CHW’s BAY AREA HOSPITALS DISTRIBUTE MORE THAN $267,000 IN COMMUNITY GRANTS
SAN FRANCISCO, CA- January 22, 2010- Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, Sequoia Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center are pleased to announce the distribution of $267,704 in community grants to 17 local agencies in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. The selected agencies have a common mission of identifying health priorities in target populations and creating programs to address those needs.
Hospital Presidents/CEOs Glenna Vaskelis (Sequoia), Anna Cheung (St. Mary’s) and Thomas Hennessy (Saint Francis) all agree that the Community Grants program allows us to be true community partners. The support of these community non-profits such as San Francisco Senior Center, St. Vincent de Paul’s Riley Center for battered Women and Human Investment Project (Seniors at Home Program) will help to create healthy, thriving communities. The grants, from $5,000 to $25,000, will affect health issues ranging from mental illness to chronic disease management and support community-based programs that provide services from birth to end-of-life. This year’s recipient’s organizations reach out to local ethnic communities and provide services to multiple generations from infants to the elderly.
The local agencies that were chosen to receive grants are:
In San Francisco County:
Curry Senior Center
Glide Health Center
San Francisco Health Plan
San Francisco Senior Center
Self Help for the Elderly
Black Coalition on AIDS
Most Holy Redeemer AIDS Support Group
St. Paul of the Shipwreck After School
St. Vincent de Paul Riley Center
Southeast Health Center
Sunset Youth Services
In San Mateo County:
Family Service Agency
Human Investment Project
Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.
Rebuilding Together Peninsula
Second Harvest Food Bank
“We see this grant award as an important and valuable vote of confidence in our work, and a heartfelt sensitivity to those we serve. Thank you so much for these gifts. Be assured we will be wise stewards of this grant,” says, Robert M. Pementell, Executive Director of the Most Holy Redeemer AIDS Support Group, a 2010 grant recipient. The organization cares for people with AIDS by cleaning their homes, doing their laundry, providing transportation and running errands for those with AIDS that need assistance.
Grants were awarded on Tuesday, January 19th during the Catholic Healthcare West Community Grants Awards Breakfast at the Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel.
About Saint Francis Memorial Hospital
Saint Francis Memorial Hospital meets the health care needs of the community with a wide spectrum of programs and services. In addition to burn treatment, Saint Francis is renowned for orthopedic specialties in sports medicine, spine injuries and joint replacement as well as occupational health. Saint Francis is a member of Catholic Healthcare West, a 42-hospital non-profit system serving California, Arizona and Nevada. For more information, visit www.saintfrancismemorial.org.