CHULA VISTA, Calif. — San Ysidro Health celebrated the 100th birthday of its last living"founding mother," with a ceremony at the San Diego Country Club Monday afternoon.
Mrs. Martinez is one of seven “founding mothers” of San Ysidro Health. In 1969, they banded together and advocated for healthcare for their kids and families, after the only doctor nearby in San Ysidro moved away. That advocacy led to the creation of a small casita, which eventually grew to become the San Ysidro Health system.
Today's ceremony coincided with SY Health's annual golf fundraiser. Several people talked about the growth of the health system, from its humble beginning to now serving 145,000 people at 50 locations throughout San Diego County. Many of those people are some of the most vulnerable-- children, seniors, and people battling chronic and severe illness.