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Hilmar Business Leader Arlon Waterson Joins Emanuel's Board of Directors


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             

February 11, 2010

Hilmar Business Leader Arlon Waterson Joins Emanuel's Board of Directors

Turlock, CA-Arlon Waterson's relationship with Emanuel Medical Center began in high school, and now the longtime Hilmar business leader has joined Emanuel's Board of Directors.

As one of 12 community directors on the hospital board, Waterson will help set policy and direction for the medical center.

"I've always been supportive of the hospital," said Waterson, who has co-owned Hilmar Lumber for 30 years. "I was in a health careers club when I was at Hilmar High and first got to know Emanuel then."

Waterson admits that his interest in joining the club was mostly to get out of class once in a while, but then he learned more about Emanuel during his regular volunteer shifts.

"As a kid, you don't know much about hospitals," he said, "so when I got to Emanuel I was surprised and impressed."

Later, Waterson's wife Susan worked as a nurse at Emanuel and he started volunteering again. First he served on the Festival of Trees committee, which raises money for Hospice of Emanuel, then on the Hospice of Emanuel Advisory Board.

"I guess I'm a good fundraiser," he said, "because then they asked me to be on the Emanuel Corporate Relations Committee." The Watersons are also Legacy Circle of Emanuel donors.

Waterson said his focus on the board would be keeping Emanuel independent and fiscally sound.

"I think it's important to have a community hospital run by the community," he said.

Another board member, Dr. Paul Carmichael, has been named Emanuel's chief of medical staff for 2010. Carmichael is a board-certified general surgeon practicing at Oasis Surgical located inside the Emanuel Medical Plaza.

The chief of medical staff serves as a liaison between the hospital administration and physicians who practice there.

In addition to Waterson and Carmichael, the Emanuel board consists of: Jennifer Larson, chair; Walter C. de Bruyn, vice chair; Arthur De Rooy, treasurer; Marlene Stante, secretary; Jim Ahlem; Jim Pallios; Wade Fullmer; Bob Field; Dr. Isaac E. Faraji, vice chief of medical staff; Dr. Kathleen Kearns, secretary of medical staff; and John R. Sigsbury, Emanuel president and chief executive officer.

Emanuel Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community-based Christian hospital. Its 415-bed multi-level medical campus includes a 221-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, cardiovascular services, cancer diagnosis and treatment services, women's health services and hospice services.

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