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St. Bernardine, SB Community Hospitals Grant over $200,000 Locally

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By Cheryl Brown –

St. Bernardine Medical Center and San Bernardino Community Hospital recently recognized the work of 13 organizations in San Bernardino. Catholic Health West grants from $5,000 to $25,000 were presented. The theme was helping people to be healthy so they could stay out of the emergency room.

One of the most pressing issues facing hospitals today is the use of the emergency room to treat people who do not have health care insurance.

Throughout the country wellness models are helping educate people on how to be healthy. The grants were in support of the ongoing efforts to improve access to health care, jobs, housing, food and education in San Bernardino county. Each organization tackled the problems of obesity, diabetes, homelessness, sexual assault, drugs and alcohol abuse, and even primary care for the underserved.

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The Assistance League’s Earl Crane Dental Clinic helps underserved children develop better eating habits. Dr. Sahibzaba Muzaffaruddin, Al-Shifa Clinic, said his mission is to reduce diabetes and obesity with a focus to reduce emergency room visits. The Legal Aid Society was granted an award to continue to assist with the legal orders of guardian and conservatorship documents. Option House was granted support for the work they do with battered women.

Veronica’s Home of Mercy/Mary’s Mercy Center helps homeless adult pregnant women. S.B. Sexual Assault Services provides no cost counseling and 24 hour hotlines for rape victims. The Salvation Army received an award to help young men have a healthy life without drugs and alcohol. Others receiving grants were: American Lung Association, Boys and Girls Club of Redlands, H Street Clinic, and the Inland Empire Palliative Care Coalition.

“The community grants program is a testament to CHW’s commitment to fostering healthy communities,” said Linda McDonald, vice president of St. Bernardine’s Mission Services. Kimiko Ford, vice president of Community Hospital said, “these grants encourage and support community partners in their work to enrich lives and build a stronger, healthier community.”

In its 21 year history CHW has awarded nearly $37 million in grants in the tri-state area.

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