"Gift of the Valley" Honors the Late Donald R. DesCombes, Long-Time Supporter and Board Member
Richard E. Yochum, FACHE, President/CEO
It’s so very fitting that we honor and remember Donald R. DesCombes,
who tirelessly devoted many years of his life to serving Pomona Valley
Hospital Medical Center, with the Hospital’s new mural, “Gift
of the Valley” – because he was indeed a gift to our organization.
We are deeply grateful to Elizabeth “Betty” DesCombes and her
children, who underwrote the artwork and installation, in memory of her
late husband and longtime PVHMC board member. Donald and his wife’s
contributions to the Hospital were a family affair – Betty served
on the PVHMC Foundation board for 11 years, from 2007-2017, and was elected
as an emeritus to the board this year.
It was a privilege to stand with Betty and unveil the dedication plaque
for this beautiful mural that complements the work of the City of Pomona’s
Cultural Arts Commission to bring more public art to the community. Patients,
their families, Hospital visitors and all who pass by can enjoy this artwork
for many years to come.
The “Gift of the Valley,” painted by notable artist Tony Sheets,
depicts large golden oranges, blossoms and leaves, inspired by the citrus
industry that defines the origins of this region of Los Angeles County.
Sheets is not only a well-known painter in the Claremont artist community
of Southern California with a notable career, but he has strong connections
with PVHMC as well, with two of his children being born at the hospital.