Having money deducted from your payroll check to help your employer, was a new concept to me when I became a Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital Foundation board member six-years-ago.

This week, as in year's past, the employees of BGMH have once again stepped up to the plate to contribute as much as previous years, if not more, in a fast moving, determined effort to keep the doors open at our 24 hour Critical Access Hospital.

Having money deducted from your payroll check to help your employer, was a new concept to me when I became a Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital Foundation board member six-years-ago.
This week, as in year's past, the employees of BGMH have once again stepped up to the plate to contribute as much as previous years, if not more, in a fast moving, determined effort to keep the doors open at our 24 hour Critical Access Hospital.

In just 90 minutes, the day shift employees contributed over $14,000 to be deducted in the next year and specified the money to be in a Foundation restricted fund for saving the hospital.
With a minimum goal of $250,000 needed by September 24, 2008, BGMH Foundation members are reaching out to family and friends, community members and businesses, to help reach this attainable goal.

The amount of help already being done is staggering, when you hear of the people who are making personal visits and phone calls to make sure that the Gridley community keeps their very important hospital open.

With a firm date of December 31, 2008 for closure by Fremont-Rideout Health Group, Foundation members have hit the streets running, with at least two meetings a week being held with volunteers who are canvassing the area for donations.

Community meetings are set for Friday, August 29, 2008 at 7:30 a.m.; Wednesday, September 3 at noon; Monday, September 8 at 7 p.m.; Wednesday, September 10 at noon; Monday, September 5 at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, September 17 at noon. All meetings are open to anyone who would like to join the team in saving the second-largest employer in the City.

The BGMH annual salary is over eight million dollars. Statistics show that a person's salary has a triple turn around in the community. Closure of BGMH would mean a loss of about 24 million in our community annually.

It would be devastating to a town that has been accustomed to the familiar faces and compassionate care from doctors, nurses and staff alike.

As one dietary employee stated, "This place is my life. I was born here and I enjoy working here."
It would mean loss of jobs, a very significant drop in our local economy and the constant worry of what would happen if you or your family or friends needed immediate care - how many lives would be lost? Let's get together and save those lives - Help "Save Our Hospital."