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Jennifer Larson Honored as Turlock's Community Volunteer of the Year

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January 27, 2010




Jennifer Larson Honored as Turlock's Community Volunteer of the Year


Jennifer Larson, the chair of Emanuel Medical Center's board of directors and a long-time community volunteer, has been named the "Community Volunteer of the Year" by the Turlock Chamber of Commerce.


Larson received the surprise award at the Chamber's Best of Turlock awards dinner on Friday. And while she may have been surprised, the people who work with her at Emanuel were not.


"Jennifer is one of those outstanding people who make this community a better place for all of us," said Emanuel President and CEO John R. Sigsbury. "Her leadership has helped propel Emanuel to new levels of excellence, and I am thrilled she's been honored this way. She would never seek out recognition like this, but she absolutely deserves it."


Larson joined Emanuel's board of directors in 1998 and became chair in 2003. She also served on the Board for Benevolence for Emanuel's Chicago-based parent company, which oversees two hospitals, 15 retirement communities and ministries developed to nurture children's and family's spirits and developmentally disabled adults. She was chair of that board in 2006 and 2007.


"I'm surprised," Larson said after the award was announced. "There are so many good people in this community doing so many great things. I'd like to thank the Chamber for this honor. I've been blessed in so many ways in my life, including with the opportunities to help others."


In addition to her work on Emanuel's board of directors, Larson and her husband Kirk have been fundraisers for the hospital's Legacy Circle annual giving program. Together the Larsons have raised $113,750 to help build the Mary Stuart Rogers Birthing Center and Emanuel's three-story Critical Care Center, and help establish the Emanuel Cancer Endowment.


"People say leadership starts at the top, and Jennifer is an example for others in leadership positions to follow," said Jana Rhine, Emanuel's director of annual giving. "She's an inspiration for others and we're so thrilled she's part of our great group of community volunteers supporting Emanuel and quality health care in Turlock."


In addition to her involvement with Emanuel, the Larsons and two other couples founded the Cornerstone Covenant Church in northeast Turlock. Jennifer Larson served as treasurer there for two terms and was a key player in setting the church's organizational structure.  In addition, she also has served as a board member for Turlock Memorial Park for the past four years. 


Emanuel Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community-based Christian hospital. Its 415-bed multi-level medical campus includes a 209-bed acute care hospital, a 145-bed skilled nursing facility and a 49-bed assisted living facility. It provides emergency, critical care, pediatric, medical and surgical services, cardiology, cancer diagnosis and treatment services, women's health services and hospice services.


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