5K Event Caps Run4Recovery 2017     

October 9, 2017Run4Recovery flyer and medallion

For the past 10 years, Robin McGeough, Director of Chemical Dependency Services, has spearheaded Run4Recovery to raise money for men and women in recovery from substance abuse. Each year, all the monies raised by Run4Recovery go to The Puente House Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. In turn, Aurora Charter Oak clients who need a structured sober living environment and further treatment can receive scholarships from the foundation.

This year marked the first Run4Recovery 5K Fun Walk event, an opportunity for Aurora Charter Oak and Puente House alumni, employees, friends and family to have fun while helping to raise funds. At 9 am on Saturday, October 7, scores of folks walked or ran six times around a special course staked out on Aurora Charter Oak Hospital grounds, the equivalent of 5K. 

The mood was very festive, and the event went off without a hitch, thanks to the hard work of several Charter Oak Staff, alumni, Puente House volunteers, and other friends in our community. 

So far, over$10,000 has been raised this year for 



RTC Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

Alumni, past and present staff members, family and friends all joined together on April 29, 2017 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Charter Oak Recovery Center. The celebration featured speakers from each year's "graduation class," as well as an impressive display of RTC memorabilia. Congratulations to all alumni, and a big thank you to the RTC Alumni Association for putting this event together! 

We are mothers, grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers, sons and daughters. We are counselors, sponsors, therapists and healthcare workers. We are recovering addicts and alcoholics bound together by a shared bond of freedom from suffering. Recovery is finding that something that is as meaningful as the drug; finding that daily emotional intervention that is as loud as the drug. On the eve of our 10th anniversary celebration, I reflect on the many individuals and their families that have come through our doors. The transformation from hopelessness to hope is often profound. For many individuals, insecurity, fear and anxiety are replaced by self-confidence, insight and a renewed sense of hope for the future. – Robin McGeough, Program Director 

24th Annual DBSA Conference September 15 & 16, 2017  DBSA Annual Conference 2017

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of California presents its 24th Annual Conference in Ontario, CA on September 15 and 16, 2017. In addition to several speakers and workshops, the the conference offers participants the opportunity to participate in an art show and a variety show. Click here to download the conference brochure

Doctors Day - March 30, 2017

Aurora Charter Oak Hospital Drs. Nasserian and Dr. Cruz

March 30th marks the annual observation of National Doctors Day. Aurora Charter Oak Hospital is honored to celebrate the dedication and hard work of those who come in early mornings and leave late at night. Those who are always on call no matter what holiday it is. Those who are focused on providing quality treatment with dignity. Those who are not only interested in the illness, but care for the patient living with it. These are our doctors, serving our hospital as well as our community. This is the day to honor these men and women, and to thank our physicians for their contributions. 

All Charter Oak physicians were invited to enjoy breakfast treats and to pick up a special gift in the physician lounge, courtesy of Administration and the Medical Staff Department.  

(Pictured left to right: Cyrus Nasserian, MD and Cesar Cruz, MD) 

75th Anniversary of Charter Oak

In 1941, Mary Gould opened Charter Oak Lodge as a mental health treatment facility. 2016 marked the hospital's 75th Anniversary, and to commemorate the occasion a special lunch program was held at the hospital on May 10th. Long-term and "Employee of the Month" individuals were among the attendees who received special recognition during the event.

Rita Lancefield, daughter of Mary Gould, was the guest speaker. Accompanying Rita were her husband Robert Lancefield and niece Cynthia Marsh. Rita spoke about her mother's vision and dedication to providing a positive therapeutic environment for the young women who were the first patients at Charter Oak. Rita noted how gratifying it was to see that the work her mother started continues after 75 years.

The hospital presented Rita with one of two granite engraved plaques commissioned in recognition of Mary Gould and the founding of Charter Oak. One of the plaques will remain on display at the hospital, while Charter Oak Foundation will keep the other plaque. Charter Oak Foundation is a direct continuation of the lifework of Mary Gould. The Foundation makes grants to non-profit organizations that serve high-risk populations. Cynthia Marsh, granddaughter of Mary Gould, is the President of the Foundation.

Following the event, Rita stated, "All three of us felt very gratified at the sense of continuation we felt. It is great to see that the dream lives on and is being so well nurtured. Thank you so much. I especially enjoyed experiencing the good spirit among the staff. I know that that does not come automatically, but is worked for every day. It is such an important model for those whom you are helping to move forward."

Aurora Charter Oak 75th Anniversary Celebration

Aurora Charter Oak is dedicated to providing our community with mental health and chemical dependency education and treatment. Involvement with community health fairs, professional association events and trainings for healthcare providers are some of the ways we strive to meet this mission. We are a continuing education provider through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and The California Foundation for the Advancement of Addiction Professionals

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