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April 23, 1997, Cloverdale Reveille, Page 7 Van der Weken enjoys medicine and people Director of Marketing, General Hospltal the medical staff at General Hospital recognize some of their incredible contribu- vhave made not only in medicine, but to the communi- ties in which they serve. "We have such an amazing medical staff that it was impos- sible to select just one physician. They have all accomplished so much, but we narrowed it down to four," states Dr. David Ander- tlmes weekly from San Franclsco. Cloverdale Flower Shoppe can your special events perfect You planning a wedding or special event and want only the Then stop by the Cloverdale Flower Shoppe and talk to Ash. She receives fresh flowers several times weekly Francisco. and plants available for the shop at prices. Most of the time we are comparable to super- Janice said. "We specialize in weddings, funerals and cUStomized arrangements for all occasions. We have a large Ofgi items as well," she said. - has worldwide wire service through FrD and AFS. She customized silk and dried arrangements, and decora- and parties. years in the flower industry. She and her husband re from Santa Rosa because of Cloverdale's friend- 1990. It's been a love affair ever since and Janice er customers for the world. That year they opened shop in the Copper Towers plaza in 1990 and expanded of 1993 to their current location in the Lampson Janice belongs to the local Soroptimist Club and is very other community activities. of her customers for their patronage. The Clover- Shoppe is located at 204 N. Cloverdale Boulevard, son, an internal medicine spe- cialist in Healdsburg. The recipients received awards for their work ranging from donat- ing their time in third world countries to delivering truly ded- icated medical care to under- served communities. Cloverdale's own, Dr. William Van der Weken, was one of the four recipients of this award. He was chosen for his dedicated con- tributions to Cloverdale over the past 34 years. In a recent inter- view, Dr. Van der Weken, who has his award displayed proudly on his desk, had this to say about the roots of his practice and the people of Cloverdale. Beginnings Born in Oak Harbor, Wash- ington on Puget Sound, Dr. Van der Weken was raised in a home filled with music. His mother was a concert pianist and teach- er, and his father, a prominent baritone and voice teacher. He began his undergraduate education at Seattle Pacific Col- lege, majoring in chemistry. As a result of distinguished aca- demic achievement, he was ac- cepted into the University of Washington School of Medicine a full year early. He then went on to graduate in the top ten percent of his class. He interned at Orange County General Hos- pital in Placentia, California and completed his family residency at Contra Costa Hospital in Mar- tinez, CA. Wanting to be a true country doctor ever since he was a child, Dr. Van de, Weken joined Dr. Gerald Cochran's practice in Clo- verdale in 1963. He was drafted by the army three years later in April 1966 where he spent one year of his two year commitment in Vietnam as a General Medical Officer, Captain and Battalion surgeon with the 39th Combat Engineers. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service. Dr. William Van der Weken When his tour ended in 1968, he returned to Cloverdale and found that Dr. Cochran had moved his practice to Healds- burg. Not able to afford the rent alone for their previous office located on Tarman Drive, he moved to smaller quarters on Cloverdale Boulevard. He even- tually was able to return to his Tarman Drive roots in 1973. Dr. Van der Weken, an avid outdoorsman, fell in love with the Russian River winding through town, which atthe time, was famous for steelhead fish- ing. He loved being surrounded by the country environment of sheep, horses, grapes and fish. Cloverdale was everything he had always wanted and was a town very much in need of a family practice physician. "It was, and still is, an abso- lutely wonderful town! I'm a fa- natic about fishing--especially fly fishing. There's no other place I would rather live or raise a fam- ily," states Dr. Van der Weken. He has four children, Kathy, 36, Billy, 32, Andrea, 28, and Shawn, 25. He married his second wife Shalia in 1980. They have been married for 17 year and he states, "I couldn't be any happier!" Cloverdale's Medical Servlce$ Hlstory Dr. Van der Weken states Clo- verdale has changed very little since he first arrived in 1963. "It's a stable population of indus- trious people. The people who live here love it." He has noticed its growth over the last five years as people begin to find out about the charm and natural beauty of Cloverdale. "Cloverdale has developed a wonderful paramedical team in- volving the fire and police de- partments and volunteer ambulance. The varamedics and EMTs (emergency medical tech- nicians) can handle all the emer- gencies I used to have to take care of myself. "Back in the 60's when the mills were operating at full speed, I was called out for an emergency situation almost ev- ery night. Healdsburg General hospital has always offered 24- hour emergency care which helped ease the burden a bit, but usually the patient had to be stabilized first, so I was always called in. "I remember we used to have a wire strung across Cloverdale Boulevard which literally had a light bulb on the end of it. If the bulb was turned on, the police would know there was a call waiting for them. The ambulance for Cloverdale at the time was a converted bakery wagon, and because there wasn't a freeway, the trip to Healdsburg General Hospital could take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, de- pending on if the road was clear or you were stuck behind a log- ging truck. "The people in this town are constantly helping eachother. People helping people. You don't find that in many places any- more," states Dr. Van der Wek- en. Salvation Army Dr. Van der weken is quite proud to have recently been vot- ed to serve as the medical liaison on the advisory board for the Salvation Army's Lytton divi- sion. "It's a selfless organization whose mission is simply to deliv- er help to those in need," states Dr. Van der Weken. As medical liaison, he is re- sponsible for taking care of those with special medical problems and screening patients for a va- riety of reasons. He has also tak- en on the task of setting up programs for families suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. About HGH's Medical and Hospital Staff "The medical staff at Healds- burg General Hospital is superb! Great physicians are drawn to nice areas. All the physicians I know are truly dedicated to their practices and their profession. We all have the same goal--to help our patients as best as we can," states Dr. Van der Weken. "And the staff at the hospital is wonderful as well. I am continu- ally hearing from my patients 'how impressed they are with the genuine care and compassion shown to them, as well as the skill level and state-of-the-art technology available within the hospital. "Medicine is a noble profes- sion. It's so interpersonal that you can't possibly treat it like a business. I can honestly say, my patients are also my friends. 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