Valley Children’s Hospital: A Bright Star in Central Valley
When it comes to hospital facilities for children, Valley Children's Hospital in Madera, Calif., is simply one of the best. It is the only dedicated pediatric facility in California's Central Valley responsible for serving more than 1.3 million newborns, children and teenagers in 11 counties. Its dedicated staff of more than 550 physicians and its 358 licensed beds make it one of the largest pediatric health care facilities in the United States.
According to Valley Children's Hospital, the facility performs more than 12,000 pediatric surgeries each year, and the Cancer and Blood Disease Center is a member of the nationally recognized Children's Oncology Group. It is also one of fewer than 10 pediatric intensive care units in the U.S. to have received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence. And the 2017-18 U.S. News & World Report rankings of Best Children's Hospitals recognized it as one of the best in the country in pediatric orthopedics, pediatric diabetes and endocrinology, and pediatric gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery.
Les Schwab's Bakersfield-area stores are proud to support this indispensable hospital by hosting a donation fundraiser that brought in $14,299. Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to the Central Valley community, who made support for this invaluable hospital possible.
"It was great to see the stores and communities fundraising for the hospital where their children would actually be going if they needed care," said Bethany Sowell, development lead, external development, for Valley Children's Foundation. "We are so grateful to Les Schwab for their participation. They were wonderful to work with."
The number of patients using the hospital has increased significantly in recent years, so the donations from Les Schwab's customers and employees, which were collected over 10 weeks between September and November, are helping to provide life-saving treatments, cutting-edge new technologies and the most compassionate care possible for Central Valley children in need.
Les Schwab is honored to be part of the Central Valley community and to help support one of its most-important institutions.