Community Service is Alive and Well

Tom Petersen, Executive Director ACHD

This past weekend my wife and I attended the first “Golden Health Awards” hosted by Mark Twain Healthcare District in collaboration with the Mark Twain Medical Center Foundation. The event recognizes the efforts of individuals, as well as agencies that have improved the well-being of the community of Calaveras County.

Receiving the District’s Lifetime Achievement Award was Colleen Smart. Ms. Smart was a founding Member of the Medical Center’s Foundation and a Member of the Healthcare District Board for 31 years, serving as Chair for several of those years.

Receiving the District’s Healthcare Delivery Award was Ryan Thompson M.D., a Family Practitioner in Calaveras County for 21 years.  In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Thompson and his wife Kim have established the Mind Matters Clinic, specializing in ADHD, Autism and related disorders.

Perhaps the most memorable parts of the awards ceremony were the personal comments from Supervisor Merita Callaway about Ms. Smart’s approach to the political process, the comments from Dr. Randy Smart about his mother’s tireless efforts to improve access to healthcare in Calaveras County and the comments from Dr. Thompson’s physician colleagues about his perspective on the summer weather, there is “no day too hot, rather it’s unseasonably warm”.

Also recognized for their work in the community were:

  • The Resource Connection-Calaveras Food Bank: $1000
  • Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program: $1000
  • Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families: $5000
  • Calaveras County Behavioral Center: $1000
  • Calaveras Senior Care: $1000

Indeed, community is alive and well, at least in Calaveras County-where else might we find similar examples?  Let me know tom.petersen@achd.org.

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