By Lt. John Melvin, AA/PIO
Kern Valley State Prison
In early February, Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) Facility C staff held a photo sale with the facility inmate population. The photo sale raised funds to purchase stuffed animals for a Valentine’s Day donation to benefit the patients of Valley Children’s Hospital.
KVSP recognizes the importance of family and the health of its employees and family members. The pediatric services provided by Valley Children’s Hospital is a vital and immeasurable aid for families requiring their type of specialty care, of which is a service some of Kern Valley’s own are no strangers to. The pediatric specialty care provided to the children treated by Valley Children’s Hospital is an answered prayer for families going through an unimaginable hardship. The donation was inspired to encourage hope, healing and a reminder to patients and their families they are in our thoughts and prayers.
The photo sale was a success with a total of $1,561.06 raised, providing the purchase of 150 stuffed animals. The donation was presented to Eagle Oaks Specialty Care Center in Bakersfield on behalf of Warden Christian Pfeiffer and Facility C Staff. The care center is part of the Valley Children’s Hospital network.
Eagle Oaks Specialty Care Center is a 52,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art medical center designed for children, providing the best pediatric specialty care in the Valley. Eagle Oaks Specialty Care Center began seeing patients and families on Oct. 1, 2018, after receiving an overwhelming response to bring pediatric specialists to the South Valley.
Manager Jenny Golleher said the newly opened facility was in need of donations from the community and that teddy bears are a big hit among their patients.
Golleher said they see an average of 45 patients a day with some days being as high as 90. She and her staff expressed their gratitude.