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SNMH Foundation honors local volunteers, businesses

Gary Cooke
Special to The Union

The Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation will honor Gil Mathew with its Curtis Grimes Perpetual Leadership Award at a reception tomorrow night as part of the Foundation's annual award recognition program. The event will also include a special presentation of the following awards:

Alice Litton – Humanitarian of the Year;

Foothill Flowers – Business of the Year; and

Jean Linder – Volunteer of the Year.

President Alison Jones-Pomatto called all four honorees "the epitome of selflessness" for their commitment to the community and to philanthropy.

"The role of the Hospital Foundation is to raise funds to further health care in our community," she said. "It can be a daunting task, as we raise over $1 million a year. We have a great board and staff, but it really is the volunteers and donors — individuals and businesses — that help make us successful. They are instrumental in securing needed equipment and programs for our hospital."

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The Curtis Grimes award is presented to a volunteer who has demonstrated what Parker described as the outstanding leadership Grimes exemplified. Grimes helped to establish the Foundation two decades ago, working over the years to ensure that the organization would be effective in garnering continuing support by the community for the ongoing needs of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

Parker said Mathew, owner of Sierra Solar Systems, has been an "outstanding leader" of the Foundation who has served in nearly every leadership role including as president of the board. Mathew has chaired and served on committees for a number of fundraising campaigns. He now co-chairs the business division for the Imaging for Life Campaign, and serves on the hospital's finance committee.

The Foundation created the Glaister A. Dawkins Humanitarian Award in 2002, to recognize work local residents have done to serve people globally. Parker called Litton "one of the most recognized people in our community for her humanitarian efforts" in Africa and other places. "While Alice does her work in conjunction with others, she is a shining star that burns brightly on its own," Parker said.

The annual business award expresses gratitude for a business that has provided volunteer, financial and in-kind support to help the Foundation achieve its goals. Foothill Flowers is the official florist of the Foundation's Red Rose Society, and has donated more than 1,000 roses to the program since its inception in 2002, Parker said.

"It's a business icon in our community that brings beauty to many nonprofit and community events," Parker noted.

The Volunteer of the Year is selected from among the many people who give service over time to assist in Foundation and hospital activities.

"Jean Linder's love of volunteering for the hospital auxiliary started in 2001 when she began taking care of a cousin," Parker said. "She was told that she was so good with patients she should volunteer for the emergency department or Hospice."

Since then, Linder has served on the auxiliary board, and as the legislative liaison for the Sacramento Valley Area Council. She is also the auxiliary's representative to the Foundation board and assists at numerous events, receptions, and other activities.

Pomotto-Jones praised the honorees and the many individuals and businesses in the community for their support for the hospital through Foundation giving.

"We are so lucky to have a truly outstanding hospital," she said. "I think many people expect a rural area to have a small, country hospital that is behind the times. But Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital is on the cutting edge in terms of equipment and programs in so many areas. From our Cancer Center to our Diagnostic Imaging Center and other areas of excellence, we truly exceed expectations. It is our community that makes this possible."

The Annual Award Recognition Reception will be from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites. The event is open to the public and will feature hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

RSVP by calling 530-477-9700 to provide the names of guests and attendees.

All physicians providing care for patients at SNMH are members of the medical staff and are independent practitioners, not employees of the hospital.

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