Here at Valley Children's, we are grateful for the community's continued generosity to directly support the kids we serve. This month, the Valley's local banking sector demonstrated a remarkable commitment to helping Valley Children's meet the challenges presented by COVID-19, providing critical funding for personal protective equipment and COVID-19 response. We can't say thank you enough for the outpouring of support and care shown.
Thank you to Educational Employees Credit Union (EECU) for its generous $30,000 donation to Valley Children's Hospital! Their donated funds will support the Hospital’s greatest needs, employee innovation, COVID-19 supplies, and the Patient Help Fund. We are grateful to partner with EECU as it continues its history of stability, strength and integrity by generously supporting the health of our children in the Central Valley.
We are grateful to  Premier Valley Bank  for actively supporting  Valley Children's  through Kids Day and other important initiatives for the past 14 years. Their recent gift of $25,000 will help us provide personal protective equipment to keep patients, families and staff safe as we continue to deliver exceptional pediatric care.
We appreciate Wells Fargo for taking action to serve the needs of our community by donating $25,000 toward COVID-19 response efforts at Valley Children's. Wells Fargo's philanthropic resources come during an ever-changing situation we are all experiencing together and will help Valley Children's continue to focus on its commitment to children's health.
Thanks to the support from Bank of America, Valley Children's will be able to purchase $10,000 in COVID-19 supplies making it easier for staff to ensure the vital protection of little patients and their families in the hospital. Bank of America's partnership with Valley Children's helps improve lives in our community, especially for those that are medically vulnerable.
Valley Children’s would like to thank Rob and Andrea Baptie of the HateDust Project for their generous investment of $25,000 as a lead gift to help fund the construction of Valley Children’s new pediatric primary and specialty care facility planned for construction in Merced. The Baptie family does extraordinary work to raise funds for several charities in the Central Valley. We are grateful for their support as Valley Children’s seeks to bring more specialized pediatric care closer to home for Merced County kids.
Valley Children’s Pediatric Residency Program, Affiliated with Stanford University School of Medicine , announced its newest residency class Friday, March 20, on national Match Day, when medical students around the country find out where they will train for at least the next three years.

Over the last several months, a panel of Valley Children’s representatives, including pediatric specialists, nurses, social workers and pharmacists, interviewed candidates from around the country.

Match Day selections are coordinated by the National Residency Match Program, a private, nonprofit organization established in 1952 at the request of medical students to provide an orderly and fair method for residency placements.

This year’s residency students make up the fourth graduating class from Valley Children’s residency pediatric program and includes three doctors who rotated at Valley Children’s as medical students, seven who are from California and one local to the Central Valley from among a class of 13 residents.
In addition to Valley Children’s affiliation with Stanford University School of Medicine, the pediatric residency program also features partnerships with hospitals and medical groups throughout the area. Valley Children’s residents will have the opportunity for rotations at partner locations – including Kaiser Permanente and Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno – and local pediatricians’ offices.

The Valley Children’s residency program is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The ACGME is a nonprofit council that oversees graduate medical training programs in hospitals throughout the country.

Valley Children’s Pharmacy Residency Program also welcomed four postgraduate year one (PGY1) residents.
The late Richard and John Berberian, father and son, whose lives and legacies are celebrated with the naming of the Richard and John Berberian Chief of Pediatrics Endowed Chair position at Valley Children’s Hospital.
We established the Richard and John Berberian Endowed Chair position for the Chief of Pediatrics to be a source of support for the newly formed residency program in memory of Richard and John. As we welcome the fourth class of residents, we want to also congratulate the leadership and the inaugural class of residents who will be completing their residency this summer. They have been part of a special pioneering generation of physicians that launched this vital program. The success of the residency program is evident with so many residents in this class choosing to remain in the area and ready to begin their practice. We couldn’t be more pleased and thankful.

-Barbara Berberian
This year’s residency students make up the fourth graduating class from Valley Children’s residency pediatric program and includes three doctors who rotated at Valley Children’s as medical students, seven who are from California and one local to the Central Valley from among a class of 13 residents.

In addition to Valley Children’s affiliation with Stanford University School of Medicine, the pediatric residency program also features partnerships with hospitals and medical groups throughout the area. Valley Children’s residents will have the opportunity for rotations at partner locations – including Kaiser Permanente and Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno – and local pediatricians’ offices.

The Valley Children’s residency program is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The ACGME is a nonprofit council that oversees graduate medical training programs in hospitals throughout the country.

Valley Children’s Pharmacy Residency Program also welcomed four postgraduate year one (PGY1) residents.
Annual Doctor's Day was on March 30 to honor physicians for the work they do for their patients, families and the communities they work in. We are beyond proud of the high-quality, compassionate care our doctors provide to the children of our 12-county service area, which includes more than 1.3 million children.

The Halo Program is a simple way for grateful patients, families and friends to acknowledge an exceptional caregiver who went above and beyond to make their experience at Valley Children's truly special. The Cardiology, PICU, and Transport teams were all recognized this month by a grateful family through the Halo Program, with special recognition to pediatric cardiologist Dr. Carl Owada, who continues to care for their son.

Thank you to our amazing doctors who are truly our children's healthcare heroes!
Children's Hospitals Week was the second week in April this year. During Children's Hospitals Week, adults and children alike wore a bandage with the name of a child written on them to show their support for the kids who are most at risk, and the pediatric caregivers who work tirelessly to help protect them. Sariah (pictured above, center) is one of many children who is now living seizure-free thanks to the exceptional care she received at Valley Children's. During Children's Hospitals Week, we celebrate the many miracles made possible by research and medical care from 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in North America.
Generous corporate partners through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals continue to make a remarkable impact for the patients and families at Valley Children’s Hospital through their tremendous fundraising and generosity totaling more than $2.6 million last year. A big thank you to the following corporate partners, organizations, and CMN Hospitals programs who recently wrapped up their annual campaigns: Ace Hardware, which raised $24,393 for Valley Children’s; McLane ($23,290); Speedway ($16,774); Kirkland Signature ($16,200); CMN Hospitals’ Extra Life Program ($16,182); Vallarta Supermarkets ($13,984); Love’s Travel Stops ($9,985); GameStop ($8,670); Vivint Solar ($5,433); RE/MAX ($4,710); and Phi Mu Greek Fraternity ($2,951). We are so grateful for the many partners through CMN Hospitals for their continued financial contributions and dedicated fundraising efforts each year.

Thank you to everyone who support Children's Hospitals Week and contributed to these campaigns and programs throughout the year.
The CARES Act Provides Incentives for Generosity in 2020

The CARES Act that was passed on March 27, 2020 provides temporary incentives to support charities this year in two key ways. First, the CARES Act allows taxpayers who take the standard deduction to take an above-the-line deduction of up to $300 for cash donations to qualified charities in 2020. According to the Tax Foundation, in response to an increase in the standard deduction under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, 86.3% of taxpayers took the standard deduction last year, making this provision particularly relevant. Second, the CARES Act temporarily removes the adjusted gross income (AGI) limitation of 60% for cash gifts that individuals can make to charities that can be deducted for federal income tax purposes.

Please note that Valley Children's does not provide tax, legal or accounting advice. This information is shared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction.

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