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Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation Receives Transformational $1 Million Donation


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Recent $1 million gift from an anonymous donor will support the hospital’s acquisition of new advanced medical technologies and equipment.

SANTA MARIA, CA – October 25, 2022 – Marian Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce that the Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation recently received a transformational $1 million donation. 

The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, is dedicated to supporting the hospital’s continued acquisition of the latest in innovative medical technologies. Due to this significant donation, Marian Regional Medical Center will be purchasing specialized and leading-edge medical equipment to advance the hospital’s heart center services, nursing services, surgical services, and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). 

This significant donation is already allowing Marian to advance medical technology for the community as the first piece of medical equipment funded through this transformational donation recently arrived.  The newly acquired GE S70 Vivid Dimension ultrasound system takes a leap forward in image quality with improved color flow, HD live capabilities, and full 4D capabilities, as well as further AI-enabled automation. This advanced cardiac ultrasound machine will be used for electrophysiology procedures conducted at Marian by expert electrophysiologist Brett Gidney, MD.  

“I continue to be amazed by the incredible support the residents of the Santa Maria Valley and surrounding communities show our hospital,” shares Sue Andersen, President and CEO, Marian Regional Medical Center. “This recent and meaningful $1 million donation is truly special since the anonymous benefactor’s intention represents the epitome of an altruistic act of kindness. With this gift, Marian will be able to purchase advanced medical equipment which will specifically further the hospital’s Surgical Services Expansion Project, Sue J. Sword Heart Center’s Electrophysiology Services, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Radiology departments. On behalf of hospital leadership and the Marian Foundation Board of Directors, we extend our sincerest appreciation and gratitude for this impactful gift.”

If members of the public are interested in supporting vital medical equipment needs at Marian Regional Medical Center, donations can be made to the Marian Foundation’s Advanced Technology and Innovation Fund.  For more information about the Marian Foundation’s recent $1 million transformational gift, please contact the Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation at (805) 739-3595. 

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About Marian Regional Medical Center

Marian Regional Medical Center, located in Santa Maria, California, is rated among the top 10% in the nation for cardiac care and its cancer program is distinguished as the only comprehensive Community Cancer Center on the Central Coast.  The need to meet the demand for quality, technologically-advanced care for a growing community led Marian to open its doors to a new state-of-the-art, 191-bed facility in the spring of 2012.  The new facility houses the largest and most comprehensive perinatology/neonatology service providing the most compassionate, quality care to the littlest of patients. Marian is a Dignity Health member of the Central Coast, which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA and French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, CA. Dignity Health of the Central Coast is an integrated network of top quality hospitals, physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services including primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers and a full service home health agency; all recognized for quality, safety and service.  Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities.

Dr. Gidney with new advanced cardiac ultrasound machine

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

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