The Burbank community this week mourned the loss of Dick Clark, the host of “American Bandstand” and New Year’s Eve countdown fixture, who died of a heart attack Wednesday at 82.
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center remembered Clark, who was treated at the hospital in 2004 after suffering a stroke, as dedicated supporter.
Patricia Modrzejewski, president of the Providence Health & Services Foundation, said in a statement that the hospital “lost a wonderful friend today. Dick Clark stood among our heroes for his dedication to building a state-of-the-art neuroscience program at our hospital.”
Clark, along with his wife, chaired the committee that raised money to establish the hospital’s inpatient neuroscience unit, which was named in their honor as the Kari and Dick Clark Neuroscience Unit, Modrzejewski added.
“Our gratitude is deep, as is our sadness today,” she said. “Our thoughts are with Mr. Clark’s family.”
Julie Sprengel, the hospital’s interim chief executive, called Clark a “valiant fighter in his own recovery” and said he became a passionate advocate for other stroke patients.