Women Supporting Women: Women’s giving circle raises more than $120,000 for MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center’s New Melanoma Program

More than 90 members of Beauty In Grace women’s giving circle collectively raised $120,000 for the development of a new melanoma program at MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center. The nonprofit hospital plans to invest in technology such as intraoperative radiation therapy and provide screenings and educational offerings in the community to prevent, detect and treat skin cancer.

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Photos by Paul Bennett

(L-R) Bhavana Pathak, M.D.; MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center Foundation President Christy Ward; Saddleback Medical Center CEO Marcia Manker; Saddleback Medical Center Medical Director of Gynecologic Oncology Priyal Dholakiya, M.D.; Tanya Evans, M.D., and Saddleback Medical Center Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer Brandi Cassingham

Each year, Beauty In Grace members pool their $1,000+ contributions for a specific need at the medical center. Since 2016, Beauty In Grace has raised $682,000 in support of various women’s and children’s services, such as advanced MRI technology for diagnosing and treating breast cancer, and NicView video streaming equipment to allow families to log in and watch their babies from smartphones while newborns are being cared for in the Irma Feldcamp Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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(L-R) True McMahan, M.D., with Laguna Beach resident Michelle Tom, M.D.

In March, nearly 80 Beauty In Grace members gathered for a luncheon on the Grand Lawn of the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach to celebrate their support of women’s health services at Saddleback Medical Center.

Members were treated to appetizers, Champagne and mocktails while mingling, and then were seated for a three-course lunch, hosted by Saddleback Medical Center Foundation.

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(L-R) Nora Evans, M.D. (Laguna Beach resident) with mother Adeeba Evans and sister Tanya Evans, M.D., who was a guest speaker on the panel

A special guest panel, moderated by Saddleback Medical Center CEO Marcia Manker, discussed the topic of “Beyond Wellness: Prevention, Survivorship and Sexual Health.” The expert physicians specialize in areas related to women’s health, including dermatology, gynecology, oncology, hematology, menopause and sexual health.

Tanya Evans, M.D., spoke about skin protection and early cancer detection with regular examinations. Medical Director of Women’s Health Services Michael Krychman, M.D., talked about survivorship medicine and sexual health in the face of cancer treatments and other diseases.

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(L-R) C.C. Hafner and Shannon Stadelmann, N.P., of Laguna Beach Aesthetics

Priyal Dholakiya, M.D., Medical Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Saddleback Medical Center, discussed the value of whole-person wellness and the importance of physicians considering many factors such as fertility, cosmetic and financial concerns when recommending treatment options.

Emphasizing the importance of integrative oncology and incorporating mindfulness-based practices, Bhavana Pathak, M.D., shared the benefits of using holistic strategies.

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(L-R) Guest speakers Bhavana Pathak, M.D. and Saddleback Medical Center Medical Director of Women’s Health Services Michael Krychman, M.D. (resident of Laguna Beach) at the panel

Manker highlighted Saddleback Medical Center’s focus on women’s health care with the building of the new Women’s Health Pavilion dedicated entirely to state-of-the-art support for women’s health and wellness and scheduled for completion this summer.

“Women are often the ones taking care of everyone else and putting themselves last,” said Manker. “Through our new Women’s Health Pavilion, we have provided the programs to empower women to optimize their health care and live the healthiest lives possible.”

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(L-R) MemorialCare Executive Vice President and CFO Karen Testman (resident of Laguna Beach) and Judy Jones

Christy Ward, president, Saddleback Medical Center Foundation, expressed her deep appreciation for the ladies by stating, “It is a very powerful and moving sight to see such a dynamic group of women coming together to make a profound impact on women’s health care in Orange County. We are so grateful to our Beauty In Grace members for helping to create meaningful change and inspiring others to do the same.”

To learn more about Beauty In Grace or to become a member, contact Saddleback Medical Center Foundation at 949.452.3724 or smcf@memorialcare.org or visit www.memorialcare.org/BeautyInGrace.


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