Center Appliance marks 70 years

For 70 years, Center Appliance has been a fixture in the Manteca community.

The local business featuring such brands as GE Appliances, Amana, KitchenAid, Maytag and Whirlpool celebrated a milestone of 70 years in business on Aug.7.

Center Appliance is still a family-owned business with two locations –  2020 Crestwood Ave in Manteca and the other one is at 205 E. 11th St., Tracy – offering experience personalized one-on-one service not available from the big box stores.

The business was founded in August 1949 by Frank Fiore in downtown Manteca along Center Street.

“That’s where we got our name,” said Victor Fiore.

He along with his siblings, Frank Jr., Emmy Esteves, and Cathy Hastings, currently handle the family business.

This is the third location in Manteca for Center Appliance.

The original business moved out of downtown to North Main Street near Lathrop Road in 1979.

U.S. News & World Report names Doctors Medical Center high performing hospital

Doctors Medical Center has been recognized as a High Performing Hospital for 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report.

The annual Procedures & Conditions ratings, now in their 5th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for common conditions and elective procedures. These ratings extend the U.S. News mission of providing consumers with patient decision support beyond the Best Hospitals rankings, which are geared toward complex specialty care.

Doctors Medical Center earned “High Performing” ratings for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Heart Failure, in recognition of care that was significantly better than the national average, as measured by factors such as patient outcomes. “High Performing” is the highest rating U.S. News awards for those types of care.

For the 2019-20 ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in nine procedures and conditions. Less than a third of all hospitals received any high-performing rating, and only 57 earned this rating in all nine Procedures & Conditions. The state and metro area rankings recognize hospitals that received high performing ratings across multiple areas of care.

“For 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties.”

Dennis Wallace foundation donates to Ripon PD Explorers

The memory of Dennis Wallace continues to shine bright.

At a recent Ripon City Council meeting, Dave Wallace, who is the brother of the fallen Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputy, and others from the Dennis Wallace Memorial Foundation presented a $500 donation to the Ripon Police Department’s Explorer Program.

“Dennis loved to support the youth programs,” said Dave Wallace.
The Explorers provide an opportunity for those ages 14 to 21 to learn, first hand, about the functions of the local police department.

The donation here was made possible by the Dennis Wallace Memorial Golf Tournament.

“We’ve given $5,500 to youth programs in memory of Dennis,” Dave Wallace said.

The funds will be used to further the explorer program, including training and participation in explorer competitions, according to police.

Ripon Police Department Explorers learn about law-enforcement careers by shadowing officers on patrol and other duties, and providing parking and traffic control at special events throughout the year.

Deputy Wallace was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 13, 2016 while investigating a suspicious vehicle. He was a 20-year veteran of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, working in the DARE program.

The third annual Dennis Wallace Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 19, at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.

The event will again include a four-person scramble golf format with food and drinks as well as the dinner to follow, consisting of a silent auction, raffle, awards reception and more.

The shotgun start is set for 11 a.m., with registration beginning at 9 a.m.

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Community Hospice awarded Palliative Care Certification

Community Hospice, the oldest nonprofit hospice organization serving the Central Valley, was recently awarded Palliative Care Certification and Hospice Reaccreditation from the Community Health Accreditation Partner. CHAP is the leading national accrediting agency nationally for hospice and home health organizations.

CHAP Certification/Accreditation demonstrates that Community Hospice meets the industry’s highest nationally recognized standards in palliative and hospice care. Community Hospice is surveyed every three years to maintain hospice reaccreditation. Palliative Care Certification is awarded to palliative care providers who meet standards of excellence and is also awarded for three years. In early June, CHAP completed Community Hospice’s hospice reaccreditation and the first CHAP survey for their palliative care program.

“We are pleased to award Palliative Care Certification to Community Hospice as well as continued Accreditation of the hospice,” said Barbara A. McCann, President and CEO of Community Health Accreditation Partner. “These achievements recognize Community Hospice’s commitment to quality care and to the community. The team has successfully extended their services by offering palliative care that has met national standards of excellence – the first hospice organization to do so in California under CHAP.”

The purpose of CHAP is to objectively validate the excellence of community healthcare practice through consistent measurement of the delivery of quality services. CHAP assesses all areas of an organization including management, quality, patient outcomes, resources and long-term viability.

“We are very proud to receive this highest recognition as it confirms the exceptional quality care, services and support that our staff and volunteers provide our patients and families every day,” said C. DeSha McLeod, Community Hospice President/CEO. “It is a great accomplishment to receive our hospice accreditation and we are thrilled to have the first palliative care program certified by CHAP in California. I congratulate all of our employees and share my gratitude for their dedication and hard work throughout this process. Our Community Hospice family should feel a great sense of pride in achieving this recognition and success.”

Community Hospice is a nonprofit, community-based hospice agency, serving the Central Valley since 1979. Community Hospice provides compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and their families, regardless of the ability to pay. Care extends to over 250 patients every day in private homes, skilled nursing facilities and at the 16-room Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides bereavement and grief support to anyone in the community. For more information call (209) 578-6300 or visit

E&J Brandy Named Official Spirits Partner of BIG3

E&J Brandy, the world’s most popular American brandy, announced today its official partnership with BIG3, the premier worldwide 3-on-3 basketball league founded by producer, actor and music legend, Ice Cube, and entertainment executive, Jeff Kwatinetz.

“BIG3 basketball is bringing the fire and intensity on the court, and we only want to be associated with the best off the court, so we’re excited to have E&J Brandy as our partner for the 2019 season to help bring our fan experience to the next level,” said Ice Cube. “Both BIG3 and E&J Brandy are game-changers in their respective fields, so this collaboration was a no-brainer.”

E&J Brandy brings a classic touch to BIG3’s lively twist on basketball and will continue to cultivate a new generation of brandy drinkers as BIG3’s exclusive spirit for the remainder of the 2019 season.

“We’re thrilled to be named the official spirit of BIG3 in its third season, and look forward to a long-term partnership,” said Britt West, Vice President General Manager at E&J Gallo. “E&J Brandy is an iconic brand and we’re excited to partner with some of basketball’s most iconic legends.”