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By Lookout Staff

April 14, 2015 -- Every year, Santa Monica-based WISE & Healthy Aging honors area professionals, caregivers and volunteers who help enrich the lives of seniors at the organization’s annual Celebration of Caring event.

The year’s recognition luncheon on Saturday, April 18, will honor retiring Santa Monica College President Dr. Chui L. Tsang with the organization’s Leadership in Caring Award, presented by RAND Corporation President and CEO Michael Rich.

Tsang, who has been at Santa Monica College for the past nine years, announced his plans to retire in June.

“We are delighted to have the special privilege of acknowledging Dr. Tsang for his leadership and years of service to the community,” said Renee White Fraser, event chairwoman. “Dr. Tsang has grown the reputation of the college as a top academic institution dedicated to fostering diversity and quality of curricula, a model showcasing the importance of community colleges in California.

“And through its Emeritus College, Santa Monica College also demonstrates a commitment to lifelong learning for older adults,” Fraser added.

Two Kaiser Permanente physicians also will be honored at the event. Dr. Kimberly Reece, assistant area medical director and primary care service lead, and Dr. Susan E. Wang, chief of geriatrics and palliative and continuing care, will each receive the Compassion in Caring Award.

“We are extremely proud that WISE & Healthy Aging will recognize Drs. Reece and Wang,” said Howard Fullman, medical director at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center. “These two outstanding physicians embody Kaiser Permanente's commitment to providing world-class service, quality and compassionate care to our members.

“Dr. Reece is a dedicated hospital leader and physician whose personalized approach to patient care helps to improve the life of each of her patients; and Dr. Wang has been a tremendous asset as chief of geriatrics and palliative care, delivering the highest level of quality and compassionate care to our geriatric patients.

“We appreciate this recognition, and are grateful to WISE & Healthy Aging for their leadership and innovative work to enhance the quality of life of older adults.”

Tickets for Celebration of Caring are $150. For tickets or more information call 310-394-9871, or visit www.wiseanhealthyaging.org.


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