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Most Valuable Philanthropist Employee

Awards & Recognition

Henry Ford is quoted with saying, “The highest use of capital is not to make more money but to make money do more for the betterment of life,” a sentiment shared by Freedom Smith, an employee at Ukiah Valley Medical Center.

On Thursday, July 5, employees of UVMC who participate in the Hour Club were treated to a reception hosted by the philanthropy department. During the event, Smith was awarded with the first annual MVP (most valuable philanthropist) employee award. “Freedom was recognized for her leadership in both the 2011 and 2012 employee giving campaigns to support Ukiah Valley Medical Center’s plans to build a new emergency department and intensive care unit (ED/ICU),” shared Allyne Brown, director of philanthropy at UVMC.

Freedom has been the ED/ICU expansion project manager for the last 18 months and works closely with the architects to develop and implement the plans. UVMC CEO
Gwen Matthews also commented, “Freedom’s role as project manager is so crucial to the expansion project. She now knows first-hand the importance of planning for the future of UVMC, and the need to expand the facility to help support the future of our community for generations to come.”

When asked why she personally gives to the employee giving campaign and encourages others to do the same, Freedom answered, “It’s great to contribute to the hospital because not only does it provide good jobs, it also serves the whole community.”

The Hour Club is an employee giving campaign designed to reach out to employees who would like to make a gift to UVMC with a one hour pledge per pay period through payroll deductions.

To learn more about UVMC’s plans to expand the ED/ICU, contact Allyne Brown at 707- 464-7623 or by email at