Pictured from left to right: Maj. Gen. Claude Reinke (retired), Board Chairman; Darlene Wetton, CEO; Joan Sparkman; Col. Melissa Coburn; Jerry Hizon, MD and Joe Kuebler.
Col. Melissa Coburn, the first female commander of March Air Reserve Base in its 101-year history, honored Temecula Valley Hospital physicians, employees and volunteers for a Veterans Day recognition event on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Attendees enjoyed a special presentation from the commander in the Hospital’s Heroes Community Room, which is dedicated to local community veterans, first responders and military heroes.
"Our Veterans Day recognition event was a tremendous success," said Darlene Wetton, CEO of Temecula Valley Hospital. "It was such an honor to have Col. Melissa Coburn as our keynote speaker. We are indebted to all of our veterans who have given service to this country."
Coburn gave special thanks to our healthcare providers for the holistic healthcare provided to our patient population, which often includes veterans. "For those of you who serve in the medical field, thank you," said Coburn. "I want to emphasize that it is all of you who have taken care of us. You have taken an oath to care for your fellow human beings, and it is that oath that separates you, that makes you unique. On behalf of the members of Team March, thank you for all you do. We can continue to serve because you serve us!"
The hospital also had the honor of having the Presentation of Colors by members of the Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps from Chaparral High School. The national anthem was led by the Inland Empire Southwest Women’s Chorus, and each division of the military was recognized through the Armed Forces Medley.