Turlock, CA- From parents with babies to octogenarians, Emanuel Medical Center volunteers in all stages of life completed another week of successful fundraising to save lives and support the hospital's expanding cardiac care program.
More than 300 volunteers are committed to raising $1 million in six weeks as part of Emanuel's annual giving program called Legacy Circle. Legacy Circle is in year two of a five-year effort to raise $5 million to support Emanuel's lifesaving cardiac care program.
Emanuel's fund drive volunteers represent every spectrum of the life cycle and that was evident on Thursday night at the weekly fund drive results mixer. As volunteers celebrated the week's fundraising success, 22-month Kaleb Fischer cheered and clapped, too. His proud parents, Johanna and Kenny Fischer from Ballico, are extremely committed fund drive team owners. Next to the Fischer family was Carrie Vilas of Turlock, holding her 3-1/2 month old Harlow on one hip, while turning in her week's fund drive pledges.
Also celebrating the week's fund drive results were Zella and George Linn, age 87 and 86 respectively. The Turlock residents have been volunteering for Legacy Circle since it began 11 years ago.
Shirley Pok, the hospital's vice president of development, said that kind of dedication is simply awe-inspiring.
"At Emanuel, I meet amazing people every day - people whose lives have been changed because of the care they received at Emanuel, and people who change lives by the virtue of their giving," Pok said. "The generosity of Legacy Circle has built buildings, renovated space, purchased equipment, and provided health care services that otherwise may not have been possible. Each accomplishment traces back to a person... a relationship... a story."
In week two of the fundraising efforts, Emanuel employees raised $53,830 and community volunteers raised $64,100, putting the total raised so far over $313,000.
The money will be used to help build two new cardiac operating suites - including a cutting-edge room that combines a surgical suite with an interventional radiology scanner -and will allow Emanuel doctors to treat two emergency patients at once. The new surgical suites will cost nearly $4.5 million to build and equip, and are scheduled to open in late 2012.
That will be the next major milestone in Emanuel's growing heart program.
"In April of 2010, we opened the doors to our new Cardiovascular Services Department," said Emanuel President and CEO John Sigsbury. "It was the first time in Emanuel's 94-year history that we did not have to transport a patient out of town for a diagnostic heart catheterization. And one year later, on May 2, 201l, history was recorded again when the first open heart surgery was performed at Emanuel."
To donate to Legacy Circle, call 209-664-5180 or visit www.emanuelmedicalcenter.org/give
Emanuel Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community-based Christian hospital. Its 403-bed multi-level medical campus includes a 209-bed acute care hospital, a 145-bed skilled nursing facility and a 49-bed assisted living facility. It provides emergency, critical care, pediatric, cardiovascular services, cancer diagnosis and treatment, women's health services, surgery, and hospice services.
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