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St. Mary Medical Center Foundation

St. Mary Medical Center

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Family embracing one another

St. Mary Medical Center Foundation

St. Mary Medical Center

St. Mary Medical Center Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation. It exists to support the healing ministry of St. Mary Medical Center and to provide philanthropic resources to improve the health and quality of life for people in the High Desert.

Community support, whether through financial contributions or volunteer work, assists St. Mary Medical Center in providing the highest standard of patient care and ongoing community wellness programs in the High Desert.

By giving of yourself, you become a crucial part of this Victor Valley health care team. You help contribute to the comfort, care and well-being of our patients, their families, the staff, visitors and the community.

The Foundation is led by a board of community leaders who serve as ambassadors for St. Mary Medical Center. Their involvement, coupled with gifts from area residents, community organizations, foundations and corporations, helps to ensure our continual and outstanding leadership in the High Desert's health care industry.

Whether large or small, contributions to our Foundation make a significant difference in the lives of countless people who have sought help at St. Mary Medical Center. Ultimately, these gifts allow us to maintain the consistently high standards for which we are recognized and respected. Send us an email for more information.

Ways to Give

Much of what goes on at St. Mary is made possible because of friends like you. Your charitable support is instrumental, as together we work to make our community a healthy community. Thank you for giving!

Donate online

Donate by mail

Send us your contribution with checks payable to:

St. Mary Medical Center Foundation
18300 Highway 18
Apple Valley, CA 92307 
Send us an email

Cardiac monitors can save lives

We are currently working on a life-giving effort to ensure we have the equipment needed to keep you, your family, friends and co-workers living your best lives. Cardiac monitors are a vital tool in diagnosing heart conditions and many of the monitors in our Emergency Room will soon need to be replaced. When a patient is experiencing palpitations, shortness of breath or a tightening in the chest, the cardiac monitor helps our caregivers by providing the highest quality visual of the heart’s rhythm to help them catch cardiac issues fast. These monitors are vital for patient safety and they’re not cheap. We are asking for the community’s help to fund 42 new, modern monitors that cost about $15,000 each. Will you help?

St. Mary Medical Center wishes to acknowledge the generous gifts of its donors. This is done in prominent areas in the hospital including the main lobby, specialty care areas and patient care rooms. We also respect a donor's wishes to remain anonymous.

Donor Wall of Honor

St. Mary Medical Center - Main Lobby
Gifts of $2,500 or more

Patient Care Rooms

Opportunities available throughout the Medical Center
Gifts of $5,000 or more

Specialty Care Area or Support for Key Medical Equipment

Plaque located in a specific unit or department
Gifts of $20,000 or more

Foundation Board

  • Peter Allan
  • Larry Bird
  • Diana Carloni-O'Malley
  • Margaret Curran
  • Jeanette Gehrke, Ed.D., Vice Chair
  • Dennis Gray
  • Glee Heikes
  • Frecia Johnson
  • Scott Nassif
  • Rick Piercy
  • Roseanne Smith
  • Steve Stewart
  • Elizabeth Walker
  • Mark Yates, Chair

Foundation Staff

John Kozyra, Chief Philanthropy Officer
Michael Page, Major Gifts Officer
Rosa Ramirez, Grants Officer
Lezli Roberts, Major Gifts Officer
Susana Vasquez, Donor Relations Officer

There are a variety of ways you can support the hospital's work. One fun and enjoyable way is to join us at the annual fundraising events throughout the year.

Foundation Gala Date

Saturday, October 10, 2020 


Hilton Garden Inn
12603 Mariposa Road
Victorville, CA 92395

Event Information

The St. Mary Foundation Gala 2019 was a night to remember as 270 guests enjoyed an exquisite dinner, premier auction and live entertainment by violinist Daniel Morris. The event raised an incredible $300,000 to help purchase 42 new cardiac monitors for Emergency Services, the most essential tool in diagnosing heart conditions. 

It was because of our most loyal supporters—the community, gala committee and dedicated caregivers—that this success was possible. Relive this unforgettable night with the 2019 event photos by visiting St. Mary Foundation’s Facebook Page

Learn more about how you can get involved in this exciting event by calling 760-946-8189 or by email.

2019 Sponsors

Mortgage Solutions Financial

St. Mary Medical Center Medical Staff

ICR Staffing
Curran Electric
Liberty Utilities
Martinez + Okamoto
Mercy Air
Mitsubishi Cement
Cal Portland
Curran Electric
Desert Cities Dialysis
Heritage Victor Valley Medical Group
Molina Healthcare
Mojave Printing Solutions

Christianbelle Electric
Conco Construction
Desert Community Bank

Armstrong Fairway Insurance Agency
Greiner Buick GMC
Stewart’s United Agencies
Waxie Sanitary Supply
Dr. Charles Ananian
Paul & Heidi Gostanian
Dr. Robert Weiser



Support St. Mary Medical Center Foundation in a meaningful way

  • Keep us thriving with your planned gift
  • Take advantage of numerous tax and financial benefits
  • Leave a legacy to be remembered by future generations

The Heart of Helping

We believe the measure of a person is deeply rooted in their values, and the measure of an organization, deeply rooted in its people.

At St. Mary, volunteers have been at the heart of the hospital's healing mission for nearly half a century.

This indispensable group of caring, dedicated women, men and young people touch the lives of our patients and the fabric of our organization with their commitment to Compassion, Dignity, Excellence, Justice and Integrity in the High Desert communities we serve.

We recently awarded our 2017 junior volunteer scholarships to three fantastic High Desert high school seniors. Learn more about the winners and how you can assist future community leaders through this scholarship program.

  • Why Volunteer?

    There are many reasons to become a volunteer at St. Mary.

    Our volunteers tell us why:

    • Feel fulfilled by giving something special back to their community - themselves!
    • Enjoy sharing valuable skills and life experiences to help others
    • Compliment and support various departments with their talents
    • The ability to give back to the community through the rapidly changing health care world
    • Offer empathy, compassion and support to those they encounter. Make new friends with similar values and interests
    • Feel appreciated as a valued member of the hospital family
  • Ways to Be Involved

    The opportunities for volunteers at St. Mary are as varied and interesting as our volunteers themselves.

    Here are a few of the ways our volunteers help:

    • Front Desk Ambassador: Front desk volunteers are true ambassadors of St. Mary, and very often represent our guest’s first impression of our ministry. You will have the opportunity to meet new people, gain incredible customer service experience, escort family members to their destination, deliver flowers and make a significant difference in people’s lives by providing them a comforting welcome in an otherwise stressful time.

    • Gift Shop: Our gift shop is run top to bottom by our dedicated volunteers from shipping and receiving, stocking, ordering, displaying and cashiering. Be a part of a team that maintains a pleasant relationship with the customers and help run an efficient and smooth operation while ensuring a good relationship with our guests; provide service in finding merchandise for customers; and the handling of sales.

    • Care Ambassador: Care ambassadors visit patients and offer a warm welcome; provide necessary hospital toiletries, magazines, help with ordering meals; offer information to patients regarding various hospital services. They have the opportunity to work collaboratively with unit RNs, Supervisors and Team Leaders to identify opportunities to improve the patient experience.

    • Shuttle Driver: The shuttle drivers provide transportation for patients, visitors, and associates to and from the parking lots and hospital. Customer service is of utmost value and drivers work directly with the Department of Public Safety. Requires DMV print out of driving record, copy of valid California driver’s license and proof of insurance.

    • Clerical Support: For volunteers who have specific clerical talents such as typing, power point presentations, data inputting, pie charts, etc., the volunteer services department can utilize your services. You would volunteer directly with the Director of Volunteer Services.
  • Our Invitation to You

    St. Mary Medical Center welcomes men, women and young people of all backgrounds and abilities as its volunteers.

    We have an active Junior Volunteer program for those between the ages of 14 and 17 who volunteer in various departments throughout the medical center.

    We are seeking new members who possess a willingness to spread joy and warmth and who care about others and their community.

    The first step in becoming a St. Joseph Health, St. Mary volunteer is to read our introduction letter for interested volunteers then download an application.

    Once you have completed this pre-application form it can be emailed to us at or mailed to the address below. We will contact you regarding the possibility of volunteering at St. Mary within 7 to 10* business days of receipt of your pre-application.

    St. Joseph Health, St. Mary
    Volunteer Services
    18300 Highway 18
    Apple Valley, CA 92307

    Application Process

    • All applications are reviewed by Director, Volunteer Services (DVS)
    • We review each application received and work to match your interests, background, motivation, availability and previous experience with our needs.
    • We will notify you for a possible interview within 7 to 10* business days of receipt of application. All others will be notified via e-mail.
    • Junior volunteers: Due to the high demand of this program, we have a waiting list of about a year.

    Clearance on the following after the interview:

    • Background check (2-3 weeks, Adults only)
    • Health Assessment and immunizing screening, which includes Tuberculosis (TB) skin testing (two), and labs. For those with a history of positive TB skin test, a chest x-ray will be ordered.
    • Picture for badge.
    • All must attend an all day hospital orientation (on a Monday).
    • Junior Volunteers: Orientation is usually in the spring and fall and in the evenings. You will be notified via e-mail and/or mail.
    • Following orientation you will need to complete online computer training regarding St. Mary policies and procedures.

    *Note: Holidays, educational seminars and vacations will delay the process.

    If you would like to speak to a volunteer representative, please call us at (760) 242-2311 extension 6570 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Become a Volunteer

    Download Volunteer Application

    Please read this introduction letter to learn more about the volunteer application process.

    Mail or E-mail completed form to:

    St. Joseph Health, St. Mary
    Attention: Volunteer Services
    18300 Highway 18, Apple Valley, CA 92307


    We will contact you regarding the possibility of volunteering at St. Joseph Health, St. Mary within 7-10 business days of receipt of your application.

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