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Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital Brings Together Willits Community for Third Annual Prayer Breakfast


close up image of two men shaking handsWillits, CA – On Thursday, February 5, during the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C., Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital (HMH) hosted its third annual Prayer Breakfast, a spiritual gathering of the Willits community.  Coordinated by HMH Chaplain, Dennis Long, the event brought together faith leaders, community leaders, medical personnel, first responders, and local business owners.

Five faith leaders from the greater Willits community led in prayer from their respective faiths – reflecting the diversity, acceptance and openness of the community.  Prayers were offered for unity, home and family, protection, and for the city, state, and nation.

Inspirational keynote speaker and international pianist, Sam Ocampo, inspired and entreated participants.  From tango music to quietly inspiring hymns, interspersed with thought-provoking messages, Sam provided a spiritually uplifting performance. HMH President and CEO, Rick Bockmann, provided a heartfelt greeting, sharing his own family’s struggles and how prayer got them through some of life’s challenges.  He acknowledged his appreciation for the Willits community leaders’ dedication and commitment. 

Other inspirational music was provided by local music group, The Bassics.  As the performance came to a crescendo, Ocampo encouraged participants to join in song for the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “America the Beautiful”.  All of the attendees stood and sang with heartfelt adoration.
As the prayer breakfast came to a close, Long offered the final prayer of dedication where he asked for a special blessing on the Willits community at large and our nation.

Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,600 includes more than 20,500 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,600 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 220 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit for more information.