Monday, June 13, 2011 12:00 AM

Retired doctor, volunteer named to Community's 'Ultimate People'

A wealth of knowledge sits behind the information desk at Community Regional Medical Center. Dr. Kenneth O’Brien – retired doctor and active Community Regional volunteer for more than a decade – is a staple in the hospital. He answers questions, helps patients and their families find their way and assists whenever needed.

Community Medical Foundation is honoring his dedication and service by naming him one of Community’s “Ultimate People” for 2011. When asked how he felt about the honor, he said, “very humbled.”

During his 56 years of medical practice Dr. O’Brien served on the original Sequoia Hospital board of trustees and later the Sierra Hospital and Community boards for 43 years, before being awarded board emeritus status.

It is apparent the 91-year-old doctor believes in keeping busy. After retiring from medicine, he decided to stay involved by volunteering twice a week at Community Regional. Dr. O'Brien has given both time and commitment to Community, and he hopes others will also be just as willing to lend a hand.

"It's fun to serve and help other people," he said.

“Ultimate People” honors those from Community Medical Centers who have distinguished themselves with service to Community and its Foundation. This year’s “Ultimate People” will be recognized at the upcoming “Ultimate Party” at Weber BMW in Fresno.

Ginny Joslin reported this story. She can be reached at