Since 1951, the Altadena Guild of Huntington Memorial Hospital, a group of volunteers passionate about helping their community, has raised over $2 million dollars to benefit Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI). This independent nonprofit organization seeks to improve health by improving medicine. The Altadena Guild also funds a scholarship at Huntington Hospital and supports the hospital’s Appearance Center, which helps women facing breast cancer, look and feel their best.



Altadena Community Service Scholarship
The 2012 recipient of the Altadena Community Service Scholarship was Terri Kowlton.
Ms. Knowlton is employed Patient Care Administration at Huntington Memorial Hospital. She is pursuing Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree. One of her goals after nursing school is to start a nursing scholarship program that is dedicated to her daughter Alex, who wanted to be a nurse but tragically died from a car accident. Stemming from this tragic event Ms. Knowlton is involved with the “Every 15 Minutes” program, a drinking and driving diversion program for high school students. Within the program she gives a talk to high school students not only about how drinking and driving affected her family, but also about keeping their goals in sigh and pursuing life-long careers such as nursing. Ms. Knowlton has acted as a speaker for the Donate Life training sessions at Huntington Hospital and a contact with the Donate Life Ambassador program where she advocates for organ/tissue donation in the community.

Each year the hospital’s Scholarship Committee notifies employees that applications are being accepted for several scholarships, including the scholarship provided by the Altadena Guild. The criterion for the Altadena Guild’s scholarship is that it be awarded to an employee who displays excellence in community service and is continuing his/her education. The Hospital Scholarship Committee then reviews all applications to determine the scholarship recipient. During National Nursing and Hospital Week in May, recipients are honored at a scholarship luncheon hosted at Huntington Memorial Hospital. This year’s luncheon will be held at the beginning of May.



Constance G. Zahorik Appearance Center
The Altadena Guild is a proud supporter of the Constance G. Zahorik Appearance Center at Huntington Memorial Hospital. Named for Constance G. Zahorik, a breast cancer survivor and philanthropist who believed in a compassionate and comprehensive approach to breast cancer treatment, the Appearance Center has a licensed cosmetologist to help breast cancer patients look and feel their best.

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Since its founding in 1952, the scientists and physicians of Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI) have helped improve medical and surgical diagnosis and treatment. HMRI is proud to have had the support of the Altadena Guild since its inception. HMRI is also proud of its affiliation with Huntington Memorial Hospital and its role in helping attract and retain some of the leaders of its medical staff and medical education program. Working together, HMRI, the Altadena Guild and Huntington Memorial Hospital not only enhance the care available in our community, but foster innovation, discoveries and education that add quality years to the lives of people around the world.

HMRI is widely known for development of the hydrocephalus shunt to treat "water-on-the-brain", pioneering studies on biomedical application of laser energy, basic and applied cancer research, development of electronic neural rehabilitation technology, studies in vascular biology and the development of methods and applications of medical magnetic resonance, including imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS).

Today, our principal research programs are directed toward the development of new advances in the diagnosis and treatment of breast, colon, and prostate cancer, stroke, heart disease, epilepsy, profound deafness, liver disease and cancer, migraine headache, sleep apnea and brain diseases including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.

To learn more about the HMRI,
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