A group of friends, family members, colleagues and philanthropists attended a reception on November 28, 2018, honoring Dr. Wally Ghurabi, medical director of the Nethercutt Emergency Center at UCLA Health - Santa Monica Medical Center and co-medical director of the hospital’s Primary Stroke Center. Held in the Ghurabi Meditation Garden at UCLA Health - Santa Monica Medical Center, the event celebrated the opening of the garden and the funds raised to support the UCLA Arline and Henry Gluck Stroke Rescue Program and the UCLA Health Mobile Stroke Unit (MSU).
Drs. Ghurabi, John C. Mazziotta (RES ’81, FEL ’83), vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences and CEO of UCLA Health, and May Nour (RES ’13, FEL ’14, ’15), medical director of the UCLA Arline and Henry Gluck Stroke Rescue Program, delivered remarks, followed by a ribbon-cutting to officially open the meditation garden. The garden offers patients and staff a peaceful place of retreat. Attendees had the opportunity to tour the MSU, a partnership with the Henry and Arline Gluck Foundation, the Santa Monica Fire Department, Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The first of its kind in California, the MSU is a specialized ambulance that is operated by highly trained personnel and is equipped with a CT scanner to provide the expedited delivery of brain-saving medications to stroke patients.
“Rapid response for stroke victims is essential to emergency care and leads to better outcomes for patients,” said Dr. Ghurabi, who was instrumental in the launch of the MSU. “UCLA Health is at the forefront of bringing the UCLA Health Mobile Stroke Unit to Santa Monica and other Los Angeles communities. I am thrilled to be part of this lifesaving initiative. I am very grateful to the many friends and colleagues who have contributed to the Gluck Stroke Rescue Program in my honor. I will really enjoy spending time in the Ghurabi Meditation Garden with them.” Dr. Ghurabi also serves as the medical director of the Santa Monica Fire and Police Departments, where he trains paramedics and other first responders on various aspects of emergency medicine.
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