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Big Hearts and Generous Pockets Raise Money for Central Valley’s Specialized Medical Care

By hire-up-staffing in News and Updates

If you are familiar with Hire Up Staffing Services, then you may already know our President, Rebecca Kirkman. As the owner of a top staffing agency, Rebecca utilizes her innate gift of bringing people and resources together to help others build stronger businesses and better lives. Rebecca genuinely cares about the communities in which our organization serves, and with offices all over the United States, she cares—a lot. However, she holds a special place in her heart for the community she calls home, which is the Central Valley.

Rebecca Kirkman and a group of ladies that share the same passion for giving back to the community established the Founders Club. This network of talented professionals from across California’s Central Valley work together to elevate the wellbeing and health of our community through the active service of philanthropy. Founders Club members give generously of their time, resources, and talents to support Community Health System and its mission to provide the highest level of care to all its patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

Community Health System’s story started back in 1897, when Celia Burnett, proprietor of the only successful boarding house in Fresno, earned a reputation for nursing ill travelers back to health. Several local physicians partnered with Celia, creating Fresno’s first private hospital, then named after Ms. Celia, Burnett Sanitarium. In 1945, the medial facility became known as Fresno Community Hospital, and the non-profit organization has since been renamed Community Health System.

While the Founders Club origination story doesn’t date back as far as the hospital, this group has already earned a reputation for creating positive change. In the just over a year since being established, Founders Club has proudly raised $400,000. These funds have gone toward the Club’s current philanthropic focus, which is the building of the Bob Smittcamp Neuroscience Institute. This specialized treatment center is where patients will get the brain and spine treatment they need, right here in the Central Valley, eliminating patients and their families from having to travel outside of the area for  specialized care.

The neuroscience cause is personal to many members of the Founders Club, as they have loved ones who have experienced neurological-related medical issues including stroke, head injuries, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s. There is a need for more neurological resources within the Central Valley, and Rebecca is doing what she does best, which is bringing people and resources together to make positive change. Want to learn more?

To learn more about the impact neurological disorders can have on the body, visit Community Medical Center’s website and watch several inspiring stories of Central Valley patients affected here.

Looking for ways you too could support the Founders Club’s fundraising work to bring more neuroscience specialists to the Valley?

  • Consider sponsoring a table at the upcoming black-tie optional event, Fire and Ice, on March 25, 2023. This evening with the Founders Club will bring together community leaders and philanthropists for a night dedicated to supporting Community Health System and the future Bob Smittcamp Family Neuroscience Institute.

Want to skip the event and donate directly through the Founders Club via the Community Health Systems website?

  • Visit here and select to donate through Rebecca’s team or any of the other Founders Club members.

Join the Founders Club in leading positive change. Raising awareness of this cause will assist with meeting the financial need to bring additional neuroscience treatment to the Central Valley. This rewarding opportunity is open to anyone able to give, and the donations through the website do not hold any minimum requirements, meaning any dollar amount helps. Help Rebecca and the Founders Club meet their goal, which is ultimately to elevate the service and wellbeing of our community.


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