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Local Girl Scout pays it forward

Posted on Jun 4, 2018 in Children's Services, Memorial Medical Center

 

Girl Scout Julisa Solorio delivers baby blankets

MODESTO, Calif.Julisa Solorio was born 13 years ago…about 14 weeks earlier than planned. Now, 13 years later, she is repaying an act of kindness shown her mother during a very trying time.

For her Girl Scouts Silver Award project, Julisa organized a group to assist her in sewing 50 handmade baby blankets. She and her mom recently delivered the baby blankets to Memorial Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and Memorial’s staff were more than happy to accept them.

Julisa was born at 26 weeks and weighed 2 pounds, 3.8 ounces. “We were on vacation in Squaw Valley when contractions started,” said Angelica Solorio, Julisa’s mom. Read More

Let the music play! Memorial Medical Center celebrates piano donation

Posted on May 31, 2018 in Cancer, Community Benefit, Memorial Hospital Foundation, Memorial Medical Center

 

MODESTO, Calif. – Music helps in the healing process. Music brings comfort, excitement, emotion and energy to patients, family members and caregivers. Now—thanks to a Memorial Hospital Foundation campaign, and donations by employees, volunteers, clinicians and a local music family—all who enter Memorial Medical Center (MMC) will join in the experience.

At an unveiling event in the North Tower lobby, Memorial Hospital Foundation and MMC leaders, along with employees, clinicians and others, celebrated the arrival of the Yamaha grand piano and enjoyed both live performances and the auto-play capability the piano offers.

“Patients, families and employees will hear the sweet sounds of music, contributing even more to the healing environment at Memorial Medical Center,” said Lisa Hume, Director of Philanthropy for Sutter Health’s South Valley. “We are so happy to be able to offer this enhanced experience, and can’t wait to share it with everyone.”

Memorial Medical Center teams have provided music therapy to cancer patients at the bedside at Memorial Medical Center since 2005.

“This creates a beautiful environment for everyone as they come in and out of our lobby,” said Justine Hancock-Marsh, a board certified music therapist who will help determine the types of music best suited for creating a soothing atmosphere in the lobby. “It helps create a more healing environment for our patients.”

Porges family honored for helping create “Pathway” to good health

Posted on May 24, 2018 in Cardiac, Expanding Access

L-R: Lauren Schmidt, Leia Schmidt, Evan Porges, Norm Porges, Marilyn Porges, and Ronna Porges celebrate the pathway to good health created by their support of the Heart and Vascular Institute.

MODESTO, Calif. – May 24, 2018 –The Porges family, owners of the successful chain of Prime Shine Car Wash locations in the Central Valley, was recently honored during a reception acknowledging their $100,000 donation to Memorial Hospital Foundation for the Sutter Health Heart & Vascular Institute at Memorial Medical Center.

The hall that leads to the Heart and Vascular Institute on the 3rd floor of MMC’s North Tower is now known as the “Porges Family Pathway to Your Good Health.”

“Prime Shine has been a part of the Central Valley for over twenty-seven years, and we couldn’t be more proud that we have the ability to donate to this institute,” said Evan Porges, Prime Shine Car Wash president. “It will provide our community vital heart care, not just today, but for generations to come.”

The institute allows MMC to place a renewed emphasis, not only on providing new treatments for heart disease, but also new ways to prevent this devastating illness — the number one killer in America. Heart disease can strike anyone at any time, without regard for age, ethnicity or gender. Half of men and two-thirds of women who die suddenly of coronary artery disease have had no symptoms and no known risk factors. Read More

Sutter Health helps launch Street Medicine Team in the Central Valley

Posted on May 7, 2018 in Community Benefit, Expanding Access

MODESTO, Calif. – Sutter Health, along with its affiliated hospitals and medical foundations, continues to implement innovative efforts to address the health care needs of those experiencing homelessness in the Central Valley. The latest efforts include news of an expanding partnership with Golden Valley Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).

The GVHC Street Medicine Team. L-R: Sandra Arevalo, Community Health Worker; Hortensia Maldonado, LVN – Street Nurse; and Alma Chaves, Community Health Worker

With the help of a community health investment by Sutter Health, a Street Medicine Team (SMT) — consisting of a licensed vocational nurse and community health workers from Golden Valley — is travelling throughout the Modesto and Los Banos communities to provide essential whole health services.

“The SMT model is based on the Street Nurse program (launched in Sacramento in partnership with WellSpace Health) that has seen positive results and health outcomes,” said Holly Harper, Director of External Affairs for Sutter Health’s Valley Area. Read More

Memorial Medical Center recognized for its work with donor program

Posted on Apr 24, 2018 in Organ Donation

Christine Samuel Loudermilk-Donor Network West, donation program liaison; June Wallace-Donor Network West, community outreach liaison; Ginny Jimenez, RN, MMC Donor Council; Linda Horn, MMC CEO; Betty Lopez, MMC CNE; Kim Patton-Donor Network West, regional director

MODESTO, Calif. – At a “Donate Life Day” event on Memorial Medical Center’s campus in Modesto, staff and leaders were presented with a “Platinum Recognition” proclamation from Donor Network West, acknowledging the incredible work MMC’s team does to promote organ, eye and tissue donations in our community.

“We are very much dedicated to creating awareness about organ donation,” said Ginny Jimenez, RN, a member of MMC’s Donor Council. “It is important that we educate the community, our staff and others about the need for donors to register with the appropriate organ donor registries in their area.”

Donor Network West serves as the federally designated Organ Procurement Organization in Northern/Central California and Northern Nevada and works in close partnership with families, doctors, nurses, and coroners in hospitals to connect donors to recipients.

MMC’s “Donor Day” activities included a display of information at tables in the hospital lobby, including teaching tools to help staff and visitors learn about organ donation options. MMC’s CEO and CNE also conducted a flag-raising ceremony to proudly fly the “Donate Life” flag the entire month of April.