Business Council of San Joaquin appoints Betty Wilson, Executive Director

Betty Wilson

The Business Council of San Joaquin County announced today that they have appointed Betty Wilson as Executive Director. Wilson has served in the financial industry for more than fifteen years and most recently worked in government relations.
“I am honored to have been chosen as the new Executive Director of the Business Council,” stated Wilson. “We are in challenging times with great opportunities and I am looking forward to being part of a team that is concerned about our community’s health and how business can partner in its growth.”

Founded in 1987, The Business Council of San Joaquin County is an organization dedicated to taking responsibility for the wellbeing of our community, through implementation of local programs and initiatives. Members, comprised of business, nonprofit and government officials, are civically engaged and have chosen to take a proactive progressive approach to addressing community challenges.

“The Business Council has been a valued participant in numerous initiatives that have improved our community’s ability to provide a better quality of life. “I am looking forward to harnessing the opportunities we have as a community – to expand and grow the Council’s role as a public partner,” states Wilson.

Wilson is succeeding Jane Butterfield, CEO/President who retired in October.

Farm Credit honored for its support of FFA

The Farm Credit Alliance was recently presented with FFA’s Distinguished Service Citation for its longstanding contributions to FFA and agricultural education.

Katie Otto, development director for the California FFA Foundation, the state organization’s fund-raising arm, said the California FFA nominated Farm Credit for the award because of its generous and enduring support. She added that the recognition was long overdue.

“The Alliance and its members have generously supported countless chapters at the local level through auction support at county fairs and through loans and financial services for student projects,” Otto said. “They have also served as members on advisory committees, as judges and coaches for events, and as mentors for projects – the list goes on.”

“The Alliance alone has contributed a half-million dollars to the California FFA over the past 25 years; their financial support impacts approximately 14% of FFA members nationwide. Their contributions to FFA and agriculture are significant; they embrace and regularly demonstrate the pillars of philanthropy giving of their time, talent and treasure on all levels.”

Jeana Hultquist, a vice president for Farm Credit Alliance member American AgCredit, accepted the award, presented at FFA’s National Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, and thanked the organization for the recognition, saying that Farm Credit’s support is part of its overall commitment to the future of California agriculture.

“Agriculture remains a vital part of California’s economy, but that’s not all,” Hultquist said. “Our farmers and ranchers feed the nation and the world, and that’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly. By investing in our young people today, we’re helping ensure the industry will remain strong and vibrant for decades to come.

Doctors Medical Center achieves National Reaccreditation for Bariatric Surgery

Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in the Central Valley.

Doctors Medical Center is proud to announce the hospital’s bariatric surgical center has been reaccredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016 ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for their severely obese patients.

“This reaccreditation signifies that our bariatric program met nationally established criteria by demonstrating expertise in delivering quality specialty care, safely and effectively,” said Matthew Coates, M.D., Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director at Doctors Medical Center. “This recognition shows our team’s commitment in delivering safe outcomes for our patients. Community members and patients can be confident in choosing Doctors Medical Center as their bariatric surgical center.”
Doctors Medical Center’s commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and the leadership surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes. They seek continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center.

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Doctors Medical Center met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement. The standards are specified in the MBSAQIP Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016, published by the ACS and ASMBS

California Table Grape Commission hires director of Trade Policy

Jodi Devaurs

Jodi Devaurs is the new director of trade policy for the California Table Grape Commission. Devaurs’ responsibilities include market access, technical issues, and general trade policy matters for the commission.

“Managing technical issues to help growers and shippers move California grapes to market is a key function of the commission, and Jodi’s experience with government affairs and regulatory issues will be an asset for the industry,” said Kathleen Nave, president of the commission. “We are very excited to have Jodi join the team.”

Devaurs joins the commission from the California Cotton Ginners & Growers Association and the Western Agricultural Processors Association where she served as Director of Regulatory Affairs. Jodi worked on regulatory and legislative issues including air and water quality, pesticides, and food safety, and she worked with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service on technical issues.

Devaurs is a Central Valley native, born and raised in Clovis. She is a graduate of Fresno State with a bachelor of science in agricultural education—communications