Concord Woman Wants John Muir Hospital Named After Concord Native Tom Hanks

April 1, 2013 10:40 am · 153 comments

A Concord woman will speak in front of the John Muir Board of Directors in mid-April with a proposal to change the name of John Muir Hospital in Concord to “Tom Hanks Hospital at John Muir Concord Campus“.

The woman, Joy Wills, tells she decided to present the proposal because “Not many people know Tom Hanks was born in Concord, and this would be a great way to honor such a hometown legend, who has done so much for our community“.

Hanks was born in Concord on July 9, 1956, but spent much of his childhood growing up in Pleasant Hill. Hanks has never said many good words about Concord, and to our knowledge, has never even been back since he was born here over 50 years ago.

We’ll keep you updated and let you know what happens at the meeting in April.

Are you for or against John Muir Concord Campus being changed to Tom Hanks Hospital at John Muir Concord Campus?

101 Anon-Real-Anon April 1, 2013 at 4:14 PM

@ Cowellian: Right?! I got people at midnight, it’s taking people entirely too long…

102 Policy of Truth April 1, 2013 at 4:30 PM

I think it was Walnut Creek resident John Nejedly, 1st director of the Hostpital (and State Senator) who named it John Muir.

103 Craig Cannon April 1, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Really scary April Fools Joke. Sad thing is, it’s California! Nothing surprises me anymore. We do some crazy $hit in this Golden State! Yosemite Falls briefly stopped running when this post went up! Happy 4-1-13 day folks!

104 concord hater #1 April 1, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Tom Hanks doesn’t really care too much for Concord???? No really????

I mean, between the crackpot dealers walking down willow pass road, the loafers and skateboard “one direction” looking punks in downtown, the idiots who show up with dogs and then stalk women at the infamous concord library, and the trolls who crowd the sunvalley mall making it smell like a toilet….how can he just hate this place????? Gee, I wonder…..

105 Joy Wills April 1, 2013 at 4:40 PM

I did not give permission to use my name for this prank. Just kidding, but seriously, how sad is it that in this day and age this actually IS a believable story?

106 Tim F April 1, 2013 at 4:41 PM

One word to Concord woman. No

107 Lucy April 1, 2013 at 4:42 PM

I THINK THIS IS A RIDICULOUS IDEA…….He has never went there, donated money or even showed up for fund raising for a special “cause”. Why would they name something after someone who cares nothing about the people it serves.

108 Parsnip April 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

@#94 — He starred in Apollo 13 too.

Maybe NASA will name the International Space Station after him!

109 MeryH April 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Ok…you know it’s bad when you can’t come close to telling if this is an April Fools Joke put on by the Mayor, or not!
That shows you how many truly nutty people are out there and we see it too often here on Claycord….

110 Sigh April 1, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Just hilarious how much time some people have on their hands.

111 2BITS April 1, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Concord Community Hospital 1956 (Apparently just one month before Mr. Tom Hanks came along)

112 SAR April 1, 2013 at 5:02 PM

So many “fools” falling for this joke!

113 uh huh April 1, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Gimmie a break. I was born at Concord Community Hospital (which is now John Muir, Concord Campus) in 1969, So maybe they should name it after me, Ya, thats an idea!!!

114 Wang Chung tonight April 1, 2013 at 5:48 PM

nice try Mayor. But in all seriousness, having two different hospitals at the opposite ends the valley with near identical names is confusing, idiotic, and it might wind up killing someone. There needs to be no ambiguity. When someone (or a surgeon) is rushing to “John Muir Hospital”, they need to understand that we’re talking about that medical center on Ygnacio in W.C. Not , “oh, no – I meant the CONCORD campus of John Muir.” wtf? That’s Mt. Diablo Hospital. I don’t care if a cabal of medical-industrial complex robber barons convinced voters to simply gift that jewel of the public sector away to private investors. That’s Mt. Diablo Hospital, the one in W.C. is John Muir Hospital. It’s just as stupid through the tunnel. Over there they’ve got Sutter Merrit Herrick Alta Bates Summit etc. Hospitals and no one knows if you’re talking one in Berkeley or one in Oakland.

It’s Candlestick Park.

It’s PacBell Park. awful name, but that’s what they Christened it when they built it.

It’s the Concord Pavillion.

It’s Cowell Park.

It’s West Pittsburg. (joking)

The point of naming an important place is so that everyone can use the same term across time and space.

115 Shenanigans April 1, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Good one Mayor….this makes twice today I fell for April Fools jokes!

116 mlynn April 1, 2013 at 6:26 PM

no, i like tom hanks but theres no reason to name the hospital after him

117 Pete April 1, 2013 at 6:28 PM

How is it possible that 100+ posts in and there are STILL people stupid enough to believe this is true?

118 Libby Rauchee April 1, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Howzabout “Harvey Milk Hospital”? Wouldn’t that be fabulous?

119 anon April 1, 2013 at 6:47 PM

I doubt very much that Mr. Hanks would ever consider renaming a Concord hospital in his honor. When Mr. Hanks won the Best Actor Academy Award for his wonderful work in “Philadelphia” he honored his high school drama teacher in Oakland, CA for inspiring him. During all of the international press that followed because Mr. Hanks “outed” his teacher during his acceptance speech. Mr. Hanks remarked that he was so happy and relieved that his family moved to Oakland and referred to Concord, CA as the, “armpit of the world.”

120 Shannon April 1, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Concord’s John Muir Hospital was once known as Concord Community Hospital and Yes, Tom Hanks was born there. Alot has changed during 55 plus years. Have to agree that even Tom Hanks would laugh at the fact someone wants to name this hospital after him. He lived on Derby Ct. in Pleasant hill back then. I say let it keep the name it has now!

121 OMG April 1, 2013 at 7:19 PM

If more people observed Pay Day, there would be fewer posts here.

122 lg April 1, 2013 at 8:39 PM

If you want to honor someone why not a police officer, firefighter, soldier who died in the line of duty? This woman is ridiculous!

123 lg April 1, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Oh, it`s a joke! But still honer all those that serve us. God Bless them!

124 to omg #121 April 1, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Huh? I don’t get it.

125 LoL April 1, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Name it CLAYCORD Hospital!

126 Girl w/ Dogs April 1, 2013 at 9:47 PM

I graduated from Sac State, not Tom Hanks State- just because he went there.

127 mad mom April 1, 2013 at 9:57 PM

OMG #121 well said :)

128 Mommykinz April 1, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Connie, I don’t get why you put someone’s address on here? is that a joke too?

129 Connie Dobbs April 1, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Moms, I’m glad you asked. That house was the headquarters and armory of the Symbionese Liberation Army, the guys who kidnapped Patty Hearst. Ain’t no crazy like ’60s crazy.

130 CatWoman April 1, 2013 at 10:33 PM

@Connie Dobbs
Was this the house they set on fire?

131 J. April 1, 2013 at 10:47 PM

The SLA was cornered in a house in the L.A. area that burned to the ground with the SLA in the crawl space.

After a botched shoplifting attempt an anonymous phone call to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) stated that several heavily armed people were staying at the caller’s daughter’s house. That afternoon, more than 400 LAPD officers, under the command of Captain Mervin King, along with the FBI, California Highway Patrol, and Los Angeles Fire Department surrounded the neighborhood. The leader of a SWAT team used a bullhorn to announce, “Occupants of 1466 East 54th Street, this is the Los Angeles Police Department speaking. Come out with your hands up!” A young child walked out, along with an older man. The man stated that no one else was in the house, but the child intervened stating that several people were in the house with guns and ammo belts. After several more attempts to get anyone else to leave the house, a member of the SWAT team fired tear gas projectiles into the house. This was answered by heavy bursts of automatic gunfire, and a battle began.

Two hours later, the house caught fire. Two women left from the rear of the house and one came out the front (she had come in drunk the previous night, passed out, and woken up in the middle of the siege); all were taken into custody, but were found not to be SLA members. Automatic weapons fire continued from the house. At this point, Nancy Ling Perry and Camilla Hall came out of the house. Investigators working for their parents would claim that they walked out intending to surrender and that they were unarmed but police later stated that Hall was shot in the head by police as she charged towards them and Perry was providing covering fire. After Hall’s body fell to the ground, it was pulled back inside the burning house by Angela Atwood. Perry followed Hall out of the house and was shot twice in the back. Her body remained outside the house.

The rest died inside, from smoke inhalation, burns and gunshot wounds. According to the coroner’s report, it was concluded that Donald DeFreeze committed suicide. After the shooting stopped and the fire was extinguished, 19 firearms—including rifles, pistols, and shotguns—were recovered. Several thousands of rounds had been fired out of the house by the SLA and police in response had fired several thousands of rounds into the house. This remains one of the largest police shootouts in history with a reported total of over 9,000 rounds being fired. Every round fired by SLA members at the police missed the officers.

The SLA dead were: Nancy Ling Perry (“Fahizah”), Angela Atwood (“General Gelina”), Camilla Hall (“Gabi”), Willie Wolfe (“Kahjoh”, misspelled by the media at the time as “Cujo”, who was reported to be Patricia Hearst’s lover), Donald DeFreeze (“Cinque”), and Patricia Soltysik (“Mizmoon,” “Zoya”). Most of the bodies were found huddled in a crawl space under the house, which had burned down around them.

New broadcasting technology (smaller portable cameras and more nimble and versatile mobile units that made it easier to cover unfolding news events) had recently been acquired by area TV stations, so Hearst and the Harrises were able to watch the televised siege live from their hotel room in Anaheim.

132 Metta World Peace April 1, 2013 at 10:57 PM

re:Wang Chung tonight

Ron Harper would disagree with you.
So would Comcast.

133 Tom Hanks April 1, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Concord? oh yeah………… I’ll be right back.

134 PFFFFT! April 1, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Yeah, let’s take John Muir’s name off of his hospital. I’m sure Tom Hanks has done so much more than whatever his name is Muir did. (/SARCASM)

Tom Hanks isn’t the only thing to come out of the 925 area, let alone Concord (although he wasn’t even raised here). Dave Brubeck is a whole lot more worthy of having something named after him before Hanks…and hell, Mark Hamill was born here as well. Yes. Luke Skywalker was born in this wonky town.

Want another minor celebrity? Google “Julie Strain Penthouse”…although not at work. That sounds good actually! Top floor of Tom Hanks Hospital can be called the Julie Strain Penthouse

135 nytemuvr April 1, 2013 at 11:44 PM

@anonanonagain #42
Concord wasn’t “bleak” at all in the 50s, just when you moved there(not you specifically), I got “outta dodge” from there, in a Dodge 15 years ago. From a 58 year old Concordian that was born at Concord Community Hospital(Thanks Dr. R.R. Puegey?) while my Grandma worked there also. It was a viable farming, mining and factory production center for the East Bay community with little or no crime…..picture Mayberry, NC. Bleak is where my folks came from, during the dust bowl era in Oklahoma.

136 Low April 2, 2013 at 1:19 AM


137 Horse'n Around April 2, 2013 at 5:28 AM

I was born at Concord Community Hospital also, back in 68. ( Thanks to Dr. Mason)@ nytemuvr That’s weird. My dad also traveled here from Oklahoma during the dust bowl…..maybe were cousins? lol

138 Connie Dobbs April 2, 2013 at 7:17 AM

There was a shootout with the cops at the Sutherland Ct address, and the residents set fire to the house to cover evidence of the SLA’s presence.

The SLA was responsible for the assassination of Oakland school Superintendent Marcus Foster. They said they killed Mr. Foster because he wanted to set up a student identification card system in Oakland, presumably to ‘track’ black students. Apparently the SLA was mistaken. Foster was against the plan.
And now, someone will explain how this was actually Gov. Reagan’s fault.

139 Parsnip April 2, 2013 at 7:28 AM

@Sigh #110 — It’s called “kill time” for some of us — especially when we’re stuck to computers or phones throughout the morning/day/evening waiting for information from third-party sources to complete specific assignments.

What do you call it after 109 responses?

140 y April 2, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Hanks is just one more marionette for the cause. It is inappropriate to name a Hospital after him… oh I got one, how about calling Concord Hanksville? lol. We could toss hankies at a parade of something in his honor.

141 y April 2, 2013 at 8:10 AM

nytemnvr: I agree, Concord is not and never was bleak. It has always been a thriving community for worker bees. The salt of the earthy types. Work hard, play hard, live right. Raise a family.

Well, the current homeless population doesn;’t fall into that description, but alot of things have changed in the last few years. It’s a cycle.

142 nytemuvr April 2, 2013 at 8:14 AM

@Horse’n Around #137
There are a lot of Okies out here….

143 bloopy April 2, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Why do people keep discussing this as if it were an actual proposal? It’s a JOKE, end of discussion.

Now here come another 20 posts about how Tom Hanks hates Concord.

144 friend of sigh April 2, 2013 at 8:23 AM

@ Parsnip,
You’re not waiting for anything. You’re just boring and have nothing better to do.

145 Parsnip April 2, 2013 at 8:39 AM

@#144 — As if anyone should care what interests you, “friend of sigh”?

146 Parsnip April 2, 2013 at 8:49 AM

@y #140 — or a news blog to … just a thought.

147 Ryan April 2, 2013 at 8:59 AM

I think they should rename it “Elwood Hospital”. They can convert ALL parking spaces to handicapped, and put in an express lane for Rascal scooters!

148 y April 2, 2013 at 9:06 AM

And now, someone will explain how this was actually Gov. Reagan’s fault.

Well, that is just silly Connie. It was said and therefore it will become fodder for reference in the future.

149 Jojo Potato April 2, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Don’t know what your post on the SLA shootout has to do with anything. And I don’t see that your cut and paste from Wikipedia adds anything either.

150 y April 2, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Parsnip: Heh, I hope not THIS blog. Silly. :)

Oh, and don’t worry about Sigh. Obviously, it has never had a real job, with a real phone and a real computer.

151 lol April 2, 2013 at 3:36 PM

tom hanks was born in the city and thats all he had to do with this city if there would be any one to rename an already named hospital after it should be dave brubeck the famous jazz musician who just recently passed away and actually had alot to do with this city after he became famous and never forgot where he came from.

152 Walnut Creek Resident April 2, 2013 at 8:40 PM

That woman needs professional help.

153 lol loves runon sentences April 2, 2013 at 8:47 PM


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