Cook family gift helps develop healthcare leaders

Gifts Make a Difference Blog Editor: July 31, 20140 Comments

Employees at Community have new opportunities to grow their careers thanks to the Jerry Cook family. More than 350 employees have taken advantage of leadership training and mentoring made available through a $500,000 gift from Community Medical Centers’ board member, Jerry Cook. The gift also brings nationally renowned thought leaders to Community twice a year to share ideas in a leadership lecture series.

"Through the leadership lecture series, managers are keeping up-to-date on the latest developments in our industry,” said Peg Breen, Community’s senior vice president of human resources.

A gift given by Jerry Cook (far right) and sons Tosh and Todd Cook goes towards leadership training for Community employees.

Recently the lecture series brought Michael McCallister, former chairman and CEO of Humana Insurance Co., to speak. His background and knowledge made for great discussion on healthcare reform and the future of healthcare.

“It was good to get a perspective from a professional on the opposite side … he really helped put things into perspective,” said Phillip Martinez, supervisor of pharmacy automation at Clovis Community Medical Center. He added that it was beneficial to see the changes Community is making in comparison with other hospitals nationwide.

Along with the lecture series, Community has launched the DELTA (Developing Exceptional LeadersThrough Action) management training program with the Cook family gift. This 18-month program provides training for high-potential directors and managers on healthcare operations and leadership. Participants say the biggest benefit has been working across departments on projects that have an immediate impact on staff and patients.

“This program has made a huge difference to our leaders at Community and I'm certain the impact of the Cook family gift will be felt for years to come as our managers grow their careers at Community," said Breen.

Jerry Cook is president of Cook Land Company and serves on five local boards including Community's Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the Clovis Community Development Council, which helps raise funds for various projects like the H. Marcus Radin Conference Center where leadership lectures are staged and broadcast to other Community facilities.

The Cook’s generosity goes generations back, beginning with Einar Cook, who believed in building a strong community by fostering leadership support in two key areas – healthcare and education. As part of this family tradition, the Cooks have combined these two passions to support leadership education in healthcare at Community. The Cooks are true pioneers in fostering partnerships that will build a strong community to serve our region for years to come.
 

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