FRESNO, Calif. – Fresno State has an enrollment of roughly 25,000 students. You can fit all of them inside Bulldog Stadium, and still have room for close to 16,000 more.
Now, imagine taking Bulldog Stadium and putting THAT inside the trauma center in downtown Fresno.
“We measure it in terms of size, by the size of the football stadium,” says Katie Zenovich, a senior vice president for Community Medical Centers. “That football field will fit inside of the trauma center downtown, it’s that big. Which is crazy, because it’s constantly full!”
It sees about 176,000 people every year.
Overall, at all of its hospitals, Community Medical Centers treats thousands of people every day.
“There’s nothing better than supplying someone, or returning someone, to health, right?” asks Zenovich. “We think that, gosh, if you don’t have your health you can’t go get a job. You know, really, what can you do? But the next key to success in life is having an education.”
Enter Fresno State.
“We support Fresno State for so many reasons,” says Zenovich. “One of the great relationships that we have with Fresno State is through the College of Health and Human Services. That’s the perfect partnership for us. Why? Because we employ more nurses than anybody else in this whole entire central part of the state. We employ more people in a private institution than anybody else, and Fresno State teaches and trains and educates more people, does so many things, more than anybody else.”
At Community Medical Centers, you’ll find quite a few Bulldogs: both employees and patients alike.
“We’ve actually treated quite a few, and I can’t share with you specifics, but quite a few young adult athletes in our hospitals,” says Zenovich. “There have been illnesses and there have been injuries and there have been accidents. We’ve done a lot to contribute that way as well.”
Such as forming an exclusive partnership with the Save Mart Center.
“When you walk through the Save Mart Center, we are the exclusive healthcare medical provider sponsor in there,” says Zenovich. You won’t see anyone else featured because we took a big chunk and said we are committed to help you when they are getting it built, and we are committed long term. So we have been in that relationship for 16 years.”