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Team Blueprint raises $20,000 for St. Joseph Hospital construction project

Members of Team Blueprint, St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial hospitals’ marathon team, pose before the race starts.A team of 24 runners and walkers making up "Team Blueprint" raised more than $20,000 for St. Joseph Hospital (SJH) earlier this month with the help of community residents who pledged their support in the form of donations to the Blueprint for Excellence construction project at SJH.

Team Blueprint, which consisted of hospital staff from St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial hospitals as well as family and friends, completed the Humboldt Redwoods Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k race on Sunday, Oct. 18. Each person on the team was responsible for collecting pledges to support the new patient care facility, which is under construction at SJH.

Team members brought in more than $20,000 in pledges for the construction project; and, because St. Joseph Health is matching all funds raised up to $12.5 million, every dollar raised by Team Blueprint will be doubled, bringing the combined total to $40,000. To date, $10.6 million has been raised locally without the match.

Sara Hammes and Julie Hammatt, both nurses in the emergency room at St. Joseph Hospital, originally came up with the idea of forming a team to support the medical facility project last spring. Since then, the pair has been working with other nurses and hospital staff to organize a team and recruit participants from the hospital and community.

"We both love to run and felt that this was a great opportunity to help inspire staff at St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial to get in shape and support a great cause," said Hammes.

Added Hammatt, "Forming Team Blueprint seemed like a very natural way of furthering our health system goal of creating a healthier community. We’re promoting wellness among staff and at the same time supporting the campaign to build a new medical facility here at St. Joseph Hospital."

The team motto, "The future of healthcare is taking shape today," appropriately reflects each person’s commitment to leading a healthy, active lifestyle and to supporting an important investment in the future health of the community.

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