Gary Cooke
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December 31, 2013
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Community giving equals better care for hospital patients

People who think their individual donations don’t matter might want to talk with Kimberly Parker, executive director of the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation.

The Foundation, its staff, board and volunteers have raised millions over the years in support of local hospital needs, and about 80 percent of those who give are individuals. The gifts may range from a few dollars to thousands of dollars each, but each gift accumulates to make a difference, she said.

“During this season of reflection and giving, the staff and boards of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and Foundation wish to express our deepest appreciation to those individuals and businesses that supported the hospital this year,” Parker said.

“Philanthropy touches every patient, every family member, and every health professional who provides care,” she said

As of November of this year, more than 2,000 donors who made contributions in 2013, added up to more than $1.7 million, a figure that also includes a major grant received to help the hospital convert to community-wide electronic medical records. In addition, individuals and businesses made in-kind donations adding up to over $92,000.

“Giving makes an impact in almost every corner of our hospital,” Parker said. “The generosity of our donors has made a difference for patients and their families in cardiac care, cardiac rehab, cancer, diagnostics, breast care, nursing, our emergency room, women and infant care, and more.”

“We believe in the power of human kindness and human connections,” she stated. “We see it every day through the generosity of friends, neighbors, and strangers who may never know how much goodness, hope, and gratitude is felt by our patients.”

In 2013, the Foundation made a million-dollar gift to SNMH to help with its needs. Now it is in the midst of an effort to raise $1.2 million for new equipment. The current campaign includes funding for a whole breast ultrasound unit in the Women’s Imaging Center, for early detection of breast cancer. Other equipment being funded for the hospital includes an oncology simulator, CT and interventional radiology suite. So far, the campaign has raised about $700,000, Parker said.

The new equipment makes SNMH one of the leading hospitals in the nation providing these advanced diagnostic tools that help detect cancer earlier to save more lives.

Community members and businesses have been responding this year despite the economic and employment issues that have caused the nation as a whole to struggle, she said. Giving is especially important during difficult economic times, she noted. Gifts of all sizes make a difference, she said. Small gifts add up to meaningful, cumulative support.

“Economic pressures in healthcare require a solid and growing philanthropic base to sustain top quality hospital care,” she said. “The number of uninsured patients has continued to grow. More people are becoming Medicare eligible. The cost to healthcare continues to rise, and that makes gifts from community members more important now than ever.”

For information on how to give or how to get involved with SNMH Foundation, call 530-477-9700 or go online to

All physicians providing care for patients at SNMH are members of the medical staff and are independent practitioners, not employees of the hospital.

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