Posted: Wednesday, January 02, 2013
(South Lake Tahoe, CA) – The fourth annual Lake Tahoe Festival of Trees and Lights is growing. During its inaugural year in 2009, the Festival saw about 1,800 attendees, and raised more than $45,000 for the expansion and renovation of Barton’s Community Clinic. This year, the Festival was host to nearly 4,000 attendees, raising more than $55,000 for the future home of Barton Memorial Hospital’s Level III trauma center.
“Festival attendance continues to grow,” Barton Foundation, Executive Director, Kindle Craig said. “Doubling attendance within four-years is an amazing feat. It’s becoming a household name and family tradition for many locals and visitors … and the money raised will impact the creation of a much needed trauma center in our community at Barton.”
Since Barton Memorial is a rural hospital, located in an alpine environment, many of the injuries that come through the Emergency Department (E.D.) are trauma related. The cost of the staff’s extensive training, new equipment and an entire remodel of the E.D. for a Level III trauma center is more than $200,000. The trauma center designation will allow Barton Memorial’s trauma team to evaluate, assess and treat more trauma patient’s right here in the basin, thus saving lives.
“This Level III designation will make a huge difference in Barton’s ability to care for patients in emergency situations, when every minute “literally” counts,” Craig said. “Our families and visitors will benefit tremendously from this added level-of-care [Barton’s Level III trauma center]. The Foundation is very proud of the money we were able to raise to support this very important initiative at the hospital.”
For more information about Barton Foundation and Lake Tahoe Festival of Trees and Lights, please visit www.festivaloftreeslaketahoe.org.