The Carrol Pruett Philanthropic Fraternity

In 2019, the Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Foundation founded the Carrol Pruett Philanthropic Fraternity. The fraternity meets several times per year for social events and presentations from doctors and/or hospital representatives about hospital programs in need of funding. Annually, fraternity members come together for a celebration and to vote for their favorite project. All funds raised by the society go to the decided project.

Since it's inception, the Fraternity has raised almost $200,000 for important programs and services at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital.

And the winner is . . .

In fiscal year 2024, the Carrol Pruett Philanthropic Fraternity members voted to use their contributions to fund a Portable Digital X-Ray. This machine allows for high quality imaging from the comfort of the patient's room. The new machine is quieter, provides higher quality images and lowers the radiation dose to the patient. This Portable X-Ray machine will increase patient comfort as well as allow staff to increase their efficiency in patient care.

In fiscal year 2023, the Fraternity's contributions of $32,000 went towards 3D Mammography & Biopsy technology. With this new technology, compression time will be reduced to 5-10 seconds from the typical 30-40 seconds, and the high definition system generates four times the amount of data than CDIC’s current 3D mammography machine. Greater breast tissue definition allows for earlier and more accurate detection of abnormalities, which will increase survival rates for women in our community.

In 2021 membership gifts totaling $38,000 benefitted Dysphasia Evaluation technology for patients in the Acute Rehabilitation Center. Dysphagia is difficulty or discomfort in swallowing, as a symptom of a disease such as stroke, and can cause complications like aspiration pneumonia.

In 2020, the Fraternity members voted to use their gifts totaling $47,000 to fund Operating Room Power Equipment.

In 2019, the Fraternity members voted to use their gifts totaling $65,000 to fund the Behavioral Health Evaluation Team in the Emergency Department. Behavioral health patients include those who report thoughts of suicide or have severe depression or psychosis, among other diagnosis and conditions. When these patients enter the Emergency Department, they are required to wait long periods of time before receiving the proper care due to a number of factors. An on-site Mental Health Evaluation Team will help resolve this issue.

The Fraternity is currently accepting members for 2022-2023. Please click here to join or contact us with questions.

Membership commitment:

Members will make a $1,000 gift each year & attend social meetings quarterly. Payments can be spread over the course of the year.

Members will learn about programs, services, and funding needs of the hospital in a social setting. Members will vote to select a hospital project they would like their donations to fund, and 100% of donations will support the winning project.

Main events:

  • Quarterly social mixers
  • At least one behind-the-scenes hospital tour each year
  • Presentations from doctors and hospital representatives advocating their programs
  • Annual celebration and vote on hospital projects

Benefits of membership:

  • Members will have a voice in making our hospital a stronger facility
  • Meetings will help forge a meaningful connection between physicians, administrators, and members
  • Members will be part of an enjoyable and important social club that supports a good cause.

For more information about the Carrol Pruett Philanthropic Fraternity please contact us.