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GRATITUDE | March 2022

Marian Foundation Giving Story: Hardy DiagnosticsJay Hardy, Hardy Diagnostics CEO, with Sue Andersen, Marian President & CEO.

Hardy Diagnostics supports advanced laboratory equipment

Local medical device manufacturer Hardy Diagnostics recently made a significant $289,000 donation to the Marian Regional Medical Center Foundation to support the purchase of advanced laboratory equipment. Thanks to the company’s generosity, how microbiology is conducted on the Central Coast will be transformed, ultimately providing better healthcare for our community.

“Hardy Diagnostics has maintained a positive relationship with Marian Regional Medical Center since the company’s inception in 1980. Marian was among our first customers, so we have a special sense of heartfelt gratitude towards their contribution towards our company’s growth,” said Hardy Diagnostics CEO Jay Hardy. “Now, our company is in a position that we can make a significant contribution towards Marian’s laboratory expansion program for the benefit of the people of the Santa Maria Valley. This equipment...

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Turning grief into healing - Nurse raises funds for a Cuddle Cot to support parents after the loss of a newborn

Cuddle Cot | Agnitch FamilyAt 14 weeks of pregnancy, Ashley Agnitch was given the devastating news that her daughter had a genetic abnormality and was not expected to survive pregnancy or delivery. Against all odds, baby Greta Lynn was born on April 12, 2017, and graced her family with five beautiful hours of life.

In such situations, bereaved families may be separated from their infant in an amount of time that often feels too short. The baby is taken to the morgue to slow the natural process that occurs after death. After her own experience, Ashley researched possibilities to extend a family’s time together, hoping to allow other families to say goodbye at their own pace.

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Sue Andersen | Most Influential People in the Region

Sue Andersen - 50 Most Influential People in the RegionRecently, Sue Andersen was named one of the 50 most influential people in the region by the Pacific Coast Business Times.

"Andersen oversaw the COVID-19 preparation efforts for both Marian Regional Medical Center and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, as well as leading community testing and vaccination efforts for Northern Santa Barbara County. Marian was able to continue providing services to the community while handling the pandemic and providing care to COVID patients in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. At times the hospital was seeing so many patients that the original hospital building had to be transformed back to a functioning hospital so the incoming patients could be cared for."

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Day of Hope DateWhile many things have changed during this pandemic, the cancer care team at Mission Hope Cancer Center has never given up hope, and local cancer patients are counting on the community's support. Year after year, this community continues to provide generous support to Mission Hope Cancer Center and to inspire local families, friends, and neighbors. Fortunately, it has never been easier to get involved with Day of Hope! You are invited to visit DayofHope to learn more about how you can gift hope to local cancer patients today, or you may call the Marian Foundation at 805-739-3595.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Company does it again!

MRMC employees picking up Firestone beerFirestone Walker Brewing Company recently made another generous donation to Marian Regional Medical Center, providing beer to Marian team members. The Foundation extends our sincere thanks for this show of gratitude to our staff members for all that they have done during the pandemic.

National Doctors’ Day is March 30 - share your gratitude!

Marian Physicians With poise, compassion and courage, our doctors at Marian Regional Medical Center continue to go above and beyond to provide the care our community needs. On March 30 we celebrate National Doctors’ Day—a day designated to thank doctors for their heroic compassion in our time of need.

By making a gift to Marian Foundation in your physician’s name, you let them know their work is important to you, and you support them in providing excellent care to others in need.

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