RRH Development Foundation

Providing excellent care for our community is a responsibility Ridgecrest Regional Hospital has taken seriously for more than 50 years, that’s why the RRH Development Foundation is proud to partner with our community to secure funds and resources necessary to support the hospital’s mission and values far into the future.

The RRH Development Foundation has adopted “GRATITUDE changes EVERYTHING” as the guiding principle for our philanthropic efforts.  We truly believe Ridgecrest Regional Hospital offers so many reasons for us to be grateful, and grateful giving can improve the health of our community.  Whether you’re an outpatient or an inpatient, you will experience the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital goal of providing you with the highest quality health care in a warm and compassionate environment. 

The RRH Development Foundation is asking you to follow our lead and consider, what are you grateful for?  When you find your reason, use that gratitude to inspire giving back to our hospital, our healthcare system, and our community.

We understand the importance of community support for our hospital and healthcare system and we hope that you will consider how you might partner with us to support Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.  We believe that every gift is special, regardless of the amount.  100% of your contribution will be used for the expansion of hospital services, including new equipment, new facilities and new services for our community.

RRH Development Foundation, established in 2013, is a non-profit corporation as provided under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions are tax deductible in accordance with state and federal tax regulations.  All funds raised by RRH Development Foundation provide direct support to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.  We do not provide funding for outside organizations or events.

We are currently fundraising for Ridgecrest Regional Hospice House

The Challenge

Hospice is a special care provided to patients when cure-oriented treatments can no longer prolong life. It’s goal is to improve quality of life by offering the patients comfort and dignity. Since 2008, Ridgecrest Regional Hospice fulfilled its mission of providing the best in compassionate, dignified care to individuals with terminal illnesses and their caregivers. 

From time to time, it is not possible for a patient to receive care in their home, or in the home of family or friends. In this situation, many reach out for care in a hospital or in a nursing home. This type of care is generally more expensive and less desirable for the terminally ill patient.

It has been a long held dream of the team at Ridgecrest Regional Hospice to open and operate a hospice house here in Ridgecrest. It is their dream that inspired the RRH Development Foundation to open the Butterfly Boutique to raise money for hospice; and, it is their dream that motivated us to adopt our current fundraising effort to open that hospice house.

Our Solution

Our proposal… to purchase a local home, convert the space into a 4-6 bed free-standing hospice residential facility where individuals may experience compassionate and dignified end-of-life care in a homelike setting.


While it is not possible to anticipate the actual costs in advance, we plan to raise $300,000 to make this dream a reality.

“You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life”.

– Dame Cicely Saunders (1918-2005)
Pioneer of the Modern Hospice Movement

Goal achieved!
RRH Development Foundation has successfully completed its fundraising efforts to bring FDA-approved automated breast ultrasound system to Ridgecrest.

InveniaTM ABUS Clinically Proven to Increase Cancer Detection by 35.7%; recently installed at Ridgecrest Regional hospital

RIDGECREST, CA, Thanks to the incredible support of our community and the fundraising efforts of the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Development Foundation, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital announced today that they are on the leading edge of breast care by now offering the InveniaTM ABUS (Automated Breast Ultrasound System), approved by the FDA for breast cancer screening as an adjunct to mammography for asymptomatic women with dense breast tissue and no prior interventions.

“We are excited to add the Automated Breast Ultrasound system from GE Healthcare to our comprehensive breast cancer screening program. By offering ABUS in addition to mammography for our patients with dense breast tissue, we anticipate improving detection for small cancers that cannot be seen on a mammogram alone in these women. We believe ABUS will become an integral part of our practice for the detection of breast cancer,” said James Suver, Chief Executive Officer, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.

Tamara Tilley, Executive Director of the Development Foundation expressed her gratitude to the many donors that supported this fundraising project.  “We are extremely grateful and thrilled to be a part of bringing new breast cancer detecting technology to the women of our community.  Our donors did not just give financially; they became investors in Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.   Their donations are a gift to the community and speak volumes about their commitment to having the very best health care options right here in Ridgecrest.”

Dense breast tissue not only increases the risk of breast cancer up to 4-6 times but also makes cancer more difficult to detect using mammography, according to multiple large studies. One study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed mammography sensitivity is reduced by 36 to 38 percent in women with dense breasts, as density masks the appearance of tumors (Boyd, et al, NEJM 2007:356:227-36M). As breast density goes up, the accuracy of mammograms goes down (Kolb et al Radiology, October 2002).

As a result, several states, including California, have passed laws mandating that women be notified if their breasts are dense, and may offer supplemental imaging as appropriate.

Mammography is an effective tool for the detection of breast cancer; however, it doesn’t work equally well in all women, particularly those with dense breast tissue.  Designed and built specifically for screening, research shows that ABUS technology as an adjunct to mammography has the potential to find 35.7 percent additional cancers that would not have been found with mammography alone.

The Invenia ABUS system is FDA-approved for breast cancer screening in the United States as an adjunct to mammography for asymptomatic women with dense breast tissue and no prior interventions. The Invenia ABUS system is designed to enhance the consistency, reproducibility, and sensitivity of whole breast ultrasound, demonstrating a 35.7 percent improvement in cancer detection (sensitivity) in women with dense breasts without prior breast intervention. (FDA PMA Approval P110006, Sept. 18, 2012.)

The unique challenges of breast cancer screening led to important technology innovations that result high resolution images that can be acquired rapidly. Clinically, this offers an efficient option that provides enhanced resolution and contrast, making the Invenia ABUS system well positioned to address the workflow challenges of breast cancer screening and improve the detection of breast cancer, in women with dense breasts.

Breast cancer screening guidelines suggest that women get regular mammograms as suggested by their doctor, and if they have been informed that they have dense breast tissue, they should talk to their doctor about their specific risk and additional screening tests that might be appropriate.

For further information about Invenia ABUS, visit www.gehealthcare.com.

Brief Statement

The Invenia ABUS is indicated as an adjunct to mammography or breast cancer screening
in asymptomatic women for whom screening mammography findings are normal or benign
(BI-RADS® Assessment Category 1 or 2), with dense breast parenchyma (BI-RADS Composition/Density 3 or 4), and have not had previous clinical breast intervention. The
device is intended to increase breast cancer detection in the described patient population.
The Invenia ABUS may also be used for diagnostic ultrasound imaging of the breast in symptomatic women. See the device manual for detailed information, contraindications, warnings, precautions, potential adverse events.

Across the country, non-profit hospitals are moving from a nice-to-have relationship with their hospital foundation, to a more structured, must-have partnership. These are challenging times in healthcare and having a successful fundraising partner is now a critical component for the non-profit community hospital, and for Ridgecrest.

Your gift is an opportunity to affect the lives around you. Whether you are remembering a loved one, showing your gratitude for a hard-working caregiver, or putting state-of-the-art equipment into the hands of a local physician, your gift to the RRH Development Foundation and your gratitude will make a lasting impression! We are honored to serve as the community’s philanthropic partner in providing the support necessary to ensure that Ridgecrest Regional Hospital remains a center of excellence in our community.

Give in a Way That Works For You

Your gift is extremely important because it provides resources that make a meaningful difference to our patients and their families, as well as to our physicians, nurses, and staff – to everyone that cares for you. Thank you for doing what you can to help us help you, your family and friends.


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In Cash

When you make a cash donation, you qualify for a tax deduction of up to 50% of your adjusted gross income. Excess deductions can be carried over for up to five years after the year of the gift.

Appreciated Stock or Mutual Fund Shares

Charitable gifts of stock provide you with a tax deduction of the full market value (for shares held more than one year), and capital gains taxes on the appreciated asset are avoided. For gifts of appreciated securities, you may qualify for a charitable deduction of 30% of your adjusted gross income.

Bequests in a Will or Living Trust

To provide for Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Development Foundation through your will, living trust or charitable remainder trust, you will need the tax identification number, legal name and mailing address. This information will be provided by contacting the RRH Development Foundation office.

Retirement Accounts or U.S. Savings Bonds

By naming Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Development Foundation as the beneficiary of your IRA or savings bonds, income taxes are avoided and the value of the gift qualifies as an estate tax deduction.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

Charitable remainder trusts provide a means to receive an immediate income tax deduction, income for life and a meaningful gift to the Development Foundation at death or at the end of the term of the trust.

Matching Gifts

Some employers have matching gift programs that will match your gift to RRH Development Foundation. Please check with your employer.

Grateful Patient and Tribute Giving

Scientific research is now showing that expressing gratitude promotes greater emotional well-being and physical health. Our Grateful Patient Program is a one way to express your gratitude and say thank you to a doctor, nurse, technician or volunteer who cared for you in a time of need. Through this program, you can make a difference at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital while recognizing someone that made a difference in your life, or the life of a loved one.

A tribute gift in honor or in memory of a loved one or special friend is an especially meaningful way to remember the past while creating a better future for healthcare at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. Memorial gifts are always unique tribute that may be considered in lieu of flowers.

Tribute gifts are acknowledged with a keepsake silk gerbera daisy (for a gift of $35 or more) or (for a gift of any amount) with a card to the person or to the family of the person in whose name the gift is made. (Please be sure to provide address information.) Our notifications never include the amount of the gift. Donations that provide opportunities to place names on the Tree of Life and Children’s Kingdom displays in the hospital continue to be available as long as space remains.

Annual Fund Giving

The Annual Fund is an opportunity to donate to the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Development Foundation to provide sustained, ongoing support for Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. Establishing an affordable, regular donation schedule can enable the Development Foundation and Ridgecrest Regional Hospital to fulfill their missions. Please feel free to contact us for information about our current Annual Fund campaign.

Ridgecrest Regional Hospice Services

Ridgecrest Regional Hospice is committed to providing a team of professionals for caring support, pain and symptom management, and assistance with final preparations related to a terminal illness. A gift designated to support Ridgecrest Regional Hospice Services will that these services will always be available…whenever and for whomever they are needed. Your gift will provide hope, care, help and comfort to the families of our community.


  • April 13, 2019  – Women’s Health Expo – Sponsored by RRHDF and Women in Philanthropy
  • September 14, 2019 – Third Annual Wine Gala






Kim Metcalf
Executive Director
Phone: (760) 499-3955
Fax: (760) 446-2254
Email: Kimberly.Metcalf@rrh.org

We welcome your calls and inquiries. We are always glad to discuss your potential involvement as a foundation member or in helping support the efforts of the RRH Development Foundation.

We’re open from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm.  Please call in advance to ensure that we are in the office.

Office Location: 105 E. Sydnor St, Suite 201, Ridgecrest, CA  93555.

Mailing Address: 1081 N. China Lake Blvd., Ridgecrest, CA  93555