June is National Camping Month so we were inspired to ask donors to join us at Camp Save-A-Life. You can attend Camp Save-a-Life at either donor center, or a mobile drive near you. No matter where our lifesaving campers report in June, they will be automatically entered to win a great outdoor prize thanks to Executives’ Association of Kern County members Valbridge Property Advisors/Michael Burger & Associates and Hina’s Home Care and Compounding Pharmacy. The prize is an RTIC cooler and $250 in cash to take the cooler camping or to the park, or just fill it up in your own backyard. RTIC Coolers are bear proof and keep ice cold for up to 10 days. An RTIC Tumbler is also included so you can get to your destination with a cold beverage in hand.
Michael Burger & Associates provides a full scope of appraisal and consulting services with specialties in commercial, industrial, residential, and agricultural appraisals; as well as Right-of-Way services. With over 30 years of service in Bakersfield, they have a team of appraisers that are available to meet all your needs. Their clients experience local expertise, but also benefit from a national level of cumulative strength thanks to their affiliation with Valbridge Property Advisors.
Valbridge Property Advisors | Michael Burger & Associates – Central California is owned by Michael Burger, a resident of Bakersfield for over 30 years. Valbridge Property Advisors is one of the largest commercial property valuation and advisory services firms in the U.S., with 200 MAI-designated appraisers, 68 office locations and more than 675 staff across the nation. Valbridge provides independent appraisal services consistent with the highest industry standards of practice. Each Valbridge office is led by an appraiser, like Michael, who holds the MAI designation of the Appraisal Institute.
Michael has donated 6 gallons of blood and says: “I have been donating blood since I moved to Bakersfield. Blood is life! I give so that others can live. My hope is that by donating to Houchin’s monthly drawing it will encourage others to give to the Blood Bank!”
Hina’s Home Care and Compounding Pharmacy is owned by Sanjay and Bhavna Patel, who have three locations: Hina’s Mercy Southwest Pharmacy at 500 Old River Road in the Mercy Southwest Hospital, Hina’s Home Care at 9508 Stockdale Highway across from CSUB, and Hina’s Pharmacy on White lane .
The Hina’s team believes that no two individuals are exactly alike, so they customize all medications for each person’s unique needs. The pharmacy provides comprehensive consulting services and collaborates with healthcare providers to develop unique formulations as prescribed.
For over 17 years, the Hina’s team has been compounding high quality prescriptions. The highly trained staff members are experts in pharmacy compounding, staying on the leading edge of drug therapy by attending continuing education programs and maintaining on-going training. Hina’s staff members are active in pharmacy organizations such as Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA), International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP), and the California Pharmacists Association.
The pharmacy is named after daughter Hina, who tragically died of Sickle Cell disease. The Patels founded the Hina Patel Foundation
to educate the world about Sickle Cell disease in memory of their “courageous daughter who battled Sickle Cell Anemia for 17 years followed by the complications from a bone marrow transplant for two additional years.”
In spite of Hina’s struggles, “her perseverance for an education, positive attitude, and jovial personality prevailed,” according to her parents. Hina required blood transfusions throughout her illness. “No words can express how truly grateful we are for the extra time we had with Hina thanks to the local donors who provided the blood products that kept her alive longer. The number of platelets she needed was truly staggering, and the donors always came through for Hina,” according to her father Sanjay. “We cannot say thank you enough.”