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Verdugo Hills’ nurses eat free with a special delivery from Porto’s Bakery

Betty Porto of Porto's Bakery passes out books to nurses after they received lunch from Porto's for National Nurses Week at USC Verdugo Hills Medical Center in Glendale on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Two hundred lunches were made possible by a generous donation from foundation member Bill Pounders.

Betty Porto of Porto’s Bakery passes out books to nurses after they received lunch from Porto’s for National Nurses Week at USC Verdugo Hills Medical Center in Glendale on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Two hundred lunches were made possible by a generous donation from foundation member Bill Pounders.

(Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

The nurses at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital were treated to a free lunch on Tuesday delivered by the owner of Porto’s Bakery and Café in honor of National Nurses Week.

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Betty Porto, one of three siblings who run the family business, delivered boxes of lunch to a few hundred nurses around midday.

Her visit was just as much of a treat as the complimentary meal, said Theresa Murphy, the hospital’s chief nursing officer.

“We were all very delighted that she stopped by,” Murphy said. "[Porto has] been such a supporter of our hospital and the services that we provide the community. She’s so well loved. She’s like a celebrity here.”

Nursing staff flocked around Porto to take photographs with her as well, Murphy said.

Including a later meal drop-off for the evening shift, about 500 nurses received a free meal for the day.

The lunch was made possible through a donation from La Cañada Flintridge resident Bill Pounders, a former member of the hospital’s foundation board whose sister was also a nurse.

He also provided a few hundred free copies of “The Florence Prescription,” a book about accountability in healthcare, which were distributed to the nurses.

National Nurses Week runs through Thursday, which will be the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

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Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com

Twitter: @ArinMikailian


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