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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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We are pleased to announce that beginning at 6 p.m. tonight, caregivers will have access to showers so they may wash before heading home after their shift. These showers are available for all shifts and are located in the valet lot (between hospital and Sunshine Café). Look for the Star Wagons [parked at the Health Center]. The showers are equipped with body wash, shampoo, wash cloths and towels. A big shout out to our operations team, Saint John’s Health Center Foundation and the Irene Dunne Guild who have been working on this project for over a week. We appreciate you!
The Irene Dunne Guild has been allocating funds from our Patron Drive to support caregivers at this crucial time of need during the Covid-19 pandemic. To help us provide even more support to our caregivers, please click the links on this site to donate to our Patron Drive fund. Thank you for your support!
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