenty of opportunities
$25,000 to $49,999                                      to hand-pick original works from the 400-piece Silent Art Auction.
Blue Shield of California Foundation                    For more information on corporate sponsorship and other involvement
California HealthCare Foundation                        opportunities, contact Venice Family Clinic’s development department
The Karl Kirchgessner Foundation
State of California Attorney General                    at 310.392.9255 or
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Westside Infant Family Network                          Special thanks to the 2009 Venice Art Walk & Auctions Steering Committee:
Witherbee Foundation                                    Leslie Adler (Co-Chair), Alison Dockray (Co-Chair), Mary Jensen (Co-Chair),
Anonymous                                               Ellen Belot, Karen Chu, Amy Coane, Rhonda DeVictor, Lisa Gelber, Dena Kleinrock,
$10,000 to $24,999                                      Roya Mina, Michael MacLachlan, Pam Morgenstern, Jodie Rea, Katrina Revenaugh,
Gerrie Smith & Dr. Neal Baer                            Alan Shaffer, Valerie Shavers, Ricki Sherlin, Sandy Singer, Matt Tager,
Albert & Elaine Borchard Foundation                     Jessamine Tepper, Jamie Theis, and Irene Weibel                                               A lucky winner takes home several of the more than 400 pieces that were up for bid
The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation                                                                                                     at the 2008 Silent Art Auction. Photo: Margaret Molloy
Alison Cardoso
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Claneil Foundation, Inc.
Roy E. Crummer Foundation
Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation
The Richard F. & Eleanor W. Dwyer Fund
Robert L. Feldman
                                                        Whole Foods
Friends of the Culver City Youth Health Center
Jamie Diamond & James Goodman
David Hockney
                                                        5% Day Raises
Tatiana & Todd James
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
L.A. Care Health Plan
                                                        Nearly $7,000 for
Carlos Lazaro
Monica Lozano                                           Venice Family Clinic
Merle & Gerald Measer
Nestle USA Foundation
Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation
                                                        On September 10, the new Whole Foods
Peter Norton Family Foundation                          Market at the corner of Lincoln Boulevard
Idy Parker                                              and Rose Avenue in Venice held its inaugural
Pfaffinger Foundation
Sawchuk Family Foundation                               5% Day, and selected Venice Family Clinic
Charlie Sheen                                           as the beneficiary. Store managers later
Sunair Children’s Foundation
Twentieth Century Fox
                                                        presented a check to Clinic staff for 5%
J.B. and Emily Van Nuys Charities                       of the day’s net proceeds, totaling $6,920.40.
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc                          Many thanks to Whole Foods Market—
Warner Bros. Television Production
Billie Milam Weisman                                    especially Mike Bowen, Lisa Catanio,
Marcia S. Weisman Foundation                            Richard Duran, Andre Sugars and Lena
Frederick R. Weisman Philanthropic & Art Foundation
Witherbee Foundation
                                                        Pereira—and everyone who shopped that day!
                                                                                                                 Left to right: Clinic Development staff members Jenny O’Brian, Nicki Pincus, Liza Alon, Robin Nussbaum, Courtney Gero,
Ruth Ziegler                                                                                                     and Alison Dockray, Whole Foods team member Mike Bowen, Clinic CEO Liz Forer, and Whole Foods team members
Permanent Endowments                                                                                             Lisa Catanio and Lena Pereira. Photo: Tim Smith
Irma and Lou Colen Physician Endowment
Mose and Sylvia Firestone Social Work Endowment
Karsten Family Domestic Violence Endowment
Sadie and Norman Lee Teen Clinic Physician
Milken Family Physician Endowment                                                                                Did you know?
Jack H. Skirball Medical Director Endowment
Gail and Irv Weintraub Endowment                                                                                 A gift of $50 can provide peak flow meters for three children with asthma
Frederick R. Weisman Psychological Services Endowment
                                                                                                                 A gift of $500 can provide glucose monitoring supplies for three people with diabetes for a year
Every donor is important to us. If your name is not
listed within the appropriate category or is listed
improperly, please accept our apologies and notify us                                                            A gift of $2,000 can provide health care for three uninsured people for a full year
at 310.664.7932 so the correction can be made.
                                                                                                                 Photo: Tim Smith                                                                                                         5
                                    Thing to
                                                                                  Meet the Clinic’s New Board Members
                                    Remember                                      Board of Directors
                                    from the                                                     Neal Axelrod
                                                                                                 Neal Axelrod is Assistant Vice Chancellor/CFO of UCLA External Affairs. He also serves
                                    Board Chair                                                  as an ex-officio member of the UCLA Foundation’s Board of Governors and is Vice
                                                                                                 President-Finance/Treasurer of the Foundation and its subsidiaries. Prior to joining Venice
                                                                                                 Family Clinic’s Board of Directors, he had been a member of the Clinic’s Advisory Board
If you take only one message from this issue of Encounters, please
                                                                                                 since 2005.
let it be, “I can help recruit a volunteer specialist.”
                                                                                                 “It is an honor to be a part of such a prestigious organization that creates so much
Maybe you receive care from a medical specialist, or maybe you’re
                                                                                                 benefit for so many people. I hope that I will be able to bring my experience, knowledge
friends with one, or maybe you’re related to one. Either way, I hope                             and passion to add something of value to the amazing success of Venice Family Clinic
the next time you see this person you’ll ask him or her to consider                              in the years ahead.”
volunteering for Venice Family Clinic. They can do it at one of
the Clinic’s sites or in their own offices, as little as once a month.                           Rick Bradley
I make this request because, in many cases, Venice Family Clinic’s                               Rick Bradley left the William Morris Agency in 2001 as a Senior Vice President to start
patients have no other timely access to specialty care. County                                   his own talent and consulting company called Celebrity Consultants, Inc. In addition
hospitals are overwhelmed, and few low-income uninsured people                                   to representing talent in a variety of areas, including commercials, endorsements,
have the financial means to pay for their care.                                                  infomercials, radio, licensing, and merchandising, Rick’s firm represents and brokers deals
                                                                                                 on behalf of leading companies.
Referring any kind of volunteer is easy. Just point them to the
Clinic’s web site,—which features a                                   “I have been involved in various ways for years with the Clinic and I have always felt that
list of volunteer opportunities, an online application, and contact                              there needed to be a bigger push to bring entertainment-related companies into the
                                                                                                 Clinic family. My hope is that I will be able to help educate this important LA community
information—or have them contact Ingrid Trejo, Volunteer Services
                                                                                                 to the great service the Clinic has provided to so many needy families over the years.”
Manager, at 310.664.7532 or
When we think of what we love about Venice Family Clinic—                                        Aime Espinosa
the number of patients it serves, the comprehensiveness of services                              Aime Espinosa is a patient of Venice Family Clinic. She has three sons—ages 11 years,
it provides, the quality of care it delivers—it is important to                                  7 years, and 20 months—and for the last two years has been enrolled in the Clinic’s
remember how much of that we owe to volunteers. You see it in                                    Children First program, which is a home-based child development program for infants
this newsletter’s feature story, in the profiles of new Board and                                and their families.
Advisory Board members below, in the Clinic’s fundraising events,                                “I wanted to be on the Board because when I participate, I motivate other parents
everywhere. There isn’t a single patient or staff member at the                                  to advocate, to improve themselves and be better each day. The Clinic has the most
Clinic who isn’t affected by their generosity.                                                   beautiful mission of helping those who are in need.”
Our deepest thanks to all of them.                                                               Hutch Parker
Sincerely,                                                                                       Hutch Parker is Chairman of New Regency Entertainment, an independent film, television
                                                                                                 and media company in association with Twentieth Century Fox. He recently joined the
                                                                                                 company from Twentieth Century Fox, where he was Vice Chairman of the film studio
                                                                                                 where he supervised film operations, including the animation studio. In 2007, Hutch
                                                                                                 was honored with Venice Family Clinic’s Silver Circle Humanitarian Award and helped the
                                                                                                 event set both fundraising and attendance records.
                                                                                                 “My first tour of the clinic, a couple years ago, was a revelation—seeing a medical
                                                                                                 institution dedicated solely to meeting the needs of its patients moved and inspired me.
Jimmy H. Hara, MD                                                                                My family and I have known the fear, uncertainty, helplessness, and confusion that
                                                                                                 accompany serious medical conditions, and we want to make sure those who lack
Chair, Board of Directors                                                                        our means still have access to the highest quality care and attention.”
Jimmy H. Hara, MD, FAAFP, is Lead Physician for Community Benefit for                            Bruce Tower
Kaiser Permanente Southern California and Residency Program Director for                         Bruce Tower is Vice President of Commercial Banking at Wells Fargo. He is a Senior
the Family Medicine Residency at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles. He is also
                                                                                                 Relationship Manager based in the company’s Beverly Hills office. His focus is on the
a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine for the David Geffen School of Medicine
at UCLA. In addition, Dr. Hara is Immediate Past President of the Los Angeles                    financial needs of middle-market businesses with annual revenues of more than $15
Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility and Chair of the Healthcare                      million. Bruce is a 24-year veteran of the financial services industry, previously having
Workforce Policy (Song-Brown) Commission for the Office of Statewide                             worked for Chinatrust Bank USA, Cathay Bank, General Bank and The Bank of California.
Health Planning and Development. He has been a volunteer physician at
Venice Family Clinic for more than thirty years.                                                 “As a resident of Venice (on and off since 1990 and on again since 2004) I always had a
                                                                                                 special place in my heart for Venice Family Clinic and its mission. I believe in supporting
                                                                                                 the community, and what better way than by being a Venice Family Clinic Board member?”
                                                                   Encounters                                                            Published semi-annually by Venice Family Clinic
                                                                                                                                         OUR MISSION
                                                                                                                                         To provide free, quality health care to people in need.

                                                                                                                                         BOARD OF DIRECTORS               ADVISORY BOARD
                                                                                                                                         Officers                         Martin Anderson, MD, MPH
                                                                                                                                         Jimmy H. Hara, MD, Chair         Gregory Baker
                                                                                                                                         Frank Matricardi, Dr PH,         Bernard Briskin
Advisory Board                                                                                                                           Immediate Past Chair
                                                                                                                                         Neal Baer, MD, Secretary
                                                                                                                                                                          Saul L. Brown, MD
                                                                                                                                                                          David Buell
                                                                                                                                         Jeffrey E. Sinaiko, Treasurer    Henry G. Cisneros
                       Remy Levy                                                                                                                                          Lou Colen
                       Remy Levy is a former member of Venice Family Clinic’s Board of Directors and a current member of the             Members                          Hon. Kathleen Connell
                                                                                                                                         Susan Adelman                    Lucia Diaz
                       Board’s Finance Committee. He moved to the Advisory Board when he and his family relocated to Wyoming.            Carol L. Archie, MD              Laddie John Dill
                                                                                                                                         Neal Axelrod                     Raymond Eden
                       “I came to learn about Venice Family Clinic through our good friend and neighbor Susan Fleischman.                Rick Bradley                     Leah Ellenberg, PhD
                       When given the opportunity to join the Finance Committee and Board, I jumped. I found a family of similarly       Lowell C. Brown, Esq.            Sylvia Firestone, MSW
                       concerned folk collectively applying their expertise to best position the Clinic to do the maximum good.          Mayer B. Davidson, MD            Suzanne Futterman
                                                                                                                                         Aime Espinosa                    Luis Galvez
                       Living in Wyoming now I miss the opportunity to be more intimately involved. Venice Family Clinic is              Mose J. Firestone, PhD, LCSW     Lila Garrett
                       an incredibly well-run organization delivering amazing care in a much needed space. It deserves all of            Susan Fleischman, MD             Naomi Goldman
                       our support.”                                                                                                     William Flumenbaum               Allan Gordon
                                                                                                                                         Chester F. Griffiths, MD, FACS   Karen Gunn, PhD
                       Michael McClain                                                                                                   Ashley Johnson                   Daniel Helberg
                                                                                                                                         Joanne Jubelier, PhD             Roseann Herman, Esq.
                       Michael McClain has been in the executive search profession for more than 15 years, the last 11 of which          Brian D. Kan, MD                 Marilyn Hersh
                       with Battalia Winston International. He has done extensive recruiting and consulting in a variety of areas        Deborah Laub                     Elaine Hoffman
                                                                                                                                         Lou Lazatin
                       including consumer goods, entertainment, financial services, industrial/energy and health care. He also has       Barbara A. Levey, MD, FACP
                                                                                                                                                                          Douglas I. Jeffe
                                                                                                                                                                          Dan Keatinge, MD
                       a long history of charity work, having served on boards and committees for the Center for Healthy Aging           Harley Liker, MD, MBA            Diedre Kelly-Gordon
                       and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.                                                                    Tracey Loeb                      Remy Levy
                                                                                                                                         Gail Margolis, Esq.              Julie Liker
                       “I’ve been a diabetic for 41 years and can’t imagine not having access to health care. Without it, I’d be dead.   Viren Mehta                      Connie Linn
                       So one day, when I met Liz Forer”—Venice Family Clinic’s CEO—“and learned how much the Clinic was                 Wendy Smith Meyer, PhD, LCSW     Al Markovitz, MD, FACP
                                                                                                                                         William D. Parente               Michael McClain
                       accomplishing, I felt compelled to get involved and help it reach its goals, however I could.”                    Hutch Parker                     Kelly Chapman Meyer
                                                                                                                                         Neil H. Parker, MD               Robert Moverley
                       Joseph Wright                                                                                                     David Rubenson                   Charlotte Neumann, MD, MPH
                       Joseph Wright is an associate in Proskauer Rose LLP’s Litigation Department in Los Angeles, where his practice    Paul Saben                       Harvey Newman, PharmD
                                                                                                                                         Fern Seizer                      Kenneth Ramberg
                       areas include general commercial litigation and privacy. Previously, he worked on the habeas corpus appeal        Alan Sieroty                     Helen Reid, LCSW
                       of a death sentence resulting from a prominent multiple-homicide and as a research assistant for the Michigan     Victoria Simms, PhD              Joyce Rey
                       Law School faculty.                                                                                               Baldeep Singh, MD                Andrea Rich, PhD
                                                                                                                                         Marsha Temple, Esq.              Brian K. Rosenstein
                       “I joined the Advisory Board because I believe in the mission of Venice Family Clinic, and I want                 Bruce Tower                      Monica Salinas, PhD
                                                                                                                                         Cynthia Garvey Truhan            Miguel Sandoval
                       to contribute in any way I can to this incredible organization. I hope to use my organizational skills,           Russel Tyner, AIA                Jeffrey A. Seymour
                       legal knowledge, and enthusiasm to further the Clinic’s efforts to serve its population.”                         Michael S. Wilkes, MD, PhD       Arthur Stickgold
                                                                                                                                         Leisa Wu                         Leonard Stone
                                                                                                                                         C. Victor Wylie, MD              Kate Summers
                                                                                                                                         Board Emeritus                   Rebecca Tafoya, CSAC
                                                                                                                                         Ruth Bloom                       Jill E. Thomas
                                                                                                                                         Daniel Hillman, MD               Matthew A. Toledo
                                                                                                                                         Karl A. Keener, Esq.             Carl Weissburg, Esq.
                                                                                                                                         Ruth Moss                        Joseph K. Wright, Esq.
Take a Tour of Venice Family Clinic                                                                                                      PHILANTHROPY BOARD               CHIEF EXECUTIVE
                                                                                                                                         Kathleen Aikenhead               OFFICER
If you’ve never toured Venice Family Clinic, you’re missing out on a story                                                               Lou Colen                        Elizabeth Benson Forer,
                                                                                                                                         Marjorie Fasman                  MSW/MPH
like no other. Come see how exactly the Clinic organizes 1,500 volunteers,                                                                                                310.664.7901
                                                                                                                                         Ruth Flinkman
250 staff members and dozens of institutional partners to provide free,                                                                  Hilary & Robert Nelson Jacobs    MEDICAL DIRECTOR
quality health care—from chronic disease management to mental health                                                                     Glorya Kaufman
                                                                                                                                                                          Karen Lamp, MD
services to dental care—to more than 23,500 low-income and uninsured                                                                     Susanne & Paul Kester            310.664.7648
                                                                                                                                         Shawn & Larry King
patients annually. Contact Tim Smith, Director of Communications,                                                                        Deborah Laub                     DIRECTOR OF
at 310.664.7910 or                                                                                               Susan Adelman & Claudio Llanos   COMMUNICATIONS
                                                                                                                                         Chuck Lorre                      Tim Smith
                                                                                                                                         Laurie MacDonald                 310.664.7910
                                                                                                                                         Denise Richards
                                                                                                                                         Anita May Rosenstein             GRAPHIC DESIGNER
                                                                                                                                         Charlie Sheen                    Courtney Gero
                                                                                                                                         Victoria & Ronald Simms          310.664.7918
                                                                                                                                         Harriet & Richard Squire
                                                                                                                                         Eva Vollmer
                                                                                                                                         Billie Milam Weisman
                                                                                                                                         Sylvia Weisz
                                                                                                                                         Ruth Ziegler
                                                                                                                                         Diane & Michael Ziering
                                                                                                                                         Marilyn Ziering
                                                                               Photos: Margaret Molloy                                   Janet & Jerry Zucker

Venice Family Clinic Wins the 2008 LEAP Award                                                                                                             Our Condolences
                                                                                                                                                          to the Families
from California HealthCare Foundation for Helping                                                                                                         and Friends of Our
the Uninsured Get Relief from Chronic Pain                                                                                                                Departed Supporters

The chronic pain program at Venice Family Clinic’s Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center uses acupuncture and chiropractic care, as well as               Ralph Bacerra, Mary Elizabeth Booth,
counseling, to help patients manage pain from back injuries, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other conditions. It has been so innovative           Saul Brandman, Dr. William Brice,
and effective over the last three years that the California HealthCare Foundation recently selected Venice Family Clinic to receive its new LEAP Award.   Bernie Brillstein, Ann Bancroft Brooks,
                                                                                                                                                          Michael Crichton, Enid Gruber,
The California HealthCare Foundation, an independent philanthropy committed to improving the way health care is delivered and financed                    Margie Kelley, Harvey Korman,
in California, created its LEAP Award (Leveraging Excellence, Advancing Practice) to recognize model health care practices and innovative ways            Michael A. Kreinman,
of meeting the health needs of the state’s underserved populations.                                                                                       Elaine Livingston, Shirley Magidson,
Chronic pain is especially hard on those with low incomes because                                                                                         Sydney Pollack, Barbara Stone,
many are manual laborers and are unable to work effectively                                                                                               Beatrice Zeiger, Judith Zitter
through pain. In addition, many live paycheck to paycheck and
are devastated by any loss of income. Making matters worse, free
clinics rarely offer treatment for chronic pain.
“There’s a six-month wait list for many surgeries at County hospitals,
and waiting that long can be agonizing, given that prescription                                                                                           Get Clinic News
pain-killing drugs are often unaffordable and over-the-counter
pain relievers carry serious side effects from long-term use,”                                                                                            by E-Mail
says Myles Spar, MD, Director of Integrative Medicine at Venice                                                                                           Venice Family Clinic recently
Family Clinic’s Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center.                                                                                                    launched a new monthly
“Acupuncture and chiropractic, on the other hand, are relatively                                                                                          e-newsletter, Short Story,
inexpensive to administer and can provide relief in a matter                                                                                              with Clinic news and
of weeks. This is a model that clinics across the state and around                                                                                        feature stories, involvement
the country could adopt.”                                                                                                                                 opportunities, and information
The chronic pain program is just one of several activities at                                                                                             about upcoming events.
Venice Family Clinic’s Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center,                                                                                             If you’ve never received e-mail
which is home to the nation’s first health, wellness and integrative                                                                                      from Venice Family Clinic, please
medicine program offered at a free clinic. Venice Family Clinic’s                                                                                         visit
Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center also features stress                                                                                                and click the Mailing List Sign-Up
management, parenting and nutrition skills training, and family                                                                                           link in the top right corner,
weight management programs, as well as health and wellness                                                                                                or just send an e-mail
promotion, including tools to help patients find no- or low-cost                                                                                          to
fitness resources in the communities where they live.
                                                                          Photo: Tim Smith

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