The Shriners Hospitals System is comprised of 22 hospitals, 20 in the United States, one in Montreal and another in Mexico City. Shriners Hospitals for Children-Los Angeles was established in 1951 with primary support coming from Al Malaikah Shrine Temple in downtown LA. They provide care to children 0-18 with a variety of orthopedic, spine and burn medical needs, regardless of the family's ability to pay. Today, in order to meet California seismic requirements for hospitals, SHC-LA is in the process of relocating to Pasadena in collaboration with Huntington Memorial Hospital.
Join us next Wednesday when Steve Sommers, Senior Director of Development for the five Shriners Hospitals located in the Western United States, will talk about Shriners Hospital coming to Pasadena and what it will mean to our community.
A resident of Pasadena, Steve moved here from the Midwest in 1989 to attend Fuller Seminary. Upon completion of his advanced degrees he became the program director for a medical relief project at World Vision where he worked to bring needed healthcare to children in Romania and Peru. Simultaneously, Steve became an adjunct faculty member at Azusa Pacific University where he continues to teach roughly seven courses a year on a part-time basis. He has also served on City of Hope National Medical Center's gift planning team and was an Assistant Vice Chancellor at the Graziadio School of Business at Pepperdine University.
Steve and his wife, Meredith, reside in Pasadena and volunteer in local organizations. They have four children; the youngest just arrived on August 10. Steve is an active Rotarian at LA5 Rotary where he serves as a board member and chair of the funding committee.
Introduced by David Mans