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Gridley Herald - Gridley, CA
  • Ice Cream social will include ground breaking for new ER

  • For several decades the Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital Pink Ladies, now known as Auxiliary, has hosted a summer Ice Cream Social under the oak tree on the front lawn of the hospital.
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  • For several decades the Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital Pink Ladies, now known as Auxiliary, has hosted a summer Ice Cream Social under the oak tree on the front lawn of the hospital. Longtime member Sally Barker remembers the times when they served homemade ice cream to a crowd of enthusiastic supporters. Winnie Grof, also a longtime member, stated the group has never run short on cakes in all the years they have put this fund raiser on. This year's event on Thursday, July 25, 2013 will of course feature several great flavors of ice cream along with countless fresh cakes baked by members but it will also include the ground breaking for the new ER set to begin construction right away. The new ER means a new face to the front of the hospital with a new ambulance bay on the east side. It also means six new patient rooms and two new triage rooms with increased privacy and space. Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital Foundation is spearheading the Champions Campaign for the new equipment to be included in the new ER, a new state-of-the-art digital Xray machine and 64 slice CT scanner. This three year project for the foundation is to raise $1 million by contributions much like the beginning of the hospital when the people got across how important a hospital was for them when they raised $700,000 to build the hospital by 1949. The Ground Breaking will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the Ice Cream Social at 7 p.m. Tickets are just $3 for the Ice Cream Social and can be purchased from any Auxiliary member or at their gift shop in the lobby of the hospital. Don't miss out on all the fun! The winner of the summer basket will be chosen that night so if you have not purchased your tickets yet, they are also available at the gift shop!

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