When most people think of Da Vinci, they often think of the famous painting of Mona Lisa, and her mysterious smile. At the end of the evening on Saturday, March 24, over 480 attending the "Evening for da Vinci" at the National Orange Show had an even bigger reason to smile than when they arrived. Due to the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations, more than $280,000 was raised for the da Vinci® Surgical System at St. Bernardine's Surgical Center. The ultimate goal is to raise over $2,000,000 for this state of the art piece of equipment. It was a festive evening of delicious food, silent and live auction items, & entertainment. Julie Bearie, Committee Chair for the Gala, was assisted by dozens of volunteers, including many who work for the hospital. It was a evening designed to benefit the St. Bernardine Medical Center Foundation. At a gala like this, you expect to rub shoulders and to see certain people - politicians, business owners, physicians and high-level staff in attendance. To me, though, what was most memorable, were the people of every walk of life, that work at, donate to, support financially, and volunteer their time at St.Bernardine Medical Center. The joy and pride of the STAFF that were there, was evident and touching. And telling. I spoke at length to people that work physicians and nurses, to radiology techs. Also though, talking to people in transportation pushing a gurney, to people that are back ups cleaning the surgical equipment. Their faces absolutely glowed with pride about THEIR hospital. In a future article we will spotlight some of what they do... and why. Is St. B's 'perfect?' Of course not, but these employees, at all levels, feel as tho they are 'listened' to. That they matter.
You may question "WHY a $2 million dollar piece of equipment? St. Bernardine Medical Center is constantly searching for ways to improve care at the hospital, and this year the Medical Center has decided to add a da Vinci Robotic System to its mix of services. It is not just a 'another machine." Many consider this a VITAL piece of equipment. The da Vinci Surgical System is designed to overcome liitations of traditional laparoscopy, offering a minimally invasive solution to a broader base of patients. This is accomplished through 3D vision. There was a da Vinci machine at the gala, and people of all ages were 'oohing and aahing' at how adept they were in guiding the machine. One doctor commented:
“Being a laparoscopic surgeon, I understand the advantages of the Da Vinci Robot as it offers the ability for surgeons to operate under much more ideal conditions, making surgery safer, more effective and with better outcomes for the patients we treat. It is a natural continuation of the laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery that physicians and patients pursue.”
- Dr. Keith A. Schauermann, M.D.
Also, though, one of THE most critical things is to RECRUIT the "best and brightest" medical professionals from the top medical and nursing schools around the country. If you do not have 'cutting edge' equipment, you are severely limited in who you can even get to interview, much less join the staff.
Hundreds of people give to St. Bernardine's to make it a top ranked provider of health care. The two "Diamond Sponsors" were Mr. Ronald R. Rezek & Family, as well as The St. Bernardine Medical Center Medical Staff. Ron Rezek is the President of the Foundation Board. Special recognition was given to James Ramos, as well as the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, for their continual generosity to many departments at St Bernardine's. James said after the event: "St. Bernardine's has given to the community since 2012. They turn no one away. I grew up with limited to no health care. It is imperative that we help St. Bernardine's to continue their legacy of quality personal medical attention. They are carrying on the mission of the Sisters OF Charity of the Incarnate Word. Every person in San Bernardino benefits when we improve the quality of life in this region." A highlight of the evening was the story of one person who was NOT in attendance. Philip M Savage IV, an attorney was skiing with his family. He was there on the big screen, just under two months after having had the da Vinci equipment that may have saved HIS life. In 1928, San Bernardino was a rapidly expanding community, with little access to quality medical facilities. It was then that Dr. Philip Savage, a well-respected and highly-credentialed local surgeon, approached Father Patrick Dunn, pastor of St. Bernardine Catholic Church, with his dream for a first-class hospital. He had personally experienced the level of care and compassion provided by the Franciscan Sisters who operated the Catholic St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. That level of care - for body, mind and spirit - was Dr. Savage's vision for San Bernardino.
With the support of Father Dunn, Dr. Savage approached Mother Mary Placidus, Superior General of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Houston, Texas with a dream: to build a hospital that would care for a community in need. On October 10, 1931, California Governor James J. Rolph laid the cornerstone of the new hospital and convent. It was named to honor Bernardino Albizeschi, an Italian who exhibited exceptional courage and compassion during the plague of 1400 which killed thousands and later earned him the title Saint Bernardine.
It was a spectacular night. For those that work at the Medical Center and Foundation, the 13th Annual "Gathering at Twilight" was a great success, but they are doing much more. Their emergency room is ranked highest in speed of response to patients of critical need with wait times as low as five minutes! All of this is made possible due to an exceptional staff, and the ability to fund necessary components by virtue of generosity fro the community. YOU can help - with your time, talents and treasures. Two hours a week - or $20 makes a difference. To learn how you can help, call the Foundation at 909.881.4516, or go to the Foundation website HYPERLINK "http://www.supportstbernardine.org/"http://www.supportstbernardine.org to learn more about how to support St.Bernardine Medical Center and continue their tradition of service and caring.
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