GLENDALE–The Glendale Ghapan Sister City Association (GGSCA) has organized a delegation of medical experts and professionals to visit Armenia in September to promote a better understanding of the country’s history–people–and culture among Glendale’s medical community–and to familiarize Armenia’s health administrators and professionals with the American healthcare system model.
The delegation includes Hon. Larry Zarian–Governing Board Member of Glendale Adventist Hospital and former Glendale City Councilmember; Scott Reiner–Chief Executive Officer of Glendale Adventist Hospital; Carl Ermshar–the hospital’s Chief of Staff; Dr. Alber Karamanoukian–a Glendale-based physician; and representatives of GGSCA.
"We are very excited about our upcoming delegation to Armenia," said Artin Manoukian–President of GGSCA. "Both the delegation–as well as the medical community in Armenia–will learn a great deal from this exchange–and as a result will be able to provide a higher quality of care to their patients in the long run."
The delegation will travel to Yerevan and Ghapan where they will visit medical institutions–as well as meet with various medical professionals–government officials–and health administrators. They will also visit historical and cultural sites throughout the two cities.
"Because of Glendale’s large Armenian population–the City’s medical community provides care to thousands of Armenia’s," said Larry Zarian–Governing Board Member of Glendale Adventist Hospital. "Through exchanges such as this delegation–our health providers can become more familiar with the culture and history of the people they serve."
The non-profit organization was founded in 2001 to foster relations–as well as cultural and economic cooperation between Glendale–California and Ghapan–Armenia.