San Juan Regional Medical Center, Church recognized as business, citizen of the year

Incoming chairman stresses service, resiliency for 2018

Megan Petersen
Farmington Daily Times
Sandy Williams, left, presents San Juan Regional Medical Center immediate past chairwoman Janel Ryan and chief executive officer Jeff Bourgeois with the Farmington Chamber of Commerce business of the year award on Friday at the San Juan Country Club in Farmington.
  • Jamie Church is the development director for the local nonprofit group Childhaven.
  • The San Juan Regional Medical Center CEO stressed the importance of community to the hospital.
  • The Farmington Chamber of Commerce will focus on service to is member in 2018, its incoming chairman says.

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Chamber of Commerce recognized the San Juan Regional Medical Center and an official from a local child welfare organization as the 2017 business and citizen of the year, respectively, at the annual awards banquet on Friday at the San Juan County Club.

Jeff Bourgeois, CEO of San Juan Regional Medical Center, said he was delighted to receive the recognition and asked the audience to stand if they were involved with the hospital as a board member, employee, volunteer, patient or spouse of an employee.

“My point in this is that this is your community hospital, and by the number of people standing in this room, you can tell how much of a community hospital this truly is,” Bourgeois said. “We so appreciate your support, and our board, leadership team, employees and volunteers work hard every day to provide excellent care."

Jamie Church, development director for Childhaven Foundation, was named the 2018 citizen of the year for being “the definition and shining example of what it means to be an ambassador,” according to Mitch Dye, who presented Church with the award.

“There are numerous, numerous examples that we could share about this wonderful lady, and that goes beyond the work that she does at Childhaven. … I think that you all would agree that there is no one more deserving,” Dye said. “She embodies the requirements of this nomination, as she has clearly demonstrated a unique ability to make a positive difference in our community, and is highly respected and known for her integrity, loyalty and leadership.”

Jamie Church hugs her husband Darrin Church on Friday after earning the Farmington Chamber of Commerce's citizen of the year award at the San Juan Country Club in Farmington.

Church said she has been “so happy to serve in this capacity.”

“This community has just — it means a lot to me,” Church said. “I do feel that where you live is where you spend your time, it’s where your family and your connections are, and we have struggles and we have challenges, and we know that, but we live in a wonderful community.”

Adam Kinney, the incoming Farmington Chamber of Commerce chairman, delivered a message of resiliency and optimism for the coming year.

“In 2018, we’re really going to focus on service and what we can do for you all,” Kinney said, adding that “I’m not going to stand up here and talk about promises for 2018. I don’t think that’s fair. I am going to make one promise. That promise is I’m going to stand back up here in 2019 and talk about the success that we all had together in 2018.”

Megan Petersen covers business and education for The Daily Times. Reach her at 505-564-4621 or