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Community Raises $130,000 for Development of New Family Medicine Residency Program in Ukiah

Partnership Physicians, staff and community leaders left with a sense of excitement after a check presentation in mid-October that raised more than $130,000 in funds to go towards development of the new Family Medicine Residency Program scheduled to start in June 2018, a program that will help to attract family medicine doctors to the area to pursue graduate medical training at Ukiah Valley Medical Center (UVMC).

The community based organization Family Medicine Education for Mendocino County (FMEMC) presented a check in the amount of $45,000, raised by the Rural Health Rocks concert event featuring Michael McDonald earlier this year. Robert Werra, MD, of the Mendo Lake Medical Foundation also announced they would be providing a check in the amount of $20,000 for a grand total of $65,000. Gwen Matthews, President and CEO of Ukiah Valley Medical Center, went on to announce that UVMC would match these amounts, bringing the total funds raised to $130,000.

“It’s refreshing to see so many partners coming together to help make the Family Residency Program in Ukiah a reality,” says Matthews. She thanked FMEMC and Mendo Lake Medical Foundation for their dedication and support, “Deepest thanks to both organizations for their generous donations and grassroots work they’ve done for the future of healthcare in Mendocino County.” 

The Family Medicine Residency Program is part of a long-term solution to bring more highly skilled family medicine doctors to the community. Studies show that 60-80 percent of physicians who undergo training in a geographic area typically stay and practice medicine in the same town after their training is complete. 

Matthews reflected on the future of the program, “We are thrilled to be able to offer a curriculum that will challenge residents to be thought leaders in a rapidly changing healthcare environment both in the clinic and hospital setting.” 

For more information about our local Family Medicine Residency Program, or the Family Medicine Education for Mendocino County organization, please contact Daphne Macneil, President FMEMC at 707.463.2878 or email 

Photo Caption: Funds raised by the Rural Health Rocks event in April 2016 are presented to UVMC for our local Family Medicine Residency Program. From left to right, Noemi Doohan, MD, PhD; Daphne Macneil, President FMEMC; Mary Anne Landis, Vice President FMEMC; Gwen Matthews, President, CEO UVMC; Aaron Poole, CFO UVMC; and David Weis, COO UVMC. 

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