The Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce that Marian Cancer Care and the Mission Hope Cancer Center are the recipients of a generous $75,000 donation from the CoastHills Credit Union’s Community Foundation.  The funding will provide crucial support for those undergoing cancer treatments.

The Mission Hope Cancer Center (MHCC), located on the Marian Regional Medical Center campus, is the region’s only advanced comprehensive cancer care center.  Highly specialized physicians, oncology nurses and therapists provide integrated oncology care to the Central Coast.  Mission Hope features the most advanced technology and provides the entire spectrum of cancer care and a multitude of support services and therapies.  MHCC is affiliated with the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and provides advanced opportunies for patients to participate in clinical trials.  It is accredited as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer and received seven commendations.  Mission Hope is a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award, which is the highest designation awarded to community cancer centers and Marian is one of only three designated programs between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

For the fourth consecutive year, the CoastHills Community Foundation has named MHCC the beneficiary of proceeds from their annual event, Rancho Vino.  This year’s donation of $75,000 brings the total contribution to $282,000 presented to the center.  On September 20, more than 300 people gathered at the Monarch Club at Trilogy for an afternoon of food, spirits, and community.  Culinary vendors provided fine cuisine and local vineyards offered a selection of fine wines for the occasion.  Guests of the event enjoyed a live and silent auction, all for a good cause.

“We are blessed to have such an outstanding treatment facility like Mission Hope right here in our community, and CoastHills Credit Union is honored to be a part of the support system for the past four years,” stated Jeff York, president and CEO of CoastHills Credit Union. “Our Rancho Vino event is a culmination of months of planning, weeks of preparation, and a day of dedicated volunteers making the magic happen. With this year’s event we are approaching $300,000 in fundraising for the cancer center – now that’s “Another Great Day.”

“Once again this year, members of CoastHills have demonstrated their commitment to cancer patients in our area and at Mission Hope Cancer Center,” says Dr. Robert Dichmann, Medical Oncologist and Medical Director for the Mission Hope Cancer Center. “It takes a tremendous amount of work to put on an event like Rancho Vino, and the CoastHills staff once again poured their hearts into this effort on our behalf.  There are numerous other causes that CoastHills could be concentrating on, but we are grateful that they have chosen cancer care as their focus over the last four years.  We will ensure that the money raised by CoastHills will have a significant impact on the lives of cancer patients at MHCC.  We cannot express our gratitude enough.”

This generous donation will greatly benefit MHCC and allow for hope and healing for Central Coast cancer patients and their loved ones.  Although another successful Rancho Vino has concluded, community members can still make donations in support of MHCC. For more information about ways to give, please contact the Marian Foundation at (805) 739-3595.

About Marian Regional Medical Center

Marian Regional Medical Center, located in Santa Maria, California, is rated among the top 10% in the nation for cardiac care and its cancer program is distinguished as the only comprehensive Community Cancer Center on the Central Coast.  The need to meet the demand for quality, technologically-advanced care for a growing community led Marian to open its doors to a new state-of-the-art, 191-bed facility in the spring of 2012.  The new facility houses the largest and most comprehensive perinatology/neonatology service providing the most compassionate, quality care to the littlest of patients. Marian is a Dignity Health member of the Central Coast, which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA and French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, CA. Dignity Health of the Central Coast is an integrated

network of top quality hospitals, physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services including primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers and a full service home health agency; all recognized for quality, safety and service.  Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities.

Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation

The Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation was established in 1982 for the sole purpose of securing philanthropic support for the healing mission of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Penance and Christian Charity in their health care ministry at Marian Regional Medical Center. The Foundation has since become a vital source of support for an expansive array of health care programs and services. Many of which would not have been possible without the generous contributions of those who believe in our mission. The unprecedented generosity of the community supports the provision of the highest levels of care, the latest technologies, and the most innovative treatments for patients and families in the Santa Maria Valley and surrounding communities.

About CoastHills Community Foundation

In 2005, CoastHills Credit Union established a 501(c) (3) organization called CoastHills Community Foundation, to provide a tax- exempt vehicle for members, staff, as well as community individuals and organizations to make charitable contributions that will serve critical community needs in North Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.

Fueled by donations, the Foundation seeks out and provides funding to causes and organizations that address critical issue concerning youth, financial literacy, health, housing, education, as well as our donors’ distinctive causes.

About CoastHills Credit Union

CoastHills Credit Union currently serves more than 58,000 members from Ventura County to Santa Cruz County with 11 branches and a full service call center.  With assets of more than $765 million, CoastHills is one of the largest independently owned financial institutions on the Central Coast.