Dignity Health Foundation East Valley
In This Issue:
Successful Laughter Grosses $300K for Trauma Center
M*A*S*H* Scrubs and Glasses Still Available
One Hour Club iWatch Winner Announced
Additions to the Foundation Team
Building Blocks Program Receives Grant
Discover the Power of the Purse
Fall 2014 Grants Awarded
End-of-Year Gifts Can Benefit You and Us
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November 2014


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

If you drive by Chandler Regional Medical Center, you cannot help but notice the beautiful new patient tower. The Emergency Services and Trauma Center have already opened, busier than before. If you look closely, you will notice that construction continues. We are enhancing the service areas of the hospital to provide better service for both patients and their families. We are adding an information lobby, named for the Gila River Indian Community, including a café, a place to worship or reflect, and an expanded gift shop. We are so thankful to every community member who already has donated to the Building on Commitment Campaign! You will see a strong push to finish the capital campaign and support the finalization of these patient and family service areas. We will mail our annual report, send a letter to our community, and provide opportunities for giving through a year-end e-mail campaign. I hope you will join in this community-wide effort to complete this much-needed addition.  

That does not mean we have stopped fundraising for specific service lines! There will be an event to support Orthopedics in November, plus our continuing campaign to support the Women and Children's programs at both hospitals, including a need for comfortable chairs that allow patients or family members to sleep, rock or just spend time with the newest family members. You may purchase a gliding rocker for $2,000 each or other items such as wireless telemetry monitoring to allow families in the southeast valley more birthing choices in our amazing family birthing centers. More information is included in this newsletter.

You may want to put April 17th on your calendar to support healthy living, athletics and our Orthopedics service line through our annual George Rozsa Golf tournament. We appreciate Premier Emergency Medical Specialists, the Arizona Cardinals and Peggy Bauer, Realtor, with Cactus Mountain Properties for already joining in this effort as lead donors.  Watch for more information on our website or please like our page at www.facebook.com/dignityhealthfoundationeastvalley.

There is a lot of work to be done to raise the money that is needed to support and enhance our hospitals and their outreach programs. I hope you will find an opportunity or a service areas that moves you to invest. From the major impact of the life-saving work in our new Trauma Center to the every-day giving of shots, hearing checks, eye exams and much-needed dental care to the poorest children in our community.  All of these efforts impact and improve the lives of hundreds of our neighbors right here in the East Valley.  

Please donate online now. Our website has been updated to include our sincere thanks to all of our board members, volunteers and donors from the last fiscal year. Our financial information also resides on the website.

Contact me with any questions, ideas or to volunteer. It's my aim to make our Foundation the central hub for the entire group of people who wish to support Mercy Gilbert and Chandler Regional Medical Centers through their time, talent and treasure.  

In Service,

Aaron A. Peace

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Successful Laughter Grosses $300K for Trauma Center

The 11th Annual Laughter is the Best Medicine was again a big success, grossing over $300,000.  The event was a M*A*S*H theme and Jamie Farr was a hit.  The event could not be put on without volunteers and a huge salute goes to Joan Krueger and her committee, as well as the East Valley Volunteers.  

Most importantly, the M*A*S*H fundraiser supported the new Trauma Center at Chandler Regional Medical Center which opened in March. Dr. Del Moore thanked the audience and let them know that donations have already provided for specialized equipment and training. Dr. Moore said his team is committed to giving back to the community, not only by providing outstanding Level I Trauma Center care, but also by reaching out to rural areas with training to improve patient outcomes. The Trauma Team has also trained Army general surgery residents.

Thanks are also in order for our Gala photographers Mark Skalny and David Phares for documenting the evening. 

Gala Photos: Gala chair Joan Krueger thanks the audience and gives the blessing at the 11th annual Laughter is the Best Medicine gala, photo courtesy Mark Skalny; a replica of the popular M*A*S*H* signpost became an unwitting post-event silent auction item, photo courtesy Mark Skalny; event signage credits our gracious sponsors, photos courtesy Black Dog Photography.

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M*A*S*H* Scrubs and Glasses Still Available

Thank you for your continued support of the vital services the Dignity Health East Valley Trauma Team is providing to this community and to many other communities with their education and research.

We have had requests for the nicely etched commemorative glasses. Donations are now being accepted for anyone who did not receive a commemorative martini glass or scrub set through your sponsorship or raffle purchase. The suggested donations are $50 for a set of scrubs and $25 for a set of 2 glasses … while they last!

Visit www.supportdignityhealtheastvalley.org to order, and be sure to write your desired item (and size) in the comments.

This is also the website taking raffle ticket or silent auction purchases for those who still need to pay – again write in the comments section. Receipts provided.

Thanks again and see you next year!

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One Hour Club iWatch Winner Announced

Congratulations to Mercy Gilbert employee Armando Cachuela! Out of 400 participants in the One Hour Club raffle, Armando was selected to receive an iWatch gift card. 

Thank you to all who participated by donating one hour of their PTO or pay each month 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. 

To recognize these extraordinary gifts, One Hour Club employee members annually receive from the Foundation:

  • Invited to 4 planned social events (lunch, dinner or family activities) - one a quarter
  • Entered in a drawing for covered parking- each month!
  • Invited 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 1 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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Additions to the Dignity Health Foundation - East Valley Team

We have added two new faces to our team, and would like to introduce them to you!

Please welcome Rex Albright, Development Officer. Rex has been in non-profit fundraising for 18 years and really enjoys raising funds that directly benefit his community. He has a personal connection that allows him to appreciate the needs and raise funds specifically for Neurosciences, Trauma and Maternal Child Health.  Rex's degree is in Accounting, which makes him good at counting the money, but he much prefers meeting people and can't wait to meet everyone involved in the Dignity Health Foundation—East Valley.

Rex is leading the fundraising effort to supply comfortable glider/recliner chairs in each room in our family birth centers. We hope to purchase 25 chairs for each hospital, allowing moms, dads and grandparents to bond with their new babies in comfort. A gift of $2,000 will purchase that glider/recliner, so contact Rex to donate one today!

Catrina Boppart has also joined the fundraising team in a development position.  She is a native to Arizona, born and raised in Tempe, and graduating with both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Arizona State University. She is involved in the community, serving on three young professionals boards at Arizona State University, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network.  

Catrina supports fundraising for various programs and equipment that benefit Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers in the areas of Cardiovascular and Orthopedic service lines. "Cardiac services is a passion for me, as I lost my maternal grandparents to cardiac arrest before I was born and have a long family history relating to the disease," Catrina says. "I would like to support the expansion of the programs here in the southeast valley, so we can continue to provide the best quality care to the people whose lives depend on us.”

Catrina has already kicked off fundraising for the Orthopedics Total Joint Replacement Program, a unique program that approaches patient care from the wellness perspective. The patients receive individualized care throughout their stay and the staff work hard to ensure a comfortable environment. 

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Building Blocks Program Receives Grant from Executive Council Charities

Executive Council Charities recently awarded a $2,500 grant for The Building Blocks for Children (BBC) Program that offers free vision and hearing screening services to underserved children 0-18 years. Services are offered in areas of greatest need in the Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Service Area, and are accessible to those least likely to receive vision/hearing screening from mainstream health care.

The hearing/vision clinics track prior screenings, vision and hearing assistance devices, follow-up with physicians, audiologists. opthalmologists, and failure rates, and provides mandatory reporting to the AZ Department of Health Services Early Childhood Hearing Program. During FY 14 BBC provided 203 vision screenings, 315 hearing screenings, and provided education to 935 children and families.

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Discover the Power of the Purse

A new giving group called the Women's Philanthropic Circle is gaining huge momentum. It is being formed to create a new sustainable philanthropic arm of the Foundation that empowers women to raise awareness of health care concerns that touch their families and community in the Southeast Valley. 

The Power of the Purse inaugural soiree is being held in November at the beautiful Chateau de Vie to gain membership and celebrate the impact of charitable giving that comes directly from leadership of our Women's Circle and goes directly toward impacting the community.

For more information on this exciting new philanthropic group, contact bridget.doherty@dignityhealth.org.

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Dignity Health Foundation East Valley Fall 2014 Grants Awarded

Twice each year the Dignity Health Foundation East Valley finance committee and board review requests from both Mercy Gilbert and Chandler Regional Medical Centers to fund capital, program, outreach services and educational needs they would not be able to purchase without the generous support of the community. These requests undergo rigorous review and approvals. The Fall 2014 requests and the amounts funded include some unique items that would not otherwise be available to patients or to their caregivers, such as:

  • Emergency Departments at both Hospitals $400,000 predominately Mercy Gilbert upgrades, including equipment, blanket warmers, cell phone charging station, upgrading the communications systems, and installing "hush” curtains to quiet the patient experience
  • Mercy Gilbert Medical Center Maternal Child Health - $300,000; major upgrades to meet community needs  including converting rooms to labor and delivery rooms, refurbishing OR rooms, updating triage area, buying refrigerators to assist families, and purchasing wireless fetal telemetry equipment for a natural birthing experience
  • Chandler Regional Medical Center Observation Unit - $50,0000 for "hush” curtains to make this area quieter for patients and their families
  • Cardiology at both Hospitals - $51,000 equipment to expedite lab results, cardiac rehabilitation books in Spanish, and blanket warmers to enhance patient experience
  • Children's Dental Clinics led by Dignity Health in the Southeast Valley - $40,000
  • Education - $17,000 training and conferences; including specialized training and equipment for lactation experts
  • Urgent Care Centers - $12,000 equipment and wheelchairs
  • Cancer Patient and Family Assistance Baskets at Chandler Regional Medical Center $2,500

The Foundation also proudly supported the incredibly high volume of the new Trauma Services team at Chandler Regional Medical Center with additional grants for equipment, supplies and training to allow them to fully-serve the citizens of the Southeast Valley.

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End-of-Year Gifts Can Benefit You and Us

When you make a donation today, you provide much-needed support for our important mission. To ensure you obtain the most from your generosity, here are some helpful tips on different donation options, their tax benefits and gift dates: 

Contribute securities you have owned for more than one year. If they are worth more than what you originally paid for them, you can claim deductions for their full fair market values and eliminate any tax on the appreciation.

Fund a life income gift. This type of donation provides you with payments for your lifetime and a gift to our organization thereafter. If you use appreciated securities that you have owned for more than a year to fund the gift, you will eliminate up-front capital gains taxes and be entitled to an income tax deduction based on the charitable portion of the securities' full value.

Donate an insurance policy. You will be putting a no-longer-needed policy to good use. To qualify as a deductible gift, our organization must become the policy owner. For most types of insurance policies, your tax deduction is usually the cost basis or the fair market value of the policy—whichever is less.

Bequest. If you believe in our mission but don't want to part with money today, a gift in your will or trust may be the donation option you've been looking for. It has these benefits:

Simplicity. Just a few sentences in your will or trust are all that is needed. Contact us to receive wording you can share with your attorney to complete your gift.

Flexibility. Because you are not actually making a gift until after your lifetime, you can change your mind at any time.

Versatility. You can structure the gift to leave a specific item or amount of money, make it contingent on certain events, or leave a percentage of your estate to us.

Tax relief. When you make a gift to us—a qualified charitable organization—in your will or trust, your estate is entitled to an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift's full value.

As always, we urge you to consult with an estate-planning attorney or other qualified advisor regarding will, a living trust or whatever else may best suit your needs. Sound professional help will contribute to your peace of mind – and that of your family.

If you want to talk with me about your gift and estate plans, please contact me at 602-406-1025 or email Alan.Knobloch@dignityhealth.org.

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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 or via phone, or e-mail to answer your questions or for you to opt-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


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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