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‘Mender of hearts’ on tap at center

Posted: February 28, 2010 10:29 p.m.
Updated: March 1, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Interventional cardiologist Dr. Sam Kojoglanian of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, also known as "Dr. Rap," will address members of the Tri-Valleys Aging Network on Wednesday, March 17, at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center in Newhall.

He’s a mender of hearts, a soother of souls, a book author and a unique musician-physician whose message-laden tunes strive to end youth violence and drug use.

His name is Dr. Sam Kojoglanian — and from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, he will be the guest lecturer at a Tri-Valleys Aging Network event, held at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center.

Hosted by the Senior Center and Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, the presentation will feature Kojoglanian, an interventional cardiologist, talking about heart health, longevity and his ardent efforts to reach out to younger generations and save lives.

“All Tri-Valleys Aging Network members and persons who are non-members but interested in learning about our group are welcome to come and hear Dr. Kojoglanian’s fascinating presentation,” said Senior Center Director of Supportive Services SuzAnn Nelsen, whose department helps seniors “age in place” (in their own homes) for as long as is safely and healthfully possible.

The Tri-Valleys Aging Network, which represents the Santa Clarita, Antelope and San Fernando valleys, comprises professionals who provide services to seniors and their families. Members include physicians, nurses, care managers, home health care providers, health insurance staff, senior centers staff, newspaper reporters, funeral industry representatives, durable medical equipment representatives, protective services, attorneys and students majoring in areas affecting elders, etc.

Kojoglanian’s specialty, interventional cardiology, is a branch of cardiology specifically dealing with the catheter-based treatment of structural heart diseases. As a heart mender, he is trained in performing life-saving and quality-of-life-enhancing cardiac procedures that include: diagnostic cardiac catheterization and angiography; coronary angioplasty; coronary stenting; valvuloplasty; atrial/ventricular septal defect closure; cardiac ablation and more.

“I have heard wonderful things about this doctor’s many talents, including raves from my own employees whose loved ones have been saved, thanks to his skilled hands,” Nelsen added.

Beats to Own Drum

Kojoglanian, a Newhall Memorial and Providence Holy Cross Medical Center staff member, is also known as “Dr. Rap.” His tunes (go online to mix anti-youth violence and anti-drug use lyrics with a contemporary rap song style.

Through this distinctive musical outreach, Kojoglanian appeals to young people, trying to make them think seriously about their actions — and the good that life has to offer when one follows a healthy, conscionable, respectful and non-violent path. It was through Kojoglanian’s earlier experiences as a young doctor treating Los Angeles gang violence victims that he developed this desire to positively impact the tragic, escalating and preventable situation.

Robert Hill, a Senior Center and Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital volunteer, echoed Nelsen’s praise of Kojoglanian.

“I know from volunteering at the hospital that he is not only a very good interventional cardiologist, he is also a man with a great sense of humor, an excellent bedside manner, and he really loves his patients,” said Hill, a technical sales retiree who serves as the Senior Center’s registered HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) counselor.

Hill added: “His books are in our gift shop at the hospital.”

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Nelsen reinforced her invitation to community members interested in possible Tri-Valleys membership.

“This group is an amalgam of people who care about seniors and strive to support and assist them in a variety of ways … and we warmly welcome new members,” she said.    

Tri-Valleys Network goals include:

*  Bringing together those professionals in the Greater Los Angeles area who provide services or good to older adults and their families.

* Providing a forum for networking.

* Offering educational opportunities.

* Becoming a vehicle for the exchange of information.    

Refreshments will be provided at the event. Attendees are encouraged to preregister. Cost: $10 with preregistration; $15 at door if not preregistered. Please make checks payable to “Tri-Valleys Aging Network.” As this is also a networking event, attendees may bring business cards, brochures and flyers.    

For further information/registration contact SuzAnn Nelson, SCV Senior Center Supportive Services Director at 255-1588.
The Senior Center is located at 22900 Market St. in Newhall.


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