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El Camino Hospital Commits More Than $2.8 Million in Funding to Community Partners

Mountain View, CA, July 1, 2015 – El Camino Hospital announced it will invest more than $2.8 million to local organizations in fiscal year 2016 as part of its Community Benefit Program. Grants and sponsorships will be awarded to community partners capable of achieving measurable results that address unmet health needs.
“We are committed to helping people live healthier lives, beyond the delivery of medicine, and these programs and activities foster the health of the community as a whole,” said Tomi Ryba, president and chief executive officer of El Camino Hospital.  “Improving access to healthcare services and advancing medical knowledge are priorities of the Community Benefit Program.”
In 2013, El Camino Hospital conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment and identified four priority areas where their expertise and activities could impact the health of the community. The key priorities are healthcare access, mental health, healthy eating and physical activity, and community health education/health literacy.
The El Camino Hospital Community Benefit Program will grant more than $2.8 million to school districts, health service providers, mental health organizations, community service agencies, and other nonprofits delivering health services and promoting wellness in the community.

  • Approximately $800,000 will be allocated to improve health and prevent the onset of disease in the community through enhanced access to primary care, chronic disease management, and oral health.
  • An additional $500,000 will help to improve the mental health and well-being of the community by providing counseling, education, and access to services that address serious mental conditions, depression, and anxiety related to issues such as domestic violence, substance use, and bullying.
  • Organizations working to encourage healthy living and reduce obesity in the community by providing education and access to nutritious food, physical activity, and behavior change support will benefit from approximately $400,000.
  • Programs that enhance the overall health of the community by promoting health literacy will receive over $700,000.

“El Camino Hospital remains committed to developing partnerships that improve the lives of community members, especially those who are most vulnerable, at risk, and underserved,” said Barbara Avery, director of Community Benefit. “The grants awarded represent a broad spectrum of effective programs focused on the county’s most pressing health needs.”
As a nonprofit hospital, El Camino Hospital gives back to the community in ways that respond to the health needs of the local population. Grants and sponsorships are part of El Camino Hospital’s community benefit activities, which also includes subsidized health services and uncompensated care.