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Cusumano receives health care award

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Posted: October 31, 2008 10:17 p.m.
Updated: January 2, 2009 5:00 a.m.
 
Gary Cusumano received the 2008 Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon Healthcare Leadership Award for his contributions to health care and advocacy for Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon presented the award during a ceremony at the Tournament Players Club on Tuesday.

The Health care Leadership Award was created by the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation in 2006 to honor individuals or companies who exemplify the values of the hospital and support the mission to improve community health through compassion and excellence in health care services.

It was named for Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon for his consistent and demonstrated support for quality health care in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Cusumano’s support for Henry Mayo includes volunteering his time and resources as a member of the Hospital’s board of directors from 1988-2005. He served as Chairman of the Board from 1993-96 and again 1997-1998. Cusumano currently serves on Henry Mayo’s Foundation Advisory Board and Facilites Development Committee.

“I am honored to receive this special award,” Cusumano said. “Supporting the hospital is easy for me because it could not be a better cause for the community than to ensure that we have a first-class emergency department and state-of-the-art hospital.”

Attorneys to broadcast Prop. 8 forum
The San Fernando Valley Bar Association and its Attorney Referral Service sponsored a public forum on Proposition 8. The televised forum is being broadcast on Time Warner’s public access channel and is available for viewing on YouTube as a 6-part video titled SFVBA Prop 8 Forum.

The bar’s board of trustees, the 20-member governing body of the organization, unanimously voted at its annual Board Retreat on October 5 to adopt a resolution urging: “All members of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, within their own communities, to actively support the full realization and exercise of civil rights by all citizens without regard for age, ancestry, color, religious creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation.”

Founded in 1926, the San Fernando Valley Bar Association is one of the largest local bar associations in the United States with more than 2,100 members.

“The Board does not participate in partisan politics,” explained SFVBA President Tamila Jensen. “However, the San Fernando Valley Bar Association has a long history of supporting the civil rights of our citizens. In 1964, prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act or Voting Rights Bill, our Association adopted a similar policy on civil rights.”

McKeon, Smyth endorse Measure SA
Representative Howard “Buck” McKeon and Assemblyman Cameron Smyth announced their support for Measure SA, the $300 million school bond initiative on the Nov. 4 ballot.

“It is more important than ever to support our local schools and pass Measure SA,” McKeon said. “The state will not take care of our schools. We can’t leave our students behind when it comes to needed improvements that will ensure their continued success at the highest levels.”

Supporters claim Measure SA will make vital improvements for safety and to support student achievement in the William S. Hart Union High School District.

“Santa Clarita is known for its excellent schools. Measure SA will help maintain that standard of excellence in the years to come,” Smyth said. “Voting ‘yes’ on Measure SA is a vote for strong local education.”

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