July 18, 2007:
Stanton Lawson, chief financial officer for Sequoia Senior Solutions, began serving as president of the Community Health Foundation of Greater Petaluma’s Board of Trustees this month, the foundation announced.
He succeeds Bob Curry, who has served as president for the past two years.
Other officers installed for the new fiscal year are vice president Ramona Faith, a registered nurse for over 20 years as well as the former vice president and chief nursing officer at Petaluma Valley Hospital; and secretary Pat Louks, a retired cardiac nurse and member of the Petaluma Health Center board.
The foundation was established by the Petaluma Health Care District in 1975 to support the former Hillcrest Hospital.
Over the past three decades, the foundation has provided $3.8 million in health-care support as the Petaluma area has evolved from a traditional, family-doctor hospital model to a more complicated scenario of clinics and community wellness and nutrition programs, mixed with conventional and non-traditional services.
Much of the funding the foundation has provided has come from the investment proceeds of a $1 million bequest received in 1976. Last year, the foundation trustees launched a new fund development program to raise more resources for health programs.
“We are moving forward aggressively on our new fundraising mission,” Lawson said. “The local community will have many opportunities to further support local projects and agencies through the Community Health Foundation in the coming months.
“Our current focus is to provide funding to the Petaluma Health Center to ensure access for all south county residents to quality health care.”
The foundation’s $2 million portfolio is managed by Community Foundation Sonoma. For more information about the foundation, call 773-3863.