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  1. 1. 960 Canterbury Place, Suite 200, Escondido, CA 92025 | TEL: 760.739.2787 | FAX: 760.745.7040 | WEB: A rie de Jong and his family are the classic American success story, resplendent with an Ellis Island beginning and inspiring lessons about what it takes to make it in the land of opportunity – hard work, family unity and an entrepreneurial spirit. The de Jongs founded San Marcos-based Hollandia Dairy, one of the most successful dairy businesses to come out of San Diego County and still going strong more than 60 years after its humble beginning. But before the de Jongs made it in America, they were immigrants who could not speak English and had just $35 in their possession. Humble Beginnings Arie de Jong was just a boy when his family of 12 emigrated from Holland to the United States and settled in North County. The family sold everything to pay for their trip across the Atlantic Ocean and brought with them few possessions. But that didn’t matter. They had survived the Great Depression and World War II. It was time to start anew. “We were a team. That was it,” de Jong says over a cup of coffee in his ranch-style home near Lake Wolhford in Escondido. “We didn’t have a lot of options. When the war was over we had nothing. So we had to start all over, and America was the promised land.” The de Jong Family Heritage Coffee and pastries at 10 a.m. are a daily ritual for de Jong and Anneke, his wife of nearly 50 years, in the dining area of their home in the historic estate known as Melrose Ranch. It is here where de Jong recalls his family’s voyage to New York and passing through Ellis Island. A picture of the de Jong children and their parents stepping off their boat is prominently displayed on the Hollandia Dairy website. “It was a rough boat ride,” de Jong remembers. “I remember waking up and seeing the Statue of Liberty and saying ‘wow, we’re in America’.” The de Jongs were indebted to “Uncle Sam,” from the start de Jong says. That would be his uncle, Sam Bruinsma, the dairy farmer who sponsored his family and gave the de Jongs their first jobs in America. “We worked hard and saved money,” de Jong says. The family initially lived in three small cottages by a creek near Old Pomerado Road in Poway. They eventually moved to Escondido, where de Jong attended Escondido High School. Hollandia Dairy: A Story About Heart, Hard Work and Heritage B u i l d i n g Y o u r H e a lt h C a r e S ys t e m o f t h e F u t u r e Focus Historical photos provided by Arie de Jong Anneke and Arie de Jong The de Jong Family photographed when they emigrated from Holland to New York via Ellis Island. This photo was taken as they embarked on a flight from New York to the West Coast. Arie de Jong, Sr., and his wife, Maartge, emigrated from the Netherlands in 1949 and went on to build Hollandia Dairy, one of the most successful dairy businesses based in North San Diego County. Foundation SUMMER 2014
  2. 2. 2 Foundation Focus | PALOMAR HEALTH FOUNDATION Serving North San Diego County Since1950 T he timing of the family’s arrival in North County could not have been better. In 1949, milk was the number one agricultural product in San Diego County and the de Jongs knew dairy farming well. The family had been in the dairy business for more than 200 years in Holland. One year after their arrival, the family had saved enough to buy a dairy farm with 28 cows at the corner of Felicita and Highway 395 (now Centre City Parkway) in Escondido. In 1952, they bought a larger dairy farm in San Marcos and continued expanding over the years. They named their business Hollandia Dairy in honor of their homeland and eventually moved their headquarters to San Marcos. Hollandia Dairy today is one of the few remaining dairy businesses in San Diego County and one of the best known, supplying milk and dairy products to schools, hospitals, prisons and the military across Southern California. De Jong, now in his 70s, left the dairy business many years ago but did not abandon his entrepreneurial spirit. He flourished as the operator of successful waste management and recycling businesses in North County before his so-called “retirement” in the late 1990s. “Retirement is really not for me,” de Jong says, flashing his familiar smile. “I don’t mind being retired as long as I’m allowed to have projects on the side.” Home delivery trucks and drivers stationed just outside Hollandia Dairy in San Marcos, circa 1964. Hollandia Dairy circa 1958 on Felicita Avenue and Centre City Parkway. Pictured in the bottom left is the Fireside Restaurant. Arie de Jong’s family outside the Bar C Bar Ranch Dairy in Poway circa 1949. Pictured from top left to right: Brothers Tom, Kees, Elso, Karl, John; and Arie. Pictured from bottom left to right: Uncle Nick; Father, Arie Sr.; Uncle Sam (the de Jong family sponsor); Cousin Alice; Uncle Elso.
  3. 3. A mong those projects are the charitable works that de Jong has become known for throughout North County. After selling his waste management business, de Jong gave his former employees a $1 million bonus to share for all their years of support and went about looking for other projects “to help mankind.” He found one when he purchased Green Oak Ranch in Vista in the late 1990s. De Jong made improvements to the facility that houses a drug and alcohol recovery program and charged the operators a nominal fee of $1 to continue their mission. P alomar Health is fortunate to be a recipient of de Jong’s generosity. De Jong recently made a gift through the Palomar Health Foundation that is being used for the construction of a conference room at the new Palomar Medical Center. The state-of- the-art conference room was dedicated to the de Jong family. De Jong has fond memories of Palomar Health. As a youth he used to deliver milk throughout North County, including the original Palomar Medical Center in downtown Escondido. His four children were all born at the historic hospital. A younger generation of de Jongs now runs the Hollandia Dairy. Arie de Jong’s side of the family is not involved but his children are all successful. His oldest son, Eric, operates San Marcos-based Diamond Environmental Services, which provides restroom rentals across Southern California. Second son Johnnie de Jong owns Summerhill Dairy, a 2,000-goat farm, and Dover Dairy, a 2,500 cow-farm in Central California. These days, Arie de Jong remains a sturdy businessman with a gift for cutting deals and a heart of gratitude for his family and their adoptive country. In 1999, he chartered a train, bus and boat to take his family and close friends to Catalina Island to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the de Jongs’ coming to America.  In 2009, he hosted more than 300 members of his family and close friends to celebrate the family’s 60th anniversary in North County and took them all to an overnight trip to Disneyland. De Jong also stays busy making improvements to his beloved Melrose Ranch. The picturesque 118-acre historic estate, where famous celebrities and members of the English aristocracy once entertained, today doubles as a wedding and special event operation that offers professional catering and can accommodate up to 500 guests. “I’ve done good but I need to stick around because I’m not done yet,” de Jong says. “I haven’t finished all my projects. I have enough projects coming up for the next 10 years.” The de Jong Family Legacy Personal Ties to Palomar Health Arie de Jong’s family pictured in Alphen on the Rhine, Holland, circa 1946. From left to right, Pete, brother; Ellie, sister; Arie Sr., father; Arie (bottom left); Kees, brother; Maartje, mother; Elso, brother; Karl, brother; John, brother (bottom right); Tom, brother. Arie de Jong standing beside his Ford Ranchero in 1964. Workers fill milk bottles at the milk plant in San Marcos circa 1955. Hollandia Dairy bottles processed through a bottle filler, circa 1964. The early days of Hollandia Dairy, located on the corner of Felicita Avenue and Centre City Parkway. Photo pre-dates 1958. Arie de Jong’s aunt, Maggie, bottlesand caps milk bottles, two at a time,at the dairy in Escondido on FelicitaAvenue and Centre City Parkway,circa 1954. SUMMER 2014
  4. 4. A ribbon cutting ceremony held June 9 commemorated the opening of the chapel which became a reality thanks to the generosity of more than 800 generous Palomar Health employees, faith groups and the Harold and Penny Dokmo Family who supported the chapel. The campaign to build a chapel originated with a group of dedicated and determined employees who saw a need to provide an interfaith space where patients, their families, physicians, employees and chaplains could find solace and personal reflection. The chapel was shelled due to funding constraints presented during the completion of the new hospital. This small group of 11 employees and chaplains recognized that a chapel was such a vital place they began raising awareness by calling their campaign effort “The Power of One,” in early 2012. As their campaign gained momentum, a chapel campaign was formed and a goal of $500,000 was set. Employees leading the charge, including Alma Davis, Rev. Richard Gonzalez, Genie Tanksley, Margaret and Danny Thomas and Sonia Lopez quickly gained support from fellow employees, staff members and community groups. Two years after the campaign began more than 800 employees pledged their support for the chapel, raising a combined $125,000 in donations. Their generosity inspired a six-figure transformational gift from the Harold and Penny Dokmo Family. T he Raymond Family Conference Center located on the second floor of the Palomar Medical Center opened to physicians, staff and the community on June 9 thanks to the generosity of the Jack and Caroline Raymond Family and the Arie and Anneke de Jong Family. The conference center includes two conference rooms that will be available for staff and board meetings, Continuing Medical Education (CME), as well as teleconferencing consultation calls between Palomar Health doctors and specialists. 4 Foundation Focus | The Building of the Chapel at Palomar Medical Center The Jack Raymond Family Conference Room boasts a classroom style setting with plenty of seating for lectures, seminars and gatherings. From left to right: Palomar Medical Center Chief Administrative Officer, Gerald Bracht; Palomar Health Chief Executive Officer, Michael H. Covert; Donors, Jack Raymond, and Anneke and Arie de Jong; and Chief Medical Staff Officer Richard Engel celebrate the opening of the Medical Education Resource Center. The chapel features window treatments that depict a natural environment. Inside, the chapel design includes a replica of the Western Wall in Jerusalem. There is a much-publicized practice of placing slips of paper containing written prayers into the crevices of the wall. More than a million notes are placed on the real wall each year. The Raymond Family Conference Center Interfaith leaders held pieces of wood and stonethat were used to build the chapel in a specialblessing during the chapel opening. PALOMAR HEALTH FOUNDATION
  5. 5. Downtown Chapel Renovation Celebration The Grand Opening of the chapel at the Palomar Health Downtown Campus was celebrated on Good Friday, April 18, with a brief ceremony that included a ribbon cutting and the blessing of the chapel by Rev. Richard Gonzalez who was one of the campaign’s early supporters and biggest champions. The expansion and beautification of the chapel, which includes new carpet, lighting and a mural, were made possible with a private gift from Margaret Groves. Groves was inspired to renovate the chapel at the downtown campus after learning of the contributions made by Palomar Health employees and the Dokmo Family toward the completion of the chapel at the new hospital. Groves said she and her daughters often wished they had a quiet place for personal reflection and prayer when her husband was hospitalized at the downtown campus several years ago. Her gift makes it possible for all patients, their families, physicians, staff and chaplains to have a dedicated space for meditation and personal reflection. The chapel is open to individuals of all faiths and backgrounds. Steinway Model ‘O’ Piano Dedication Following the successful example of other hospitals that have implemented music therapy to help patients’ healing, a handful of physicians at Palomar Health initiated the charge to purchase a Steinway piano by making generous, personal donations. Thanks to a lead gift by Ms. Jean Cheng and Dr. George Kung, as well as contributions by Drs. Richard Engel, Thomas Jones, Paul Neustein, Ben and Maria Padilla and Jeffrey Rosenburg, and Musician Richard Elliot, the piano can now provide soothing melodies to patients, their families, staff and guests. Dennis James, owner of SoCal Pianos, also donatedapianoplayerwhichwillallowthepiano to be played automatically and be controlled through a computer or smart phone. The Palomar Health Downtown Campus features a wall mural representative of a natural, healing environment bestowed upon all chapel visitors. From left to right: SoCal Pianos Owner Dennis James, Drs. Richard Engel, Jeffrey Rosenburg, Thomas Jones; Mrs. Randi Feinberg and Dr. Neustein; Ms. Jean Cheng, Dr. George Kung and their daughter, Jasmine Kung. The renovation of the chapel at the Palomar Health Downtown Campus was celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Good Friday. Pictured from left to right are: Ann Braun, Randy Wilson, Margaret Thomas, Sheila Brown and John Forst. SUMMER 2014
  6. 6. W hen Elizabeth “Liza” Pille- Speacht joined the Palomar Health Foundation Board, the Morgan Stanley financial advisor and portfolio manager brought a wealth of community involvement experience to the position. The North County resident works for Morgan Stanley, a Global Wealth Management firm that recognizes and supports employees who volunteer in their local communities through special grant programs. “They like to support our involvement,” Pille-Speacht says about Morgan Stanley. An active member in the local investment community, Pille-Speacht is also generous with her volunteer time, sitting on numerous North County boards and lending her talents to various charitable groups. She recently secured a grant from Morgan Stanley that she directed to the Palomar Health Foundation to support North San Diego County Forensic Health Services for victims of abuse which was in danger of closing without financial help. The dedicated volunteer made it easy for Morgan Stanley to say yes to her request. Morgan Stanley employees who annually donate at least 55 hours to a health or social service cause are eligible to apply for a grant for the organization they are helping through Morgan Stanley’s Volunteer Incentive Program, (VIP). “I was delighted that Morgan Stanley was able to make a grant to help save such a valuable program for North County,” Pille-Speacht says. “It didn’t make sense for kids who live in North County to have to go all the way to San Diego for services in the midst of dealing with a terrible trauma. It makes more sense for them to go somewhere locally – so they and their families could get counseling and help,” she says. The Palomar Health Foundation raised $200,000 last year to help save the programs. The programs work closely with the county’s Child Welfare Services and law enforcement agencies to determine the extent of a victim’s abuse. Palomar Health experts have helped the San Diego County District Attorney’s office convict many offenders. “Palomar Health Foundation is fortunate to have a board member with the background and skills that Pille-Speacht possesses,” says Kimberly Rideout Cardoso, of the Palomar Health Foundation. Pille-Speacht says she plans to apply for another Morgan Stanley VIP grant to help Forensic Health Services. “It’s something that should be supported for many years to come,” she says. I n the age of health care reform, the best care providers are recognized for delivering high quality services. Add the Palomar Health Orthopedic Institute to that decorated list. The Orthopedic Institute’s reputation for positive patient outcomes is supported by endorsements from major health plans after meeting stringent quality and outcomes criteria. They have awarded their seals of approval to several Palomar Health orthopedic service lines. The Institute – made up of multidisciplinary clinical teams has received three designations for excellence in recent years: • Blue Distinction for high quality knee and hip replacement by Anthem Blue Shield of California for Palomar Medical Center and Pomerado Hospital. • Blue Distinction Center for high quality spine surgery by Anthem Blue Shield of California for Palomar Medical Center. • Aetna Institute of Quality® Orthopedic Care Facility for spine surgery for Palomar Medical Center. Who benefits from these designations? Patients do, in a big way. Clinical orthopedic teams across Palomar Health are working more closely than ever and producing very measurable and positive results that are being evaluated and recognized by health plans. This is good news particularly for patients who are in need of treatment for traumatic, degenerative or inflammatory joint diseases. “These designations represent a certain high level of expertise and commitment to the service,” says – Natalie Brawner, Palomar Health Director of Business Development and Physician Integration. Brawner led the formation of the institute, which includes physicians from Arch Health Partners. “These designations are tributes to the dedicated team of physicians, nurses, technicians and therapists who have helped develop Palomar Medical Center and Pomerado Hospital’s comprehensive programs in knee and hip replacement and in spine surgery,” Brawner says. “Their clinical expertise in these areas of specialty care has resulted in better overall results for our patients,” she adds. This Orthopedic Institute’s comprehensive team approach methodology to providing care is a model of excellence, says Brian Cohen, Palomar Health Manager of Program Development. “This includes tight collaborations between orthopedic experts – including board-certified and fellowship- trained orthopedic surgeons, specialty trained nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and clinicians – all dedicated to providing excellence in orthopedic care,” says Cohen, who was also involved in the development of the orthopedic institute. In addition to the decorated service lines for spine, hip, and knee replacement care, the Palomar Health clinical teams provide treatment for foot and ankle, hand and wrist, shoulder and elbow. Clinical teams specialize in a wide range of orthopedic care treatments, including minimally invasive total joint replacement, motion preserving spine surgery and therapeutic rehabilitation. Brawner says the application process for the special designations is lengthy and meticulous but worth the time and effort because the results tell so much about the Palomar Health Orthopedic Institute’s dedication to excellence. “Every goal we are setting we are hitting,” Brawner says. 6 Foundation Focus | Liza Pille-Speacht Facilitates Morgan Stanley Foundation Grant Orthopedic Institute Recognized for Quality Liza Pille-Speacht with her half-quarter horse/half thoroughbred, Sam. PALOMAR HEALTH FOUNDATION
  7. 7. PALOMAR HEALTH FOUNDATION LEADERSHIP Palomar Health Foundation Board John Forst, Chair Craig Brown, Vice Chair Donald Belcher Sharon Cafagna John Clark Harold Dokmo Jacke Goldberg Kevin Harkenrider Sue Herndon Harvey N. Hershkowitz Stephen T. Hundley George Kung, M.D. Evangeline J. “Ginger” Larson Fred Nasseri Elizabeth “Liza” Pille- Speacht Jaime Rivas, M.D. Thomas H. Silberg Dennis Stansfield Michael Stelman Tishmall Turner Kim Young Ex-Officio Michael H. Covert, President and CEO, Palomar Health Honorary Campaign Cabinet Jack Raymond, Co-Chair Carol Lazier, Co-Chair Barbara Warden, Co-Chair Roger J. Acheatel, M.D. Kenneth and Marjorie Blanchard George Chamberlin Jean Cheng Jim Desmond Richard C. Engel, M.D. Don Higginson Kenneth H. Lounsbery Lori Pfeiler LaDainian and Torsha Tomlinson Tom Wilson Charlene Zettel Palomar Health District Board T.E. (Ted) Kleiter, Chair Steve Yerxa, Vice-Chair Linda Greer, R.N., Secretary Jerry Kaufman, P.T.M.A., Treasurer Bruce Krider, Immediate Past-Chair Jeff Griffith Aeron Wickes, M.D. D id you know Palomar Health’s Pathmaker Internship is one of the largest pre-health internship programs in the country? The 7-year-old program helps build tomorrow’s health care leaders through hands-on experiences offered today at Palomar Health. The program was developed for the advancement of local students interested in exploring health care professions through internship experience. To date, approximately 3,000 students from local high schools and universities have graduated from the program. Students accepted into Pathmakers participate in education modules to learn basic patient care skills: assisting with meals, discharging patients and ambulating patients, amongst others. Pathmakers then complete department orientations and shadow out-going interns before they formally begin their experience as interns. The goal and purpose of the program is to help students learn the skills needed for their success in the health care field and to help them determine if they are ready to join the health care work force. “I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if it hadn’t been for this program,” said Bethany Dineen, former student intern who joined the Palomar Health Foundation as a development assistant. Building Tomorrow’s Health Leaders Today Pathmaker interns are vital members of the Palomar Health team. Charlene Zettel A common thread runs through Charlene Zettel’s long and productive public service career: a passion for health care issues. It’s a thread the former two- term state Assembly member continues to weave into action on a statewide level as an academic and health care leader and locally as a volunteer. Zettel is Chief Executive Officer of Donate Life California, the life-saving state organ and tissue donor registry. She is also longtime Palomar Health volunteer. “Health care has always been my passion and continues to this day,” says Zettel, who lives in North County. Zettel serves on the Board of Regents for the University of California, which oversees 10 UC campuses, five medical centers and three national research labs. Her ties to Palomar date back to the early 1990s when she became active with the Palomar Health Care Advisory Councils, now known as Community Action Councils. The community outreach groups promote health in the district and support great causes such as the passage of Proposition BB in 2004, which helped with the building of the new Palomar Medical Center. Zettel currently serves on the Palomar Health Foundation Honorary Campaign Cabinet, which supports the foundation’s Building Your Healthcare System of the Future capital campaign. Having Zettel on your side is always a sign of strength, says Palomar Health Foundation Board Director Sue Herndon, who has known Zettel since the 1980s. “Anything Charlene takes part in, you can always count on having her wholehearted support. She is very accomplished. We are lucky to have her as a supporter of Palomar Health,” Herndon says. Zettel’s accomplishments extend well beyond health care. Before becoming the first Latina Republican elected to the state Assembly in 1998, Zettel served on the Poway Unified School District Board. In 2004, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed her Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs and later appointed her director for the San Diego Office of the Governor. But it is her passion for health care that has made her such a valued friend of Palomar Health. Zettel says the feeling is mutual and admires the expansion of services made under the visionary leadership of CEO Michael H. Covert and the tireless work of the entire Palomar Health family. “They wanted to provide the best health care options for North County communities and turned that vision into reality with a state-of-the-art hospital,” she says, referring to the new Palomar Medical Center. UC Regent Supports Palomar Health SUMMER 2014
  8. 8. 960 Canterbury Place, Suite 200 Escondido, CA 92025 TEL: 760.739.2787 | FAX: 760.745.7040 EMAIL: TO: NON PROFIT ORG U.S. Postage PERMIT 751 San Diego, CA PAID Make a gift today. Corporate Partners in Health Spotlight: Alhiser-Comer Mortuary M egan Comer recently toured Palomar Medical Center and came away impressed with the new hospital. She saw that the natural light, the neutral paint palette and the open space convey warmth to patients and their families. A business manager for Alhiser-Comer Mortuary in Escondido, Comer knows a thing or two about soothing families when they are most vulnerable. During her tour, she saw opportunities to implement the hospital’s welcoming environment in the viewing room of the morgue. “It’s such a trying time for families. It’s important to provide them with a place that is comfortable,” Comer says. At Alhiser-Comer Mortuary, the viewing rooms have carpeting, cushioned chairs, couches and calming paint. “We’re hoping to see a family viewing room at the hospital that is more comfortable, more family-friendly, more inviting to families during a tough period,” she adds. Alhiser-Comer Mortuary joins more than 30 businesses participating in the Palomar Health Foundation Corporate Partners in Health program. “We appreciate the opportunities the Palomar Health Foundation has given us to help out in the community,” Comer says. The mortuary’s experience and reputation made it an ideal donor for the beautification project of the viewing room. Comer says her family understands well the importance of creating a supportive environment to families after the death of a loved one. The mortuary is the oldest continually operating business in Escondido, with an active presence dating back to the 1890s when it used horse-drawn funeral carriages, and has evolved into one of the most modern mortuaries around. In 1989, Bill Comer and his son, Stuart, purchased the mortuary. Stuart Comer eventually assumed control of the business and extensively refurbished and updated the building on S. Broadway. In 2000, it was renamed Alhiser-Comer Mortuary. The Comer family also operates Lakepointe Crematorium in Lake Elsinore in Riverside County and the Lakepointe Cremation and Burial in Rancho Bernardo. The viewing room at Palomar Medical Center will be named after Alhiser-Comer Mortuary in grateful appreciation of their gift. Thank You to Our Corporate Partners inHealth