Women's Giving Circle
Beauty In Grace is a women’s giving circle in south Orange County created to support women at Saddleback Medical Center. Our members demonstrate the beauty of philanthropy and carry themselves with grace to improve the health of women in our community.
List of Women's Health Services and Programs
In just four years, Beauty In Grace has made a significant impact on women’s services at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center. We have raised more than $284,000 to make important purchases for our hospital.
In our inaugural year, this women’s giving circle helped fund breast MRI equipment for diagnostic screening and biopsies. In 2018, we purchased NicView video streaming equipment for the NICU, so parents of preemies could see their babies on a smartphone or tablet when they couldn’t be at bedside. In 2019, we funded cryoablation equipment and a blanket warmer for the Breast Center, which freezes fibroadenomas and early-stage tumors.
Last year, we purchased bilirubin testing units and a cardiac monitor/defibrillator for Labor, Delivery, Recovery & Postpartum (LDRP) unit. We are so pleased that his equipment is already being utilized by our staff.
In seeking ways to support women in 2021, we were reminded that heart disease is the number one killer of women over the age of 25 in the United States.
In light of this, we plan to support the hospital’s renovation of one of our cardiac catheterization (cath) labs. This project will update the unit with the latest technology and advanced equipment, critical for heart and stroke patients. The patient volume in the cath lab is increasing each year, so we are pleased to contribute to this important endeavor.
We are asking all members to make an annual gift of $1,000. By pooling gifts of this size, the group can more substantially impact the women’s issues relevant to them.
Members gather annually at a beautiful luncheon to hear how membership gifts are touching women's lives at Saddleback Medical Center. Next year’s appreciation luncheon will take place on August 3, 2021, at Montage Laguna Beach. If needed, the event will be moved outdoors.
Beauty In Grace Founding Circle (L-R): Ginger Geidt; Cecilia Belew; Norene Norris-Walsh, M.D.; Diane Libertella; Cathy Han, M.D., Beauty In Grace Chair; Barbara Victor, M.D.; Wende Ludas; Nora Evans, M.D.; Mary O'Toole, M.D.; and Jane Frederick, M.D.
Lisa Becht, MD
Sandy M. Benson
Melissa Bush, MD
Lily Chen, MD
Gracia Covarrubias, MD
Nora Evans, M.D.
Jane Frederick, MD
Cathy Han, MD
Young Han, MD
Jan M. Johnson, MD
Carol J. Lullmann
Susan Munden, MD
Norene Norris-Walsh, MD
Mary O'Toole, MD
Ann Marie Raffo, MD
Rita E. Tayenaka
Merry L. Tetef, MD
Nita Tewari, PhD
Michelle L. Tom, M.D.
Barbara Victor, MD
Mary Ann Wilkinson, MD
*As of June 8, 2021
For more information, please call (949) 452-3724.
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