Women Supporting Women
Beauty In Grace is a women’s giving circle in Orange County created to support women’s health services at Saddleback Medical Center. Members share our vision for improving women’s healthcare and understand the power women have when we stand together for causes we are passionate about.
In six years, Beauty In Grace has made a significant impact on women’s services at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center. We have raised more than $450,000 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.
In 2020, 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 2021, membership gifts supported the cath lab renovation to treat cardiovascular patients. In 2022, the group consisted of 88 members, the most of any previous year, and raised more than $100,000 to benefit the Breast Cancer Navigation program.
We ask all members to make an annual gift of $1,000 or more. 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, the event will be held on March 14, 2023, at the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach.
From left, Beauty In Grace Members: Saddleback Medical Center COO Catherine Shitara; MemorialCare EVP, CFO and Treasurer Karen Testman; Saddleback Medical Center Foundation President Christy Ward; Saddleback Medical Center CEO Marcia Manker; Chief Nursing Officer Brandi Cassingham, R.N.; MemorialCare VP, Oncology, Liz Acord; MemorialCare SVP, COO, Laurie Sicaeros; Saddleback Medical Center VP, Business Development, Kelli Ruiz
Beauty In Grace Members 2022*
Erica Bailey, MD
Cathy Han, MD
*As of 3/7/22
For more information, please call (949) 452-3724.