St. Joseph Hospital Kicks Off $50-Million Fundraising Campaign to Raise Funds for “A Healthier Community”

Released on: October 16, 2015, 8:56 am (EDT)
Industry: Healthcare

Orange, CA, October 16, 2015 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- "Innovating for a Healthier Community” Campaign Launches at ‘Celebration 2015’ Gala in Newport Beach on October 17th Featuring Jay Leno

To expand its mission of caring for the underserved and to bolster its life-saving emergency services, St. Joseph Hospital in Orange will launch a comprehensive, multi-million dollar campaign among more than 500 guests, including local business leaders, physicians, staff and community supporters at “The Gooding and Immell Families Celebration 2015 presented by Ron and Marsha Moeller,” its annual gala, which will be held on Saturday, October 17 at 6 p.m. at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa.

The event will serve as the official launch of St. Joseph Hospital’s “Innovating for a Healthier Community” comprehensive fundraising campaign, which will encompass innovative programs and technology; Structural Heart Disease program, the Care for the Poor Endowment, the Emergency Care Center, The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, nursing excellence and advanced imaging technology.

“It’s an honor to lead this special Foundation event that makes an impact for so many residents of Orange County,” said Valerie and Geoff Fearns, co-chairs of this year’s gala. “It will be a special celebration and one that marks the launch of a campaign to improve the health and welfare of our community.”

The St. Joseph Hospital Celebration 2015 event will include a reception, silent auction and a raffle featuring travel packages, electronics, sporting packages, a KIA Soul, items created by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, and more. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to bid on exciting live auction items. This year, the Spirit of St. Joseph Award will be presented to Janice Ramsay-Gonzales, Scot Berlinski, and Ron and Marsha Moeller. Dinner will be accompanied by live entertainment starring Jay Leno.

Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist…it’s no wonder that Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.”

After the program, guests are invited to the after-party, featuring a DJ and dancing.

The Fearns added “Thanks to the support of generous donors to this initiative, it’s a powerful philanthropic investment that will make a difference that matters, 24 hours a day.

The Emergency Care Center, with more than 82,000 patient visits annually, is undergoing extensive renovation to improve patient privacy and reduce wait times.

Additionally, The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment will feature new technological developments, including the latest PET/CT scanner, a three-dimensional tomosynthesis mammography, a linear accelerator used in target radiation therapy, and Intraoperative Radiation Therapy treatment used after lumpectomy procedures, as well as support for Cancer Research and Navigator programs.

St. Joseph Hospital will also acquire a new 3T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), which has double the imaging power of typical hospital MRI units.

The new Structural Heart Disease Program will concentrate on correcting congenital and serious heart conditions that have traditionally required open-heart surgery – using minimally invasive techniques. Best of all, those who wouldn’t be able to tolerate open-heart procedures – older seniors and very young children – will lead better, healthier lives.

Nurses at St. Joseph Hospital have earned the Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and will receive support through the Nursing Excellence fund, which will include an endowment component, for resources to improve patient care and clinical expertise.

The Care for the Poor program helps families who are struggling financially to improve their health through the hospital’s on site and mobile clinics.

Past support helped to fund the hospital's Center for Breast Imaging and Diagnosis and The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment and built the Patient Care Center.

To learn more about underwriting opportunities or the Innovating for a Healthier Community campaign please contact the Foundation at 714-347-7900 or


About St. Joseph Hospital
Founded in 1929, St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California, is a nationally recognized, 525-bed, not-for-profit Catholic hospital dedicated to extending the healing ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission and designated as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, St. Joseph Hospital's reputation for clinical excellence and compassionate, family-centered care draws patients from all over the United States. This is one reason why St. Joseph Hospital was named one of the top 10 hospitals in the Los Angeles/Orange County area by U.S. News & World Report. With a highly recognized 1,000-member medical staff and more than 3,800 support staff, St. Joseph Hospital is home to more than 75 specialty programs, including The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, the Heart and Vascular Center and a nationally acclaimed Orthopedics program that has been ranked among the top 50 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Equally important is St. Joseph Hospital's dedication to caring for the medically underserved through health education programs, a free-standing medical and dental clinic, and mobile health vans. St. Joseph Hospital depends on philanthropic support from the community to carry out its mission. These efforts are coordinated through the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.

Contact-Details: Miller Geer & Associates/James Chisum
3532 Katella Ave., Suite 110
Los Alamitos, CA 90720

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