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Dignity Health - Northridge Hospital is gearing up to launch an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO). The ECMO machine is similar to the heart-lung by-pass machine used in open-heart surgery. It pumps and oxygenates a patient's blood outside the body, allowing the heart and lungs to rest, and this year's funds will support this initiative.

Founded in 1955, we are a not-for-profit, acute-care community hospital serving the 1.9 million residents in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys of Los Angeles County. We are dedicated to developing healthier communities with a commitment to clinical and service excellence, and we are so proud to be able to bring this program to our hospital.

We would not have been able to serve our community for the past 66+ years without the loyal and generous backing of our community businesses, corporate executives, philanthropists, supporters, and leaders. These have definitely been challenging times for us all and we need your continued assistance.

This year, we will be returning to an “in-person” event for our Steppin’ Out, “Celebration of Hope” Annual Gala, scheduled for Saturday October 29, 2022 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village. Even though the COVID-19 dangers have declined, our community still needs us and we need you!

The purchase of the ECMO will benefit our Cath Lab, Cardiac Surgery and ICU departments.

ECMO can help patients who need life support after surgery, who have heart or lung conditions, or who are waiting for or recovering from a heart transplant. It may also be an option when other life support measures haven't worked.

ECMO machine

For those of you that have purchased underwriting sponsorships, table sponsorships, tickets, opportunity draw tickets, etc., we sincerely thank you and appreciate your loyal support. Your sponsorships have automatically been carried forward to the this year's event.

We look forward to recognizing our Steppin' Out 2022 Award Recipients:


Grace Leland "Physician Appreciation" Award will be received by:

Pamela Davis, MD, Medical Director for the Dignity Foundation Medical Group for her 20+ years of service to our community and her dedication to the Family Medicine Residency Program.


"Celebration of Hope" Award will be received by:

Paul Watkins, President/ CEO on behalf of all the employees at Northridge Hospital Medical Center for there heroic efforts over the last year, delivering hope to patients and their families during the greatest pandemic in more than a century.

Jahandar Saleh, MD, Medical Staff President on behalf of all the Medical Staff Physicians at Northridge Hospital Medical Center for going above and beyond to respond to the pandemic, showing unwavering professionalism and dedication to providing optimal care in an effort to beat the virus. 

One hundred percent of the gala’s proceeds will be used to help address the needs of the hospital and assist with new advancements in technology. The Foundation is passionate about making investments in our facility, people, and our community. Help us raise much needed funds to continue to make Dignity Health – Northridge Hospital the best community hospital serving the San Fernando Valley.

Dorothy Benveniste headshot

Dorothy Benveniste, Board Chair & Steppin' Out Committee Chair 

This year's Steppin' Out Sponsors:

Event Sponsor:

Dorothy Benveniste

Patron Sponsors:

Compassionate Critical Care Solutions (Ali Atabaki, MD & HAmid Nasseri, MD)

Pamela Davis, MD

Lifeline - EMS Ambulance

Woodland Care Center

US Acute Care Solutions

Dr. & Mrs. Maurice Zeitlin

Associate Sponsors:

Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP

Dr. & Mrs. Jeremy Grosser

Bill & Mary Newbold & Dorothy Lake

Moufid Nemeh, MD

Northridge Lumber

Renaissance Imaging 

Jahandar Saleh, MD

Soltero & Yasuda Cardiology

Valley Anesthesia Physicians Medical Group (Arshad, Khan, MD)

Evening Wine Sponsors:

AAA T.L.C Homehealth

California State University, Northridge 

Floral Reception Sponsor:

Center for Advanced Cardiac & Vascular Interventions 

Caregiver Sponsor:

Optum 360

Complimentary Valet Sponsors:

Dr. & Mrs. Jeremy Grosser

Cal-West Heating & Air

Dr. & Mrs. Alain Karaguezian

Ms. Sherry Lapides

Dessert Bar Sponsors:

Assisted Home Health & Hospice

Mehrdad Ariani, MD

Law Office of Daren Schlecter

Menu Sponsor:

Cardiovascular Consultants 

Red Carpet Photo Sponsors:

Frank & Valerie Kohler

Updated as of 9/21/22

Feel free to contact Jen Zeltser at our office for more information: or 818.885.5341, ext. 3.