Dignity Health Foundation East Valley

In This Issue:
Features

Message From Our President

Pediatrics Services Return to Mercy Gilbert

Trauma Fundraising Continues

Laughter is the Best Medicine | Friday, October 10

City of Chandler Grant Enables Dental Clinic Collaboration

Tower C Set to Open

Beacon Lit on Chandler Regional's New Tower

Changes in the Board for 2015 | Farewell to Board Chair Joan Krueger

Employees Can Join One Hour Club and Make a Difference

Leave A Legacy with Dignity

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July 2014

Features

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

July is the month when many Valley residents head to cooler climates. However, despite the heat, our staff and volunteers are diligently working to close out the fiscal year and making plans to open the new tower at Chandler Regional Medical Center in late August. I hope everyone who has donated to the Building on Commitment Capital Campaign will join us at the community open house to see where the money has been invested. It is an incredible addition designed by donors Orcutt Winslow and built by Kitchell Construction, also long-time supporters.

If you have not yet joined in our campaign, it really will take each and every person in our community to finish out the fundraising on our $5 million dollar goal. We soon will be mailing out donation cards to citizens in the community, inviting all to participate. When you see this building and the services it can house, I know you will want to contribute.

In addition to our building campaign, over $2.5 million dollars will again be transferred to our hospitals for much-needed equipment, training, and support of our current programs – and most especially the new, and very busy, Level I Trauma Center. Hospital staff, residents, volunteers, and our new team of specialty doctors are especially proud of our ability to care for these patients in need when minutes make a difference. Thanks once again to the Anderson Family Foundation for its match of gifts. Without the generosity of our community, these vital services would not be possible. For a fun way to support the Trauma Center, join us on October 10th for a M*A*S*H fundraising gala.

Other exciting expansions include our Orthopedic Service Lines that continue to grow at both hospitals; we are now supporting high school athletes in our area with orthopedic services. Important community programs include our Dental Care and First Things First, which continue to grow and serve the needy, thanks to your gifts.

Finally, one of our most exciting announcements is that Phoenix Children's Hospital and Dignity Health are collaborating to expand pediatric inpatient services for Southeast Valley residents (read more below). Speaking of our littlest patients – we have continued needs in the Women and Children’s programs at both hospitals, including a need for “slim-line” rocking chairs for parents to sleep, rock or just spend time with the newest family members. Let us know if you would like to purchase rocking recliners or other items for these important areas.

A special thank you to everyone who continues to donate and volunteer in support of the amazing expansion of services scheduled for this fall. We will expand our Foundation team as well, and I will be back with some very special introductions.

I hope you enjoy this newsletter full of both well-deserved notes of thanks and information on our plans for this next fiscal year. We plan to top $3 million dollars raised in FY15, and hope you will find an opportunity that moves you to invest. Please donate online now.

Contact me to volunteer to support our mission or with any ideas you may have. I welcome your participation.

In Service,

Aaron A. Peace

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Pediatrics Services Return to Mercy Gilbert

We are very excited to announce that Phoenix Children's Hospital and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center plan to open a Phoenix Children's pediatric inpatient unit within Mercy Gilbert in October.

After discussions with local families, pediatricians and primary care physicians, leadership from both hospitals recognized the need for the unit and will work together to greatly enhance East Valley pediatric inpatient care – providing families and area physicians much-needed access to the breadth and depth of services offered only at Phoenix Children's.

The 22-bed unit will offer around-the-clock pediatric coverage staffed by Phoenix Children's Medical Staff hospitalists for children requiring observation or inpatient care. Children with more complex conditions requiring advanced care have direct access to Phoenix Children's main campus where a full array of dedicated subspecialists and resources are available.

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Trauma Fundraising Continues

Chandler Regional Medical Center has begun operating its Level I Trauma Center, and the need for our support continues.

In the first two months of operation, the Center saw 429 trauma activations ranging from motor vehicle, motorcycle and bicycle accidents, skydiving mishaps, gunshot wounds and injured prisoners. With the addition of a residency program that will train surgeons from William Beaumont Army Medical Center, the Trauma Center has been a busy place!

This year's Laughter is the Best Medicine event will exclusively support the Trauma Center, so be sure to buy your tickets now! To find out other ways you can support trauma services at Chandler Regional, call us at 480.728.3931.

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Laughter is the Best Medicine | Friday, October 10

Get ready for another entertaining evening at the 11th Annual Laughter is the Best Medicine at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa. If you have never come to our annual gala, don't let another one pass you by. If you have been before, you know to expect an evening of side-stitching entertainment.

This year's Laughter will support the new Trauma Center at Chandler Regional Medical Center with a M*A*S*H theme.

This annual event is our major fundraiser for the year, and helps us support community programs, life-saving medical equipment and capital expansion projects for Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers. The dollars raised each year at this even have a direct impact on patient care in the Southeast Valley, and make a real difference.

Laughter 2014 would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Thank you to Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, and to Panoramic Press for taking care of our printing needs for this event.

For sponsorship opportunities, visit LaughterForMedicine.org or call us at 480.728.3931.

Pictured above: Hospital and Foundation Presidents with the Marreel family and the recipients of last year's award for outstanding humankindness

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City of Chandler Grant Enables Children's Dental Clinic Collaboration

The Children's Dental Clinic will embark on a unique partnership with Chandler Unified School District's Chandler CARE Center thanks to a recent gift of $108,000, from the City of Chandler, to the Dignity Health Foundation - East Valley. Our dental clinic improves and maintains the dental health of uninsured Chandler children by providing access to free dental screenings, dental cleanings, and fluoride varnish treatment for uninsured children to decrease the need for medical services. The new partnership with Chandler CARE Center will enable these children to get the restorative dental services they need. Plus, the Chandler CARE Center provides medical appointments for children and will feature Dignity Health's Building Blocks for Children's vision and hearing screenings. Other wrap-around services available at the Center include food distribution, mental health screenings, and immunizations. It is a real win for the community!

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Tower C Set to Open

The long-anticipated opening of the new tower at Chandler Regional Medical Center is upon us! In the next few weeks the hospital campus will change dramatically as we open Tower C and greatly expand our ability to care for patients.

We hope you will help us celebrate this happy occasion on Saturday, August 23 at a family-friendly open house that will feature tours of the new tower, refreshments and fun activities.

We thank all of you who have supported the construction of this new tower and helped Chandler Regional continue to meet the needs of our Southeast Valley neighbors.

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Beacon Lit on Chandler Regional's New Tower

A beacon of hope was lit on the campus of Chandler Regional Medical Center on May 27 at a community celebration marking the hospital's new patient tower set to open later this year. The celebration also kicked off the final phase of fundraising for Dignity Health Foundation East Valley's Building on Commitment campaign, which is poised to meet its $5 million goal with the support of many generous donors.

Chandler Regional president and CEO Tim Bricker called the beacon – a prominent light feature on the northeast corner of the new patient tower – a way finding beacon that represents a hope for quality healthcare and better outcomes for patients in the Southeast Valley.

Community members, employees, donors and elected officials gathered for an informal celebration that featured live music, gelato and glow sticks, and culminated with a light show donated by Premier Audio Visual.

The five-story tower will add 96 beds which will expand the capacity of emergency services, medical-surgical unit, add 32 intensive care rooms, six additional operating suites, and the addition of a chapel. Construction began in December 2011 with major completion in August 2014. Work will continue on the lobby, café and chapel through 2015.

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Changes in the Board for 2015 | Farewell to Joan Krueger as Board Chair

We thank all of the outgoing officers for their volunteer service this fiscal year, and are pleased that JW Rayhons has taken on the role of Board Chair, Jack Martin has stepped into the Vice-Chair role, and that Craig Bradley will remain as Treasurer. Dr. Mia Van Eken will join the officers as the Secretary.

Joan Krueger has served as a dedicated volunteer to the hospitals as a board member for the past nine years. Most recently she served three years, one more than normal, as the Chair and leader of our Foundation Board of Directors. She remained the consistent fundraising and community leader for the hospitals as she recruited many leaders of philanthropy for the hospitals and board members for the foundation.

As a senior VP in the Commercial Division for RE/MAX solutions, Joan brings expertise in human resources, marketing, sales, recruitment and communications to the board. She used all of these skills and more, as she recruited others, and then led the team through reorganization and the consolidation into one Foundation serving two hospitals. She has driven down expenses and cost-to-dollar raised while steering the Foundation carefully through the recession years.

Having served on all of the board committees and attended many events, grand openings, retreats and training sessions, it's hard for Joan to find a specific memory to call out. Certainly, as a dedicated Gilbert citizen, planning commissioner and council member the opening of the new hospital in Gilbert will remain close to her heart, however, she also feels proud of working with Dr. Dib and the Foundation to raise awareness of the stem cell research at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. While available, quality healthcare in our community is a must and she will continue to fundraise for these. Joan is passionate about the future of medicine and what it will bring.

We are grateful Joan will continue to serve on the Foundation board through FY15 and this will include a fun time as Chair of the Laughter is the Best Medicine gala. Previously she served as the Co-Chair with new board member Les Presmyk for the Mercy Gilbert Medical Center fundraising gala. Join us on October 10th to see what fun a M*A*S*H theme will bring to Laughter.

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Employees Can Join the One Hour Club and Make a Difference

We have the best employees around! It's no secret that Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert employees are committed to compassionate service and satisfaction for our patients and their families. But they are also committed to helping future patients through their generous giving. Each year we are humbled by the response we receive to our employee campaigns that are designed to "help us help us,” funding equipment and education needed in their own areas.

One fun way employees can contribute is by joining the One Hour Club, which allows them to donate the equivalent of one hour of pay or PTO per pay period. One Hour Club members are treated to special opportunities throughout the year, including the latest perk: a chance at receiving a covered parking spot near Entrance A at Chandler Regional, and a similar coveted spot at Mercy Gilbert when its campaign kicks off in the fall.

Employees, now is your chance to join the club! Make your commitment online via ESS, or contact the Foundation at 480-728-3931. For more information visit SupportDignityHealthEastValley.org.

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Leave a Legacy With Dignity

Did you know that you can include Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert in your estate plan? Here are three easy ways you can make a difference that will last a lifetime and beyond.

1. Create an endowment.

You can do this now with cash or stock, or later with an estate gift. Your fund will make a lasting difference by producing income every year for the stated purpose.

2. Leave a bequest.

Designate an amount or percentage of your estate for a specific purpose or for unrestricted use. Such gifts provide encouragement and always make a difference.

3. Give "obsolete” insurance.

You may no longer need the protection of a life insurance policy and can transfer ownership to Dignity Health Foundation East Valley, thereby making a significant difference down the road and providing yourself with an income tax charitable deduction now.

Contact our planned giving director who is very knowledgeable and ready to assist you – Alan.Knobloch@DignityHealth.org.

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Find More Information

Dignity Health Foundation East Valley now has more ways than ever for you to get information about all that is happening – from Foundation and hospital news, to special events, fundraising campaigns and more.

Our website is continually changing and expanding. Check back often and to stay up-to-date on the latest news, events and other information from the Foundation. Learn about groups and individuals who support the Foundation and how you can help.
SupportDignityHealthEastValley.org

We're happy to speak to you in person or via phone or email to answer your questions. Call us at 480.728.3931 or send us an email at EastValleyFoundation@DignityHealth.org.

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About Dignity Health Foundation

East Valley

Mission

To support Dignity Health facilities and healthcare 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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