Those of us who knew her – medical professionals, patients and friends – continue to mourn the senseless loss of a marvelous lady physician, killed in Newport Beach last Fall by a witless hit-and-run driver.
Doctor Catherine Campion – but many of us called her “Kit” – devoted three decades of her life to improving not merely the lives of her patients – and there were thousands of them – but the health care systems in which we work. In her years since graduating from UCLA School of Medicine in 1980, she accomplished much:
> Certified in Family Practice
> Co-founder & President of Greater Newport Physicians
> Chairwoman, Hoag Hospital Department of Family Practice
> Mentor and friend to the countless fortunate who knew her
Kit was a resident of Irvine and best friend of her husband Patrick Ritz. She loved her mother Corrine, her brothers and sisters, her dog Sandy.
She was killed by a wayward pick-up truck driven by a man named Michael J. Lopez, who admitted in Orange County Superior Court to the Felony charge of “physical injury hit-and-run” and vehicular manslaughter, when his truck struck the bicycle of the doctor, as she rode alongside her husband on Newport Coast Drive, September 15.
Lopez, age 41, was sentenced yesterday to five years in prison.
Barry Arbuckle, president and CEO of MemorialCare Health System, said this:
“She inspired us all. She made sure we always provided the best, most compassionate care. That was her hallmark.”
Here’s a bit more regarding this very special woman: http://articles.dailypilot.com/2012-09-17/news/tn-dpt-0918-campion-20120917_1_newport-doctor-newport-beach-police-health-care
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