When it comes to Terry’s House a lot of people are responsible for the successful campaign to build a home to help families of critically ill or injured patients stay close to their loved ones while they’re healing at Community Regional Medical Center. But two “ultimate” people stand out as leaders – Jim Christian and Jeff Kroeker – both successful businessmen with local construction companies who serve as Development Council co-chairs for Terry’s House.
Seeing the new building being built on Fresno and R streets on the way to their weekly doctor’s appointment piqued Jessica Albina and Gilbert Herrera’s interest – but they never dreamed it would become their home away from home when they most needed it.
A wealth of knowledge sits behind the information desk at Community Regional Medical Center. Dr. Kenneth O’Brien – retired doctor and active Community Regional volunteer for more than a decade – is a staple in the hospital. He answers questions, helps patients and their families find their way and assists whenever needed.
Janice Kashimba watched in shocked disbelief as her 32-year-old daughter Tracey Kashimba took a few steps on her own for the first time in her life. Tracey was leaning on a walker, but she was taking these first steps by herself and grinning ear to ear with delight. Janice immediately called her husband and family to notify them of the exciting news.