Gifts, 2014

The Rideout Health Foundation was able to give some incredible gifts to Rideout Health facilities and programs this year. Here are some of the highlights for Fiscal Year 2013-2014.

The Foundation's funding, donations and purchases this year included:

  • Gift cards for Maternity classes to encourage mom's-to-be to attend.
  • Nursing - New Grad Kick Off and Education for the Sexual Assault Response Team nurses
  • The Daisy Award for Nurses, a national program recognizing nurses who go the extra distance for patients. The 2014 recipients (Inger Thomas Jackson-Maternity; Sarah Belmonte- CVICU; Chi Vang- Rideout Hospital; Amanda Staas- Labor and Delivery. Please stand if you are with us tonight.
  • Lung Cancer Program – Celebration of Life Dinner and Celebration
  • Exercise Equipment to complete the outdoor rehabilitation area at The Fountains
  • Cardiovascular Service Line Education
  • A diabetes education symposium for professional caregivers
  • The Quality of Life attendant at The Fountains, our Skilled Nursing facility
  • Brand new dishware for the Gardens and Courtyard patients to enhance and encourage healthy eating
  • Rideout Hospice Discretionary Fund:
    • Thanksgiving dinners and memorial boxes for hospice families;
    • Veteran's Project
    • Camp Hug for children who lost a loved-one
  • Rideout Cancer Center's Patient Discretionary Fund:
    • Radiant wraps for breast cancer patients;
    • Comfort bags for chemotherapy patients;
    • Cancer Survivor Celebration

At both the Cancer Center and Hospice, Patient Discretionary Funds assist patients with food, medications, utilities, fuel and medical equipment expenses, and in some cases even rent or mortgage expenses and funeral expenses in the case of Hospice clients.

Since the Funds were established in 2008, more than $90,000 has been distributed to more than 400 patients in need.

This year, the Foundation's FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM earmarked funds in support of the education of current and future healthcare professionals. Allocations included:

  • Loans to Rideout Health employees furthering their education in healthcare including nursing, from RN to Bachelors in Nursing or Masters in Nursing degree, respiratory and physical therapy.
  • Jan Frank Nursing Leadership Scholarships to Rideout Health Nurses: Devinder Pannu, Vivian Tuekpe, Vimaljit Wagha, Julia Olson and Sukwinder Sidhu, all Registered Nurses pursuing their Bachelors degree. Please stand if you are with us tonight
  • $20,000 in scholarships to 16 area high school and college students pursuing higher education in healthcare
  • Dorothy C. Wisner Teen Leadership Scholarships to TLC alumni who have been accepted into college/university.

Our TEEN LEADERSHIP COUNCIL comprised this year of 39 local high school students interested in pursuing medical and healthcare-related careers. The Teen Leadership Council Program consists of three educational elements

  • Healthcare Education
  • Community Service
  • Philanthropy

The program also encourages them to be engaged citizens, no matter what career path they follow. Special thanks to their school liaisons for coordinating their participation and support

And, finally – we want to tell you a bit about our latest quest to teach our community about staying fit and healthy: The Rideout Healthy Kids

To support our community wellness initiative, the Rideout Healthy Kids program, is an engaging live musical show sharing the message of good nutrition and exercise – and has been playing at school assemblies to great applause since January 2014.

The troupe has already shared RH's message with more than 60 school assemblies and more than 11,000 K-8th grade students in Yuba and Sutter counties.

Slated to tour through at least 2016, the Rideout Healthy Kids program teaches, inspires and thoroughly entertains and delights audiences of every age with its message of healthy living!

Besides all the singing and dancing and comedy, teachers are able to follow up with classroom lesson plans and materials, including a "Healthy Habits Checklist" that goes home with every child, enabling their family to chart their healthy habit choices. Area administrators, educators and students have responded enthusiastically to the RHK's program.

All of this comes to a grand – A VERY GRAND TOTAL of $176,573.00. And as mentioned earlier, the Breast Imaging Campaign goal of $425,000.00 was also accomplished this year. All thanks to our donors and supporters.