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Certificate of Distinction

The Certificate of Distinction is given for exemplary devotion, of the highest order, to volunteerism on behalf of hospitals and health care, particularly in the service of committees or programs of CHA or CAHHS.

Recipients

2017
Linda Van Fulpen, CAVS, Manager, Volunteer Services, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, La Mesa, Volunteer, Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego

2016
Bill Newbold, Volunteer, Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Chatsworth

2015

  • Jeffrey Berman, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Los Angeles – Century City
  • Richard Simmons, Sheppard Mullin, Los Angeles

2014
Steven Escoboza, President/CEO, Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties, San Diego

2013

  • Steve Gold, Former Chief Officer, Senior Care & Support Services, Palomar Health, Escondido
  • Ted Fang, Co-Founder, San Francisco Hep B Free Campaign and all California Hep B Free Campaigns

2012
Gail Nickerson, Director, Clinic Services, Adventist Health, Roseville

2011

  • Conway Collis, Senior Counselor/Chief Government Affairs Officer, Daughters of Charity Health System, Pasadena
  • Felice Loverso, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation, Pomona

2010
Dennis Litos, Chief Executive Officer, Doctors Medical Center

2009
Edward Palacios, RN, MPH, Chief Executive Officer, San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

2007

  • Sam Downing, President/CEO, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System
  • Steve Packer, M.D., President/CEO, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula
  • Deanne Terry, Volunteer, Fairchild Medical Center, Yreka

2005

  • David S. Anderson (posthumously),President/CEO, Banner Lassen Medical Center, Susanville
  • S. Gainer Pillsbury, Jr., M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children’s Hospital

2004

  • Michael J. Madden, CEO, Southern California Region, Providence Health System, Burbank
  • W. June Simmons, LCSW, President/CEO, Partners in Care Foundation, Burbank

2003

  • Pilar De La Cruz-Reyes, R.N., M.S.N., chief nurse executive, Fresno Heart Hospital
  • Dean R. Stordahl, director, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System

2002

  • Lloyd A. Bookman, Founding Partner and Legal Counsel, Hooper, Lundy & Bookman, Los Angeles
  • Rick Lash, Division Director of Patient Financial Services, Catholic Healthcare West, Southern California
  • RoseMarie Reno, Board Chair, Tri-City Healthcare District, Oceanside

2001
Gary R. Stephany, President/CEO, Healthcare Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties

2000
Stanley C. Oppegard, Past Chief Operating Officer and Administrator, Methodist Hospital, Sacramento

1999
Richard M. Warren, Chief Executive Office and Administrator, El Camino Hospital, Mountain View

1998

  • Martin Diamond, President and Chief Administrative Officer, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek
  • Saul Goldfarb, Chief Executive Officer, Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center, Los Angeles

1997
Kathryn Yarbrough, Administrator, Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital, San Andreas

1996

  • Daniel F. Adams, President and Chief Executive Officer, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, Whittier
  • James D. Reese, President, Board of Directors, Kaweah Delta HealthCare District, Visalia

1995
Phyllis Dillard, Retired, Member of the Board, Pioneers Memorial Hospital District, Brawley

1994

  • Gayle Ensign, Retired, President, California Association of Catholic Hospitals, Sacramento
  • Basil Maloney, M.D., Member, Board of Trustees, Grossmont Hospital, La Mesa

1993

  • Stephanie S. Hauk, Past Trustee, Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital, Santa Cruz
  • William B. Kerr, Director, University of California San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco
  • William H. Swanson, M.D., Chief of Medical Staff, Los Angeles County-Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance
  • Charles H. White, Ph.D., Director, Health Professional Education, Sharp HealthCare, San Diego

1992
Phyllis R. Sorenson, Volunteer, Auburn Faith Community Hospital, Auburn; Trustee, Lassen Community Hospital, Susanville

1990
Alan Heilpern, M.D., Sherman Oaks

1989

  • David H. Melnick, Chairman of Board of Directors, Mt. Zion Hospital and Medical Center, San Francisco
  • Dickinson C. Ross, Chairman, National Health Foundation Board, Beverly Hills
  • Billy B. Russell, President, Board of Directors, El Camino Hospital, Mountain View

1988
Yoshi Honkawa, Vice President, Government and Industry Relations, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

1987
Bruce Bronzan, Member of Assembly, Fresno

1985
Robert Matsui, Member of Congress, Sacramento

1984
Mother Margarita Maria, Administrator, Santa Teresita Hospital, Duarte

1979
Howard Hassard, Legal Counsel, California Medical Association, San Francisco

1976
Grant Cattaneo, Executive Vice President, Hospital Council of Northern California, San Francisco

1975
Barry Keene, Member of California Assembly

1974
Frank Lanterman, Member of California Assembly

1972
H. Charles Abbott, President, Blue Cross of California

1970
J. Philo Nelson, President, Hospital Service of California

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