Ysrael family donates $250,000 to GMH frontline workers

From left, Jude Baker, Donna Ysrael Baker, GMHVA President Christine Calvo, and former governor Eddie Calvo during the check donation presentation. (Contributed photo)

The Guam Memorial Hospital Volunteers Association has received a $250,000 donation from Diana Zeien Ysrael and the Ysrael family.

The donation was given to the Guam Memorial Hospital Volunteers Association to assist the frontline workers of the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The check was presented to GMHVA President Christine Calvo by Diana’s daughter, Donna Baker, and her husband Jude Baker at the Dusit Thani Hotel, along with GMHVA President Christine Calvo and former governor Eddie Calvo.

Diana Zeien Ysrael is a longtime Guam businesswoman and the widow of businessman Al Ysrael.

Many may not know that she served as a nurse at the Guam Memorial Hospital. She came to Guam when the was 12 years old in 1948. Her father took a job as the Principal for George Washington High School.

Diana went back to Minnesota to receive her Nursing degree and trained under Dr. Mayo at the Mayo Clinic. After her training, she returned to Guam to work at GMHP as a Registered Nurse between 1956-1960. She retired from nursing when she started to raise her family. Diana noted a need for children’s clothing on the island and then opened up Diana’s Speciality Shops in 1960.

Diana Zeien Ysrael was awarded the 2012 Guam Businesswoman of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award. She continues her charitable work through her children and various causes around the island.

Donna Ysrael Baker, Diana’s daughter, said that through this time of crisis the Ysrael Family feels very strongly about protection for Guam’s frontline staff working in the medical field.

“As this virus sweeps through our community, we, the Ysrael Family, wanted to reach out and help to protect our community’s valuable workers during this time of crisis. These brave people have been working diligently and putting their lives on the line to help out the sick on our island. It’s important that we do everything we can to protect them and keep them healthy and strong,” Baker said.

She added: “This virus is not going to just go away, it will be with us for a while and it’s important that our frontline team members stay strong. We hope this gesture will bring needed supplies and support for the nurses, doctors and staff at GMH throughout the coming months. So on behalf of our mother Diana Zeien Ysrael, the Ysrael family is making this donation to the Guam Memorial Hospital Volunteers.”

GMHVA President Christine Calvo said: “We want to put a call out to our many community partners and businesses who have supported GMHVA throughout the years. We ask you to step forward today and assist in any way that you can. GMHVA stands ready to accept donations and work with any donors to get GMHA the supplies and support it needs. Your help will play a crucial role in maximizing our hospital’s capacity to fight this outbreak – and however you can help, will be hugely welcomed.”