Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Damas De Caridad Continues To Build Dreams

By Erin Wilkinson, For The Daily Bosco

When St. Jude Hospital in Fullerton, CA opened in 1957 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, local philanthropist Marcy Arroues Mulville recognized the value of having a quality hospital in the community.

To help raise money for the hospital, Mulville founded Damas De Caridad in 1961 for the sole mission of supporting St. Jude Hospital through philanthropy.

Over the years, St. Jude Hospital has become one of the premier medical facilities in the region and along the way Damas has donated nearly $2 million to St. Jude and the programs it supports.

In keeping with the mission of support for St. Jude, Damas De Caridad will be holding a major auction fundraiser, "Building Dreams Together", on April 27 at The Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, CA.

All proceeds are earmarked for equipment and technology in patient rooms and surgical suites in the Northwest Tower, which is currently under construction.

As of January 2015, St. Jude Medical Center's two original buildings (built in 1957 and 1962) will no longer meet seismic standards for an acute care medical facility.  As a result, St. Jude has timed the construction and opening of the Northwest Tower to be ready in advance of this deadline.

The Northwest Tower will be a technologically advanced facility featuring 120 patient rooms, nearly all private, and 14 specialized surgical suites, including an advanced neurological suite and hybrid cardiovascular suite.

The private patient rooms will enhance patient confidentiality and improve comfort, both for patients and family members.

A relaxing and beautifully landscaped healing garden will also be available to patients during their recovery.

The Northwest Tower will truly be a magnificent and welcome addition to St. Jude Medical Center that will benefit thousands in the community.

To attend the "Building Dreams Together" Fundraiser on April 27, or to donate an item to the auction or make a financial contribution, be sure to visit www.damasdecaridad.com to request an invitation.

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