VCMRF Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation

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The 23rd Annual David Fainer, MD & Leo Tauber, MD Awards Dinner, was held on Thursday, August 18, 2016, from 5:00-9:30 p.m., at the historic Lloyd-Butler Estate.  These awards recognize outstanding community contributions by those directly involved in the delivery of health care in Ventura County who, through professional, charitable, and public service activities, has demonstrated they exemplify Dr. Fainer and Dr. Tauber's ideals of generosity, excellence, and integrity.


Over 300 people attended the gala event that included a champagne reception, entertainment, art, dessert, and silent auctions, followed by a live auction, stand-up for the Children's Resource Program, and an Awards Ceremony.  Additionally, VCMRF celebrated its 60th anniversary, as well as Dr. Tauber's 100th birthday.


The late David Fainer, MD and Leo Tauber, MD served as role models and mentors to many in the medical community.  Exemplary and empathetic professionals, Dr. Fainer and Dr. Tauber were known for their motto, “The secret of care of the patient is caring for the patient.”  Over $100,000 was raised by the event.  The funds will touch many lives, and support critically needed health care, including free dental, vision and mental health care to underserved children, survivorship wellness retreats to low-income women undergoing cancer treatment at local hospitals, medical student scholarship programs, a reflective parenting intervention program and patient advocacy and companionship services.


The big moment arrived when we honored nine exceptional individuals for all they do for their patients and clients in our community.

24th Annual Fainer/Tauber, MD Awards "Night of Stars"


Deserving recipients of the 2017 David Fainer, MD and Leo Tauber, MD Awards include:

  • Hospital Physician: Deborah Carlson, MD
  • Community Physician: Richard Rothschild, MD
  • Hospital Nurse: Amy Querol, RN, MSN
  • Community Nurse: Shirley Scott, JF Charge Nurse
  • Community Service Award: Denise Carter
  • Oral Health Specialist: Joel Goldenberg, DDS
  • Vision Care Specialist: Michael McQuillan, OD
  • Behavioral/Mental Health Professional: Patrick Zarate
  • Allied Health Professional: Bonnie Subira, MSW
  • Trailblazer Award: Kaiser Permanente


Special Thanks - 2016 Supporters

Lucas Johnston, Chair of VCMRF & Vice President/Regional Relationship Manager of Pacific Western Bank; Mary Jarvis, VCMRF Board Member and Public Affairs Director of Kaiser Permanente, and Gary Wilde, President/CEO of Community Memorial Health System, along with Auctioneers, Bonnie & Richard Atmore, did an outstanding job presenting the program and recognizing the members of the health care community who embody excellence and dedication. A special gratitude to Heather Donley, chair of the Fainer/Tauber, MD event, and the amazing committee members:  Connie Baer, Lupe Barrozo, David Bayer,  Inna Berger, Kimberly Bridges, Terre Downey, Amanda Larson, Marisa Montgomery, RN, Rajinder Rai, Louise Scotti, Donna Sepulveda-Weber, Pamela Short, Chris Thompson, Susan Willwerth, Laura Zarate, RN, BSN, and staff members, Victoria Chandler, Jessica Friedman and Andrew Guerrero. The staff is extremely grateful to Aaron Bodie for donating his time to create the all of VCMRF's event marketing materials.



Nomination Form

To nominate a deserving health care provider, please fill out the form below and return it to VCMRF:
2017 Fainer & Tauber, MD Awards Nomination Form (PDF)



Past Honorees

To see a list of past honorees, please see the document below:

Fainer & Tauber, MD Award Recipients