It is with a heavy heart that I share the tragic news that one of our own has been killed in a senseless act of violence. Cynthia Palomata, a longtime and dedicated member of our nursing staff, was brutally attacked by an inmate she was trying to assist at the Martinez Detention Center. She suffered a severe head injury and succumbed today.
As we all struggle to cope with this tragedy, we keep Cynthia and her family in our thoughts and prayers. We know that her family will need our support so I will update you as soon as possible with information on how we all can help.
Staff safety is critical to our mission, and we are working closely with the Sheriff’s Office to evaluate safety procedures.
In the meantime, we also need each other’s emotional support, and I encourage staff to call the Contra Costa Crisis Line for confidential counseling anytime at 1-800-833-2900. Employees can also contact our Employee Assistance Program to set up an appointment for counseling if needed at (925) 930-3661.
As I learn more information, I will share it with you.
With deepest sympathy,
Anna M. Roth RN, MS, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
Contra Costa Regional Medical Center
and Health Centers
333 C Street
Martinez, CA 94553
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