The Rideout Foundation, Kevin DeHoff from The Country Florist, and Tiffani Montna-Williams of the new Refuge Restaurant joined forces to turn an unfinished storefront's bare walls and cement floor into a Fall Spectacular welcoming the people of the community who have contributed to the success of the Foundation.
DeHoff designed a beautiful mix of orange, golden yellow and burgundy-red colors to transform the storefront into a beautiful fall landscape at the "Evening of Appreciation" held October 27th at the New Earth Marketplace in Yuba City. Giant topiaries and fanciful pumpkin chandeliers filled the space. And, gorgeous table settings featured a tapestry-style tablecloth, fall floral centerpiece and gold-ribbed table settings.
A catered dinner from The Refuge and special entertainment were in store for the evening before the recognition event started. Greg Gomer and Jilleen Menghini, winners of the Foundation's inaugural "Dancing with Our Stars" fundraiser performed a beautiful waltz to set the stage for the evening's program.
The Rideout Health Group Foundation recognized numerous individuals for their commitment to the foundation's programs and activities. Foundation Vice President Carol Ramirez and FRHG Board Chair Darin Gale emceed the event with welcoming comments to the more than 200 guests from FRHG CEO Terri Hamilton.
The Foundation's highest accolade, the Phebe Rideout Award, went to the Morrison family, including John and Trish Morrison and mother Mitzi Morrison who were all in attendance to accept the designation in honor of Gayle Morrison, Mitzi's husband and John's father. Gayle Morrison served on the FRHG Board of Directors.
The Morrison family is well known for their support in both counties for the Rotary Clubs, high school sports, Little League, Yuba College Tennis and the Yuba-Sutter United Way. Many of their community activities also involve healthcare, including the American Cancer Society, Pink October, the Make a Wish Foundation, the Pediatric Tumor Foundation and the Rideout Foundation.
Dorothy Jang accepted the "Philanthropist of the Year" award on behalf of her family and her husband, Woodrow Jang. Woodrow Jang served on the Yuba College Foundation Board of Directors, was Chairman of the Rideout Foundation, as well as President of the Marysville Lion's Club and the Marysville Rotary Club. After Woodrow's passing in 1997, Dorothy carried on the family tradition of community service. She is an ardent supporter of the performing and fine arts, Yuba College, the Friends of the Packard Library, and numerous other civic and charitable organizations. In addition to their volunteer time, the Jang Family has given more than $25,000 to the Foundation in support of non-profit healthcare.
Henry Miller, owner of Valley Truck & Tractor, received the Foundation's Humanitarian Award whose association with Rideout goes back well before the 1983 merger of the two hospitals. Miller served on the board of Rideout Memorial Hospital then on the Fremont-Rideout Board. He has been a solid supporter and participant in all 21 years of the Fairway to Health Golf Tournament. In just one recent year, Henry's name appeared on the donor lists for 17 of the Foundation's memorial funds.
Kevin DeHoff, owner of The Country Florist, was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year. Since 2010 he has sponsored National Make Someone Smile Week, delivering flower arrangements to patients at the Cancer Center, The Courtyard, The Fountains and The Gardens, Rideout Home Health and Hospice and Women & Infants Services at Fremont Medical Center. He is assisted each year by a team of volunteers, including members of the Teen Leadership Council.
Community Service of the Year honors went to Bill Hill and Jim Richmond from Valley Muffler. For the past 11 years Valley Muffler has hosted a car show at their business in Yuba City and raised more than $15,000 for the Cancer Center.
Volunteer Shirley Crumback, President of Rideout Memorial Hospital Auxiliary was also among those recognized. The Auxiliary helps patients, visitors and staff; they run the Surgery Hostess Desk, the Rideout Gift Shop, the Pink Trunk Thrift Shop and they handle floral design. Last year, the Auxiliary donated $20,000 to Rideout Memorial Hospital, the Cancer Center and Rideout Medical Services Organization. They also gave $5,000 to fund the Sherry Hall scholarship.
Lita Wells, a member of the Fremont Medical Center Auxiliary since 1995, was also recognized for her volunteer effort. The Fremont Auxiliary donated more than $10,000 to the Fremont Medical Center and The Fountains, provided funding for education and material management and donated $3,000 to the Rideout Foundation Scholarship Fund.
The California Emergency Physicians Medical Group was recognized for their $50,000 pledge for the Emergency Department expansion. Dr. Rudy Zaragoza, Dr. Mark Alderdice, Dr. Eric Leung and Dr. Marty Spear contributed.
Jerry and Pat Whitten were recognized for donating $50,000 in memory of Pat Whitten's parents to refurbish the chapel at Rideout to create a more comforting environment for patients and their families.
The Geweke Caring for Women Foundation was recognized for its $25,000 donation to pay for two medical-grade computer monitors for the Rideout Women's Imaging Department. The Geweke foundation has been a local leader for raising awareness of breast cancer and raising money for a cure for breast cancer.
Darnell Robinson, Community Development Director Clearinghouse CDFI, and long-time local resident, was honored as a Bequest Society member, a designation in which a donation of $10,000 or more is made to the Foundation as part of a will, trust or other type of estate plan. Robinson joined the Bequest Society to recognize his mother, Ollie M. Robinson. A great loving and caring woman who molded me into the man I am today."
Three more honorees are partners in Cobb, French and Prasad Neurosurgical Associates and the leaders of the Neurosurgery Center at Rideout, which opened in 2009. Each has individually pledged $10,000 in specific support of the new Rideout Tower building.
Recognition was also made to the following physicians who personally contributed to the Foundation over the past year, including: Dr. Mark Agness, Dr. Mark Alderdice, Dr. Jan Babiszewski, Dr. Rupinder Brar, Dr. Steven Blair, Dr. George Broder, Dr. Floyd Burton, Dr. Cully Cobb, Dr. Rajpreet Dhesi, Dr. Daniel Dorsey, Dr. Ashraf Ekdawy, Dr. Michael Fahey, Dr. Barry French, Dr. Nelson Frink, Dr. Ajaipal Gill, Dr. Patrick Griffith, Dr. Jerry Gross, Dr. Vincent Hamilton, Dr. Ed Hanson, Dr. Jasbir Kang, Dr. Venu Kondle, Dr. Susan Lott, Dr. Eric Leung, Dr. John Marsh, Dr. Shahzad Naseem, Dr. Robert Plass, Dr. Praveen Prasad, Dr. Alexandra Reichman, Dr. Marty Spear, Dr. Nick Tran, Dr. Cherry Wy and Dr. Rudy Zaragoza.
The evening also included a recap of the Foundation's annual giving in 2010/2011 of more than $310,000 to support facilities and programs and included the announcement of a $1 million gift to support the Emergency Department expansion to include a Level III Trauma Center and designated STEMI Receiving Center.
Highlights of the Foundation's giving included:
- A gift of $167,000 to purchase Wireless EKG equipment for all Bi-County Ambulances. Bi-County contributed an equal share to ensure total coverage of the Yuba-Sutter area. This equipment allows patient data to be sent to the emergency department while the ambulance is en route, supporting Rideout's new designation as a STEMI Receiving Center certified to handle even the most serious heart attacks.
- The Foundation funded the refurbishment of the Same Day Surgery Patient Room and sponsored the Emergency Department's EMS Day and Disaster Drill at Rideout.
- New Veinlite LEDs were donated to the Pediatric unit to help with enhance intraveneous needs for pediatric patients.
- More than $3,000 went to The Fountains, which houses an extensive Physical Rehabilitation facility, for a putting green to compliment the Outside Mobility Course. A karaoke machine for the Activities Department and a new Activities Cart and Recreation supplies were also purchased.
- Proceeds from a previous endowment by Roy and Peggy Miller paid for another year of salary and benefits for the Quality of Life Attendant who serves residents at The Fountains.
- A $5,000 sound system was installed in the new wing of The Gardens, which houses the Alzheimer's and Special Care Facility.
- A new Automatic Entry System for the Main Doors, refurbished furniture and other decor improvements were made in the lobby at The Courtyard.
- The Foundation provided Discretionary Financial Assistance to Rideout Hospice to assist Hospice patients, staff education, a Lights of Remembrance Memorial Event for Hospice families and transportation for 11 children who had lost a loved one to attend Camp HUG (Hospice Understands Grief).
- At the Rideout Cancer Center, $50,000 in Foundation funding paid for new lobby furnishings, staff education and Discretionary Fund financial assistance for cancer patients, including sponsoring the annual Cancer Survivor celebration.
- Numerous scholarships were given through the Foundation's Financial Aid & Scholarship Program. They included six scholarships to area high school and college students ($6,000); three Dorothy Wisner Teen Leadership Scholarships ($6,000); two Janice Frank Nursing Leadership Scholarship Awards to Will Morrell-Stinson, RN, Rideout & Krista Minton, RN, Fremont; and Employee Educational Loans of more than $16,000.
- The Rideout Teen Leadership Council represents 36 high school students interested in medical and healthcare related careers through the support of the Foundation. The council raised more than $2000 with a newspaper recycling fundraiser sponsored by the Appeal-Democrat and Recology Yuba-Sutter
- The Foundation also supported the Vial of Life program, the Pink October employee fundraiser, the 8th Annual Bless Your Heart Walk & Health Fair and hosted the groundbreaking for the Cancer Center Expansion.