In 2022, through the generous donations to the Annual Patron Drive, the Irene Dunne Guild funded the following equipments and programs, providing a total of $ 118,536.25 in gifts!
Massages for Caregivers: Addresses burnout among hospital staff, providing 10 minutes massages to caregivers monthly.
Flowater Refill - Cancer Center: Provides accessible clean water to caregivers and patients and reduce the environmental footprint encouraging water bottles’ refills.
Locker Room Refresh - ICU & PCCU: Redo of the Nurses' locker room with new furniture.
Electric Gurneys - PreOP and GI departments: Electric gurneys to transport patients.
Cardiac I Stat Machine – Kenny and Carol Minerd Heart Institute: The machine provides lab results for patients (like blood panels and respiratory status).
Biocon Bladder Scanner - Cancer Center: The machine provides 3D images to determine if catheterization is needed, lowering the rate of cauterizations and thereby the associated urinary infections.
Portable Battery Headlight - Heart and Vascular Institute: It is a highly sought-after equipment that allows nurses and surgeons to see more accurately.
Wireless Fetal Monitoring System - Women’s Health & Wellness Institute: The device allows women in labor to walk around the floor instead of being tied to a fetal monitor; the movement benefits the labor experience.
Irene Dunne Guild Nursing Scholarships: The scholarships help Saint John’s nurses with Associate degrees complete their BSN requirements; they were provided by the Irene Dunne Guild and matching gifts from the hospital. The current five awardees have been selected from the Intensive Care, Neonatal Intensive Care and Preoperative units.
Please consider a tax-deductible gift to our Patron Drive so we can give even greater support Saint John's.
IDG Nursing Scholarship winners with Guild President Stephanie Weston
Five individuals were awarded the Irene Dunne Guild Nursing Scholarships on May 12. These special scholarships help nurses with Associate degrees complete their BSN requirements and were provided by the Irene Dunne Guild and matching gifts from the hospital. Nurses are in high demand, and hospitals everywhere are struggling to fill their labor forces so scholarships like these are a wonderful perk for nurses at Saint John's.
The current awardees were selected from the Intensive Care Unit, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Preoperative Unit. Congratulations to all the awardees!
Donations raised by the Patron Drive allow us to fund programs like this that support caregivers at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Please consider a donation to our Patron Drive as a wonderful way to pay tribute to a friend, doctor, or nurse or to honor someone’s memory.
Working in healthcare is never easy but the past few years have been enormously taxing for caregivers everywhere. The Irene Dunne Guild is pleased to support caregivers at Saint John's with supportive programs and equipment that helps care for them and enhanced the personalized care they provide for our community.
At our January General Meeting, Guild members heard how our fundraising dollars are deployed at the Health Center. Recent gifts from the Guild include: Massages for Caregivers, Biocon Bladder Scanners, a FloWater Station for staff in the Cancer Center, electric gurneys for the Pre-op and the GI Departments, a Cardiac i-StatMachine for the Heart and Vascular Department, portable battery headlights for the Heart and Vascular Department, portable fetal monitors for the Labor and Delivery department, Locker Room Refresh for ICU and PCCU and Nursing Scholarships.
Caregiver representatives from various departments described each of these gifts and how they are being used at the hospital. Their excitement and heartfelt appreciation for these gifted programs and equipment was palpable!
We also heard from our Guild member liaisons to various institutes in the Health Center who updated fellow members on exciting new programs and research at Providence Saint John's. One example was guild member Kathy Yawitz's update on the Pacific Neuroscience Institute (PNI).
She said that PNI has been creating “a roadmap to brain health.” This combines memory training, exercise, and nutritional-based curriculum. They are offering classes to the community, with various packages to choose from and individual, group and virtual sessions available for varying time lengths and prices. One example was a class called Vital Minds – catered towards individuals experiencing cognitive changes, covering brain-healthy behaviors such as diet, exercise, sleep, stress reduction, cognitive stimulation, and memory strategies. She mentioned another class addressing memory care, helpful for individuals, loved ones and for home health caregivers. Another class, LifestyleHealth Coaching, offers virtual classes which focus on healthy lifestyle behaviors including sleep, stress management, exercise, diet – certainly something that all of us could appreciate. This and many other classes are available at affordable prices.
For more information, please refer to the Pacific Neuroscience Institute's website.www.pacificneuroscienceinstitute.org/brain-health/lifestyle/
Because the Guild has members who serve as liaisons to Saint John's Health Center and its Institutes of excellence; we can be apprised of small needs that we can fulfill to support the high level of care at Saint John's.
During the summer surge in COVID, the Guild was able to provide the staff in the Emergency Department with a pizza party at the end of July, giving the caregivers a needed break from their routine. Small events like this can help raise the morale of the staff which then gets carried forward. We so appreciate our caregivers in the ED and throughout the Health Center!
In mid-September, the Guild will also host our annual 'Treats for Caregivers' which provides treats for caregivers throughout Saint John's for the day and night shifts. To help us provide support for Saint John's caregivers who support our community, consider making a tax-deductible donation.
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IRENE DUNNE GUILD SUPPORTS DOCTORS/NURSES DURING COVID-19
This year, the Irene Dunne Guild’s yearly patron drive funds going are going to help support doctors and nurses at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, during the Covid-19 pandemic. The drive is a letter-writing campaign from the more than 120 Guild members to friend, families and associates in the community requesting donations.
From the drive so far, movie trailers were rented for the staff, so they were able to shower and change before leaving the hospital for home. Guild funds have also paid for a laundry service to wash the scrubs for the staff and purchased new scrubs to have on hand when needed.
Additionally, 10 new iPads were bought and distributed between intensive care, emergency room and the progressive coronary care unit. One of the iPads was for labor and delivery so the fathers, who cannot be in the hospital, can see their new babies when they are born.
Each year, the Guild, which has about 51 Palisadian members, typically provides more than $100,000 to St. John’s and has funded a natural birthing center, an ultrasound machine, portable childbirth monitors, an OB/GYN table and a Fast Track system for the emergency room.
As well, the Guild has created numerous programs, including a hospital gift shop, a volunteer effort called Angels of the ER, a library of books, CDs and DVDs for patients and waiting loved ones, toys for children in the hospital, childbirth classes, lactation classes and a clothing closet to aid patients.
Founded in 1987, the Guild has raised more than $17 million for Saint John’s vital programs, equipment and special projects.
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