Awards and Recognitions
The Rideout Health Foundation has about 140+ volunteers to help with different
activities, committees and governance. We couldn't do it without them
– they are the backbone of our organization. Despite very busy professional
and personal lives, they find time to support the Foundation and various
Rideout Health programs. To conclude our program this evening, we'd
like to show some love and give some, some extra attention this year …
Volunteer of the Year: TAMARA VARGAS
That Rideout Spirit can be found by both community and employee volunteers,
and we think Tamara Vargas, exemplifies that spirit!
Tamara has worked for Rideout Health since November 1999. First, as a CNA
at The Fountains for five years and then as the activity coordinator there.
She learned our Social Service coordinator was going to retire -- so she
completed her education and prepared herself to become a Social Service
In 2008 she earned two titles: Social Service Coordinator and Activity
Soon after, she was the only Social Service Coordinator and now was in
charge of teeth, toes, glasses, clothes and all social needs and anything
else that doesn't fit in another category.
In Spring 2012 she added overseeing the Admission/Discharge department
to her repertoire.
Tamara was nicknamed by one of our residents as Glamor Puss and she is
self-described as organized, (although she has come to work wearing two
different shoes before).
Everyone loves Tamara's great English accent -- the Cat Deely of The
Fountains. And, she is a great team player.
She is a "Jacquelyn" of all trades – ensuring all of the
TV's work, the furniture is where it should be, the offices are painted,
the teeth are glued, and the glasses are repaired.
She happily volunteers for off campus projects and when she is asked to
do something she gets it done.
Her supervisor, Emma Nelson, would like to clone her – and so would we!
Tamara volunteers her time for Foundation events and fundraisers and is
always cheerful and dependable. She is a people person and has a can do attitude!
The past two years, Tamara stepped up as team captain for the local Alzheimer's
Association walk/run fundraiser, representing Rideout Health, to help
people with a disease that she sees affect patients and their families
on a regular basis. She is an inspiration to our organization and to our
Physician of the Year: Royce Calhoun, MD
The physicians and surgeons affiliated with our hospitals and clinics are
a skilled and compassionate group and each year we honor one among them
who is widely-regarded as well -- especially exceptional. This year's
physician of the year gives of his time and knowledge not only to serve
patients, but … to help support lung cancer awareness.
We have a new spelling for the word "passion" around here …
Whew! Spend a minute or two with this whirling dervish and "soldier
for lung cancer awareness" … and you will be exhausted --
BUT PUMPED-UP -- about saving the lives of people who are afflicted with
On August 28, 2012, Dr. Royce Calhoun joined us as the director of the
Rideout Thoracic Clinic. Royce is a dynamic, pioneering surgeon and a
wonderful addition to our team of physicians who are breaking ground in
a variety of specialty medicine services right here at home.
Royce adds another, vital dimension to the specialty care offered by the
outstanding group of physicians practicing at our new Rideout Clinics.
Last November, Royce and his "Posse" -- Jessica and the two Kristen's
-- partnered with us to establish The Lung Cancer Survivor Celebration
where more than one-hundred patients from around our region – and
as far as the Oregon border -- joined us to whoop-it-up – to share
their stories of survival – and to learn more about new minimally-invasive
technologies developed to detect lung cancers and surgeries which broaden
survival rates. Next month we're hosting the 2
nd Annual Lung Cancer Survivor Celebration, where we're expecting more
than 200 people – survivors and their families.
In January 2014, Royce helped spearhead the effort to bring a new procedure
called Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (a mouthful I know) to
our region! ENB offers patients a minimally-invasive option to locate,
enable biopsy and plan treatment for a spot detected deep in the lung.
This unique outpatient procedure may increase the chances that a patient
will safely get diagnosis and begin treatment, if needed.
Royce is a proponent of early screening via chest CT's to detect lung
cancer early and has helped ensure that screenings are available HERE
and that they are AFFORDABLE. So … if you are 55 years or older
– and have had a significant smoking history – even if you
have quit – talk to your doctor about getting a screening. It could
save your life.
Just a few months ago, the Rideout Health Foundation, with Royce, set up
a restricted fund specifically for the purpose of supporting the Rideout
Thoracic Oncology Program where 100% of donations received will support
the program. Thanks to grateful patients and other benefactors, this fund
has already raised $25,500.
Thank You Guardian Angels
We'd also like to recognize all the GUARDIAN ANGELS who were honored
by their patients this past year. Donations were made to the Foundation
in recognition of their exceptional care.
Dr. David Ang
Dr. Narinder Bajwa
Dr. Jagdeep Bal
Dr. Yash Brar
Dr. James Calabrese
Dr. Davinder Dhillon
Dr. Chi Du
Dr. Michael Fahey
Dr. Karanbir Grewal
Dr. Patrick Griffith
Dr. Jasbir Kang
Dr. Hector Lopez
Dr. William Nakashima
Dr. Pamela Oster
Dr. Gemma Saracen
Katherine Willing, RN
Thank You Physician Contributors, 2014
Dr. Lea Abia
Dr. Frank W. Armbrust
Dr. Paul Bains
Dr. Philip Bernstein
Dr. Floyd Burton
Dr. Royce Calhoun
Dr. Merlyn Carver
Dr. Hugo Chan
Dr. Ken Chow
Dr. Jaime Curtis
Dr. Daniel Dorsey
Dr. Ashraf Ekdawy
Dr. John Fisher
Dr. Christopher Genobaga
Dr. Patrick Griffith
Dr. Jerry Gross
Dr. Baron Harper
Dr. David Harrison
Dr. Jackson Lim
Dr. Susan Lott
Dr. G. Andrew Macbeth
Dr. Alexandra Reichman
Dr. Robert Ripley
Dr. Naomi Shieh
Dr. Douglas Tolley
Our community is truly blessed with gifted
and generous physicians.
Community Service of the Year: Jacque Dake and Amanda Blanchard
Contributions to the Foundation and to Rideout Health's programs and
facilities come in many forms: Funds, Time, Expertise, Ideas, Networking,
Enthusiasm. – and sometimes in -- MAD DANCE SKILLS!
And, each year, we take this opportunity to recognize people who have given
in extra measure.
This year's honorees for Community Service goes to two fantastic ladies
who have a passion for dance, for kids and for community!
Watch carefully at any musical, talent show, recital and say … ANY
CRAZY FUNDRAISING DANCE THING … that your foundation can come up
with … and you will see the strong influence of Jacque Dake and
These two dynamo's have taught dance to thousands of young people in
our community– and have won many regional and West Coast dance competitions
and conventions thanks to their crack team of Jacque's Dance Expressions
But, in-between, they have found time to help us -- The Rideout Health
Foundation. Not only have they participated as dance pros in our Dance
With Our Stars fundraiser -- but they have volunteered their time and
expertise to choreograph and train many of our dance couples. They also
help us organize the event, ensuring that it comes off as a flawless and
an entertaining spectacle to behold.
Philanthropist of the Year: Victor Fernandez
Victor is the General Manager of Colusa Casino Resort since 2008. He recently
joined the Rideout Health Foundation Board of Directors, but even before
officially joining our team, his leadership, generosity and his kindness
-- which goes hand-in-hand with the mission of the Colusa Indian Community
Council: "To improve the communities nearby and enhance the lives
of the people in this region" – loomed large. Very large, indeed!
Victor is a past board member for the American Red Cross and along with
Colusa Casino Resort has been a proud supporter and donor to: St. Jude's
Children's Hospital, Yuba-Sutter United Way, Area High Schools, the
American Red Cross, Rideout Health Foundation and the Armed Forces.
For the past 2 years, Colusa Casino, with Victor at the helm, has sponsored
our Fairway to Health golf tournament sponsor party, bringing fun, merriment
– lots of merriment – and appreciation to everyone who attends.
And, Colusa Casino has also hosted our Dance With Our Stars Sponsor Party
and our BIG Dance With Our Stars fundraiser for the past 4 years –
Colusa Casino provides the space, lights, sound, stage and staff for the
The value of these two donations to the Rideout Health Foundation equate
to more than $200,000 of in-kind services and goods. We HEART you Victor
– and we appreciate your commitment to Rideout Health and to our
Spirit of Rideout Health Foundation: Nancy Kirkpatrick
Nancy has worked for Rideout Health for 26 years and has donated a great
deal of time and money to this organization. She implemented the cancer
patient discretionary fund by writing a letter to the Foundation Board
and suggested starting this fund for our patients. She told us this fund
could be used for gas and food cards, bus tickets, and cover other types
of bills when a patient needs help.
Nancy is a patient advocate and always portrays kindness and compassion
to our cancer patients. She cares about the people in our community and
it shows! Nancy attends cancer related events throughout the year where
she lets the public know that we have a top rate cancer center in our
community. She encourages people to give to the cancer center through
the Rideout Foundation. Nancy believes in the Rideout Foundation because
she has seen first-hand how the money helps our cancer patients through
a tough period of their life.
Some of these events include:
- Helping Hands Bowl-A-Thon
- Bike around the Buttes
- Sunsweet Employee Health Fair
- Annual Cancer Survivorship Event
- Valley Muffler cancer center car show
- Donates to Breast Cancer Survivor Gifts for events
- "Worship in Pink" Breast Cancer Information Event
- Has made contributions to the Rideout Foundation for several years.
- Nancy is such a jewel that she donated a diamond ring to the Rideout Health
Nancy has demonstrated a kind and caring heart to cancer patients and their
family members. Nancy is a giver and it shows in her work and everyday
life. This attribute makes Nancy a very special person. Nancy is a person
that always thinks of other people before herself. She is a jewel in our
community for giving so much of her time and money to those in need.