Ukiah, CA – For the third year in a row, Family Medicine Education for Mendocino County (FMEMC) will award the title Rural Health Rock Star to four individuals who demonstrate exemplary qualities in serving medical patients. The awards are part of the popular Rural Health Rocks concert, the organization’s annual fundraiser. This year’s winners are:
The third annual Rural Health Rocks concert featuring Michael McDonald and friends will be held on April 14 and 15 at the Mendocino College Center Theatre. During the April 14 concert, FMEMC members will present the Rural Health Rock Star Awards in recognition of exemplary commitment and leadership in caring for the health of people in our rural communities. Honorees will receive a custom, locally carved bowl designed and made by Dr. Larry Hartley and Redwood Empire Woodturners Neil Elmer, Nick Pearson, Dave Peck, Larry Hartley.
Community members in Lake and Mendocino Counties submitted more than 100 nominations and the selection committee — comprised of community members, doctors and FMEMC board members — chose the winners. Selection criteria included their level of professional skill, emotional support of patients, community service, diversity and years of experience, innovation, special qualities exemplified during this year, and the number of nominations they received.
FMEMC is a community-based, non-profit organization that serves as an independent advisory board to the family medicine residency (doctor training) program starting at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley in 2019. FMEMC also improves local health care through its support of the street medicine program and local nursing.
Previous Rural Health Rocks concerts in 2016 and 2017 raised more than $130,000. From those proceeds, FMEMC donated almost $40,000 toward advanced training scholarships for Mendocino College Nursing program graduates, and more than $100,000 toward the development of the upcoming residency program. To see all the honorees for the last three years visit the Honorees page.
For more information about FMEMC, visit www.fmemc.org or find it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fmemc. To learn more about Rural Health Rocks, visit www.ruralhealthrocks.org.
PHOTO CAPTION: The 2018 Rural Health Rocks Rockstar Honorees. From left to right: Leanna Sweet, Nancy Johnson, Lynne Coen, Cindy Arbanovella.