IN 2017, A GIFT FROM ARLINE AND HENRY GLUCK enabled UCLA Health to equip an ambulance with a mobile computed tomography imaging device to treat stroke patients prior to their arrival at a hospital, and to create the UCLA Health Arline and Henry Gluck Stroke Rescue Program. Recognizing that stroke disproportionately affects people of color, the Glucks have championed the program’s expansion to underserved areas of Los Angeles County.
For their leadership and dedication to UCLA and the broader community, the couple were honored with the university’s Fiat Lux Award in a virtual ceremony on June 24, 2021. The Glucks are only the second recipients of the award, first presented to Renee and Meyer Luskin in 2012.
“It gives me great pleasure to honor Arline and Henry Gluck, two people who have been enthusiastic ambassadors for and devoted supporters of UCLA and our health system,” said UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block. “We are fortunate to count the Glucks among our friends and thank them deeply for their leadership, advocacy and generosity.”
The virtual ceremony was attended by family and friends of the Glucks, UCLA and UCLA Health leadership, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA faculty and UCLA Health System Board members.
“We are endlessly grateful for Arline and Henry’s commitment to excellence, their service to UCLA and their visionary founding of the UCLA Health Gluck Stroke Rescue Program,” said Johnese Spisso, MPA, president of UCLA Health, CEO of the UCLA Hospital System and associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences. “Their work to ensure a more healthy and equitable society is an inspiration to the campus and our community.”
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Stroke continues to be the number one cause of serious disability and the number two cause of death worldwide. For stroke victims, time lost is brain lost. For every passing minute, lack of blood flow to the brain causes 2 million valuable brain cells to die. The earlier the patient is conclusively diagnosed and receives treatment, the more likely they are to make a meaningful recovery from the devastating effects of the disease. Thanks to Arline and Henry Gluck, whose gift established the UCLA Arline and Henry Gluck Stroke Rescue Program, UCLA Health can now bring the hospital to the patient through its mobile stroke unit (MSU).
The MSU is one of the key components of UCLA Health’s vision to improve patient outcomes and provide service to the community. A shared regional resource of L.A. County, it is the result of a partnership among UCLA Health, the L.A. County Department of Emergency Medical Services and Department of Health Services, with support from the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. L.A. was one of seven cities that participated in a national clinical trial of MSUs. Results of the study demonstrated that faster care enabled by these specialized stroke ambulances improved stroke outcomes and confirmed that early stroke intervention is crucial to recovery and reducing the risk of disability, resulting in a better quality of life.