Community Hospital of San Bernardino recently presented the Centennial Gala in honor of the hospital’s 100th anniversary. The sold out event at the National Orange Show included an awards ceremony, a dance tribute and multimedia presentations including a historical video.
Over 400 guests were in attendance including entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr.’s son and daughter, Mark and Tracey Davis. Also in attendance: Mayor Patrick Morris, City of San Bernardino served as the Gala’s master of ceremonies; Congressman Joe Baca, 43rd Congressional District; Joe Baca, Jr., Mayor Pro Tem, City of Rialto; Tobin Brinker, Mayor Pro Tem, City of San Bernardino; Rikke Van Johnson, 6th ward City Councilman, City of San Bernardino; Virginia Marquez, 1st ward City Councilwoman, City of San Bernardino; Jim Penman, City Attorney, City of San Bernardino; and Dr. Donald Singer, Member of San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees.
Performances included a Centennial Dance Tribute presented by Buddy Schwimmer’s Studio 5-6-7-8 dancers with a surprise performance by Benji Schwimmer, winner of the hit show “So You Think You Can Dance.”
The evening also included a special presentation of the Centennial Guardian Angel Awards to six recipients in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the Community Hospital of San Bernardino. The ceremony included a special acknowledgement and plaque given to each recipient.
Award recipients came from many different walks in life including a physician, a volunteer, a congressman, a member of the clergy, an educator and an entertainer.
Community Hospital also recognized its Centennial Sponsor, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
Centennial Guardian Angel Award Recipient went to Sammy Davis, Jr.
The consummate entertainer and member of the “Rat Pack,” Sammy Davis, Jr. danced, sang, acted and charmed his way into the hearts of Americans and fans worldwide. He was a champion for civil rights refusing to work at places which practiced racial segregation. His demands would lead to the integration of Miami Beach nightclubs and Las Vegas casinos.
He earned many awards including Grammys, Emmys, a Tony Award, an NAACP Image Award, induction into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame and many more.
Sammy Davis Jr’s relationship with Community Hospital of San Bernardino started in 1954 following an automobile accident. He was treated at Community Hospital and soon became a grateful patient and friend of his physician, the late Dr. Frederick Hull.
In 1958, after hearing about the financial needs of the growing hospital, Sammy Davis Jr. invited his friends, including Judy Garland, Danny Thomas, and more to produce a Star-Studded Gala which raised enough money to help equip the new hospital.
For his tireless drive to entertain, his uplifting spirit, his courageous and steadfast commitment to civil rights, and his generous support of the hospital, he is an original Hollywood hero and a Community Hospital of San Bernardino Centennial Guardian Angel. Mr. Davis’ award was given in memoriam and was accepted on his behalf by his daughter and son, Tracey Davis and Mark Davis along with their families.
Congressman Joe Baca 43rd Congressional District Congressman
Joe Baca has served our region and nation all of his adult life. He is a Vietnam-era veteran who served in the U.S. Army. He has served the state in the Assembly and the nation as a U.S. Congressman. He is the first Latino from the Inland Empire to serve in Congress and as such he has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of underserved families.
Congressman Baca is a friend and supporter of the hospital and the families they serve and for that, he is a Community Hospital of San Bernardino Centennial Guardian Angel.
Rabbi Hillel Cohn
Rabbi Hillel Cohn has dedicated his life to creating ecumenical and societal bridges.
He has written award winning curricula and has founded, served on or chaired too many boards and committees to count.
Rabbi Cohn has been part of the Community Hospital family since 1963 when he began ministering to patients.
Since that time he has served in many capacities including the Ethics committee, the Physician-Clergy committee, and as a member of the corporate board.
For his deep commitment to Community Hospital, Rabbi Hillel Cohn is a Community Hospital of San Bernardino Centennial Guardian Angel.
Dr. Maxwell Goldstein After serving in World War II, Dr. Maxwell Goldstein moved to San Bernardino in 1947 with $300 dollars in his pocket. He practiced at both Community Hospital and St. Bernardine Medical Center and he quickly became endeared by patients and colleagues.
This dedicated physician was part of a team that was instrumental in creating the hospital’s Emergency Department, which at that time was a major innovation in patient care. In fact, Community Hospital was the first hospital in the area to become a paramedic base station. Since those days of 24-hour rotations, Dr. Goldstein has been a leader and an integral part of Community Hospital of San Bernardino. He is a Community Hospital of San Bernardino Centennial Guardian Angel.
Martin’s history with Community Hospital of San Bernardino begins in 1958.
The president of Community Hospital at the time, Virginia Henderson, had long cherished the idea of forming a group of volunteers. Mrs. Henderson invited five women, including Virginia, to meet with her to discuss the plan. That group became the Community Hospital of San Bernardino Auxiliary.
Over the course of the next five decades, Virginia Martin and the Auxiliary have donated more than one million hours of service and raised more than one million dollars for the hospital. As of last year, Virginia herself has donated more than 22,000 hours of service. She still volunteers today, embodying the spirit of all of the pink ladies and men who have contributed so selflessly.
It is hard to quantify the impact that Virginia Martin has made on our hospital.
She is a Community Hospital of San Bernardino Centennial Guardian Angel.
Dr. Juanita Scott
Dr. Juanita Scott began her relationship with Community Hospital when her mother was a resident of the hospital’s former Convalescent Center. She was a frequent visitor and developed strong relationships with other patients and family members. Recognizing the difficulties of having a loved one in a Skilled Nursing Facility, she became involved and formed support groups, initiated grief seminars, and more.
Her commitment to the community also extended to children. Dr. Scott recognized the risks unsupervised children face after school and in 1995 she collaborated with partners to found the Focus 92411 Homework Center. She personally devoted countless hours tutoring and mentoring young students. Thanks to Catholic Charities, the Center continues to provide support to young people today.
For her commitment to this hospital and to the children and families of San Bernardino, Dr. Juanita Scott is a Community Hospital of San Bernardino Centennial Guardian Angel. Dr. Scott’s award was given in memoriam and was accepted on her behalf by her god-daughter, Cybil Tomkins.
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians were recognized with a Centennial Guardian Angel Award for their role in our community in providing support to nonprofits, schools and hospitals. This year, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians donated funds to purchase new equipment for the hospital’s surgery department.
Thanks to their enormous generosity, our patients are now benefitting from the use of that equipment.
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