It was a very special Auxiliary Ice Cream Social at Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital last Thursday which included the groundbreaking of the New ER Department.

It was a very special Auxiliary Ice Cream Social at Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital last Thursday which included the groundbreaking of the New ER Department. Of course a brand new ER with new state-of-the-art equipment is exciting in itself, but it was especially poignant that Eleanor Bonslett Macey could be a part of the actual ground breaking shoveling dirt with a gold shovel because Macey was such an integral part in the beginning of the hospital. In 1946, Macey was instrumental in the campaign to raise funds to begin building the hospital. It was Macey who was perched on top of the sign in the open field that the Hinaman family had donated on Spruce Street when it came time to break ground in 1949. It took nearly 2,000 families to raise over $700,000 to finance the hospital's construction between 1946 and 1949 and in 2009 a similar cause was stated to prevent the closure of the hospital with a very successful total of over $500,000 in 55 days. Just one year later, the community rallied together and raised another $180,000 for a new digital mammography machine. The Hospital Foundation has established the “Champions” project to raise $1 million to purchase two new state-of-the-art pieces of equipment – a digital X-ray and a 64 slice CT scanner. Since the hospital was built in 1949 a vast number of changes have been made, as stated by Hospital Board Chairman John Harris at the Ground Breaking Ceremony. “The hospital has continued to add additional facilities and services over the years adding an Intensive Care Unit, the Hovlid Skilled Nursing Center, the Donald E. Sullivan Medical Specialty Center Building, as well as a CT, and MRI machine, and much more. Our wonderful doctors, nurses, technicians and support staff are proud to be able to provide quality medical care to our communities and constantly work at adding skills and procedures so that you can get as much of your medical care right here at home as is possible,” Harris stated. Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital is currently averaging 750 patients per month in the Emergency Department 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “The overwhelming community support this hospital has received is something we brag about whenever we get the chance. Our story is unique and it is legendary. Today we are fulfilling a promise to the community. The new Emergency Department will be state-of-the-art and, thanks to the continuing support of the community through the Champions drive, will have state-of-the-art equipment,” Harris concluded. Representatives from Congressman Doug LaMalfa and Senator Jim Nielsen's office presented proclamations to Hospital CEO Wade Sturgeon. The Hospital Foundation is holding their first Champions Golf Tournament to be held Monday, September 9, 2013 at Butte Creek Country Club. Golfers may call Foundation Executive Director Sheila Ennes at 846-9028 to sign up whether it be for a team or individuals. Registration begins at 10 a.m., lunch at 11 and shotgun starts at noon. There will be a great silent auction with plenty of wonderful items such as four tickets to Disneyland, four tickets to San Francisco Giants baseball game and a guided duck hunt for two. The raffle will include numerous gift baskets, a three piece bistro patio set, a round of golf for two at Peach Tree Golf Club, a golf umbrella and sleeve of golf balls courtesy of Bank of the West and many gift certificates. Gridley Country Ford has donated a Ford Fiesta for the Hole-In-One Contest and anyone fortunate enough to hit the hole-in-one will win a brand new car!