MarinHealth Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire philanthropy for the benefit of MarinHealth, held its annual black-tie gala, “Boots and Bling,” on Saturday, Oct. 8. This year’s event, attended by 450 sponsors, exceeded financial expectations by raising nearly $1 million to benefit pediatric emergency services at MarinHealth Medical Center.
The funds raised by the MarinHealth Foundation and this year’s gala will make a difference for North Bay children and their families, as well as MarinHealth’s efforts to ensure access to child-friendly services in their “ouchless” emergency department.
“Together, as a community, we’re enhancing the care for our littlest patients and reassuring their families that MarinHealth is here and well-equipped to serve them,” said Liz Kolcun, MarinHealth Foundation’s president and chief development officer. “We’re so grateful to everyone who made this possible, including Tucky and John Pogue, gala chairs, and long-time supporters of MarinHealth.”
The generous donations of MarinHealth Foundation benefactors will ensure funding for the following critical needs:
- Child life specialist trained in the psychosocial development of children and teens. These professionals support, distract and reassure children receiving pediatric care in an emergency department setting. They also offer guidance and information to concerned parents, siblings and other family members.
- Pediatric nurse liaison who will coordinate with Marin County and hospital staff to monitor and maintain pediatric emergency room standards
- Pediatric education via classes for all emergency room nurses, as well as ongoing training required to maintain pediatric emergency certification
- Special equipment designed for pediatric usage.
Nearly 20% of MarinHealth Medical Center’s patients are pediatric patients. In May 2021, the emergency department achieved certification from Marin County as an advanced pediatric receiving center. This designation assures families that MarinHealth operates an “ouchless” emergency department, where staff specially trained in pediatric care incorporate child-friendly protocols that help take the pain and anxiety out of an emergency visit.