With heavy hearts, we are saddened to announce the passing of our dear
friend and colleague, Janet Caceres, chief financial officer of Paradise
Valley Hospital. She passed away on Oct. 12, surrounded by family in her
home in Chula Vista, after battling cancer. Janet is survived by her husband
Leonidas, daughter Annie and son-in-law Devin, son Matt; and her father
and two sisters. Janet lived life to the fullest, and treasured her growing family.
Janet received her bachelor’s degree at Walla Walla College in Washington,
then a CPA and MBA at the University of Colorado in Denver. In 2006, Janet
was a member of the Adventist Health System transition team, and was an
instrumental leader in the conversion of Paradise Valley Hospital to Prime
Healthcare Services. The hospital was then privileged to have her join
the executive team in 2007. She had previously spent 17 years with Adventist
Health System—including a number of years at the corporate level—rounding
out a full professional life in healthcare.
Janet also was actively involved in the Clairemont Seventh-Day Adventist
Church serving as treasurer and volunteering her time to help out with
a myriad of church outreach activities. Her Christian faith allowed her
to face death like she faced life, with a positive and trusting spirit.
Paradise Valley Hospital celebrated Janet’s years with the hospital
by planting an orange tree in her honor; Janet chose the tree to be representative
of something useful and nourishing. During the Sept. 30 ceremony, where
Janet attended, she light-heartedly named the tree “Gloria Valencia”
after her favorite actress Gloria Swanson and the Valencia tree variety.
As a child, Janet used to pretend she was a banker, while pretending to
be her adored film star.
A Celebration of Life Service is planned for Saturday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m.,
at the Paradise Valley Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2701 E. 8th St. in National City. In lieu of flowers, you may pay tribute to her life
of service by making a donation to the humanitarian organization, Adventist
Development & Relief Agency (ADRA).
For those planning to attend the service, it was Janet’s expressed
wish that everyone wear “white and bright colors”.