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Irma Cota has helped grow North County Health Services from an annual budget of $12 million to $80 million. She is retiring this month.
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Irma Cota recalls the beginnings of her health care career in the most simple way: As a young farmworker traveling the Central Valley with her sister, mom and aunt, she was one of the few workers who fluently spoke English and Spanish, so she frequently was put into a role as an interpreter.

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