GLENDALE—Business Life Magazine’s 20th edition that featured Women Achievers, recognized two exceptional Armenian women: Serineh Voskanian, who is an Emergency Department Physician at the Glendale Adventist Medical Center, and Kohar Kesian, President of the Armenian-American Nurses Association.
The Business Life edition that was recently released featured profiles on 19 leading women that serve the communities in the Tri-Cities and the San Gabriel Valley.
“The selection process,” noted John Krikorian, Publisher, “included input from many community, civic and service organizations that serve the region. These are women who make a significant difference in their communities and need to be recognized.”
Each of the selected women were profiled and commended for their determination, flexibility, vision, belief in themselves, for being a mentor and improving the quality of life in our communities. Women were asked to answer various questions including, “What motivated you to get involved in Women’s, Civic, or Community organizations? How have you contributed and benefited to and from community life?”
Serineh Voskanian has been working for Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) since 2007. Dr. Voskanian chose to work at Glendale Adventist over other hospitals; so that she could contribute to the community she grew up in, particularly as she would be able to communicate with Armenian speaking patients and their families. She was the first Armenian physician in the GAMC Emergency Department. Through her activity with the Armenian American Medical Society of California, and through peer referrals, Dr. Voskanian mentors students interested in medicine. She also works with the group’s committees to organize health fairs, establish clinics, and provide free care when available.
Kohar Kesian, has been a nursing instructor at Glendale Community College for the last four years. She is also a member of the Armenian American Nurses Association (AANA) and was recently elected as President. Kohar’s goal is to collaborate with existing health and educational organizations to promote the growth of AANA. She would like to build bridges between nursing students and community leaders, participate in improving the nursing profession and healthcare locally and globally, and preserve the Armenian culture through various forms of art. Kohar says that getting involved is a huge part of her personality, “I think it’s a win-win situation when it’s a two way street. The community benefits from our association’s activities, such as health fairs, school screening, first aid booths and educating about health to Armenian school students.”