30th annual Kaweah Delta Golf Classic raises funds for state-of-the-art NICU beds
The Kaweah Delta Hospital Foundation hosted its 30th annual Kaweah Delta Golf Classic, a fundraiser for Kaweah Delta projects
to improve patient care, on Aug. 3 at the Visalia Country Club.
Proceeds from this year’s tournament went toward the Caring for Our
Community campaign, which in its final year is focused on fundraising
efforts for state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) beds.
The beds will be used in Kaweah Delta’s new 23-bed NICU, which is
currently under construction on the sixth floor of the Acequia Wing and
scheduled to open in Spring of 2019. The new NICU will be six times the
size of the existing NICU and will provide patients with all private rooms.
This year’s golf classic was also the last for Dena Cochran, Vice
President of Development at Kaweah Delta, who will retire later this month.
She has served Kaweah Delta since 1985, and during her tenure, the Kaweah
Delta Hospital Foundation and the Foundation Board has raised more than
$58 million for the hospital. That money has helped Kaweah Delta fund
the Sequoia Regional Cancer Center, the Acequia Wing, the da Vinci Surgical
Robot, the Helipad, the refurbishment of the Labor & Delivery Department,
and many other capital projects across the District.
The golf classic was presented by the Kaweah Delta Hospital Foundation
and the following major tournament sponsors: the Foundation for Medical
Care of Tulare & Kings Counties, Inc., Key Medical Group and Buckman-Mitchell,
Inc. Since its inception in 1988, the classic has become the Kaweah Delta
Hospital Foundation’s premier fundraising event, raising more than
$1.6 million for Kaweah Delta projects. The Foundation, led by a volunteer
Board, was formed in 1979 to cultivate community philanthropy and support
projects that facilitate the development of a safe, vibrant and healthy
Kaweah Delta Hospital Foundation was created in 1979 to help Kaweah Delta
Health Care District achieve excellence in patient care through fundraising
from the hospital family and the community. Since that time the nonprofit
501(c) (3) Foundation, with its elected board of directors, has raised
nearly $40 million in support of Kaweah Delta. The Foundation raises funds
through personal solicitation, grants, special events, direct mail, and
social media appeals as well as through future, planned gifts such as bequests.