REHAB CENTER EXPANDS
On April 23, Palomar Health Rehabilitation Institute, 2185 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, celebrated the opening of a new 52-bed acute rehabilitation facility on the campus of Palomar Medical Center Escondido. The in-patient facility has twice the capacity of the one it replaces and will provide the latest innovations in rehabilitating patients with brain injuries and other permanent disabilities. The Palomar Health Rehabilitation Institute is a partnership between Palomar Health and Kindred Healthcare, who currently jointly operate a 25-bed acute rehabilitation unit on the campus of Palomar Medical Center Poway, which will close once the Institute opens. The Institute is scheduled to take its first patient on April 27, pending license approval.
SCHAFFER PLACES AT STATE
Halle Schaffer earned second place at the American Association of University Women of California state-level Speech Trek contest. Schaffer, a senior at San Dieguito High School Academy, won the local contest presented by the Del Mar-Leucadia Branch of AAUW. She was one of only three chosen to compete in the state finals.
Grant Collier of Rancho Santa Fe earned a gold star for fall 2020 at The Citadel for academic achievement.
Oceanside author Andrea Susan Glass has published her first book, “Your Fabulous First Book: How to Write with Clarity, Confidence & Connection,” available as an eBook on Amazon. Glass is also a ghostwriter and book coach. Subsequently she will be releasing “Your Fabulous First Book Workbook.”
PET FOOD GIVEAWAY
The Rancho Coastal Humane Society opened the gate at 1 p.m. April 16. By 2 p.m., the parking lot was empty, with the exception of a few bags of dog and cat food and cat litter. Most of the drivers of the 36 vehicles that picked up food said the money they save will be used to pay for pet medical treatment or enable them to rescue more pets.
GET INVOLVED WITH YOUTH
Just in Time for Foster Youth (JIT), which helps transition-age foster youth, will be hosting a series of EMpower parties throughout May for its dedicated community of supporters. To learn more about Walk the Talk plus explore sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, visit https://jitfosteryouth.org/wtt2021/. A virtual finale will be held at 7 p.m. June 19 with a performance by former foster youth Jimmy Wayne.
BADER GINSBERG AWARD
Salk Institute of Biological Studies Assistant Professor Dannielle Engle, of Carmel Valley, was selected as the first recipient of the Lustgarten Foundation-AACR Career Development Award for Pancreatic Cancer Research in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Engle will receive $300,000 to fund her pancreatic cancer research.
WALK FOR ANIMALS
San Diego Humane Society’s Virtual Walk for Animals has raised more than $230,000 to date toward its $400,000 goal. The organization is encouraging community members to continue fundraising through May 28 to help create a more humane San Diego for animals. The event, one of the organization’s largest annual fundraisers will support SDHS’ ability to care for nearly 50,000 animals in need this year. For information, visit sdwalkforanimals.org through May 28.
SANDAG SEEKS HUB INPUT
April 21, the San Diego Association of Governments initiated the environmental review process for the Central Mobility Hub project with the release of a Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report. This notice marks the beginning of a public comment period where community members are invited to provide input. The Central Mobility Hub is envisioned to be a transportation center that would improve mobility throughout the San Diego region by connecting a variety of transportation options, including a convenient and direct transit link to San Diego International Airport. The Central Mobility Hub is a key element of SANDAG’s 2021 Regional Plan and a cornerstone of the Mobility Hub strategy.