To donate, please call the Foundation at 530-543-5614 or click here.
Level III Trauma Center
Barton Memorial Hospital, in conjunction with the region’s emergency medical services response team, is working to establish Barton Memorial Hospital as a Level III trauma center by Fall of 2014.
As a Level III Trauma Center, Barton will be able to evaluate, assess and treat many more people who are now flown to a designated Trauma Center. We already have the expertise on staff – the surgeons, Orthopedists, emergency doctors and nurses. Now we just need the designation as verified by El Dorado County and the American College of Surgeons, the “gold standard” in Trauma Center verification. The process is onerous – it will take us more than a year of consultation, oversight, education and reporting to achieve this designation, but the benefit to our community and to those who travel here far outweigh the costs.
Footprints to the Future Campaign
“Footprints to the Future” celebrates newborn babies and all proceeds benefit Barton’s Family Birthing Center. Footprints of Barton-born babies are set into a small satin medallion and adhered to a special wall dedicated to the display. Other home/office medallions and Christmas ornaments provide babies born in other facilities as well to enjoy a keepsake of a very special time. Hospital wall medallions are included with a $100 donation and and ornaments are included with a $40 donation.
Grateful Patient/Heartfelt Fund
We invite you to partner with us in our continual efforts to provide top-quality medical care to our community by donating to the Heartfelt Fund.
When making your gift, we hope you will consider recognizing a special nurse, doctor, volunteer, entire department, or someone else who went the extra mile during your experience at Barton. Large or small, your gift will be a great encouragement to our staff—professionals who work tirelessly to provide the best care possible for all of our patients.
Your donation will directly benefit our community's health, by helping Barton Health achieve Level III trauma center status; provide better online health information; offer more comprehensive hospice services; and to continue providing you with the very best patient care.
To make a donation, please click here.
This program provides financial support for patients unable to pay for screenings or follow-up treatments, as well as cancer support services such as wigs, prosthetics, massage and therapy for those affected by breast cancer and their families. This program also provides breast cancer prevention and recovery education.
Health Resource Center Fund
Funds allow us to purchase educational materials, access to resource databases, and provide other support services such as nutrition, movement, massage, and therapy
classes for patients and families who have received a life-altering diagnosis.
Susie Marchini Diabetes Fund
Funding supports education and program development for those living with diabetes. Each year, Barton helps send local children to Camp Buck, a camp for children living with diabetes in Portola, California.
Employee to Employee Giving: A Friend in Need Program
This program allows Barton employees to support fellow employees experiencing financial hardship.
Hospice Fund and Bereavement Camp Program
Funding assists end-of-life patient needs such as medical and living costs, prescriptions, bereavement counseling, and almost anything that allows these patients to die with dignity. This fund also supports hospice staff education and training and the Barton Foundation’s Bereavement Camp for children ages 7-14.
Skilled Nursing Fund
This fund supports quality of life for the Skilled Nursing Residents who live at Barton. Examples of items that have been purchased from this fund are sun shades for the patio, plants and greenery, tables and chairs, and a music system.
The Community Health Endowment
The Endowment continues to be the main focus of the Foundation’s fundraising efforts. As the principle grows, the investment earnings allow the Foundation to enhance services at the hospital and provide funding for community health needs. The Endowment has funded past projects such as the helipad.
This fund is used specifically for the purchase of equipment for the hospital, ranging from patient monitors to baby warmers for the Family Birthing Center.
Emergency Department Fund
Ongoing technology updates, training for ED staff, equipment, and other emergency care needs are covered by this fund.
Family Birthing Center Fund
Many babies enter the world at Barton and this fund helps to ensure that mothers and babies receive the very best care.
Funding supports equipment, services and education for cardiac care.
Physical Therapy Fund
This fund supports ongoing education for inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services.
This fund supports wellness programs and services provided to our community.
Barton Community Health Center
Through a combination of hospital system reserves and philanthropic support from the Barton Foundation and Auxiliary, The Community Health Center’s expansion was completed in the Spring of 2013. To better meet the demands of our community, Barton Health expanded the building with 10 additional patient examination rooms, more bathrooms, storage, a bigger lab space, and an expanded waiting room. The new facility now allows for a more comfortable patient experience and a more efficient flow, allowing the Center to see more patients each day.
The Barton Community Health Center has experienced a 16% increase in patient volumes in the past couple of years and is now seeing 19,200 patients annually, 1,600 each month, and 60-80 patients every day. The volume is largely due to the recession and unemployment rate in South Lake Tahoe.
The Center is our community safety net. Patients can pay what they can afford -- all care is provided on a sliding scale. A visit with a physician or practitioner can cost as little as $1. Uninsured or unemployed individuals can get needed health care for themselves and their families.
The former center’s building wasn’t designed to meet the overwhelming needs of our community – and with healthcare reform these needs are expected to grow.
Neal Olson Playroom
The Neal Olson Playroom was completely remolded in 2012 with fresh bright colors, new carpet, paint, murals, and furniture. Hospital employees donated books to complete the space.
Family Birthing Center
In early 2009, Barton unveiled its new state-of-the-art Family Birthing Center, featuring private, spacious birthing suites with soothing décor and sleeper sofas to accommodate family members, new bathrooms, in-room refrigerators, birthing balls, birthing tubs, and a new Infant Security System. This project was largely funded by the Barton Foundation and was possible due to a generous donation from Ethel Mae Haldan, a long-time resident of South Lake Tahoe.
The Ledbetter Healing Garden
Thanks to the Ledbetter Family, everyone who visits Barton Health can now take pleasure in the Ledbetter Healing Garden.
The Ledbetter Healing Garden was dedicated September 2009 in memory of William, Beverlee, and Erica Ledbetter with a simple family ceremony and a prayer read by Father Grace; the Garden is now a healing place for all to visit and reflect. The Garden features a lovely waterfall framed by a specimen pine, a rock labyrinth, gorgeous plants and trees, and an engraved rock to forever honor this special family that has such a long history at the Lake and the hospital.
Healing Design Project
Fundraising for this innovative endeavor began in October of 2002 with the idea to present a soothing environment for patients in which to heal. The project began with research on the healing process and how the environment in which the patient is placed can affect this process. It was discovered that hospitals around the country were noticing patients placed in rooms with warm, subtle colors, soothing sounds and plush, comfortable furniture healed more quickly, required less pain management and experienced a less stressful hospital stay.
The project budget was $560,000 and a campaign was launched to raise the funds. This project involves areas on tour today including: the lobby areas, patient rooms and the Barton Mountain Café. Hospital staff and the community showed overwhelming support for this project and the full $560,000 was raised, allowing the Foundation to complete the project. The Foundation took great care in selecting local artists and vendors in order to promote community growth and a local partnership.
The helipad opened in October of 2001. With the help of interest earnings from the Foundation’s Endowment Fund, the $1 million project was completed. Prior to completing the construction, helicopter landings were precarious at best. Helicopters had to land in the parking lot area behind the hospital. In order to do that, traffic would have to be halted, which would add precious minutes to the transport time. Barton recognized the need to be able to easily and swiftly transport patients to more aptly-equipped area hospitals.
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