Doctors Hospital of Manteca celebrates 60th Anniversary

Doctors Hospital of Manteca recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. The hospital opened its doors on February 26, 1962, and have proudly cared for the community since that day.
The hospital celebrated the milestone with a special event with leadership, local dignitaries, longtime physicians and employees, and the volunteer auxiliary.

The event began with remarks from Chief Executive Officer Eleze Armstrong, as well as a round of applause for the frontline staff who care for patients 24/7 and a moment of silence to honor the lives lost to COVID-19.

The program continued with a look back at the history of Doctors Hospital of Manteca and what’s to come in the future. In addition, longtime physicians and employees were recognized:

  • Dr. Karl Wolf – Serving patients since 1973
  • Dr. Howard Miller – Serving patients since 1977
  • Dr. Anil Sain – Serving patients since 1978
  • Dr. Craig Bobson – Serving patients since 1985
  • Dr. George Scott – Serving patients since 1985
  • Michael Brown – 45 years of service; hired in September 1976
  • Julie Taylor – 42 years of service; hired in March 1980
  • Connie Rocha – 41 years of service; hired in September 1980
  • Lisa Hoag – 37 years of service; hired in July 1984
  • Donna Nicholas – 37 years of service; hired in July 1984

They also recognized the volunteer auxiliary members. The Doctors Hospital of Manteca Volunteer Auxiliary was organized in November of 1962 by a group of women willing to volunteer time and service to patients and the hospital. Since that date, the women and men of the auxiliary have completed an admirable record of service, contributing thousands of hours each year to the welfare of patients, visitors and employees.

Doctors Hospital of Manteca is deeply rooted in the community. The hospital can trace our roots back to 1955 when Manteca civic leaders wanted a top-notch hospital in the community to eliminate the need to travel to Stockton or beyond for medical care. Ground was broken on August 2, 1961, for an 11,000 sq. ft. hospital costing $355,000.

The hospital opened the doors on Feb. 26, 1962, licensed for 25 beds as a general acute care facility. They had 41 employees and seven physicians. They now have more than 525 employees and more than 200 physicians on the medical staff.

Eual Baker was the Administrator when the hospital opened. The first patient treated at DHM was Hugo DeGraff. The first baby born was to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Limas on Feb. 28, 1962.

“Over the years, we have continued to grow, add services, and invest in state-of-the-art technologies to provide high levels of care right here in Manteca,” said hospital spokesperson Krista Deans. “Doctors Hospital of Manteca went from 49 beds to 73 beds in 1988 by adding the second floor that currently houses our med/surg/telemetry unit.

In the last decade, we have added to our outpatient footprint by opening an ambulatory surgery center, outpatient imaging center, and a multi-specialty center that includes wound care services.”

Quality Service Pinnacle Award winner announced
Daniel Jacuzzi, broker/owner of CENTURY 21 Select Real Estate, Inc. announced in February that Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently recognized sales affiliate Desiree Soliz with the CENTURY 21 2021 Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award.
“The Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award is an integral part of our brand’s commitment to excellence and recognizes Desiree’s dedication to making each and every client interaction a positive one,” said Michael Miedler, president and CEO, Century 21 Real Estate.

The annual award is based on results from the CENTURY 21 Quality Service Survey, which is e-mailed to consumers immediately after the purchase or sale of a home. To earn the CENTURY 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award, an agent must receive completed customer surveys for at least 80 percent of their transactions surveyed from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, with an average survey score of at least 95 percent or better for two consecutive years.

“Desiree provides clients with knowledge and advice related to their real estate transaction and offers them confidence during what may be the most significant purchase of a lifetime,” said Jacuzzi.

“The power of the CENTURY 21 brand rests on the shoulders of the relentless sales professionals like Desiree Soliz who always elevate and give 121% to their clients throughout the entire client relationship,” said Miedler. “So as we celebrate their accomplishments we understand that delivering extraordinary experiences is what homebuyers, sellers and property investors deserve, and they should be demanding from their real estate company and agent of choice.”

Soliz will receive a customized glass trophy, in addition to being recognized at the CENTURY 21 Global Conference.

The State Theatre executive takes new position
The State Theatre Executive Director Kirstie Boyett Zacharias has been named as the new Executive Director of the American Leadership Forum, Great Valley Chapter.

In her time as executive director at the State Theatre, Zacharias helped navigate “a new normal” when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, shuttering the theatre and eliminating all revenue streams that came from live performances and film attendees. Kirstie and the staff had to get creative.

In addition, Zacharias was instrumental in the construction and design of The Jewel, an intimate 24-seat theatre adjacent to the State, which offers a second screen and, therefore, more opportunities to pursue live events or multiple films per night.
Zacharias has been a champion of youth education, a strong advocate for the arts in the community, and a conscientious steward of the State.

“We are thankful to Kirstie for her leadership and we wish her well as she moves into her new role at ALF, and although she will be missed, we have a strong team in place at the theatre and an actively engaged Board of Directors, all of whom are fully committed to ensuring a seamless transition,” the Theatre said.