450 Heritage Club Members give more than $8 Million to support health care in our community

The Kaweah Delta Hospital Foundation (KDHF) is celebrating 40 years in Tulare County. During this time over $60 million dollars has been raised for critical health care needs for the only trauma center from Bakersfield to Fresno. As your community hospital, Kaweah Delta serves every member of the public regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay. It is the privilege of the Kaweah Delta Hospital Foundation Board to support the District’s mission to provide excellent health care for everyone. As a non-profit, volunteer-led corporation, the KDHF Board is passionate about raising funds for state-of-the-art medical technology and equipment. Its raised money for everything from a helipad to a new hospital wing with a new Cardiac Surgical Wing to a DaVinci Robot helping surgeons perform minimally-invasive procedures, and state-of-the-art beds for our tiniest patients in what will soon be a new and expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

What many people may not be familiar with is the Foundation’s Heritage Club, in which people make an after-life gift to ensure Kaweah Delta has the ability to keep up with the fast paced, every changing world of medicine. Members of the Heritage Club are devoted to investing in the future of health care in Tulare County through after-life commitments in estates, wills or life insurance policies. To date, over 450 community members have joined the Heritage Club, and their combined gifts total more than $8 million. Each year, Heritage Club members are celebrated and recognized at an annual dinner. 

“The Heritage Club is unique as we celebrate after-life donors in the here and now,” said Liz Wynn, Director of the Kaweah Delta Hospital Foundation, the nonprofit 501(c) (3), which was created in 1979 to help Kaweah Delta achieve excellence in patient care through fundraising from the hospital family and the community. “It is typical to recognize donors after death in the form of a plaque, a letter to the family, or name on the wall. We do that as well, but isn’t    it better to celebrate now, while we are here to celebrate together?”

This year’s annual event was held on a beautiful September evening as guests from near and far gathered in the serene outdoor venue of the Chinese Cultural Center. As guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner served by the Vintage Press, stories were shared and featured speakers rallied around a common cause…health care in our community. The cool breeze promising the return of fall was a welcome respite from our hot valley summer. 

With over 80% of all hospital revenues coming from Medi-Cal or Medicare, Kaweah Delta relies on the generosity   of employees and donors to stay abreast    of current trends in medicine. Over    50% of all Kaweah Delta staff participate in the employee giving program through payroll deductions, adding this to the generosity of the community, partner physicians and businesses that support Kaweah Delta’s efforts. 

The Heritage Club was established in 1986 by the Kaweah Delta Hospital Foundation Board, an unpaid group of community volunteers, who aspired to ensure a long lasting endowment to support quality health care at Kaweah Delta Hospital — Tulare County’s only community hospital. 

Each Heritage Club member has committed a minimum $5,000 gift to the Foundation’s endowment fund. Through careful planning with your financial advisors, you may even achieve tax advantages that will cause your gift to have an even greater impact. The gifts are skillfully invested with the goal of developing an annual income stream to fund new medical technologies and state-of-the-art equipment for our hospital and clinics throughout Tulare County in perpetuity.

You can become a Heritage Club member by making a $5,000 or more after-life commitment to Kaweah Delta Hospital Foundation through your will, trust, or insurance policy. You can also become a member by making an immediate contribution of at least $5,000 to the Foundation’s endowment fund by check, credit card, or stock transfer.

For more information, contact Liz Wynn, Foundation Director at (559) 624-2359 or visit www.kaweahdelta.org/foundation.