One of the founders of Modesto's Gould Medical Group, Vernon Maino, has died. He was 93.
Maino died at his home in Cambria on Wednesday, May 30.
Maino, his brother Charles and three other physicians founded the Gould Medical group in 1948 to bring specialists to Modesto so patients wouldn’t have to travel to Sacramento or the Bay Area for treatment. The group is now Gould Medical Group and Sutter Gould Medical Foundation. The group and foundation are in three counties and have 270 providers in more than 30 specialties serving 250,000 patients.
"Vernon Maino leaves a legacy that our community can be proud of. We have state of the art medical service offerings because of Vernon's and Charles' commitment to medicine, the community and patient care." said Paul DeChant, CEO of Sutter Gould Medical Foundation in a press release.
Vernon Maino was born in 1918 and grew up in the San Luis Obispo area. He began attending Stanford University at age 15 and was one of Stanford's youngest students. He graduated from Stanford Medical School in 1943 near the top of his class. His medical training was interrupted by World War II, however. He served during the war in the United States Navy.
Following the war, Maino completed a surgical fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
After helping to found the Gould Medical Group, Maino was widely regarded as a driving force in Gould's growth during the group's first four decades.
Maino retired from practicing medicine in 1987 and had been living near the ocean in Cambria with his wife, Betty.