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In mid March I had the great fortune to join all of you as an employee of Community Medical Centers and wanted to take a moment to introduce myself via our wonderful on-line “Forum.” As you know, if you’ve moved across town or across the country – moving gives you fresh eyes and helps you value both what you left behind and what you are going to encounter. Here are a few of my discoveries in the first two weeks:
Tim Tebow and I have a few things in common
If you follow the Broncos you probably know that Tim Tebow just decided to move east to play for the NY Jets. I guess I’m ok with it. As for my move – I also left Denver but moved west to Fresno and the Central Valley. I have a wonderful family- 3 sisters and a brother and my parents, who are living well in their 90s. My son Patrick is graduating from college in May, and you’ll know if we stop in the hallway to chat, that I’m really proud of him. Like Tebow, I like to run the ball. It seems so does Community. It’s a great honor to be in an organization that is both pioneering medical advancements and living the mission of taking care of the underserved members of our community.
Community is filled with Talented People:
On my visits to each of Community’s facilities, I’ve had the chance to meet people who are making a huge difference in our patient’s lives. I attended a Star-Award recognition at Community Regional and sensed a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm. If they ever create a Segway Olympic event, I fully support Craig Wagoner entering! I’ve had the chance to tour the beautiful Clovis campus with Tracy Kiritani. It’s no wonder to me why everyone is bursting with pride at their growth. At Fresno Heart & Surgical, Lynn Horton showed me their state-of-the-art facility and when I shook hands with people they beamed. Why not? There’s a lot to smile about when you are delivering high quality care in an environment that has the service and feel of a Ritz Carlton.
Fresno is a great place (but I still need my GPS)
When I packed to come here I made a slight error and left all my sweaters behind. Somehow I had visions of the show “Baywatch” in my head and didn’t realize the weather in the valley could get cold. I’ve explored Old Town Clovis, visited Woodward Park with my dog Sammy and explored some local restaurants. (if you have suggestion on new places to try, feel free to send me a note). I grew up in Omaha Nebraska, which is about the same size as Fresno, with quaint antique shops and farmers markets on the weekend. They say change can be hard on people, but my move from Denver means:
I am looking forward to discovering more about Fresno and meeting more of you in the coming months.