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Rotary Club of Clearlake Pledges $25,000 for NewER




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Rotary Club of Clearlake Pledges $25,000 for NewER

February 9, 2012 Clearlake, CA-In October, St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake embarked on a major renovation of its emergency room facilities, the busiest in the area. Now, a significant community donation is bringing Clear Lake’s NewER closer to reality.

The Rotary Club of Clearlake has pledged $25,000, to be presented February 8, 2012 at St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake. The Rotary Club of Clearlake will be recognized with naming of one of St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake’s Emergency Department new private treatment room.

"We saw a true need here, where our contributions could make a significant – even life-saving – difference in our community," said Karen Karnatz, president of the Rotary Club. "We believe this is an important project, and we want to help make the hospital a place our community can be proud of."

"It's a gift with a legacy for our children and grandchildren," said supporter Dr. Mark Cooper.

"This $25,000 pledge shows that our community cares. It is an unprecedented amount for any service organization in Lake County to give," said Melissa Kinsel, St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake Development Officer. "With so many needs in this county, there are many, many opportunities to give. This donation highlights just how important the hospital is to this community."

The renovations include expanding and upgrading the original cramped 1960s-era emergency room to provide faster, better care for patients, and an increase in patient care staff. "We've already made so much progress in streamlining operations and hiring quality, compassionate staff," said Kinsel. "This gift will make a positive impact on the availability of quality health care for everyone in our county."

Adventist Health, St. Helena Hospital’s parent organization, provided the first $9M for the $12.1M project, and challenged the hospital to fund the remainder from within the community. The campaign has raised almost $1.3M including a gift $1M gift from Redbud Health Care District.

"We still have a way to go, but I am encouraged by this gift," said Kinsel. "I know there are others who will see this and think, ‘I want to help, too.’ The hospital is such a tangible operation; donors can actually see their dollars being put to work. There’s a lot of satisfaction in knowing that you had some part in the saving of lives in your own community."

David Santos, Vice President of St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake, expressed his gratitude to the Rotary Club. "Our sincere appreciation to the Rotary Club of Clearlake for this significant gift and helping our Hospital improve the quality of patient care."

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