Paul and Mary Reitler met while he was traveling across the country with friends. The two lovebirds carried on a long-distance romance. Paul graduated from Stanford University and they were married while he served in the Navy. After graduating from Harvard Law School, he joined a Los Angeles–based law firm that later grew from a California firm of four offices to an international firm having fifteen offices.
Thanks in large part to philanthropic support, Providence St. Jude has moved into a new era of complex minimally invasive cardiac care procedures. As the cardiac care program seeks to build upon its suite of advanced diagnosis and treatment offerings, the support of the community partnered with a team of preeminent cardiac experts will be key to accelerating growth and propelling the program to new heights of excellence.
St. Jude’s Post-COVID Recovery Program draws upon the same expertise that has made the hospital a national leader in areas from cognitive recovery and chronic pain to cancer rehabilitation. “We don’t know of another program in the state that offers this level of comprehensiveness and innovation,” explains Dr. Covarrubias-Eckardt.
At Providence St. Jude Medical Center there is another option: a miniature clothespin-like device that attaches to the mitral valve to help it close more completely and restore normal blood flow. Called MitraClip, the dime-sized clip is implanted via a catheter threaded through a vein near the hip and successfully prevents the backward flow or regurgitation of blood by fastening together the valve’s leaky flaps.
Shirley Chang stopped dancing five years ago. As her back pain continued to worsen, the ballroom dance champion would sit in her yard and simply visualize the steps. In fact, the pain from spinal stenosis steadily took away all the 84-year-old’s favorite things: dancing, days of shopping-till-you-drop and making dinner for friends and family.
To rapturous applause from hospital staff, Daniel Kim stood up and walked out of St. Jude Medical Center on Wednesday, feeling lucky to be alive. The 49-year-old was hospitalized in Fullerton, California over the summer after contracting COVID-19. He spent five months there , the longest ever for a coronavirus patient at the medical center, and two of those months on a ventilator.
Haydee and Carlos first became involved with Providence St. Jude Medical Center when their youngest son, Rodney, was born in April of 1970. Despite modest means, the Molluras were emphatic about their desire to support the medical center. We felt strongly we should give back,” reflects Carlos. “These values are in our blood.”
Beverly Dreher doesn’t need to be convinced of the importance of annual mammograms. A member of the Yorba Linda Country Club, she always participated in the club’s annual golf tournament dedicated to friends who have passed away from breast cancer.
In 1968, Dave and Vicki Schindele vowed to care for each other “in good times and bad.” Little did they know that they would be fulfilling that promise 50 years later at St. Jude on the eve of their Golden Anniversary.
It’s a Tuesday afternoon and the sound of Shania Twain’s “I Feel Like a Woman” is coming from a gym within the St. Jude Centers for Rehabilitation and Wellness. Inside, Jason Tse, occupational therapist, is helping Julia Cook Muneer master a new line dance.
Jamie Calver was floating on cloud nine. The 55-year-old husband, father and vice president of a haircare company was heading to the airport with his wife of four years for a belated honeymoon trip to Italy when suddenly, he felt excruciating pain down the left side of his body.
Funds from St. Jude’s Emergency Response & Recovery Campaign are helping equip and expand the hospital’s Caring Neighbors Program — an initiative that assists frail and isolated seniors with services such as coordinating health appointments, grocery shopping or providing companionship.
Dick Joe assumed his fatigue was just part of getting older. The stockbroker and grandfather of four recalls taking walks with wife, Marian, that left him short of breath and feeling weak. It wasn’t until a visit to the Great Wall of China that Dick was certain something was not right.
David March was admitted to St. Jude Medical Center with coronavirus on April 1. The next day, he was put on a ventilator in an induced coma where he would remain for 17 days. With his chances for survival estimated at less than 5% after multiple episodes of severe respiratory failure, David’s family prepared themselves for life without him.
In August 2018, Keiko Matthews, MSN, RN, completed her shift at St. Jude, went home, and woke up the next day with an excruciating headache. She asked her fiancé to call 911. The last thing she remembers is silently repeating, “Please take me to St. Jude.”
Jo Ann “Joni” Feldman was used to her husband Don getting migraines, but she was surprised when she found herself with one for several days straight. A visit to her doctor lead to an MRI which turned into something no one expected—a trip to the ER: Joni had a ruptured brain aneurysm.
St. Jude Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in the nation — and the second in California — to use a new breakthrough that allows surgeons to visualize brain cancer in real time. A revolutionary imaging agent called Gleolan causes the tumor to “light up” by making cancer cells appear fluorescent red, clearly delineating tumor tissue from the surrounding brain.
St. Because of support from friends across our community, Providence St. Jude Medical Center has a new, state-of-the-art radiation system called AlignRT® in the hands of our radiation therapists and oncologists.
St. Jude Medical Center is pleased to announce a $3 million gift—one of the largest in the hospital’s history—from the estate of the late Marvin Blaski, a patient who dedicated the bequest gift in appreciation for the outstanding care he received after a stroke in 1996.
St. Jude Medical Center is honored to announce a remarkable $2 million legacy gift from the estate of Wo Kong Kwok, PhD, a Fullerton resident who made the donation in gratitude for the care his wife, Tzu-Wen Kwok, received before she passed away in 2016.
FULLERTON, CA – Eight hundred loyal supporters will honor past and present cancer warriors at the 30th of St. Jude Medical Center’s A Walk Among the Stars event on Saturday, November 16 at the Anaheim Marriott.
Thanks to the generosity of our loyal supporters, the September 30, 2021 event raised over $224,000 for Providence St. Jude Medical Center’s Care for the Poor Programs.
Donor Appreciation Dinner 2019
Annual Golf Classic 2018
Annual Golf Classic 2018
Annual Golf Classic 2019
Donor Appreciation Luncheon 2018
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Dinner Event 2019
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Dinner Event 2018
Providence St. Jude and the City of Anaheim celebrated the opening of the new St. Jude Neighborhood Health Center in December 2022.
Matt Miller went to bed with a sense that something was off. He woke up suspecting a heart attack. After driving himself to Providence St. Jude Medical Center, his suspicions were confirmed; Matt had multi-vessel blockages and needed bypass surgery.
Together, we can provide care that transforms lives, now and for years to come.