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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