Health conference center named for longtime Riverside County supervisor and wife

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. – A conference and education facility at Riverside University Health System Medical Center in Moreno Valley will now bear the names of Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley and his wife, Mary.

The board of supervisors unanimously agreed, Tuesday, Aug. 1, to name the building the Marion and Mary Ashley Health Education and Conference Center. The three-story facility is home to simulation labs and conference suites, where tens of thousands of health care providers are trained annually.

Supervisors John Tavaglione and Chuck Washington proposed naming the building, which opened about a year ago, adjacent to the 439-bed Riverside University Health System Medical Center. Tavaglione praised the Ashleys – now in their 80s and married for more than 60 years – for their commitment to one another and for their lifelong efforts to improve the region where their families have lived for more than a century.

“They are responsible for building community centers, sports parks, aquatic center and improvement projects throughout the 5th District,” Tavaglione said; he will be retiring next year after 24 years on the board. Marion Ashley also plans to retire in 2018, after 16 years as a supervisor and more than 40 years in public life. The 5th District includes nearly a half million residents and stretches from the Banning Pass through the Hemet and San Jacinto valleys and greater Perris region.

Since 1989, Mary Ashley has served as a founding board member of the Riverside University Health System Foundation. The foundation raises support for the capital and programming needs of the Riverside University Health System Medical Center and its Behavioral Health and Public Health partners.

Marion Ashley said he was “humbled” by the recognition from his colleagues.

“Mary and I want our children and our grandchildren to have the same quality of life as we have enjoyed,” he said.

Riverside University Health System Medical Center has served as Riverside County’s backbone of medical education and health care since it was established by the board of supervisors in 1893.

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