The Bakersfield Californian

Guild pledges $340,000 for hospital neurology program

BY CLAUDIA ELLIOTT Claudia Elliott is a freelance journalist. She can be reached by email:

Their gifts keep on giving. They worked tirelessly to help the Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District keep its old hospital going, worked to help ensure a new hospital could be built and functioning, and now they’ve pledged a gift of $384,000 to provide resources for the neurology program at Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley hospital.

Now known as the Guild of Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley, the volunteer organization operates a busy thrift store in downtown Tehachapi to turn donated items into cash.

“The Guild of Tehachapi was established over 45 years ago with its mission to support the local hospital with needed equipment,” said President Joyce Rasmussen. “It is our pleasure to help by donating $384,000 for neurology equipment. As local volunteers, we are dedicated to this mission.”

The funds will support new imaging equipment, including a software upgrade to state-of-the-art Computerized Tomography (CT) and EEG capabilities, said Jaime

Hernandez, a spokesperson for Adventist Health.

He added that in the five years the new hospital has served patients, the Guild has committed more than $1.2 million to elevate care for the Tehachapi community.

“This investment will broadly impact patient care throughout emergency, inpatient and outpatient services, specifically for Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley stroke and seizure patients,” he said.

The donors were lauded for their commitment to giving.

“The Guild membership represents the matriarchs of Tehachapi, these amazing women who serve their families, churches and community, also work tirelessly raising money at the Guild one dollar at a time to transform care,” said Christina Scrivner, director of philanthropy for Adventist Kern County. “Tehachapi will forever be grateful for their legacy of love.”





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