Benefactors’ Ball Honors Three with Cephas Bard Awards

Dr. Cephas L. Bard moved to rural San Buenaventura in 1868 after serving as a surgeon in the Civil War. In 1901 he and his brother built the first private hospital in Ventura County — Elizabeth Bard Memorial Hospital, which is now known as Community Memorial Hospital.

At this year’s Benefactors’ Ball, Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation debuted what is to become an annual recognition of an outstanding community leader and two medical professionals associated with Community Memorial Hospital.

Awardees at the inaugural ceremony were:

William J. Kearney 

WILLIAM J. KEARNEY
Community Leader
of the Year

J.N. Warwar, MD 

J.N. WARWAR, M.D.
Physician of
the Year

James McKinzie, MD 

JAMES MCKINZIE, M.D.
Retired Physician
of the Year

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