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Community Medical Foundation’s Ultimate People award goes to individuals or organizations that have gone above and beyond in their commitment and support of Community Medical Centers over the last year.
Nomination criteria for the award include a strong reputation for professional excellence, helping Community create a culture of philanthropy, and giving back through generous contributions. The extraordinary work of these people represents the philanthropic spirit that is Community Medical Centers. The 2012 Ultimate People are:
Mr. Musso exemplifies the spirit of giving back – he is passionate about the care that's given to patients and that's first and foremost as he goes about his work as a Community Regional Medical Center house supervisor. His philanthropic endeavors mirror his work – giving back to the people he treats. Colleagues describe Mr. Musso as a well-oiled machine – always calm and reassured – keeping the Valley’s only comprehensive burn and Level 1 trauma center at the ready 24/7 for anyone who may need it.
Dr. Woo was born 88 years ago at then-Fresno Community Hospital. A true pioneer and visionary, he was a founding member of Community’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Woo was in private practice for 50 years and also established the first cardiac care unit at the former Fresno Community Hospital. More than two decades ago he was part of the major force that established Clovis Community Medical Center. Some of his philanthropic highlights include partnering with his brother-in-law, Dr. Eugene Lowe, to donate their physician practice building and land next to Terry’s House for future development and honoring his grandparents through a gift for cardiac services.
Dr. Hill is the first primary care physician to be nominated and awarded the Ultimate People Award. She's one of the founding physician members of Community Medical Providers and known for her compassion. Colleagues will tell you, “Her patients love her.” Besides contributing to Community, she's the inspiration for many gifts from grateful patients who honor her for her special care. From house calls to a stop by the hospital, patients are often surprised to see the lengths Dr. Hill goes to for their comfort.
Dr. Rajani a neonatologist and medical director of Community Regional Medical Center's Level III NICU, works closely with families who have premature newborns with complex critical needs. He was a leading force in establishing the hospital's NICU, and is known for his heart, his smile and his giving nature. He encourages others to get involved. Dr. Rajani and his family have also given back to Community as plans are under way for the Rajani Family Foundation. It will offer scholarships for the advancement of staff education in neonatology services.
Mr. Liao, president of the Radin Foundation, and his wife Anne carry on in the giant footprints of his late parents – longtime Valley philanthropists Marc and Marjorie Radin. In that tradition, he continues to uphold the values of his parents who believed strongly and cared deeply about healthcare issues. Mr. Liao's giving spirit is a legacy to what the Radin Foundation stands for, and the many people over the decades who have benefitted.
Dr. Kenneth O’Brien
Pete P. Peters
Dr. Michael Synn
Jeff DiMarco, R.N.
Dr. Gene Kallsen
Bob Putnam, R.N.
Dr. Michael Weilert