WMC's Craig Staack praises care received at City of Hope
Annual golf tournament to benefit the treatment center is set for June 4
Furniture Today Staff -- Furniture Today, May 2, 2012
LOS ANGELES — Industry veteran Craig Staack learned firsthand about the quality of care at City of Hope, and now he's a spokesperson for the medical research and treatment center.
Staack, vice president of leasing at the World Market Center in Las Vegas, also is a committee member for the West Coast Golf and Tennis Tournament, a June 4 event to raise money for City of Hope.
He said his involvement with the medical facility deepened after August 2010 when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
"After overcoming the initial emotional turmoil that accompanies any cancer diagnosis, I spent days researching, networking in the medical community and speaking with other cancer survivors," Staack said. "I coped by staying busy and learning as much as I could about the various treatment options."
His research led him to the decision that surgery was the proper treatment plan for his type of cancer, and when City of Hope kept appearing in his research of qualified facilities, he referred himself, was accepted as a patient and then met with the doctor he had requested.
"Also very important was the fact that City of Hope was the leader in the field of robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgeries, utilizing the state-of-the-art Da Vinci Robot. My doctor had actually trained numerous other physicians on the use of the Da Vinci for surgery," Staack said.
His surgery was successful, and he says he now is in excellent health.
"When you think of hospitals, customer service usually doesn't come to mind, but I can tell you firsthand that at City of Hope, it is all about the customer - the patient," Staack said, adding that the staff was courteous and caring. "I always felt like a person and not once like a number."
Craig and Donna Staack's son is a Type 1 diabetic who receives four insulin injections a day. The Staacks say they appreciate that a major research thrust at City of Hope is finding cures for diabetes and innovative ways to better treat those currently suffering from it.
The 21st annual National Home Furnishings Industry West Coast Golf and Tennis Tournament will be held June 4 at the Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club in Orange County, Calif. This year's event honors the Levitz family with the goal of raising funds for cancer and diabetes research and treatment.
To register for golf, tennis or dinner, contact Yolanda Guerrero at (213) 241-7168 or at email@example.com.