ember dinner

Join us as we honor long-time supporter Bernie Flood with a multi-course dinner at Ember Restaurant in Arroyo Grande. Chef Brian Collins will prepare a multi-course dinner paired with exquisite local wines. Tickets are available for $250 per person. All proceeds will benefit the Legacy Campaign.

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bernie floodBernie Flood has been a key supporter of Arroyo Grande Community Hospital since its early days. She has had a connection with healthcare throughout her life: she received her RN diploma in 1956 from the College of St. Catherine in Minnesota, and practiced nursing until she retired in 1990. She and her husband Daryl moved to the Central Coast in 1961 when he became a founding officer of Mid-State Bank. The next year, the bank was able to help provide Arroyo Grande Community Hospital with last-minute financing that allowed it to open its doors. Bernie remembers attending the grand opening of the hospital in 1962.

As a local nurse, Bernie spent some time working in the hospital in its early days. She was hired by families as a private duty nurse, providing one-on-one care for critical patients in the hospital before there was an ICU. Later she volunteered in the hospital, visiting with patients and making their experience as positive as possible. She was a patient herself on occasion, and was impressed by the excellent care she received during her visits. 

Bernie considers the Central Coast her home, as she has lived here longer than anywhere else and raised her three children here. She has many wonderful friends here, appreciates the generosity of the community, and believes that this is the best place on earth to live. She has supported the hospital from the beginning because she felt that it was so important to have a great local hospital, and she wanted to see it succeed. Bernie and her family have had an incredible impact on the level and quality of services that the hospital can provide for our community, and we are happy to be able to honor her with this event.