Giving a little extra at holiday time

Employees, volunteers and physicians are showing their holiday spirit by doing extra kind deeds for others during the holidays. It’s happening throughout the Community Medical Centers network and here are just a few examples found at Community Regional Medical Center.

Just some of the children’s clinic do-gooders: (from left to right)
Abigail Javaux, Betty Hernandez, Michelle Escalante, Letty Gonzalez, Marisol Vasquez, Debbie Sharpe, Eva Gonzalez, Dr. Linda Tran and Jeanette Gracia.

Staff and physicians at the children’s clinic in the Deran Koligian Ambulatory Care Center pooled resources to make sure sick kids went home with more than the medical attention they needed. From their own pockets, they bought gifts for children – infants to adolescents – and handed them out during doctor visits. They took care to make sure there were gifts that appealed to each age group. To help promote literacy among patient families, the clinic staff also partnered with a community group to provide free books to patients and any siblings who came along for the doctor visit.

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Gifts for our tiniest patients

To celebrate the Christmas season of giving, the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) staff and the nursing directors from Community Regional Medical Center collected gifts for their tiny patients and their families. The nurses are donating toys and stuffed animals to families with patients currently in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and Antepartum Unit, for those with high risk pregnancies, to wish them a warm holiday.

Staff prepared an ornament for each patient which included their age and gender. About 15 families will be receiving gifts from the NICU staff and the nursing directors to show their love and support and to help them get through a holiday season spent in the hospital.

Kaitlin Ross reported this story. She can be reached at

Bringing cheer to domestic abuse victims

The nurses and clinical staff of Community Regional’s Cardiac Progressive Care Unit and 7-West floor gathered a carload of clothing and toys to donate items to the Marjaree Mason Center, which aids victims of domestic abuse and children exposed to family violence.  Both new and gently used items were donated for the women and children who are provided shelter in a safe, supportive environment at the center. 

Erin Kennedy reported this story. She can be reached at