Grass Valley, Calif. – If you just realized Mother’s Day is around the corner, the Message in a Book fundraiser led by Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation may be the perfect gift that gives back too. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised will be directed toward the purchase of new surgical equipment for Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

This whimsical gift for the book lover in your life is filled with surprises. You can choose between two books, Dying for Chocolate, a mystery by Diane Mott Davidson, or The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a sweet sentimental novel by Mary Ann Shaffer.

The book box comes with several wrapped presents. The reader will come to a page in the book with a note saying Open Your Present and the fun begins. The present is a gift related to what is happening in the story.

The cost is $60 a box. To order yours today please call (530) 477-9700.  Boxes are available for pick-up from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the SNMH Foundation office at 140 Litton Drive, Suite 220, Grass Valley. While this is a great gift idea for Mother’s Day, a birthday, or other celebration, treat yourself too! Boxes are available while supplies last.

To date, SNMH Foundation staff and Board have raised 85% of the $350,000 needed to purchase

12 pieces of surgical equipment for our Hospital’s operating room. This equipment is of utmost importance for physicians and clinical staff to better serve patients. This new, state-of-the-art equipment will not only save lives, it will also offer patients a variety of advanced surgical procedures without having to leave western Nevada County. This technology will support labor and delivery patients, women’s health issues, breast cancer patients, general surgery cases, and emergency surgeries. SNMH preformed 871 emergency surgeries, 841 inpatient surgeries, and 1061 outpatient surgeries last year. 

Many thanks to Tri Counties Bank for their sponsorship and the many donors to this project. For more information about this project or SNMH Foundation go to