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June 1, 2010 > Washington Hospital Named Ohlone College's 'Citizen of the Year'

Washington Hospital Named Ohlone College's 'Citizen of the Year'

Washington Hospital was built in 1958 to provide healthcare to residents in the southern part of Alameda County. For over 50 years the Hospital has been a leader in providing excellent health care and expanding to meet the needs of the residents of this area. In the past year, the hospital conducted 4,369 surgeries, welcomed 2,418 new babies into the world, and provided emergency care for 48,175 people.

The Hospital has grown from a relatively small endeavor back in the fifties and sixties into a major Healthcare System, employing over 500 doctors and staff, and offering excellent programs in cancer treatment, women's health, diabetes, and heart disease. It has also focused on increasing health awareness and disease prevention, providing many clinics and services for free, especially to lower income individuals, seniors, or the uninsured.

Ohlone College and Washington Hospital have had a partnership that extends back almost 40 years. Washington Hospital has partnered with the College on various projects including a Student Health Center, the development of Ohlone's registered nursing program and physical therapist assistant program, and providing clinical opportunities for nursing and respiratory therapy students. To help Ohlone College feed the growing demand for healthcare industry professionals, Washington Hospital provided a grant for $1.75 million to assist Ohlone College in expanding their nursing program.

It is for these reasons, and many more, that the Ohlone College Foundation has selected the Washington Hospital Healthcare System as the 2010 Citizen of the Year. The hospital will be honored at a Champagne Luncheon that takes place Saturday, June 5, at the Ohlone College Newark Center. The Ohlone College Foundation Citizen of the Year Luncheon is an annual tradition that dates back to 1987. Proceeds from the event are used as scholarships for students attending the College.

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