The La Feliz Guild
In 1949, a group of local mothers decided that the Central Valley needed and deserved access to physicians and health care professionals dedicated to children. Against enormous odds, they shared their dream of a pediatric hospital and rallied the community’s support. On October 26, 1952, Valley Children’s Hospital and Guidance Center opened its doors with 42 beds to care for children.
Over the past fifty years, this facility has evolved into a state-of-the-art regional medical center providing outstanding pediatric care to thousands of children across the state. The small forty-two bed hospital has grown to 242 beds in a 650,000 square foot facility boasting the latest in medical technology. At present, Children’s Hospital serves a population of one million children in a ten-county area stretching from Modesto to Bakersfield.
One of the first groups to form an organization to fundraise for the hospital was the La Feliz Guild. Today Valley Children’s Hospital is supported by 15 Guilds from throughout the Central Valley. Membership is by invitation and the 2009 La Feliz Guild is currently comprised of 50 active members and 55 associate members. The members gather at a luncheon meeting the second Wednesday of each month.
In 1950, the founding mothers of La Feliz chose a horse show as their first fundraising event. Braving 107 degree weather, guild members sold hot dogs, sandwiches and ice cream to raise $5,000 for the hospital. This was the first of many fabulous annual parties in support of the hospital. The tradition continues today as La Feliz holds its 63rd fundraising event, Derby Down. With the ongoing support of the community and wonderful sponsors, over time La Feliz has contributed over $2.6 million to help provide high quality, comprehensive healthcare to all children throughout the Valley regardless of their ability to pay.
$4 Million Goal
The Guilds of Valley Children’s recently completed its $5 million fundraising goal towards the establishment of The Guilds Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment Endowment and have made a new $4 million goal towards The Guilds Heart Center Endowment ($2 million); The Guilds Child Life Endowment ($1 million) and The Guilds Spiritual Support Endowment ($1 million).Expert Care at its Best.
The Willson Heart Center is more than a place – it’s a team of pediatric cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, nurses and staff who save and sustain lives on a daily basis. These experts specialize in repairing hearts sometimes the size of a walnut. Your support will help bring pioneering discoveries to Valley Children’s Hospital to the benefit of our patients and their families.
Child Life Services helps children and families cope with hospitalization. Our Child Life Specialist are trained professionals who collaborate with doctors, nurses and staff to help our patients and families understand medical diagnoses, procedures and treatments through education and play.
Our Spiritual Support Services help families answer difficult questions in the midst of stressful situations and heartache. Spiritual and religious needs generally increase during a hospital stay – even if a family did not claim a faith or practice their faith before coming to Valley Children’s, they often seek a chaplain’s help. Your support will bring peace and comfort to patients, families, friends and medical staff engrossed in difficult and often emotional hospital experiences.
We are humbled by your generous spirit of philanthropy that enables Valley Children’s Hospital to provide the best care for our children. Your commitment and support will help Valley Children’s Hospital to bring the newest and most innovative cardiac treatments to mend broken hearts, , to ensure our patients and families continue to benefit from therapeutic play activities that reduce anxiety and promote healing, and to ensure every child, parent, visitor and staff member receives spiritual care to bring peace in the midst of heartache.
You have the power to save children’s lives through the Heart, Mind and Soul.
Valley Children’s Hospital mission is to provide high-quality, comprehensive healthcare services to children, regardless of their ability to pay, and to continuously improve the health and wellbeing of children.
Valley Children’s Hospital’s vision is to become the nation’s best children’s hospital.
Our path to becoming the best. To accomplish our unwavering mission at Valley Children’s Hospital we’ve always been a thrifty, nimble organization and great stewards of community support. The community has supported us not only financially, but also by entrusting us with the most precious thing in their lives: their children. With this honor comes great responsibility.
Our vision is to become the nation’s best children’s hospital. We will achieve this ultimate designation through continued hard work and by fulfilling the following organizational goals which we call “The Best”: Best Quality; Best Customer Experience; Best Access; Best Efficiency; Best People; Best Advocacy; and Best Philanthropy Cause – to be the top recipient of philanthropic support in the Central Valley.
Thanks to generous community support, we grow closer each day to becoming the nation’s best children’s hospital.
Experience the power of philanthropy by supporting La Feliz Guild and be a vital part of Valley Children’s vision of becoming the nation’s best children’s hospital.
Because of You, the Best is Possible.
Because of you patients and their families receive help and healing right here in our community. Your support helps keep expert pediatric medical treatment available to our neighbors and friends.
Because of you incredible care is delivered around the clock, every day, all year. Your partnership with the Guilds of Valley Children’s enables us to bring hope and healing in tens of thousands of tangible ways.
Because of you, Valley Children’s Hospital has expanded their services for abused and neglected children through The Guilds Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment Center – giving a voice to the voiceless.