Mungai Support for Acute Rehabilitation Dining Room

Don Mungai with Sister Rita Dean and Sister Adrienne Piennette, Ida Mungai, Dr. Jennie Jet Medical Co-Director of Acute Rehabilitation Unit, and Dr. Nanette Mickiewicz, Dominican Hospital President in the Acute Rehabilitation Unit Dining Room.

The Inspirational Generosity of Don and Ida Mungai

Don and Ida Mungai gave a generous $250,000 gift to name the Dining Room at the Acute Rehabilitation Unit at Dominican hospital.

Don is a former Foundation board member and a long time supporter of the hospital. “Our motivation was to enhance medical care for our community. We want Dominican to be the best hospital for local people.”

“I have very much appreciated the care I have received from of the nurses and doctors at Dominican,” says Ida.

Both Don and Ida were born in Santa Cruz. They were high school classmates at Santa Cruz High and married in 1954 at Holy Cross Church two weeks after college graduation.

It has been over two years since the new Acute Rehabilitation Unit opened its doors on the main campus at Dominican and, ever since, the unit has been full.

Patients gather in the dining room for meals and group activities such as art therapy classes, zumba, and music performances. “The importance of this room cannot be overlooked,” says Kerry Nehls, Inpatient Therapy Manager. “It provides a space for patient interaction. When a discouraged patient talks to another patient who is experiencing progress, it means so much and can be empowering.”

“We’ve always had an exceptional team of caregivers,” said Dr. Jennie Jet, Co-Medical Director. “Now we have the opportunity to provide this care in a specially designed, state-of-the-art environment. I am so touched by Don and Ida’s inspirational generosity. Their gift impacts the lives of hundreds of patients for years to come.”