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Dignity Health’s Central Coast Hospitals provide $351,950 in Grant Funding to Local Community Non-Profit Organizations

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The grants help provide critical health and human services to San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County residents

CENTRAL COAST, CA – November 20, 2020 – Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals, which includes Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC), Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH) and French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC), are proud to announce they have awarded $351,950 in funding to four unique community non-profit partnerships in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. This year’s grants also included funding to eight single non-for-profit organization facing negative impacts due to the coronavirus pandemic. Today, representatives from each organization were invited to a virtual award ceremony to acknowledge their service in providing critical health and human services to local residents. 

Grants are awarded through a Community Grants Program created by the Dignity Health parent company, CommonSpirit Health. The intent of the annual community grant program is to help non-profit organizations with an interest in building healthier communities by improving health and living conditions. 

Criteria for this funding cycle were based on the following priority areas identified in the hospitals Community Benefits Report and Plan and Community Health Needs Assessment: Educational Attainment (MRMC service area only), Access to Primary Care including Behavioral Health, Access to Dental Health (FHMC service area only), and Aging, more Mature Population, and Chronic Disease Prevention and Management. 

This year, grants were awarded to the following local four Accountable Care Communities and eight single non for profit organizations:   

A-G For All!    

Program Description: This accountable care community is seeking to facilitate higher education attainment through youth leadership and advocacy. 

Fiscal Agent:
Future Leaders of America, Inc. (FLA)  

Members of Accountable Care Community (ACC): 
Future Leaders of America Inc., Santa Maria Joint Union School District, Education Trust-West, Truth In Recruitment, CAUSE, Marian Regional Medical Center 

Basic Needs and Resources-Navigation for the Estero Bay Community 

Program Description: This accountable care community will create a caring network of social services for poor and vulnerable aging population through the Los Oso Cares Senior Outreach Program. 

Fiscal Agent: 
Los Osos Cares Resource Center Inc. 

Members of Accountable Care Community (ACC):
Los Osos Cares Resource Center, Transitions Mental Health Assoc., Alliance for Pharmaceutical Access Inc. (APA), St. Benedicts Episcopal Church, and French Hospital Medical Center. 

Dental Care Access and Services Expansion for Uninsured and Underinsured Adults 

Project Description: This accountable care community will provide comprehensive dental care and a dental care home to uninsured and low income adults; provide dental crown/implant services not covered by Medi-Cal to underinsured and low-income adults

Fiscal Agent:
SLO Noor Foundation  

Accountable Care Community (ACC):
SLO Noor Foundation, SLO County Public Health Department, People’s Self Help Housing ,Central Coast Dental Society, Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, Hearst Cancer Resource Center, and French Hospital Medical Center

Senior and Caregiver Support  

Program Description: This accountable care community will work together to provide a whole person approach to services for vulnerable seniors and their family/friend caregivers in North Santa Barbara County

Fiscal Agent:
Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara County   

Accountable Care Community (ACC):
Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara County, Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County, Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens, Catholic Charities Marian Regional Medical Center.

Coronavirus Pandemic Community Benefit Grant Awardees:

  • Alliance for Pharmaceutical Access Inc. (APA) 
  • Catholic Charities
  • Community partners in Caring
  • Estero Bay Kindness Coalition
  • Hospice of San Luis Obispo
  • Pregnancy & Parenting Support of San Luis Obispo
  • SLO Bangers Syringe Exchange
  • Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara County


Dignity Health Central Coast
Dignity Health Central Coast is comprised of five hospitals, all recognized for their quality of care, safety and service, primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically advanced imaging centers, outpatient services and comprehensive home health services. Hospitals in the Dignity Health California Central Coast Division include Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo and St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard. Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to provide additional funding to support new programs and services, as well as to advance the community’s access to health care. For more information, visit


Publish date: 

Friday, November 20, 2020