Staff and veterans of the West Los Angeles VA were proud to be community partners and active participants of the 2010 LA Marathon.
The facility allowed the route to pass through its campus March 21, and 31 of its veterans and employees participated in the run/walk. The event kicked off at Dodger Stadium and passed iconic city landmarks, including the WLA VA, ending in Santa Monica.Carol Kendrick, RN, cheers on friends and colleagues.
The WLA VA has been here since 1888 providing excellent healthcare to our veterans, said Donna Beiter, RN, director of the Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. We are extremely excited to participate.
Veterans had fun training for the marathon, according to facility officials. In preparation for the event, they made better nutritional decisions and inspired returning veterans with physical disabilities to participate.Larry Lemos, RN, participates in the LA Marathon.
Recently, the GLAHS implemented a patient-centered model of care. This model includes elements such as: human interactions, improved nutrition practices and healthy communities.
Our participation in the marathon promotes many aspects of the model, Beiter said.Sandy Robertson, RN, enjoys the day with other LA Marathon participants.
The WLA VA adds to the routes mantra of a landmark every mile, especially given the history this land has brought Los Angeles in honor of its veterans.
It is an honor to represent the VA as an employee who just completed 40 years of service and one who believes in giving back to our veterans, said Robert McLarty, U.S. Army Reservist and GLAHS employee.