Monterey pediatrician receives award for lifelong dedication to the prevention of child abuse

October 07, 2014
Area(s) of Interest: Physician Leadership Public Health 

Monterey pediatrician Valerie Barnes, M.D., was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Monterey County, for founding and developing Natividad Medical Center's Archer Child Advocacy Center/Bates-Eldredge Clinic, where young victims of abuse can be examined in a safe and soothing environment. The center serves the whole of Monterey County and provides comprehensive services, including forensic interviewing, forensic examinations, and mental health counseling for victims of child abuse and neglect, specifically child sexual abuse.

"I truly believe that children are the most important people in the world," said Dr. Barnes in accepting her award. "They are our future and deserve nothing but the best of care."

Dr. Barnes has been a member of the California Medical Association (CMA) for more 20 years, serving as a member of the association's policy-making House of Delegates.

She was also honored by Congressman Sam Farr with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition in recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community, and a Certificate of Recognition from Louis R. Calcagno, Chair of the Board of Supervisors of Monterey County, in recognition of her lifelong dedication to the prevention of child abuse.

Dr. Barnes practiced general pediatrics and child abuse prevention for the past 33 years, retiring in December 2012 after 27 years as the Director of Pediatric Services at Natividad Medical Center. She continues as the Medical Director of the Archer Child Advocacy Center.


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