Former Angels First Baseman Wally Joyner Raises $200,000 for Miller Children’s PICU

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Wally Joyner, front row in center, and former and current Major League Baseball players, get ready to tee off at the 13th Annual Wally Joyner & Friends Golf Classic at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach.

Wally Joyner, front row in center, and former and current Major League Baseball players, get ready to tee off at the 13th Annual Wally Joyner & Friends Golf Classic at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach.

On Nov. 5, a huge group of current and former baseball stars attended the 13th Annual Wally Joyner & Friends Golf Classic at Pelican Hill Golf Course in Newport Beach. Every year proceeds from the event help support programs and initiatives at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach. More than 100 of Joyner’s friends and former and current Major League Baseball players, including former Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop, Nomar Garciaparra, and former Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder, Torii Hunter, gathered to participate.

After a day on the course, the tournament concluded with an early dinner and live auction where guests were invited to bid on priceless items such as autographed baseball memorabilia and activities with Joyner himself. This year, the Wally Joyner & Friends Golf Classic benefited the upcoming renovation and expansion of the
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Miller Children’s.

“Wally Joyner has been a great supporter of Miller Children’s over the last 10 years and we are proud to partner with him annually to raise funds to support our patients and families,” says Brett Beck, major gifts director, Miller Children’s. “This one day of golfing and auctions raised more than $200,000 for the PICU renovation at Miller Children’s and we couldn’t be happier.”

The new PICU expansion will incorporate the family centered care model approach to healing, and reduce stress, by ensuring there is enough room for parents to stay by their child’s side comfortably. The expanded PICU will now have all private rooms, complete with an area for parents, and built with evidenced-based design to prevent infection and allow nurses to constantly be able to visualize the patient from their work areas. The new space will not have the standard feel of an intensive care unit, but rather will have a warm, calming and soothing feel to it – ensuring that maximum healing can occur.

For the past 13 years, Joyner has been dedicated to helping Miller Children’s thrive. Even though Joyner is no longer a California resident, he continues to support Miller Children’s every year by coming back and hosting the Wally Joyner & Friends Golf Classic, because he believes in the quality of care provided by Miller Children’s physicians and to young patients in the community.

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