Group posing with check from NorthBay

Guild Funds Many Wishes at NorthBay

NorthBay Guild volunteers work hard all year long raising money through sales at the gift shops in both hospitals and, up until it closed in September, at Secondhand Rose NorthBay Thriftique. They also raised funds through scrub sales and the annual Golf Classic.

It tallies up to quite a sum, but won't stay in the bank long. It's all earmarked for NorthBay Healthcare departments, as part of the NorthBay Guild Wish List.

“In 2017, our Guild received nearly $300,000 in Wish List requests,” noted Jane Hilliard, director of Volunteer Services.

After reviewing the wishes, Guild members voted to fund $125,000 in requests.

Granted wishes included items such as an epidural positioning device for the Mother/Baby unit, two Automated Chest Compression Devices for the Code Blue team, a bladder scanner for Health at Home & Hospice, cardio equipment for Cardiac Rehabilitation, NICView cameras so parents can keep an eye on their tiny babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a bariatric exam table for use in the Green Valley Center for Primary Care, and patient amenities for the NorthBay Cancer Center and the Joint Replacement Program.

In addition to granting wishes, Guild members donated $25,000 from the Golf Classic and set aside another $10,000 to fund scholarships for employees and teen volunteers pursuing education in a health-related field.

Louise Henry, R.N., clinical practice manager for oncology, was delighted with the $7,500 her department received to offer cancer patients some “feel better” amenities.

“A very big thank you to the Guild members for your great generosity,” she noted. “It is so greatly appreciated! Knowing our patients' journeys and the hardships that they endure during their treatments, I can definitely express their gratitude. We promise to be good stewards of the funds that you donate.”