History of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation
Our journey began with a vision that inspired action. In 1941 local businessman
and philanthropist Bruce Church called upon other influential citizens
such as T.R. Merrill to lead more than 175 civic leaders in a major fundraising
effort to build a hospital for the people of the Salinas Valley. Bruce
Church generously donated the land where the hospital stands today.
Since 1981, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation has served a vital
role in helping to provide advanced medical technology and services to
patients and their families. Philanthropic support has enabled this single
hospital to grow into an integrated network of healthcare programs, services
and facilities throughout the Central Coast, delivering the highest level
of medical care to those we serve.
Take a look at our timeline:
Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation, Inc. received its letters
of federal and state tax-exempt status, 501 (c)3 nonprofit status.
Foundation held its first special event, the “Royal Feast in the
First Annual "Los Paseos de los Rancheros" trail ride at Rana
Creek Ranch. "Seeds for the Future" campaign begun. First Annual
“Children’s Miracle Network (CMNH) Gourmet Gala.” First
Annual “Children’s Miracle Network Broadcast” held at
First "HUG" (Help Us Grow) employee campaign. First place prize
in special events category of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy
Regional Development Showcase for "Los Paseos de los Rancheros."
First Annual "Las Estrellas del Valle" trail ride held at the
The First Annual "Cherry's Jubilee" held at Laguna Seca.
First Annual "Dream Playhouse Auction."
At the Hospital’s request, the Foundation announced its $2-million
Norman P. Andresen, M.D. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Capital Campaign
(Level II Nursery). The Foundation welcomed the Children’s Miracle
Network under its umbrella.
Capital Campaign to renovate the L.M. Tynan Emergency Department.
First Annual “Berries and Branches” Holiday Home Tour. Fundraising
Campaign for lifesaving automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) to be
placed in law enforcement cars throughout Monterey County. The Foundation
become licensed to sell Annuities. Campaign to endow Chaplaincy position
Grand opening of the William R. Whitney Family Waiting Room. Pharmacy renamed
the Oreggia Family Pharmacy.
Medical Museum in the Downing Resource Center opened. Miracle Child Haley
Baxter attends National CMNH event to represent California.
Capital Campaign committee raised funds for the new Norman P. Andresen
Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Had fundraising campaign for the
DaVinci robotic surgery system.
Raised funds for the Nancy Ausonio Mammography Center. Opening of the Tom
Merrill Lobby in memory of Tom Merrill.
Local Miracle Child Molly Hall of Salinas is named the Children’s
Miracle Network Hospitals Champion for California and attends events in
Washington DC and Orlando, Florida.
Taylor Farms Family Health and Wellness Center built, funded by Capital
Campaign headed up by Norm Nelson, M.D. Golf outing rebranded as the Founders'
Cup Golf Invitational to honor the incredible act of philanthropy enacted
by our community.
Raising funds for the new Diabetes and Endocrine Center. First Physicians