Fernando Award Honors Providence Tarzana Executive

September 28, 2016

The Fernando Award Foundation and hundreds of guests, from elected officials to business leaders, came together to acknowledge Dale Surowitz, chief executive at Providence Tarzana Medical Center, for a lifetime of service making San Fernando Valley a better place for seniors, children, families and businesses.

The Fernando Award, the highest award for volunteerism in the greater San Fernando Valley and nicknamed the Academy Award for Volunteerism, was presented to Surowitz according to tradition, by last year’s winner, family attorney Mark L. Levinson. Other notable leaders in attendance included Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, Austin Buetner, businessman and philanthropist, Lee Kanon Alpert, Esq, former Fernando recipient and Community Ministry Board Member – Valley Service Area for Providence Health & Services and David Fleming, attorney and civic leader.

Surowitz was given credit for a quarter century of management of Providence Tarzana and volunteerism. Surowitz served on boards of chambers of commerce, was a member of the committee that organized the first Sherman Oaks Street Fair and supported student health scholarships at CSUN encouraging young volunteers to visit his hospital. He currently works with numerous health care charities, and has raised $1 million during fundraising walks for the Arthritis Foundation in addition to his efforts with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

“This honor is truly important to me,” Surowitz said after accepting the award. “It represents the great work that so many other people have done. Just being part of that group is truly incredible.”

Providence looks forward to continuing to serve the community with the Providence Tarzana Reimagined project which includes a new patient wing, enhancements to the current 21-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the existing 33-bed Women’s Pavilion, expanded diagnostic and treatment areas, a redesigned lobby and visitor reception area, new Emergency Department for improved access to critical care and additional parking.

The Providence Tarzana Foundation enables the medical center to keep pace with advances in lifesaving technology while responding to the unique needs of our San Fernando Valley communities. Through the generosity of the community, the Foundation will continue to ensure the medical center remains a place of top quality and compassionate care. To make a donation, contact the Foundation office at 818-757-4384 or visit The Tarzana Foundation website 

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