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Oak Valley Hospital Emergency Room Manager

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POSTED September 19, 2012 5:14 p.m.

Oak Valley hospital is more than just a “nice new facility.” It has been built by individuals who care and sacrifice their lives for the health of others. One such person we would like you to meet is Vivian Thompson, our Emergency Department Manager.


Tragic events that happen in a young person’s life can shape and pattern their future. Vivian Thompson feels that she is a good example of such an occurrence.

Growing up in Oakdale on a rural dairy, Vivian’s life was impacted by the serious injuries her father suffered in a fall from the top of the family dairy barn.

During his long hospitalization and recovery, Vivian was impressed by the compassionate nurses and aides who were attending her father. “I considered that nursing might be my calling,” she related.

Vivian ultimately answered that call.  She became a volunteer Candy Striper while at Oakdale High School, earned her Certified Nursing Assistant certificate and went on to earn her B.S. degree in Health Services from Chico State College. Vivian returned home and enrolled in the excellent nursing program at Modesto Junior College – becoming an R.N. in 1980.

For the past 40 years, Vivian has been an integral part of the Oak Valley Hospital family.  She has worked in every department, completed hours of formal certification training and advanced to management positions.  Along the way she became an EMT and worked on the ambulance crew.

Vivian currently oversees a staff of 53 Oak Valley Hospital employees and works closely with the physicians of Valley Emergency Medical Services. She has overseen the department’s move into Oak Valley’s new Emergency Department facility.

“The Emergency Department is most often the first contact a person has with our hospital,” said Vivian.  “It really is the front door of our organization. Our actions shape a patient’s view of our services.”

When asked about her vision for the new Emergency Department, Vivian responded emphatically, “My vision remains the same as it has always been. We will take care of our patients with kindness and care–as expertly and expediently as possible. At Oak Valley we are a family, and we care for our patients like family. We can save your life. We can admit you for on-going care. If you choose to go elsewhere, we can get you to where you wish to go – safely.”

Vivian works hard to ensure that her vision for caring, compassionate, family-oriented treatment remains in place at Oak Valley Hospital. She understands, “One of these days, I may be a patient here. I know how I would like to be treated.”

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