Golden Hour Guild

Founded in 1984, The Golden Hour Guild has helped the Northridge Hospital Trauma Center evolve into a state-of-the-art facility that saves lives and helps prevent permanent disabilities. The Guild has raised more than $2 million benefitting both the Adult and Richie Pediatric Trauma Centers at Northridge Hospital Medical Center.  One way they do this is through their annual Golden Hour Guild Brunch.

The term “trauma center” is used when specialized equipment and a panel of physician specialists, including a trauma surgeon, are present 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week specifically to treat trauma patients. Northridge Hospital Medical Center is a Level II Adult Trauma Center and the only Pediatric Trauma Center in the San Fernando Valley. It has a systematic approach to trauma, rigorous staffing criteria, and is in constant state of readiness in coordination with the county’s trauma system.

Supporting Everyday Miracles!

The Golden Hour Guild takes its name from the term given to the critical first hour of care after a traumatic injury. The first hour can make a difference in saving lives and improving recovery.  

Two dynamic women established the Golden Hour Guild in 1985: Joan Geisbush, the founding president, and Susan Miller, the vice president. Through their dedication and active participation, the Guild has helped the Northridge Hospital Trauma Center evolve into a state-of-the-art facility that saves lives and helps prevent permanent disability. The Guild has raised more than $2,000,000 for the Trauma Center. The term trauma center refers to a hospital that maintains specialized equipment and a panel of physician specialists, including a trauma surgeon, who are available 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week specifically to treat trauma patients. Northridge Hospital is both an Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center with a systematic approach to trauma.

Trauma care requires rigorous staffing criteria, and a constant state of readiness working in coordination with the county’s trauma system. The continuing efforts of the Guild play a significant role in helping maintain an active Trauma Center when many trauma facilities in Los Angeles County have been forced to close due to the tremendous financial strain.

Sadly, all good things eventually come to an end.  After raising more than $2 million dollars over the last 35 years for our Adult & Pediatric Trauma Centers, the Golden Hour Guild was retired in 2019. 


For additional questions, please contact the Foundation Office at: 818.885.5341 Ext. 3 or by email at: JennyZeltser@dignityhealth.org