Phil Rather Leadership in Healthcare
Reception 5:00 PM | 6:00 PM | Cocktail Attire | Please RSVP by June 7 | $150 per Guest
Proceeds benefit the Phil Rather Memorial Endowment Fund
The Community Health Trust instituted the Phil Rather Award for Leadership in Healthcare in 1999 to honor Mr. Rather’s legacy of service to the community.
For three decades, Phil Rather advocated for access to healthcare for Pájaro Valley residents, especially those facing economic and social barriers. He championed the creation of the Community Health Trust’s Diabetes Health Center, which has filled a significant gap in diabetes prevention and self-management education services for the community.
The annual Rather Award for Leadership in Healthcare recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to health and quality of life in Pajaro Valley.
2022 Phil Rather Leadership in Healthcare Awardees
Gina Castañeda – Despite facing adversities throughout her upbringing, Watsonville native, Gina Castañeda has worked tirelessly serving her community in the prevention/intervention field for the past 29 year. She serves as a probation officer, founder of the Azteca’s Soccer Program, and a soccer coach.
Kathryne Rockwood – Since 1994, Kathryne Rockwood, RN, BSN, has served the community at the Intensive Care Nursery in the Watsonville Community Hospital (WCH) coordinating immediate care and stabilization of critical infants. She was also a vital part of the development of WCH Lactation Center.
CAB Proyecto Salud – CAB Proyecto Salud led an initiative to inform and engage the Spanish and Indigenous speaking community with COVID-19 information. This project increased accessibility to COVID-19 testing, prevention, vaccinations, and treatment resources, and inspired communities to take action to stay safe.