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TODAY news for Thursday, February 25, 2008

Loma Linda University Children's Hospital news

15th annual LLUCH gala to benefit intensive care area

On Sunday, March 9, the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital will celebrate 15 years of providing Inland Empire children with world-renowned hospital care with its 15th Annual “A Salute to Red, White & You” Gala.  

This signature event is taking place at the San Bernardino National Orange Show Events Center located at 689 South “E” Street in San Bernardino at 5:30 p.m. The eve­ning will include a live and silent auction, dinner, and entertainment by Daniel Rod­riguez and the 29 Palms Combat Center Band.  Mary Parks, NBC4’s Inland Empire bureau chief and reporter, will preside as master of ceremonies. 

The evening will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m, followed by a welcome from San Bernardino mayor Patrick Morris at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $200 per person, or $2,000 per table. With an overall fundraising goal of $750,000, all proceeds from the gala will benefit intensive care services at Chil­dren’s Hospital.

Each year, intensive cares services at LLUCH admit more than 3,000 infants and children for round-the-clock medical care. Of these, nearly half are transported via ambulance, helicopter, or airplane from other medical facilities throughout the southwestern United States. Out of the 256 Children’s Hospital beds, more than half are dedicated to intensive care services, which encompass four specialized areas.

• Neonatal intensive care: treating the tiniest patients, this unit cares for babies facing complications due to extreme prematurity and other conditions.

• Pediatric intensive care: This unit provides advanced care to children 0 to 18 years of age, treating a variety of medical conditions, traumatic injuries, or those recovering from surgery.

• Pediatric cardiac and solid organ intensive care: This unit cares for children recovering from heart surgery, or heart, liver, or kidney transplants.

• Step-down pediatric intensive care: This serves as a transition unit for children who are recovering from surgeries and other health conditions.

Together the pediatric intensive care beds make the pediatric intensive care unit one of the largest in the country.

Also included in the evening’s activities will be the special recognition of Ralph and Goldy Lewis, who are the 2008 recipients of the prestigious Shirley N. Pettis Award.  This award is given to individuals who have shown distinguished service as advocates for children and who demonstrate an intense desire and motivation to continue the work of improving the lives of children throughout the Inland Empire. The award is named for the Honorable Shirley N. Pettis, whose six years of service as the founding chair of the LLUCH Foundation board underscored her commitment to improving the status of young people.

Community members Kim Carter and Dr. James Lally will be the recipients of the Hometown Hero awards to recognize the contributions of individuals who share LLUCH’s passion for children, and who help enrich the quality of life in the local communities.

The 15th annual foundation gala has been planned with the help of committee members Dixie Watkins, Nancy Varner, Christi Bulot, Eloise Habekost, Janet Gless, Susan Atkinson, George Voigt, Darice Lang, Barbara Robinson, Marina Bader, Leigh Anderson, Patti Cotton Pettis, and Zareh Sarrafian.

For more information or to reserve tickets call the foundation office at (909) 558-3560.

By Melissa King

TODAY news for Thursday, February 25, 2008