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Philanthropy saving lives – that's what the UCLA Health Mobile Stroke Unit is all about. Roughly every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. will have a stroke. Almost every four minutes, someone will die as the result. Against that backdrop, UCLA Health has officially launched the first Mobile Stroke Unit on the West Coast, enabling rapid delivery of brain-saving medications to stroke patients who might otherwise face debilitating delays in treatment. The design, build and clinical rollout of the Mobile Stroke Unit was made possible by a philanthropic donation to UCLA by the Arline & Henry Gluck Foundation. “Helping make this mobile stroke unit possible for the people of Los Angeles, and to support the research into this type of care, is such a privilege,” said business executive and philanthropist Henry Gluck, who is also chair of the UCLA Health System Board.“Through this, we can save lives today, while improving care in the future.”

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Dr. Wally Ghurabi has been serving as Medical Director of the Nethercutt Emergency Center at UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center since 1981 and is Co-Medical Director of the hospital’s Primary Stroke Center. Over the course of his illustrious career, he has cared for tens of thousands of people and has helped save countless lives in addition to training hundreds of resident physicians and paramedics.

Please join us in honoring Dr. Ghurabi with a gift to support the UCLA Arline and Henry Gluck Stroke Rescue Program—the cause about which Dr. Ghurabi is so passionate. Your support of this vital program will enable UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center to name a garden in Dr. Ghurabi’s honor. During his 37 years on the Santa Monica campus, Dr. Ghurabi has considered the hospital garden a favorite space to relax, reflect, and heal. The Ghurabi Garden—a lush respite for patients and staff from the stress and intensity of emergency health issues—is a fitting tribute to his lifelong work.

Click here to learn more. Donate in honor of Dr. Wally Ghurabi online by visiting Or send a check, payable to The UCLA Foundation, with the following remit to:

UCLA Health Sciences Development
Attn: Ellen Haddigan-Durgun
10945 Le Conte Avenue, Suite 3132
Los Angeles, CA 90095

If you have any questions or would like more information on how to support our program, please contact:
Ellen Haddigan-Durgun
Senior Executive Director, Hospital Initiatives
UCLA Health Sciences Development
(310) 206-3878
[email protected]