Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC), which along with Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH), and French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC) are Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals, is pleased to be the recipient of donated pediatric care packages from ‘Loretta’s Project,’ a collaboration between Altrusa International of the Golden Valley and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

Gathering with donated dolls

In 2008, Sister Janet Corcoran (OSF), asked then Altrusa President Jackie Brunello for assistance with a hospital project.  The project would entail supplying items of comfort for pediatric patients.  Within the first two weeks of the projects inception, 31 bags were delivered to Marian.

Individual bags are hand stitched to suit children in the pediatric unit and emergency department at MRMC.  The bags are suitable for children between the ages of two and 15 and include age appropriate educational materials, and hand sewn pancake dolls to sooth them during their hospital stay.

“We are so grateful to be able to partner with these two philanthropic groups to provide much needed comfort to the children while they are in the hospital,” says Candice Monge, RN, MSN, MRMC Senior Director of Maternal Child Health Services. “The generosity that these organizations have shown in hand sewing these care packages is acknowledged each time a hospitalized child receives one.”

Loretta Tallamantes, Altrusa International of Golden Valley member, sews each generously donated bag and Jan Lavelle of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church stitches the pancake dolls that are included in the bags.  To date, 1,007 bags have been donated to MRMC.