On Sunday, January 29, at 2 p.m., the Grace Hudson Museum will host a free reading and reception for a new book by Ukiah writer and photographer Jendi Coursey, "Perseverance & Passion: The People Who Shaped Health Care in Ukiah, California." The book commemorates the 60thanniversary of the founding of Hillside Community Hospital, which later became Ukiah Valley Medical Center (UVMC). The project was commissioned by UVMC president, Gwen Matthews. Packed with archival black-and-white as well as contemporary color photos; fascinating and little-known anecdotes, some of which Coursey will relate; detailed research on Ukiah history and on the dizzying transformation health care delivery has undergone; and sidebars highlighting the individuals who contributed to Ukiah's health care—doctors, nurses, administrators, and innovators—the event will be of interest to anyone who has benefited from the scientific curiosity and kindness that motivates one human being to heal another.
The Grace Hudson Museum is at 431 S. Main St. in Ukiah. The Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. For more information please go to www.gracehudsonmuseum.org or call (707) 467-2836.