Rotary gets insider's view of Community Regional

Gifts Make a Difference Blog Editor: May 12, 20140 Comments

The Rotary Club of Fresno toured Community Regional Medical Center on April 21 for this year’s BIZ day – an event designed to give Rotary members a chance to learn about other businesses in our region.

Community Medical Centers is our Valley’s life-line and we had the chance to share what it means to the people in our region. We stopped in several places on our tour, but seemed to only touch the surface of the 641-bed hospital – from the trauma critical care building that’s roughly the size of a football field to the very top of the 10-story building’s helipad.

When we tiptoed through the 84-bed level III Neonatal Intensive Care unit, we learned the benefits of keeping mother and baby under one roof and the miracles our medical team performs every day as they care for the tiniest of babies.

Here are some other interesting facts we shared with the group:

  • Community Regional has the only Level 1 trauma center and comprehensive burn center from Sacramento to Los Angeles.
    L to R: Lynn Bennink, Trauma Program Director at Community Regional, toured Rotary members Jeff Kollenkark, Brad Hill, Tom Crow, Barry Falke and Jarod Ashton to the helipad that looks over the Central Valley.
  • More than 60% of burn survivors who come to Community Regional for outpatient care are under 25. Click here to watch 11-year-old Raven tell his story.
  • The emergency department sees more than 120,000 patients a year.
  • Community Regional provides the highest level of care in the Valley.
  • We offer specialty services, like neurological, stroke, cardiac, neonatal and others, that are unmatched by any other hospital in the region.
  • We partner with University of California, San Francisco Medical School – one of the top schools in the nation.
  • Our system historically spends more on uncompensated community benefits - $152 million last year – than all other Fresno-area hospitals combined. And, some years, nearly double the combined total of all other area hospitals.


We saw so much and ended the tour at Terry’s House, our patient family hospitality home, which has supported 2,400 families in three short years. It was built and operates solely on contributions from generous donor-investors.

L to R: Brad Hill, Dave Denham, Steve Canfield, Tom Crow, Jane Fortune, Jeffrey Kollenkark, Barry Falke, Harvey Hartman, Garry Griesser, Jim VanDeVelde, associate administrator for business development at Community Regional, Joe Denham and Jarod Ashton enjoyed learning about the resources Community offers Valley residents.

As a Community employee, I was proud to share with these business leaders a glimpse of our organization. I know they left inspired and confident of the medical specialties and the resources we provide at Community.

Thank you to all who were involved in making it a great day!

Katelyn Ashton
Development Officer
Community Medical Foundation

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