▪ After a nationwide search, UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program appointed Ivan Albert Gomez as chief of family and community medicine and vice-chair of family and community medicine at UCSF. As chief, he provides visionary leadership for the clinical, educational and research components of family and community medicine at UCSF Fresno. In addition, he will continue his academic appointment as UCSF Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at UCSF Fresno.
▪ The Kaweah Delta Hospital Guild installed its officers for fiscal year 2017-18. They are: Tommy Sullivan, president; Peggy Story, vice president; Sandy Saulque, treasurer; Mary Reeves, recording secretary; Susan Collins, corresponding secretary; and Donna Archer and Beverly Cheek, directors. Along with installing new officers at its May meeting, the Guild presented a check in the amount of $130,145.58 to Tom Rayner, Kaweah Delta interim CEO, which was raised for patient care equipment at Kaweah Delta Health Care District. Additionally, in fiscal year 2016-17, Guild members have served 19,930 hours volunteering for the district.
▪ The law firm formerly known as Gilmore Magness Liefer has a new name, Gilmore Magness Janisse, and new office location at 7789 N. Ingram Ave., Suite 105, on the southeast corner of Palm and Nees avenues.
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▪ The Central Valley Angel Group has added Flume Inc. to its investment portfolio. Flume Inc. provides a minimally invasive hardware and data collection software focused on providing homeowners with real-time water usage information. The group is a $1 million-plus fund whose members are accredited investors. The group makes investments in high-growth, early stage companies that are located within the region.
▪ Community Medical Centers was awarded The Advisory Board Company’s 2017 Workplace of the Year Award for the fourth consecutive year. The annual award recognizes hospitals and health systems nationwide that have outstanding levels of employee engagement. Out of 750 organizations nationwide, Community Medical Centers is among 20 organizations to receive the award and is the only one to receive the award four times from the organization that provides employee surveying services and acts as a clearinghouse, researcher and consultant on best practices in healthcare.
▪ Saint Agnes Medical Center announced Heather Morris and Linda Walker as the most recent winners of the Going the Extra Mile (GEM) award. The award honors colleagues who provide outstanding customer service, deliver exceptional patient care and demonstrate the Saint Agnes mission and core values.
▪ Saint Agnes Medical Center announced Suzete Rothberg and Rhoderica Esquivel are the most recent winners of the DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses. The award is part of a nationwide program that rewards and celebrates extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by bedside nurses.
▪ Saint Agnes Medical Center has been named a recipient of the SightLife Vision award for the second year in a row. This award is given to a select group of hospitals that demonstrate a commitment to cornea donation and advocacy. In 2016, Saint Agnes provided 143 individuals with the gift of sight via corneal procurement efforts. Saint Agnes is one of six hospitals in the state to receive this award.
▪ Fig Garden Rotary Club provided $500 to both Bullard and San Joaquin Memorial high schools to help support their sober graduation nights.
▪ The Humanics Students4Giving Philanthropy Project at California State University, Fresno will grant $15,000 to celebrate three community benefit organizations at a public grant reception at 10:30 a.m. May 15 at Artes Américas. Fresno State students received proposals from and evaluated more than 20 local community benefit organizations for three categories: public policy and advocacy, board and staff development, and volunteer management. Art of Life Cancer Foundation, Focus Forward and the Poverello House will each be awarded $5,000. Grant funds are provided by the Central Valley Community Foundation and the students’ and faculties’ own fundraising efforts.
▪ The Fresno office of accounting firm Moss Adams has been collecting donations of professional attire, which will be donated to Clothing Closet, a program run by Fresno State’s Career Development Center that allows students free access to clothing appropriate for career fairs, interviews and the workplace. Started in April 2016, the Clothing Closet’s mission is to help transition students into young professionals. To date, nearly 900 students have been served with professional clothing thanks to the generosity of more than 250 donors.
▪ Charles J. Specht III joined M.D. Manouel Insurance Agency as the vice president of business development and marketing. He graduated from Carthage College with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and currently holds both the Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Debt Arbitrator designations. He has been in the insurance industry since 2000.
▪ Darden Architects promoted Andrew A. Corral and Matthew R. Heiss to associates.
▪ Dr. Frank Gavini, board-certified cardiologist, has accepted the role of chief medical officer of Adventist Health/Central Valley Network. Since joining Adventist Health in 1988, he has served as chief of medical staff for Hanford Community Medical Center, chairman of the Department of Medicine from 2006-15, and a member of the Corporate Physician Executive Leadership Committee, the Corporate Cardiovascular Content Team and the Corporate Cerner Cardiac Council. He also has served as chair of the Central Valley Network Computerized Physician Order Entry Performance Improvement Team and on the faculty of the Hanford Family Medicine Residency program.
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