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By Terri Hamilton, CEO, Rideout Health

Seven thousand, seven hundred and seventy cubic yards of concrete. Three hundred thirty one tons of rebar. One thousand eight hundred and ten tons of steel. One hundred eighteen feet and eight inches high: Rideout Rising.

Dear Friends,

Our Rideout Rising video is a fascinating record of the biggest construction project Rideout has ever undertaken, it is the perfect visual metaphor for the enormous progress we have made throughout the organization during the same period. We are transforming Rideout Health, and we are transforming healthcare itself in our community. It requires the skilled and committed efforts of our 1800 employees, 270 plus physicians, consultants and many contractors, local governments, community partners and supporters.

Every time I travel east across the 10th Street Bridge, I look to the changing skyline and I’m reminded of why it is all so worthwhile. And now, seeing the new Rideout Regional Medical Center taking shape in mere minutes … well, it’s quite thrilling!

Change is painstaking, sometimes frustrating, often exhausting but an always exhilarating process. And a lot has changed since we last reported to you.

The ribbon has been cut on the expanded Rideout Cancer Center, now nearly double in size and equipped with additional multimillion dollar machines for the detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

The major phase of the expansion of the Rideout Emergency Department has been completed and will begin serving patients as soon as the State completes its final inspections. This much-anticipated — and much-needed ± $6.2 million expansion of the Emergency Department adds 5,000 square feet to the ED, providing better workflow for staff and more privacy for patients, including special rooms for victims of sexual assault and those with psychiatric issues. When the new building is completed, the ED will have a total of 20,000 square feet, a total of 42 patient beds, and a rooftop helipad for flying critical patients to and from the facility, which is a great asset to us as a Level III Trauma Center and designated STEMI-receiving hospital. Patients with severe heart attacks are already being brought to Rideout by road from as far away as Nevada County to receive life saving treatment within the “golden hour” after their attack.

And, of course the new hospital continues to rise, to open in Spring 2015.

Elsewhere, we have been updating, reconfiguring and building out several of our locations to accommodate our growing network of primary and specialty care services, most of which are now operated under the recently established Rideout Clinic. The newest clinics under the umbrella include Orthopedics, Ear Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology, Cardiothoracic, Vascular, Thoracic Oncology, Interventional Cardiology, Women’s Health, various Primary Care Clinics in Yuba, Sutter and Nevada County – and a second working relationship with UC Davis for the Primary Care Clinic at Plumas Street.

All these new clinics need staffing, and we continue our vigorous programs to attract the best medical minds and clinical talent to Rideout Health, and then keep them here.

The new Rideout Medical Associates, with whom we contract for medical staffing of the Rideout Clinic, already  has 28 doctors on its roster and we are attracting physicians and surgeons from outside the area as well as welcoming local doctors with established practices.

We have a new four-year contract with the California Nurses Association. And in August we graduated the first class of nurses in our Progression in Practice residency program and recently welcomed the second group of new RNs.

These things are all part of our commitment to continuous improvement and compassionate care for everyone in our community, despite the constraints of being a truly independent, truly non-profit organization serving a region with both economic and health challenges. Last year Rideout provided nearly $55 million in uncompensated medical services.

To our Rideout Health Foundation:

I want to thank and recognize the staff, Board members, volunteers of the Rideout Health Foundation, which raises both awareness and funds for the many programs and improvements at Rideout Health.

We are making progress in many areas. And that progress is made even steadier by the support you provide through our Foundation — in time, treasure and talent.

To Rideout Health Donors:

Each of you in some way – or several has embraced our shared mission of providing compassionate and superior healthcare to everyone in our community, regardless of their circumstances. Thank you for all you give and all you do for Rideout Health and the patients we serve.

With much appreciation,

Terri Hamilton, CEO
Rideout Health


Our annual Evening of Appreciation was held this year on October 3 at the Peach Tree Golf & Country Club. The event was hosted by Carol Ramirez, VP, Rideout Health Foundation, Venu Kondle, MD, Chairman, Rideout Health Foundation.

Highlights of the Evening and award recipients have been posted in separate stories.

Enjoy What A Wonderful World, our latest musical production which embodies the special Spirit of Rideout.

Please enjoy more photos from the Evening of Appreciation on our Rideout Health Facebook Page.


2013 Evening of Appreciation Highlights

Joe and Lori Moye, Volunteers of the Year, 2013

Joe and Lori Moye, Volunteers of the Year, 2013

The Rideout Spirit can be found not just among our own employees, but among our many community supporters and volunteers. Lori and Joseph Moye are the perfect example of that. Despite very busy professional and personal lives they have always found time to support the Foundation and various Rideout programs. We could not have pulled off our Dance with Our Stars events without them. Joe is one of our emcee’s, our behind the stage narrator and our show director. Lori is our back stage manager, props mistress and chief bottle washer. Thank you, Lori and Joe Moye – our Volunteers of the Year.



2013 Evening of Appreciation Highlights

L-R: Terri Hamilton, CEO, Rideout Health; Venu Kondle, Board Chair, Rideout Health Foundation; Michael Fahey, MD, Physician of the Year

L-R: Terri Hamilton, CEO, Rideout Health; Venu Kondle, Board Chair, Rideout Health Foundation; Michael Fahey, MD, Physician of the Year

Even our volunteers don’t have a monopoly on that special spirit of caring and service. The physicians and surgeons affiliated with our hospitals and clinics are a skilled and compassionate group and each year we honor one among them who is widely regarded as especially exceptional. It’s not very hard for our 2013 honoree to stand out in a crowd — at six foot three, Dr. Michael Fahey is pretty hard to miss. But, his height is the least of the things that makes Dr. Fahey standout. His skills and his compassion do that.

Mike and his wife Kathy have been engaged members of the Yuba-Sutter community since the early 1990s when they first arrived here. The couple has two daughters Genevieve and Jacqueline who are both in college.

A devoted family man, Mike is also fiercely dedicated to his patients, who say that he is “incredibly knowledgeable and very kind.” A fellow physician who knows him well called him “fearless”. He is willing to take on the most difficult and challenging cases, and he is very versatile so he can perform many kinds of surgeries.”

A strong advocate for patients’ rights, Dr. Fahey shares Rideout’s mission to care for all those in need, regardless of their circumstances. He will not hesitate to treat anyone he believes he can help, even those with no insurance or with limited financial means. He is passionate about patient care.

That passion, those skills, his long services to this community, make Dr. Michael Fahey a clear choice for our Physician of the Year.

Rideout Health Foundation would also like to thank all the physicians who personally contributed to the Foundation over the past year. Our community is truly blessed with gifted and generous doctors:

  • Ashraf Ekdawy
  • Michael Blanchard
  • Venu Kondle
  • Jerry Gross
  • Vincent Hamilton
  • Daniel Dorsey
  • Susan Lott
  • Floyd V. Burton
  • Alexandra Reichman
  • Donald Snyder
  • Robert Plass
  • Rahul Gupta
  • Vineet Gupta
  • Foy Cox
  • Robert Peppercorn
  • Rudy Zaragoza
  • Patrick Griffith
  • Baron Harper
  • Royce Calhoun
  • Lee Tocchi
  • Sukhdeep Sagoo
  • Jagdeep Bal
  • Rajpreet Dhesi
  • Babak Sanei-Fard
  • Gordon Macbeth
  • Douglas Tolley
  • Garrett Eckerling
  • Brandon Bentz
  • Mushfeka Sharif
  • Michael J. Fahey

2013 Evening of Appreciation Highlights

L-R: Venu Kondle, MD, VP Rideout Health Foundation; Lorna Yatman, Community Service of the Year, 2013; Terri Hamilton, CEO, Rideout Health

L-R: Venu Kondle, MD, VP Rideout Health Foundation; Lorna Yatman, Community Service of the Year, 2013; Terri Hamilton, CEO, Rideout Health

Lorna Yatman, this year’s honoree for Community Service, joined Rideout in 1991 and is a long-time member of the clinical staff at the Rideout Cancer Center.  The holder of a Master’s degree in Nursing, she is a Clinical Educator and Nurse Navigator and also serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Rideout Health’s Cancer Committee.  She is actively involved with programs such as Bike Around the Buttes, Annual Boomers and Beyond, Sunsweet Employee Health Fair,  Annual Cancer Survivors Celebration, Valley Muffler’s annual Car Show to benefit the Cancer Center, American Cancer Society Strides Against Breast Cancer Kickoff, Fun in the Sun at Gauche Aquatic Park, the Rideout Homerun for Health, various community health fairs and education classes, screenings for colorectal and skin cancer, and Pink October activities.

This past year she coordinated and presented an educational opportunity with UC Davis to address a health disparity identified among local East Indian women for breast cancer screening/education. She is currently working in partnership with the American Cancer Society on a research project that is studying cancer patterns in our community.  Lorna has developed multiple programs at the Cancer Center including: the Peer Navigator Program to coordinate survivors with those currently undergoing cancer care, the WeCARE Education program for newly-diagnosed patients, a weekly class called “Chemotherapy and You,” the Cancer Center’s Wellness Program with integrated healing through art and meditation, and multiple support groups.  She participates on the Cancer Center Patient and Family Advisory Council, and is recognized by patients and co-workers as always having a positive attitude, always willing to go the extra mile.