Enloe Foundation announces Starmer Cardiovascular Care Center and achieves $5 million campaign goal

04.12.2019

CHICO, Calif., April 12, 2019 — Enloe’s Volunteer Services department celebrated the medical center’s 434 volunteers and announced the new Alice Starmer Cardiovascular Care Center, named by the volunteers in recognition of their total $1 million gift to the Enloe Foundation’s Cardiovascular Care Center Campaign. Randy Wonzong, president of the Volunteers’ Board, and Kay Kohen, the board’s president-elect, presented a symbolic check for $1 million to Enloe President and CEO Mike Wiltermood and Mary Starmer Evans, pledging $500,000 to complete the campaign. Volunteer Services fulfilled a previous pledge to the campaign of $500,000 in 2016.

“We are so grateful for the generosity of Enloe Volunteer Services,” said Enloe’s Director of Advancement & Communications Jolene Francis. “This pledge helped us achieve our goal of raising $5 million to improve heart care in our community. We are honored to name the new Cardiovascular Care Center after Alice Starmer, an accomplished woman and perfect example of volunteerism and philanthropy.”

The Starmer Cardiovascular Care Center: A Gift of the Enloe Volunteers is named in honor of Alice Starmer, an Enloe volunteer and staff member from 1969-1989, credited with connecting the hospital with the community. Starmer was instrumental in founding the Auxiliary, Men’s Associates, the Enloe Follies and the Hunt Breakfast, and was regularly at the center of every complex fundraising or organizational task. As a result, she quickly rose through the ranks after becoming an Enloe employee as the hospital’s first Community Services director.

In 1973, Starmer was appointed the assistant administrator of Community Affairs and Development. She retired in 1983, but returned in 1985 as the director of fund development. As a founding member of the Board of Directors of Enloe Hospital Foundation, Starmer created the legal and organizational structure of the Enloe Foundation, which still thrives today. Starmer died in 1989 at the age of 67 after a 20-year battle with cancer. But her connection to Enloe Medical Center did not end there. The Starmer Family donated the first Christmas tree to Enloe in 1972, and Starmer is honored annually at the medical center’s tree lighting ceremony.

Enloe’s Cardiovascular Care Center is under construction inside the medical center and will double the capacity for heart care. The facility will include:

  • Three new procedure rooms and new imaging equipment, with a total of four procedure rooms
  • 10 bays dedicated to patient care before and after a procedure
  • A new diagnostic treatment area
  • A spacious dedicated family lounge
  • A private meeting room for physicians and patients’ families

 

This important $20 million expansion will increase the level of care for residents throughout the North State, improve access to care and the overall hospital experience, and help recruit the next generation of interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. 

This donation was made available through the Enloe Gift Shop and the Every Penny Counts Campaign, a volunteer initiative to encourage donations to the Enloe Foundation.

“Our employees, patients and visitors regularly patronize our Gift Shop. Every dollar we make there allows us to continue to fund the needs of the medical center,” said Roseanna Galindo-Kuhn, director of Volunteer Services. 

For more information on the Cardiovascular Care Center, or to make a gift to the Enloe Foundation, visit www.enloe.org/donate or call (530) 332-4550.

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Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization. For more information, please call (530) 332-7300 or visit us online at www.enloe.org. Enloe Medical Center is located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif.  95926.

Check presentation photo (from left to right):
Mike Wiltermood, CEO, Enloe Medical Center; Micah Browning, advancement coordinator, Enloe Foundation; Mary Starmer Evans, daughter of Alice Starmer; Randy Wonzong, president, Enloe Volunteers' Board; Rosanna Galindo, director, Enloe Volunteer Services; and Kay Kohen, president-elect, Volunteers' Board.



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