Donor Stories

At Adventist Health Ukiah Valley we've been the recipients of loving gifts from residents across Mendocino county. Here are a few of the stories that have touched us over the years. Please feel free to share your own story with us.

The community has been very good to us and we regard this as a privilege to be able to make this gift. — Pauline and Morgan Ruddick

The Ruddick Family

In 2012, Adventist Health Ukiah Valley accepted a lead gift to build a new emergency department and intensive care unit. Pauline and Morgan Ruddick, lifelong residents of the Ukiah Valley, committed $250,000 to the project in support of the hospital’s planned rooftop helipad.

“The community has been very good to us and we regard this as a privilege to be able to make this gift,” remarked Mr. Ruddick, whose family has made their living in agriculture for more than 150 years in the Ukiah Valley.

In fact, the Ruddicks have been very generous to the Valley’s residents throughout their lives, having learned lessons of
generosity from their families. “They are an inspiration to me, and on behalf of those who will be served by this helipad for years to come, I thank them for their vision and generosity.” Marty Lombardi, Adventist Health Ukiah Valley Governing Board.

Retech Systems

Adventist Health Ukiah Valley received a large corporate donation from Retech Systems, LLC in support of the capital campaign to expand the campus with a new emergency department, intensive care unit and helipad.

Leroy Leland (left) and Eric Petereit, both executives at Retech, said the decision was an easy one. “I’ve been a long time resident of Ukiah. My grandparents lived here, and I raised my children in this community. It’s important for the residents of our community to have direct access and availability to resources that will keep them in the community for care. Likewise, it’s equally important to us at Retech to have a good hospital when recruiting new hires and their families to the area,” said Leroy.

Eric pointed out, “Our employees live in this community. Part of having a strong community is having a great hospital! Making this kind of contribution not only benefits our own employees but everyone living in Mendocino and the surrounding counties. We’re glad we can help in this way.”

Retech, located in Ukiah, is a global leader and manufacturer of advanced thermal processing equipment.

Thurston Family

Milestones are important – on the road, in business and in life. No one knows this more than Dennis Thurston of the Thurston Family of Businesses. Most recently, the Thurston Family helped Adventist Health Ukiah Valley cross an important milestone in their capital campaign to build a new emergency department, intensive care unit and rooftop helipad with a gift to expand the campus that put the campaign over $3 million towards its $4 million goal.

Honoring Patricia Beltrami

Patricia Beltrami’s friends remember her as a kind, loving and generous woman who cared deeply for children, her family and community. She believed in sharing her time and talents to make Ukiah Valley a better place for all.

It was her commitment to the community that inspired her husband, Albert, to give a gift to Adventist Health Ukiah Valley and honor her memory by naming the emergency department lobby. The Albert & Patricia Beltrami Lobby will be more than three times the current size and will provide patients and their families with the privacy and comfort they need to deal with complex medical issues.