|Edward Bauman, M.Ed., Ph.D., Secretary, is a ground-breaking and passionate leader in the field of whole food nutrition, holistic health, and community health promotion. He is the founder and president of Bauman College: Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts, with professional classroom, distance learning, and community wellness programs in Penngrove, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, CA, and Boulder, CO. Ed is the editor and author of many books, including, the Holistic Health Handbook, Eating for Health, Flavors of Health Cookbook and the Whole Foods Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors. Ed has been a Foundation board member since 2011.|
|Stewart Goldberg, Vice-President is a CPA with over 40 years in finance and health care, leading hospitals and large medical groups. He has held positions as CFO, Executive Director, COO, CEO and National Director of Operations in major healthcare firms. Stewart has been a Foundation member since 2011.|
|Bob Gillen, M.S.W., M.P.A, has been a two-term former member and two-year President of the Palm Drive Health Care District Board. Bob was Chief Probation Officer for Sonoma County for 23 years and leader of Sonoma County justice system programs. Bob has been a Foundation member since 2009.|
|Gail Thomas, President, has held major management and consulting positions in the public and private sector including Duke University Medical School and consultant to NIH. She has been active in community service serving as Director for Restorative Resources, Rotary, Red Cross, YWCA, and church organizations. Gail has been a Foundation member since 2007.|
|Dennis Colthurst, Treasurer has been a Sebastopol Police Officer for 32 years and is a trained Forensic Investigator. He has been associated with Palm Drive Hospital through his professional and personal relationships with hospital personnel for this entire time. Dennis has been a Foundation board member since 2010.|
|Mark Olsen graduated from San Jose State University with a double major in microbiology and biochemistry and from Washington State University with a degree in pharmacy. He owns Forestville Pharmacy where he strives to deliver personal pharmaceutical care with a special interest in HIV, infectious diseases, and diabetes. Mark has been a Foundation board member since 2011.|
|Dr. Roger Pitzen specializes in both family and emergency medicine. He has practiced in Sebastopol for 31 years and has served as Palm Drive’s Chief of Staff. Currently, he is chair of Palm Drive’s Emergency Department Committee and is a Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Pitzen has been a Foundation board member since 2009.|
|Dewey Watson, JD, LLM (Tax) has practiced law in San Francisco for 42 years specializing in small corporate matters and estate planning and has been a resident of West County since 2009. He has served as President of elected public boards in the Bay Area and as President and member of multiple non-profit organizations spanning the past 40 years ranging from the arts to education. With his wife Susan he is the author of Shift and Shout, a book about moving to West County. He joined the board in 2013.|
|Marty Webb holds an MA in School Leadership and served the Analy Union and the West Sonoma County Union High School District for 36 years, the last eight years as Principal of Analy High School. Marty is now retired and the Vice President of the Redwood Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America where he serves on its Executive Board. He is also a director of the Sonoma County Legal Aid Society. Marty has been a Foundation board member since 2005.|
Richard Powers, MD, …
The Foundation is currently in negotiations with the publically elected, five members of the Palm Drive Healthcare District Board (click here for Board contact information), which is responsible for the management of Palm Drive Hospital. That District Board decided on Wednesday April 23rd to begin negotiations on the proposal submitted by our Foundation. Our proposal assured continued operation of the hospital, which the District Board plans to close on Monday, April 28, due to financial losses and bankruptcy.
We need your financial support for the New Vision Fund we have established for Palm Drive Hospital. Your gift will be dedicated to support Dr. Gude and the Palm Drive Health Care Foundation’s plan to create an innovative model of medical services for West County residents. Time is of the essence, so please make a contribution today and join us in working to keep vital medical services here in our community.
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Thank you for your help at this critical time.
When we gathered to honor our Heroes in Health Care at our Summer Reception on July 21st, we had a lot to celebrate.
The event helped us to raise more than $150,000 in the past year to improve access to quality health care for our entire community. We’re midway into our first of a three year campaign to raise funds to enable Palm Drive Hospital to innovate and renovate. A highlight of the reception was our presentation to the hospital of a check for $105,000, and it’s just the beginning of the exciting changes made possible by your collaboration and support.