Gifts Make a Difference

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 2:00pm

Family was always important to Dr. “Sam” Sathaporn Vathayanon who grew up on a military base in Thailand. So when he came to the United States for his medical education, and later to teach at a prestigious university, he swore he’d always treat his patients like they were related.

“Patients come first and that is what we are here for,” said Dr. Sam.


Gifts Make a Difference

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 1:07pm

Carl and Barbara Ueland were having a nice evening with friends at a dinner at the Fresno Convention Center, and then in an instant everything changed. While they were walking to the car, Barbara had a heart attack. Carl put her in the car and drove quickly to Community Regional Medical Center’s emergency department. Security guard Aaron Clark helped get her inside. Once there, the care team couldn’t find Barbara’s pulse. They called a Code Blue. The team started working on her with paddles.


Monday, August 6, 2012 - 1:04pm

I just concluded a great meeting with a local employer who wants me to help form a partnership with Community Medical Foundation and work with their employee population to make regular contributions to the Medical Center.  What a GREAT example of corporate citizenship!  Not only are we talking about their employee population contributing via payroll deduction, but the company will then match every dollar 2-1!  So, if their employee gives $1.00, Community Medical Centers receives $3.00.  It is VERY cool and super generous.  This is awesome and renews my belief that n


Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 4:13pm

I just had the privilege to coordinate a videotaping of Brian Laird, a great friend who happens to be battling ALS – the same debilitating neuromuscular disease that Lou Gehrig died from.  While it is difficult to watch him decline physically, it is uplifting to help him plan and work toward a way to make things better for others who may have neurological disorders, brain tumors, spine injuries, strokes or other neurological issues.  Brian, his wife Jill, and their family and friends have come together to raise money in support of bringing a comprehensive world-class neurosc


Friday, July 6, 2012 - 2:18pm

I just concluded a great meeting with one of the nation’s most progressive heart / lung specialists and our CEO of Fresno Heart and Surgical Hospital, Wanda Holderman.


Friday, May 25, 2012 - 7:06am

The giant blisters on my feet keep fresh the fact that I actually completed the Eye-Q half marathon this weekend with our Special Friend and Community donor-investor Karen Musson and her daughter, Christina. 13 miles is a LONG way, but then again, Karen’s $500,000 commitment to Clovis Community Medical Center’s expansion will go a REALLY long way in benefitting Valley families for generations to come.