With 280 people in attendance, Mountains Community Hospital Foundation proudly hosted another successful Le Grand Picnic. The event was held Sunday, July 9 from 3:00 pm-5:30 pm in the hospital’s Rose Garden. $156,000 was raised to help fund the purchase of new, lifesaving equipment at Mountains Community Hospital!

Returning for its 26th year, Le Grand Picnic’s theme this year was A Day at the Races. Guests wore their finest hats and sipped on mint juleps, as they bid on auction items valued at over $35,000 and enjoyed food and drink from 13 local restaurants and businesses. Celebrity and Lake Arrowhead resident, Gloria Loring, was the emcee. Not only did she keep the guests entertained, but she kept driving the bids higher and higher. A consummate performer, her presence and her wit made it a truly memorable event.

“The generosity at this event is incredible. It is so great to see our community members come out in support of the hospital. With everyone’s help we were able to raise crucial funds for new equipment and services,” shared Kim McGuire, Director of Community Development. “Susie Stuart, Assistant Director of Community Development and the Le Grand Picnic Committee were vital to the event’s success. Under Susie’s direction, this group of talented, energetic and committed women put in countless hours of planning and hard work to make this event run smoothly,” said McGuire.

The event was comprised of three auctions: silent, live, and reverse. “The reverse auction portion of Le Grand Picnic is when we raise the most money to support the hospital’s needs and everyone gets to participate at the level of giving they are most comfortable with,” explains Kim McGuire. This year the hospital has designated a need for 8 cardiac monitors, 2 vital signs monitors, and 2 telemetry monitors for its 17-bed Medical-Surgical Unit. “Our current cardiac monitors and vital signs monitors are obsolete and need to be replaced. The monitors will communicate with our new central station, so our doctors and nurses can monitor all of our patients from a central location. This will dramatically increase patient safety. Another significant benefit is that the data they collect posts directly to the patient’s medical record. The monitors are also portable and battery powered, so they can move with the patient from department to department. The compact telemetry monitors will be new to the hospital, and they’ll allow for continuous monitoring of patients, even during physical rehabilitation. The total cost of these monitors is $118,000,” said McGuire.

Midge Reisman, MCH Foundation Board Member, and her husband Ed, kicked off the reverse auction with a jaw dropping donation of $50,000! This was immediately followed by a donation of $25,000 by Donald Willerth, MCH Foundation President, and his wife Andrea. All in all, 82 people donated during the Reverse Auction, raising $103,500.

Local resident Polly Sauer won the Best Hat Competition and Ronalyn Walker, MCH Foundation Board member, was the lucky winner of the $1,200 gold coin drawing. The gold coin was donated by Neale Perkins, MCH Foundation Board Member, and his wife Patricia.

“We are so pleased with the success of this year’s event and look forward to carrying on this mountain tradition next year,” said Charlie Harrison, CEO of Mountains Community Hospital.

About Mountains Community Hospital and its Foundation

Since 1951, Mountains Community Hospital has been providing essential, quality medical services to residents and visitors of the San Bernardino Mountains. The hospital offers a 24/7 emergency department, 20-bed long-term care unit, 17-bed medical/surgical unit, radiology, laboratory, social services, respiratory therapy, physical/occupational therapy, Rural Dental Clinic and 2 Rural Health Clinics, which are located in Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs.

Mountains Community Hospital Foundation is dedicated to advancing the hospital’s mission by developing meaningful philanthropic partnerships, that help the hospital grow its facilities, technologies and programs.