When a serious accident occurs or life-threatening illness strikes, time is of the essence. Community members seek emergency care at Marian Regional Medical Center because they are in crisis. Marian Medical’s Emergency Department’s expert health care professionals stand ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide immediate care in order to save lives, prolong lives, and improve the quality of life for all in need.
Since the opening of the new hospital’s 32-bed Emergency Department in 2012, Marian’s patient volume has quickly grown from 4,000 visits per month to peaks of greater than 7,000 visits in some months. In only four years since the opening of our beautiful new hospital, they are now providing emergency care to nearly 300 patients per day, with children now representing up to 30% of those patients. Due to this record growth, Marian is in need of more space to continue meeting the community’s growing emergency and trauma care needs.
To provide the community with the facilities, technology, and medical experts of the future, the Marian Foundation initiated the Emergency Services Expansion Project to raise $2 million from community donations. In addition to elevating the level of emergency care provided to all community members, the expansion will advance the level of skill provided and support further expansion of patient services.
So far, the Marian Foundation has seen an overwhelmingly positive response from the local community.
“We launched the expansion campaign at our August 2015 Annual Dinner and raised more than $300,000 from a sold-out event for the project,” said Jessa Brooks, Vice President of Philanthropy at the Marian Foundation. “Marian employees also endorsed the need by contributing generously during the iGive employee giving campaign in October, and in November, we launched a formal committee comprised of Foundation Board members and agricultural business leaders to garner support.”
These combined efforts have raised nearly $1.4 million for the Emergency Services Expansion Project—many of which represented significant generous gifts from the local agricultural community as well as donations from other local businesses.
One of those local donors was Home Motors Chevrolet/Cadillac, who recently made a generous $50,000 contribution to the project. “We are excited to be partnered with such a great cause,” Home Motors General Manager Tim Ritchie said. “The hospital does great things, and we feel fortunate we have this opportunity to give back. I can’t think of a better cause.”
The survival of emergency patients depends on the quality and proximity to lifesaving emergency and trauma care, and the Emergency Services Project will help assure our area has access to the best in emergency services. This project is a sound investment in the health of the local community and will redefine emergency care for Santa Maria and the Central Coast.
If you would like to learn more about the project or are interested in making a donation, contact the Marian Foundation at (805) 739-3595.