Traumatic Brain Injury Research

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a complex and broad name for a variety of head and brain injuries. TBI is defined by the Mayo Clinic as, “Occurring when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction.” Traumatic Brain Injury is usually caused by a blow to the head, or hitting ones head on the ground. TBI affects up to 1.4 million people annually in the U.S., with nearly 50,000 deaths and 235,000 hospital admissions. TBI is the number one cause of death and disability in Americans under age 35, according to the CDC. Unfortunately, because the brain is so complex, TBI affects each person a little differently. Because of this, treatment options vary and some are more effective than others. However, there has been a lot of research going into this type of injury, which is Read More

Three Dog Bite Scenarios

Any dog can bite anyone at anytime, given the right scenario. More than 4.5 million Americans are bitten by a dog each year, some dog bites are even fatal.  Even if you know a particular dog and it is a well-behaved and even-tempered, if put it in one of the following scenarios there is an increased chance that the dog will bite you.  Dogs typically don’t bite unless they feel like they need to protect themselves. If you keep that in mind, you can understand when a dog might be more likely to bite in any scenario. Sleeping “Let sleeping dogs lie” isn’t just a saying - they are wise words. If you wake up a sleeping dog, there is a chance that you can scare them, depending on how heavy they are sleeping and the way in which you wake them up. Dogs act on instinct, so if they are Read More

A Donation of $1,000,000 Has Been Awarded to the William S. Hart Union High School District by the Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation

As President of the Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation, I am thrilled to share the recent news that the Santa Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation has awarded the William S. Hart Union High School District with $1,000,000 to fund the construction of shade structures at 10 schools. Local news station KHTS AM 1220 provides more information on this donation. Read More

California Bus Collision Hits Close to Home

We were greatly saddened to hear the news that on Thursday, April 10th, a FedEx truck driving on Interstate 5 in Northern California near the city of Orland crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a bus carrying prospective college students and their adult chaperones. According to NBC Los Angeles, the passengers aboard were en route to a college tour at Humboldt State University. Nine people were killed instantly at the scene. The tenth victim later died at a hospital. Read More

Fatal Dog Attacks by Breed

The debate over the danger of Pit Bull dogs is contentious but as the data has been compiled over the past couple of decades it is becoming quite clear which breed presents the dominate risk of death. Ironically, in 2011, the victims of over half of the deaths caused by pit bull attacks were either the owners of the dog(s) or a family member. Read More

Founding Partner Rick Patterson Honored – 2013 Top 51 Influential People of Santa Clarita

Rick has received this honor for 8 years in a row. The term influential in this case is someone who can influence positive change in the community in various areas - from behind the scenes. Read More

Recent Pitbull Attacks Responsible for Death of Two Young Children

When it comes to dog attacks, the debate over whether it is the breed of dog or the owner of the dog that is the problem is always contentious. And yet one thing remains certain, the continual reports of injury and even death by dog bite in the media show the need for awareness and protection when it comes to dangerous dogs. Read More