Redlands Community Hospital Foundation Tesitimonial

Generosity Takes Two

Joseph and Tracey Petrotta are not only long-time employees of Redlands Community Hospital (RCH), they also are long-time donors. Joseph, who has worked at the hospital for 19 years, is the director of Patient Financial Services. Tracey has been employed at the hospital for 11 years as a financial assistant in the Ambulatory Infusion Center.

Both Joseph and Tracey have been donating to the Redlands Community Hospital Foundation (RCHF) each pay period for a combined 31 years. “We always try to give back,” Joseph says, “and donating to the hospital seems natural. We see first-hand the hospital’s values and dedication to the community.”

The Petrottas donate to RCHF automatically through payroll deduction. Employees who opt for payroll deduction can choose to donate to a general hospital fund or to support a specific area of the hospital. “We are not involved in patient care but by donating to the Foundation, we are able to support the hospital and those who treat and heal patients,” Tracey says.

Joseph says when their donations are combined with the contributions of other employees the funds have a real impact. “We see where the money goes whether it is for new equipment or programs,” he says, “and we are able to see what a difference it makes to our patients.”

Redlands Community Hospital Foundation Testimonial

Grateful for High-Quality Local Care

Jon Scharer, 83, woke up early New Year’s Eve morning and could not move the right side of his body. His wife, Juley, rushed him to Redlands Community Hospital (RCH) where doctors diagnosed and treated him for a stroke. Scharer welcomed 2018 from a hospital bed, but feels fortunate that he has no noticeable lingering effects from the stroke.

“Many people do not realize how important it is to have high-quality care like Redlands Community

Hospital right in our community,” Scharer says The Scharers have trusted the hospital with their family’s care for decades. Shortly after they moved to Redlands in 1965, their toddler son suffered convulsions.

“He was very ill with spinal meningitis and spent several weeks in the hospital,” Scharer says. “He got fabulous care––efficient and thorough.”

Scharer, who was the first principal of Mariposa Elementary School in the Redlands Unified School District, was no stranger to the hospital when it came to receiving care for himself. Prior to his stroke, he had several surgeries that required lengthy hospital stays at RCH.

“I know that I always will receive very good care from the staff throughout the hospital,” Scharer says. “The hospital and staff are a very positive influence in our community. I can sincerely say that giving back to the hospital is my privilege and honor considering the care that was given to me there. I feel that it is up to our community to financially support our hospital whenever we can.”

Redlands Community Hospital Foundation Testimonial

Growing Relationship With Redlands Inspires Gift With Double the Benefits

After Jake Jacobson retired from the military, he and his wife, Jan, decided to settle in Redlands, California, not only for the warm weather, but also for the warm community. “There’s so much volunteerism,” Jan says.

The couple join in the community spirit and give back to a variety of organizations. “On Mondays, I volunteer at the A.K. Smiley Public Library,” Jake says. “As a retired Air Force pilot, I’m a part of the Orange Empire Military Officers’ Club.”

“Also, Jake’s the publisher and I’m the editor for the California Retired Teachers Association newsletter,” Jan says. “And I write educational grants for the Redlands Educational Partnership Foundation.”

When the Jacobsons aren’t volunteering, they enjoy golfing, which led to one of their connections with Redlands Community Hospital. “In June of every year, I work in the hospital’s fundraising tournament,” Jake says. “This started getting me interested in what the hospital was doing. Also, I became a patient a couple of times, and the treatment was absolutely wonderful.”

Of the many positive experiences Jan and Jake have had with Redlands, it was learning about the hospital’s community outreach that made them decide to give financially. “I attended a presentation where I realized for the first time that Redlands set up a free clinic in an impoverished area,” Jan says. “That was the tipping point.”

In 2008, the couple sold some property and made a donation to the Redlands Community Hospital Foundation. “We gave the Redlands Hospital Foundation a Vanguard account that we had for many years,” Jake says. “It helped them and helped us lower the taxes from the sale. It’s nice that you can give to the hospital and benefit yourself at the same time.”

“My husband and I think that helping others is about the best thing you can do,” Jan says. “And giving to Redlands is a fantastic way to help the community.”

A Commitment to Our Community

As the only nonprofit community hospital in the county, Redlands Community Hospital belongs to the community and is committed to its care. If you’re interested in finding out how you can include Redlands Community Hospital Foundation in your estate plan, please email Jan Opdyke or call (909) 335-5540.

Your generosity could make it possible for Redlands to advance our resources and acquire new CT cancer detecting technology that allows better imaging, better detection and better treatment for our patients.