Dr. John A. Walker,
Stanislaus Public Health Director
Join the Progress Valley Chapter to hear Dr. Walker discuss the flu epidemic, exacerbation of chronic respiratory and cardiac disease due to the drought and consequent air pollution.
The meeting begins at noon at the Hometown Buffet, 1665 Countryside Drive, Turlock (located just east of Highway 99 at the Fulkerth Road exit.) Lunch costs $20 per person. See the online invitation for full details.
Progress Valley Chapter awards
Mary Baker Memorial Scholarships
On April 10, 2013, the CAHF Progress Valley Chapter recognized three outstanding scholarship recipients for the Mary Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Kelly Luce-Cimoli, MDS Nurse, was recognized by Ben Tuifua, Administrator from Garden City Health Care Center in Modesto, for her dedication to her residents and her goal of becoming a Registered Nurse.
Juliana Serpa was recognized by Hy-Lond Convalescent Hospital-Merced Administrator Michael Ramstead for her commitment to also becoming a Licensed Nurse.
Stevi Harris, Data Entry, from English Oaks Nursing & Rehab Center in Modesto, was recommended for the award by Deanna Hill, Administrator. Stevi is hoping to pursue a career in Dietetic Services, with her ultimate goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian.
Each of these winners enjoyed lunch with her guest, and each received a $750 scholarship check to help defray the costs associated with returning to school.
Mary Baker, a longtime nursing-facility administrator and owner of three convalescent hospitals (Bel-Air Lodge and Elness in Turlock and Ha-Le Aloha in Ceres), was honored in memoriam for her many years of service in the Progress Valley Chapter and for her contributions to CAHF. Progress Valley Chapter developed a scholarship program last year and felt that it would be appropriate to name the scholarship fund after Mary Baker, who died Dec. 30, 2012, for her tireless dedication to the long-term care professions.
The 2012 scholarship winners from Progress Valley were Akashdeep Sandhu, LVN, Ha-Le Aloha Convalescent Hospital in Ceres; Sophia Costa, Director of Staff Development, Vintage Faire Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Modesto, and Mai Chia Yang, CNA, Hy-Lond Convalescent Hospital in Merced.