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Local Philanthropists Commit $10 Million for Mental Health Programs at El Camino Hospital

March 13, 2019 – El Camino Hospital Foundation today announced that Tad and Dianne Taube and Mary and Doug Scrivner have committed $10 million to benefit mental health and addiction services at El Camino Hospital. These donations are some of the largest single gifts ever made to the El Camino Hospital Foundation.


Tad and Dianne Taube

The $5 million Taube donation will secure naming rights for the hospital’s new mental health and addictions building, to be named the Taube Pavilion. In addition, a new programmatic adolescent mental health endowment will be named the Tad and Dianne Taube Program for Adolescent Behavioral Health to support direct care services for youth and young adults. This initiative will further strengthen the adolescent mental health and addictive behavior services in the community through collaboration with other organizations. The Taube Family Foundation has been a leader for over thirty years in supporting diverse educational, cultural, and civic and communal organizations, as well as public policy initiatives, in the San Francisco and Greater Bay area community.



Mary and Doug Scrivner

The $4 million Scrivner donation will be added to the After-School Program Interventions and Resiliency Education® (ASPIRE) endowment the couple previously seeded with a $1 million challenge gift in 2015. It will be called the Mary and Doug Scrivner Endowment for Adolescent Mental Health Innovation and will support ASPIRE’s expansion, research, pilot programs, creation of technology tools and applications, and similar innovative initiatives. In recognition of the Scrivners’ gift, the name Scrivner Center for Mental Health & Addiction Services will be used to identify the hospital’s mental health and addiction programs and the name will be displayed on the exterior of the Taube Pavilion. Mary and Doug Scrivner have supported El Camino Hospital for four years and Mary currently serves on the El Camino Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and the Foundation's Philanthropy Council for Mental Health and Addiction Services.


“We can’t begin to express our gratitude to the Taube and Scrivner families for these transformational gifts. Their generous commitments will provide support in perpetuity for much needed mental health and addiction services, enable us to further expand our ASPIRE programming and reach more adolescents who live with a mental health condition and are in crisis,” said Jodi Barnard, President of El Camino Hospital Foundation. “As the building is completed and the ASPIRE program evolves, it will be a great honor to recognize these two families for their lasting legacy and impact on the youth of our community.”

The two story, 56,000-square foot mental health and addictions services building is currently under construction on the hospital’s Mountain View campus and expected to open in the fall of 2019. The building will include a 36-bed inpatient unit with access to three enclosed courtyards, providing patients with access to the outdoors, and outpatient partial hospitalization programs on the second floor. It will help lead the way towards a collaborative, regional solution to the mental health crisis and reflects El Camino Hospital’s unique approach to mental health care that is patient and family-centered and adaptable to the changing needs of the community.

“Dianne and I see that young people today are facing a new world of challenges. We want to educate families and raise awareness about the risks and signs of mental health issues in children and adolescents. It can make an all-important difference in their lives,” said Tad Taube. “We are proud to support an endeavor such as this which will have such a direct and lasting impact on youth mental health.”

“We recognize that mental health conditions and addiction are significant issues in our community, and we believe it is our responsibility to share our good fortune in a manner that supports the whole community,” said Mary Scrivner. “We are confident in the mission and efforts of El Camino Hospital and its extraordinary commitment to focusing on the needs of our community, especially mental health. It’s the sense of community that prompted us to make our initial gift and now this one.”


El Camino Hospital Foundation is a charitable organization that secures gifts to support the strategic priorities of El Camino Hospital. The Foundation awards grants to El Camino Hospital for operating support, capital purchases and improvements, and innovations that foster and support personalized care. 


For more than 30 years, Taube Philanthropies has been a leader in supporting diverse educational, research, cultural, community, and youth organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Poland, and Israel. Founded by businessman and philanthropist Tad Taube in 1981, and now led by Tad and his wife Dianne Taube, the organization works to ensure that citizens have the freedom and opportunity for advancement of their goals and dreams.