Coast Hills

Rancho Vino raises $72,000 for Marian Emergency Services Expansion

by Joshua D. Scroggin
November 15, 2017
Rancho Vino beneficiary & guests

In front of more than 120 people gathered at Presqu’ile Winery in Santa Maria, Peter Brinkerhoff retold the most harrowing tale of his life:

The day his toddler son Keagan wiggled out of his floaties at a pool party in Nipomo and sank to the bottom.

Amazingly, and thanks to the expert treatment at Marian Regional Medical Center, Keagan is alive today. He was there clinging to Peter’s shoulder, face buried in his dad’s neck as Peter recounted the details. Pulled out of the pool, Keagan had no pulse. His skin turned blue.

Brinkerhoff praised the care his son received, ticking off one by one the fine folks who did all they could to help, from paramedics on the scene to the Marian staff who performed life-saving measures to stabilize Keagan.

The 32-bed Marian emergency department is on pace to treat nearly 80,000 patients this year, a sharp increase since the new hospital opened in 2012. Thirty percent of those patients are just like Keagan, kids in need of emergency services. Such a high volume of cases is creating high demand for more space and specialized services.

That’s where CoastHills Credit Union, Presqu’ile and all those in attendance stepped in to make a difference through Rancho Vino, the CoastHills Community Foundation’ssignature annual fundraiser.

Selling sponsorships, event tickets and bottles of Generous Harvest — co-branded special release vintages of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay donated by Presqu’ile — Rancho Vino raised $72,000 on October 14 to support Marian’s Emergency Services Expansion Project, which is slated to include a dedicated unit specifically for pediatric patients.

Inspired by the Brinkerhoff family’s story, Charles J. Cova, Senior Vice President of Operations, Dignity Health, and his wife Marie made a personal major gift donation in support of the cause.

“Marie and I are honored to make this very special gift in support of Marian’s Emergency Services Expansion Project,” Cova said. “Accidents can happen on any day, at any time. It is clear that this near tragedy is an event that can happen to any family. We are overjoyed that Keagan is doing well, and we appreciate the incredible importance of having a state-of-the-art Emergency Department with world-class physicians, nurses, caregivers, and support staff who genuinely care about our community.”

For the 11th annual Rancho Vino, CoastHills returned to the cause of local health care. Over the past two years, the event raised $120,000 in support of the Allan Hancock College Viticulture and Enology Foundation. From 2011 to 2014, the Credit Union partnered with Dignity Health’s Mission Hope Cancer Center to raise nearly $330,00.

In the 11-year history of Rancho Vino, the event has poured more than $580,000 into local food banks, Mission Hope, Allan Hancock and now Marian’s emergency department.

The Credit Union’s vision statement reads: “We make a difference in our neighbors’ lives.” And with a new 90,000 square-foot corporate headquarters under construction at Enos Ranch in Santa Maria, many of CoastHills’ neighbors, members and employees rely on emergency services here in town.

“For CoastHills, Rancho Vino is really a celebration,” said Jeff York, CoastHills President/CEO. “We celebrate the partnership between us, our business partners, Marian and Presqu’ile. And in the end, we celebrate the thousands of dollars in critical support raised for Marian’s expansion project. That’s quite a generous harvest.”

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