Published on September 08, 2021

Enloe Announces New Vice President of Philanthropy and Communications

Jolene Francis CHICO, Calif., Sept. 8, 2021  Enloe Medical Center recently named Jolene Francis as vice president of Philanthropy and Communications. In this newly created position, she becomes one of the medical center’s seven senior managers.

“Jolene brings unique experience and skill to the job,” said Mike Wiltermood, President and CEO. “Her leadership, relationships and philanthropy work have significantly impacted local medical services.”

Since Francis came to Enloe in 2011, the Enloe Foundation has raised more than $21 million to support the needs of the hospital. Major fundraising projects supported the purchase of a new Flight Care helicopter in 2015 and the completion of the Starmer Cardiovascular Care Center this year. Communication initiatives under her tenure included the addition of a regular wellness podcast and COVID-19 video updates through social media.

In 2014, Francis became Director of Advancement and Communications. She has since achieved designation as a Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and became a Certified Fundraising Executive. Last year, Francis became a faculty member at AHPMadison Institute in Wisconsin, where she teaches an intensive curriculum on the fundamentals of fundraising in health care.

Before coming to Enloe, she led the Chico Chamber of Commerce as President and CEO from 2009-2011, turning the organization’s deficit into a surplus. This followed a 28-year career in the finance industry, including helping launch a community bank in Chico in 2005.

Francis has made service a lifelong endeavor. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Chico Chamber of Commerce as Past Chair of the Board and previously led the Chamber’s Task Force on City Revenues and Expenditures. Francis is a 22-year Chico Rotarian and serves on the board of the Golden Valley Bank Community Foundation.

Among Francis’ numerous awards and recognitions are the Soroptimist International Women Helping Women Award, the Butte Community College Alfred E. Konuwa Economics Achievement Award, and the Chico Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Award and Athena Award. Francis received the Enloe Excellence in Action Award in 2016 for promoting employee engagement.


Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif. 95926.

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