Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center recently honored local nonprofit healthcare organizations, medical clinics, and government agencies at a special luncheon event attended by more than 100 people, including a number of local elected officials and honorees.
In 2009, the Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center’s Community Benefit Program awarded close to $2,500,000 to 45 local organizations and community health clinics that provide free and/or low cost programs and services to the underserved and uninsured.
All of the organizations were honored at the event; eight were highlighted during the presentation and given the opportunity to share their perspectives and stories about their programs that are being supported by Kaiser Permanente.
The highlighted organizations were Kids Come First Community Clinic, Al Shifa Clinic, Building a Generation, Assistance League of Redlands, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Boys & Girls Club of Fontana, and the San Bernardino City Unified School District. These organizations were highlighted in three priority-focused areas: Access to Primary Care, Specialty Care, Mental Health, Dental Health, and Prenatal Care; Health Education and Promotion to Prevent, Reduce, and Manage Chronic Diseases; and Increase Awareness of Smoking and Obesity as Health Risks.
“Kaiser Permanente strives to help eliminate health disparities and build healthier communities,” said Jennifer Resch-Silvestri, Area Director, Public Affairs. “We couldn’t even begin to do that without partnerships like the ones we have with these organizations here in San Bernardino County.”
Also at the event, Kaiser Permanente presented a check to the San Bernardino Specialty Care Coalition (SBSCC) for its Specialty Care Grant. The Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center has implemented a Specialty Care Grant for $900,000 over three years from Kaiser Permanente to the SBSCC. These grants will help provide specialty care services to uninsured and under-insured families in San Bernardino County – people who might otherwise be denied or have to wait months for an appointment. The grants aim to increase specialty care access by building and expanding medical care networks, increasing appointment availability, establishing specialty care hubs, improving patient-level care coordination, and recruiting paid physician specialists.
The Grantee Acknowledgement Luncheon was held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fontana. A number of local elected officials were represented or in attendance to meet the community organizations who are making a difference for the underserved and uninsured in San Bernardino County, including State Senator, Gloria Negrete-McLeod, Congressman, Joe Baca, Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter, Paul
Biane, San Bernardino County Supervisor, 2nd District, and California State Senator Bob Dutton.
Leaders from the Cities of Fontana and Redlands were also present.
Healthy communities are critical to individual health and wellness. Creating them has always been central to Kaiser Permanente’s mission.
“At Kaiser Permanente, improving the health of our members and the communities we serve is a serious focus and commitment,” said Greg Christian, Executive Director, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals/Health Plan, Fontana and Ontario. “The Fontana Medical Center’s community health partners are filling critical gaps by providing physical, mental, and dental care as well as new programs and services vitally needed by the community.”
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