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St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County Presented a Check to McKinleyville High School Student


(Humboldt, Calif. – March 30, 2017) On Wednesday, March 29, David O’Brien, MD, President of St. Joseph

Health, Humboldt County, and the Foundation Board of Trustees at St. Joseph Hospital, as well as Redwood

Memorial, presented a $500 check to Vanessa Wilson, 17, a McKinleyville High School student who was recently

nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Massachusetts.

Dr. O’Brien joined John Montgomery, MD, President of the Redwood Memorial Foundation Board and Butch Poovey, President of the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation board, in presenting the $500 check at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon. The Foundation Board of Trustees of each hospital provided $250 to help offset the cost of Wilson’s trip to the 3-day conference which will be held in late June.

“Vanessa has already embarked on her career and demonstrated her leadership skills. She has a lot of accomplishments—serving on the student body at her school and competing in the California High School rodeo,” said Dr. O’Brien.

Wilson shared with the Board of Trustees that she was drawn to healthcare in part because of her passion for horses, which has given her a better understanding of unconditional compassion, patience, understanding, and mutual trust.

“The trip to Boston was unexpected and it has motivated has me to go for it with my career,” said Wilson, who is
thrilled to attend the conference. “It’s a huge opportunity and it will open a lot of doors in the future.”

St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County is excited to support future healthcare leaders, like Wilson because of their
dedication to the future of healthcare.

“If those are your values, your interests and you are drawn into a profession like healthcare, then you have all of the qualities you need to succeed,” said Dr. O’Brien. “We’re happy to support Vanessa in her career.”

During the conference, Wilson will have an opportunity to meet with other delegates and hear from Nobel Prize winners, medical school deans, Ivy League academic leaders, and leaders of medicine, young innovators and scientists. Wilson has been accepted into the Bachelor of Science program at San Francisco State University. She is interested in surgical nursing and looks forward to learning more about other fields of medicine during the conference.

About St. Joseph Hospital
St. Joseph Hospital has been serving the health care needs of Humboldt County since 1920. Comprised of two campuses, St. Joseph Hospital and the General Hospital campus are located within a quarter mile of each other in Eureka. SJH offers comprehensive services including emergency, cardiac services in The Heart Institute, an accredited Cancer Program, Women's and Children's Services in the Childbirth Center (including Pediatric Care and the only Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nursery (NICU) on the North Coast), Neurosurgery, and Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine.

About St. Joseph Health, Redwood Memorial Hospital
Redwood Memorial Hospital is a 25 bed Critical Care Access Hospital and a full-service, acute care facility dedicated to physically, emotionally, and spiritually uplifting our patients and their families. Redwood Memorial Hospital's holistic, patient-centered care philosophy reflects the belief that treating the patient's mind, body, and spirit and keeping the patient's needs at the forefront of all decisions results in more rapid healing and a more positive experience for the patient. Redwood Memorial hospital features a state-of-the-art surgery wing, radiology department, telerobot for remote physician consultations, 24/7 emergency room, critical care unit and outpatient rehabilitation services.

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