Eureka, CA (June 11th, 2018) – The St. Joseph Hospital Eureka Foundation and Redwood Memorial
Hospital Foundation announced June 8th that Fortuna residents Harry and
Janie Hardin have donated $100,000 to help support programs at St. Joseph
Health, Humboldt County.
The Hardin’s gift will fund expanded services in the Outpatient Rehabilitation
Program, specifically physical therapy for neurological related issues
associated with Parkinson’s disease, and the new St. Joseph Hospital
Eureka Family Medicine Residency program.
Hardin, who recently sold Eel River Disposal after building the company
from scratch 33 years ago, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013
and was travelling to Santa Rosa for care. The impact of so much travel
took a heavy toll on Harry. It wasn’t until 2017 while receiving
rehab for a broken arm at St. Joseph’s Outpatient Rehabilitation
Unit, when he learned he could also get treatment for Parkinson’s
locally. His physical therapist designed a unique program enabling him
to stay at home for his care.
“Our gift recognizes and thanks St. Joseph for the excellent care
that I’ve received, especially for the extra effort of the Outpatient
Rehabilitation physical therapy team for improving the quality of life
for Janie and me,” said Harry.
“The Hardin gift is making a huge impact on our rehabilitation services,”
said Jim Peaker, area director, rehabilitation services, St. Joseph Health,
Humboldt County. “Our program is ranked annually in the top 1% nationally
for patient satisfaction, and the success with Harry is an outstanding
example of how our therapists truly provide excellent care one patient
at a time.”
The Hardin’s gift recognizes that investment in local health care
is important to help strengthen programs and services on the North Coast,
in addition to accessing physicians so families don’t have to endure
additional hardships when seeking care.
“We’re very excited that our gift will also help recruit more
primary care doctors to our area. This will lead to more specialists coming
to St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial hospitals, which will have a huge impact
on our community,” said Janie.