AAUW received an update on Orchard Hospital from the new CEO, Steve Stark, and Hospital Board member, Ed Becker, at their February dinner meeting.

Members and guests received information on present numbers of patients and employees, finances, facilities and services provided. Records show that more people are using the hospital services with steady increases in visits to the Emergency Room.

Steve Stark moved to Gridley from Iowa in December and is pleased to be living in Gridley with his wife and four children. He began working in the health care field in 1998 and was chosen from over 60 resumes received by the Orchard Hospital Board, who spent many hours doing their own research.

Gridley is fortunate to have this 25 bed hospital in our community, plus Hovlid Skilled Nursing; providing many services and jobs (177 full time equivalents).

Jean Curcuru, AAUW member, reported on a successful Career Trek Saturday that was held February 7th, at Butte College, for 8th grade girls and their parents; and on plans for March interviews of 7th grade girls at five local schools. Five girls will be chosen to be an AAUW recipients of a $900 scholarship to attend a week-long, science and technology camp, at UCDavis this summer.

Anyone interested in learning more about AAUW, can call Tracy Howell, President, 530-846-7962.