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Medical Center Foundation Director Announces Retirement

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Gail Witzlsteiner has announced her decision to retire as Executive Director of the Sonora Regional Medical Center Foundation effective July 7, 2016, when she plans to announce the successful completion of the $3 million Capital Campaign for the Medical Center’s new Cancer Center.

Witzlsteiner’s 21-year career as a leader at Sonora Community Hospital and Sonora Regional Medical Center has been marked by many successes. Her mission-driven approach and dedication to SRMC has extended the hospital’s reach and presence in the community.

“I want to thank Gail for her 21 years of service to Sonora Regional Medical Center and wish her the very best. Her passion and commitment to this hospital and this community are evident in every project she’s taken on,” stated Andrew Jahn, President and CEO.

Witzlsteiner’s professional career includes the development of the hospital’s first philanthropy program connecting thousands of donors with the mission of its local, not-for-profit hospital. In 2002, she completed the hospital’s first capital campaign to support the development of the then-new campus, and is on target to complete the current $3 million campaign for its new Cancer Center before retiring. In addition to major campaigns, Witzlsteiner developed a series of well-supported annual events that include the Joie de Vie Gala, Golf Classic, Gran Fondo, Dinner with a Doc and Festival of Lights, raising more than $23 million in philanthropic support and over $7.5 million in estate and property gifts.

Witzlsteiner was also responsible for the development and operation of Project HOPE the Medical Center’s free, mobile clinic, the CompanyStore and OakPlus, a senior outreach program. She marketed the move to the new hospital, the hospital’s name change to Sonora Regional Medical Center and the opening of the first comprehensive cancer center. She serves as the public information officer and media contact.

“While I have been fortunate to have had an interesting and challenging career, I am looking forward to a less stressful life. I will miss working with all of the wonderful volunteers that I have come to call my friends and to whom I am most grateful,” said Witzlsteiner. Witzlsteiner has been active with many community organizations during her career including Sierra Senior Providers, Soroptimists, Girl Scouts, and the Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce, who elected her Citizen of the Year in 2002.

In her retirement, Gail plans to continue volunteering, spend more time with her husband David and their National Park Ranger, daughter Katie, garden, learn to play the piano and develop a small business.