The Rideout Health Foundation was able to give some incredible gifts to
Rideout Health facilities and programs this year. Here are some of the
highlights for Fiscal Year 2013-2014.
The Foundation's funding, donations and purchases this year included:
- Gift cards for Maternity classes to encourage mom's-to-be to attend.
- Nursing - New Grad Kick Off and Education for the Sexual Assault Response
- The Daisy Award for Nurses, a national program recognizing nurses who go
the extra distance for patients. The 2014 recipients (Inger Thomas Jackson-Maternity;
Sarah Belmonte- CVICU; Chi Vang- Rideout Hospital; Amanda Staas- Labor
and Delivery. Please stand if you are with us tonight.
- Lung Cancer Program – Celebration of Life Dinner and Celebration
- Exercise Equipment to complete the outdoor rehabilitation area at The Fountains
- Cardiovascular Service Line Education
- A diabetes education symposium for professional caregivers
- The Quality of Life attendant at The Fountains, our Skilled Nursing facility
- Brand new dishware for the Gardens and Courtyard patients to enhance and
encourage healthy eating
Rideout Hospice Discretionary Fund:
- Thanksgiving dinners and memorial boxes for hospice families;
- Veteran's Project
- Camp Hug for children who lost a loved-one
- Rideout Cancer Center's Patient Discretionary Fund:
- Radiant wraps for breast cancer patients;
- Comfort bags for chemotherapy patients;
- Cancer Survivor Celebration
At both the Cancer Center and Hospice, Patient Discretionary Funds assist
patients with food, medications, utilities, fuel and medical equipment
expenses, and in some cases even rent or mortgage expenses and funeral
expenses in the case of Hospice clients.
Since the Funds were established in 2008, more than $90,000 has been distributed
to more than 400 patients in need.
This year, the Foundation's FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
earmarked funds in support of the education of current and future healthcare
professionals. Allocations included:
- Loans to Rideout Health employees furthering their education in healthcare
including nursing, from RN to Bachelors in Nursing or Masters in Nursing
degree, respiratory and physical therapy.
- Jan Frank Nursing Leadership Scholarships to Rideout Health Nurses: Devinder
Pannu, Vivian Tuekpe, Vimaljit Wagha, Julia Olson and Sukwinder Sidhu,
all Registered Nurses pursuing their Bachelors degree. Please stand if
you are with us tonight
- $20,000 in scholarships to 16 area high school and college students pursuing
higher education in healthcare
- Dorothy C. Wisner Teen Leadership Scholarships to TLC alumni who have been
accepted into college/university.
TEEN LEADERSHIP COUNCIL comprised this year of 39 local high school students interested in pursuing
medical and healthcare-related careers. The Teen Leadership Council Program
consists of three educational elements
- Healthcare Education
- Community Service
The program also encourages them to be engaged citizens, no matter what
career path they follow. Special thanks to their school liaisons for coordinating
their participation and support
And, finally – we want to tell you a bit about our latest quest to
teach our community about staying fit and healthy: The Rideout Healthy Kids
To support our community wellness initiative, the Rideout Healthy Kids
program, is an engaging live musical show sharing the message of good
nutrition and exercise – and has been playing at school assemblies
to great applause since January 2014.
The troupe has already shared RH's message with more than 60 school
assemblies and more than 11,000 K-8th grade students in Yuba and Sutter counties.
Slated to tour through at least 2016, the Rideout Healthy Kids program
teaches, inspires and thoroughly entertains and delights audiences of
every age with its message of healthy living!
Besides all the singing and dancing and comedy, teachers are able to follow
up with classroom lesson plans and materials, including a "Healthy
Habits Checklist" that goes home with every child, enabling their
family to chart their healthy habit choices. Area administrators, educators
and students have responded enthusiastically to the RHK's program.
All of this comes to a grand – A VERY GRAND TOTAL of $176,573.00.
And as mentioned earlier, the Breast Imaging Campaign goal of $425,000.00
was also accomplished this year. All thanks to our donors and supporters.