Dignity Health Foundation East Valley
In This Issue:
Features
Honor your doctor with a Doctors' Day tribute
Sports Medicine program a partnership with Gilbert Public Schools
A big Thank You to HealthSouth for Orthopedic gathering
Sun Lakes group receives stroke readiness training
Arizona sports teams provide winning grants for community programs
Don't miss the George Rozsa Golf Tournament
Holiday deliveries and Maternal Child Health artwork bring 'happy' to the hospitals
Communities of Care partner with Dignity Health, receive community grants
Recent presentations reflect gratitude for generosity in the community and the workplace
One Hour Club members score Top Golf outing
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February 2015

Features

Message from Aaron A. Peace - President, Dignity Health Foundation – East Valley

I hope 2014 was as good to all of you as it was to our health care facilities and our Foundation. We have seen unprecedented growth with the Tower C expansion and Trauma I implementation at Chandler Regional Medical Center and our partnership with Phoenix Children's Hospital and the Athletic Training Program within the Gilbert Public School District at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. With this growth at our hospitals the Foundation has worked to strategically align with these services and has benefited with a 32 percent increase in philanthropic donors.

Now a month into 2015 you can see from the information provided we have a lot of additional opportunities for your consideration: join us for the George Rozsa Golf Classic; tell a physician or two thank you; or sponsor a piece of art in support of Maternal Child Health, etc. Whichever you choose, you can be sure your donation will go directly to support that service and help advance health care in the East Valley.

Thank you to our annual donors who support year-after-year these vital health services for our community; and to all of our new donors we will work diligently to show you that your investment in us is well worth your continued support.

All my best,

Aaron A. Peace

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Honor your doctor with a Doctors' Day tribute

A note from Board Chairs JW Rayhons and Terry Miller, PhD

Every day at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers, we watch our doctors save lives, make impossible decisions, and serve patients and families in the East Valley with humankindness. They also complete many behind-the-scenes jobs such as serving as the chair of their department, completing research or taking classes, and serving in the community – even providing their expertise on the side lines at high school football games.

March 30th is National Doctors' Day – a special day set aside to thank and honor the physicians who work daily to help their patients gain control over medical conditions or perhaps even survive a life-threatening crisis.

For the physicians at Dignity Health's health care facilities in the southeast valley, caring isn't just a job – it's their lives' work. We invite you to take a moment and be part of this national day of gratitude by honoring your doctor with a gift to support Chandler Regional and/or Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers.

By honoring your doctor for Doctors' Day, you transform your appreciation into generosity that literally saves lives and serves those who are less fortunate. Tax deductible contributions like yours are vital to supporting medical services; they are used for buying new equipment, providing education for doctors or health program services in our community that help thousands of patients and their families. Your gift will convey your appreciation for that special doctor who has made a difference.

Your Doctors' Day tribute gift of $150, $75, $30, or any other amount will say “Thank You” by supporting the work they do in your hospital.

To honor your doctor, please donate online at www.supportdignityhealtheastvalley.org and mention “Doctors' Day” and the name of whom you want to honor.

Once we receive your Doctors' Day contribution, your note will be delivered to your doctor on Doctors' Day at a special breakfast where we will acknowledge their compassionate care on your behalf, informing him or her of your generosity without specifying the amount of your gift.

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Sports Medicine program a partnership with Gilbert Public Schools

Dignity Health and OrthoArizona Mezona Orthopaedics developed a comprehensive, community-based sports medicine program for Gilbert Public Schools (GPS) high school athletes. It was created to decrease sports-related injuries and deliver high quality sports medicine services to Gilbert's student athletes at no extra cost to the school district. It is expected that the sports medicine program will serve 4,000 students in the high schools this year.

The program includes three full-time athletic trainers who have been hired through a $100,000 seeded grant provided by the Dignity Health Foundation – East Valley to offer students collegiate-level sports injury care and athletic training services at the five Gilbert high schools. The athletic trainers also promote education and injury prevention through sports medicine curriculum that includes injury prevention lectures/assemblies for students, parents and coaches.

The program provides all aspects of sports medicine – shoulder, spine, elbow, hip, knee, arm/hand, foot and ankle as well as a focus on sport performance, nutrition, injury care, and concussion management.

Dr. Matthew Hansen, medical director of Mercy Gilbert's sports medicine program, brings vast experience in providing care for college and professional sports teams including the LA Lakers and the University of Southern California. He says, “By forming this partnership, we're raising the bar on the quality of sports medicine and training services given to high school student athletes. This initiative reinforces Mercy Gilbert's commitment to deliver the highest quality care to its community.”

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A big Thank You to HealthSouth for Orthopedic gathering

Thanks to HealthSouth for helping us host a gathering of Orthopedic patients at the home of Dr. Thomas. Doctors Sharpe and Hansen were on hand to speak about the Total Joint Replacement and Sports Medicine programs, and patients were able to enjoy themselves and learn more about our new community programs and services.

Pictured above: (L) Rudy Apodaca and Dr. Thomas at the orthopedic gathering. (R) Dan Creed's Four Man Group generously provided the evening's entertainment

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Sun Lakes group receives stroke readiness training

A group of 52 Sun Lakes community members learned about our stroke program at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers with Dr. Hemant Pandey as the featured speaker. These dedicated volunteers in Sun Lakes assist the Sun Lakes Fire Department in many aspects of public safety. They were given practical advice on stroke prevention, what signs to be aware of for their own health and in others, and how to get help quickly when they see the signs of a stroke. The EMT's present were reminded of the Dignity Health stroke readiness protocols that are started once they have a possible stroke patient en route to our trauma center, and about information that will be needed for best treatment once they arrive on site. This is a great example of how your hospital and the Dignity Health Foundation – East Valley are supporting your community.

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Arizona sports teams provide winning grants for community programs

Charitable partnerships with individuals, corporations, and foundations enable Dignity Health Foundation – East Valley to make a real and lasting impact on our community. The delivery of critical health and wellness programs and services, particularly to underserved populations, enhances the quality of life for our entire community.

Phoenix Suns Charities awarded Dignity Health Foundation – East Valley a $2,500 grant for a new program for Dignity Health, Love Is Not Abuse; which is a Centers of Disease Control (CDC) recommended program for prevention of teen dating abuse. Dignity Health plans to provide three or four one-hour training sessions to as many community partners interested in the service as possible. During the sessions, the youth will be engaged in presenting the information, and incentives will be offered to assist in participation and learning. Several teens who participate in Dignity Health's Teen Pregnancy and Parenting programs will volunteer their time to share and support their peers.

Cardinals Charities, of the Arizona Cardinals Football Club, awarded a $3,000 grant to Dignity Health Foundation – East Valley, to expand the Think First National Injury Prevention Foundation program to educate young children and the community on the prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries. This unique prevention curriculum is very interactive and teaches kids how to avoid injuries while riding in vehicles, playing sports, riding bicycles, and playing at the playground. Lessons also feature preventing violence-related injuries and safety around weapons. Dignity Health has presented the program throughout Chandler and Gilbert and the new funding will be used to present the program to six schools in the City of Maricopa.

Thank you to our winning sports teams! Our communities are the beneficiaries!

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Don't miss the George Rozsa Golf Tournament

Don't miss out! It will be another sell-out this year! Call 480.728.3931 to reserve your golf spot today.

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Holiday deliveries and Maternal Child Health artwork bring 'happy' to the hospitals

Another big thank you to all the groups who helped us during the holiday season, and to the donors and volunteers who made beautiful new art possible for the hallways in Mercy Gilbert's Labor & Delivery department. In the words of a Mercy nurse: "Thank you! It adds so much 'happy' to the halls!"

Pictured above left are Tommy and Jonathan Coleman from Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church with a generous donation of blankets, bears and gift cards for our NeoNatal Unit at Chandler Regional.

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Communities of Care partner with Dignity Health, receive community grants

We are always so grateful for the generous support we receive from our neighbors. We recognize the many types of care we provide with the latest medical advances would not be possible without their backing. We also know there are many in our community who would not receive much-needed medical care without the services of non-profit groups who are working towards the same goals we are, namely serving the poor and underserved among us and working towards an overall improved level of community health.

Every year the Dignity Health Foundation – East Valley awards a handful of small grants to organizations who partner with us to carry out our mission of doing the work of Jesus beyond the doors of our hospitals. Our grants encourage collaboration among community groups by requiring that at least three organizations partner together to form a Community of Care. Each group will work to achieve a common goal that addresses a specific need and is aligned with the Dignity Health mission.

This year, grants were awarded by Dignity Health for the following Communities of Care:

  • Senior Community Wellness - $87,200: A partnership of About Care, Neighbors Who Care and Valley of the Sun YMCA
  • East Valley I-Help Coalition - $100,000: A partnership of Chandler Christian Community, Lutheran Social Services and Tempe Community Action
  • Partnership to Build Resilient Families - $52,802: A collaboration between ICAN, Chandler Education Foundation and My Sister's Place
Pictured above are the grant recipients and the Foundation's Community Grants Committee.

Recent presentations reflect gratitude for generosity in the community and the workplace

Thank you to The Board of Visitors for supporting our work keeping families healthy at the Community Care Center. Pictured above left is a check presentation to our Foundation Board of Directors with many thanks to our grants team for all of their hard work.

Above right Foundation President Aaron Peace has some fun presenting a Principles of Behavior award to Bridget Doherty for her humankindness. Catrina Boppart, at far right, nominated Bridget for the award, and said she "wanted Bridget to be recognized for how she always steps up and goes above and beyond."

One Hour Club members score Top Golf outing

One Hour Club members enjoyed an outing to Top Golf on January 22, 2015.

This is one of the incredibly fun events in which employees get to participate as a member of the One Hour Club. Thanks to all employees who participated by donating one hour of PTO or pay each paycheck to ensure vital equipment is available to our patients. Employee gifts help buy much-needed items at our hospitals. Last year their donations purchased incubators and wireless telemetry equipment for our maternal-child health department, and this year their generosity will help to advance our orthopedics area.

In addition to the four planned social events, the One Hour Club employee members annually receive from the Foundation:

  • Entrance in a drawing for covered parking- each month!
  • Invitations to special activities (such as sporting events) with the Foundation - as available
  • Tickets drawn by lottery to attend the annual gala - fall
  • Special opportunity for one Club Member to attend the incredible Celebrity Fight Night - spring (the event supports the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center)

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Dignity Health Foundation East Valley now has more ways than ever for you to get information – from Foundation and hospital news, to special events, fundraising campaigns and more. Please LIKE our page at www.facebook.com/dignityhealthfoundationeastvalley or watch our website at www.supportdignityhealtheastvalley.org.

We're happy to speak to you in person, via phone or by e-mail, to answer your questions or assist you in opting out of communications or fundraising requests. Call the philanthropy team at 480.728.3931 or send us an e-mail at eastvalleyfoundation@dignityhealth.org.

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About Dignity Health Foundation

East Valley

Mission

To support Dignity Health facilities and health care programs in the Southeast Valley through philanthropy.

The Foundation provides financial support for capital projects, equipment, programs and services for children, women, and senior citizens, and the care of uninsured or under-insured families at the hospital. The generosity of the communities we serve helps ensure excellence in patient care, medical education, and research.

Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, and the community outreach programs managed by Dignity Health in the East Valley are committed to furthering healing by delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health services; serving and advocating for the poor and disenfranchised; and partnering with others in the community to improve quality of life.

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