While So Many Lab Coat Loonies Live on, We Keep Losing Our Best & Brightest

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.

Dr "Kit" Campion of Orange County, Ca

Dr “Kit” Campion Orange County, Ca

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.

There is no greater waste . . .

There is no greater waste . . .

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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One thought on “While So Many Lab Coat Loonies Live on, We Keep Losing Our Best & Brightest

  1. Gustavo Copley says:

    I have to thank you for your efforts.

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