For more than 30 years, Dr. Paula Verrette has committed herself to making a lasting impact on and improving the health of residents in Los Angeles County. One of seven children she often tended to her siblings’ minor cuts and scrapes because her mother was afraid of blood. What’s more is the large family had no health insurance; so when Dr. Verrette became a pediatrician, she considered it an opportunity to give back and make a real difference in her community. Today’s Honoree has done just that.
Dr. Verrette has always had a passion for children’s health, particularly in the areas of fighting childhood asthma and obesity as well as combating adult diabetes. Her career began at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center where she rose to pediatric chief resident. In 1983 she joined Pasadena Children’s Medical Group. She was later appointed pediatric consultant to the Pasadena Unified School District and subsequently served as pediatric medical director of Community Health Alliance of Pasadena, a nonprofit health center that serves insured and uninsured patients.
As a member of the medical staff at the not-for-profit Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, Dr. Verrette has served as the architect of a series of innovative educational programs. Among them is the hospital’s NOVA award-winning community asthma program, which provides ongoing education for asthmatic children and their families. This program has made a tremendous impact locally, notably the reduction of emergency room visits due to asthma attacks. In addition, Dr. Verrette helped develop the hospital’s Healthy Eating Lifestyle Program for both childhood obesity and adult diabetes.
Today Dr. Verrette is chief medical officer and senior vice president of quality and physician services at Huntington Hospital where she continues to dedicate her career to improving healthcare for local residents. For her positive and enduring contributions to her community, Dr. Verrette has been named one of the “Best Doctors in Los Angeles,” a YMCA “Woman of the Year,” and a “Local Legend” by the American Medical Women’s Association.
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