Joan Lilly

Joan Lilly


Enloe Health Foundation CEO Joan Lilly (right) announced that she would resign from her position April 18 for health reasons. Enloe President Phil Wolfe said that under her leadership the foundation’s assets have grown from $200,000 to almost $16 million and that “her contributions to both Enloe and the community have enriched us all.”

Lilly has been with the foundation since 1989.

Kirk Dorsett, vice president of planned gifts, will fulfill Lilly’s duties until a national search yields a permanent replacement for her.

Home Health Care Management, Inc. announced that it will receive almost $500,000 in state funds for its HOME program. The HOME program provides registered nurses who meet with elderly Butte, Glenn and Tehama county residents who have trouble organizing their medications. The nurses make sure the clients are taking their medications and that they are able to care for themselves.


KCVU Fox 30 owner Chester Smith and his old friend, country singer Merle Haggard, shot a video together April 13 in Bidwell Park. Initially, Smith, a veteran of the country music business, plans to buy airtime for the video, in the hopes that it will be picked up for free airplay later.

The video is for a song called “Wreck on the Highway” and features both Smith and Haggard singing. They walk around a fake car accident in the video, while real paramedics and firefighters tend to the mock injured.

The song will be released on Smith’s compilation album, California Blend, in May.


Mary Gardner and Sean Collins served as judges at the Student Art Exhibit at Butte College April 12. Gardner is the arts projects coordinator for the city of Chico, and Collins is the director of the 1078 Gallery. The exhibit runs through May 15 and is at the Coyote Gallery on the main campus of Butte College.


The Nevada County Economic Resource Council announced April 16 that it had awarded a $275,000 grant to the Golden State Capital Network of Chico. The money will be used to create a “Virtual Venture Laboratory,” which will identify e-businesses based in the valley and help them thrive.

The North Valley Community Foundation awarded several grants totaling $160,000 to a handful of Butte County agencies. All the agencies will use the money to further the Healthy Alternatives for Youth program, a statewide effort by non-profits and charities to improve the health of kids.

Recipients of the money are: Youth for Change, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Community Collaborative for Youth, Community Health Alliance of Oroville, Healthy Chico Kids and Chico High School.


Open Systems Imaging was awarded a three-year accreditation from the American College of Radiology last week.