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2019 Dignity Health Community Grants Award More Than $350,000 to Eight Local Organizations

Funding will help to provide transportation for Seniors, assistance for homeless Veterans, medical attention for at-risk youth, prescription services for women and children escaping domestic violence, and assist victims identified by First Responder agencies

LAS VEGAS, NV. – January 30 2019 – Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, southern Nevada’s only faith-based not-for-profit hospital system, today announced more than $350,000 in grant awards to eight nonprofit collaborations in southern Nevada.

The Dignity Health Community Grant program continues a tradition of more than 20-years, awarding funding to local programs and organizations working to address the greatest health needs of the community, emphasizing prevention, building upon existing services in the community, and engaging diverse community stakeholders. 

Spreading Humankindness is a big task and we can’t change the world by ourselves,” said Eugene Bassett, Senior Vice President of Operations, Dignity Health Nevada. “Through Dignity Health’s Community Grants Program, we work collaboratively to partner with others in our community who share our goal of improving the health of the vulnerable and underserved. We are grateful for all the applications we received and congratulate this year’s recipients.”


Organizations selected to receive 2019 Dignity Health Community Grants include: 

$80,000 - The Shade Tree
Stallman Touro Clinic at The Shade Tree 

Funding will help the Stallman Touro Clinic restore prescription medications lost or left behind by women and children at The Shade Tree shelter, escaping domestic violence situations. Funds will also serve to remove barriers to health care access for those living with chronic health conditions, providing patients health education on how to manage their chronic conditions through lifestyle modifications.

$60,000 - Las Vegas Community Health Improvement Program (CHIPs)
Second Responders 911 Referral Program 

Designed by volunteers who serve as professional first responders, this grant will help to provide assistance in the sometimes complicated navigation of social and health services. This project will assess, refer, and provide case management for victims, patients, and clients identified by first responders, through their usage of the 911 system. Second Responders 911 Referral Program focuses on individuals whose situations cause them to often frequent the 911 system for assistance. 

$59,005 - Nevada Health Centers, Inc.
Nevada Children's Health Project 

Funds granted to The Children's Health Project will assist at-risk children and youth in Clark County, bringing a mobile medical unit to locations with a high concentration of at-risk youth (e.g. Las Vegas Corridor of Hope, group homes, and schools).  The project will offer holistic healthcare and connect children, families, and youth to other needed support services such as shelter/housing, food, dental care, behavioral health and substance abuse assistance, support groups, legal assistance, and job skills training.

$50,000 - Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
Mobilizing Care for the Medically Underserved 

Funding will assist Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, Touro University Nevada, and Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada provide care for the medically underserved in our community. Trained medical staff will provide preventative care, identify potential health concerns that need to be addressed by medical providers, provide referrals to specialists, and assist with obtaining Medicaid coverage. Clients are evaluated by a physician, given prescriptions, provided transportation to pharmacies, medical appointments, and other services as needed. 

$50,000 - Foundation for Recovery
Emergency Department Recovery Coaching Program
Foundation for Recovery will utilize funding for Certified Recovery Coaches to educate medical staff on the science of addiction and recovery, emphasizing multiple pathways to recovery, and the value of incorporating Recovery Coaching into the continuum of care to promote better health and wellness outcomes for patients suffering from Substance Use Disorder. Recovery Coaches will help medical staff at Neighborhood Hospitals connect with individuals and successfully direct them to peer recovery services and other community resources. 

$20,000 - Lend A Hand of Boulder City
Senior Transportation and Respite Care 

Lend A Hand is a local non-profit organization of volunteers and staff committed to helping the seniors and disabled residents of Boulder City remain independent in their homes. The Senior Transportation and Respite Care program assists clients who require physical assistance lifting and transferring to/from vehicles that cannot be provided by volunteers. Funding will provide for outside agencies to provide transportation service to medical appointments and procedures and other important errands.

$20,000 - United States Veterans Initiative
Healthy Living for Veterans 

This project is designed to provide formerly homeless veterans - the majority of whom have been chronically homeless – with access to adequate health care, food, and preventative measures to improve their medical and mental health and provide support for addictions.  Helping veterans achieve improved health and wellness will also help them to maintain housing stability and avoid experiencing homelessness again.

$20,000 - Helping Hands of Vegas Valley
Senior Coordinated Transportation Program 

This project will provide transportation for elderly hospital patients recently discharged from St. Rose Dominican, San Martin Campus, to important follow-up medical appointments. Patients, 60 years and older, have far better outcomes and a greatly reduced rate of re-admittance with proper post-hospitalization follow-up.

Grant awards are from $20,000 to $100,000 and lead applicants must be a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. The Community Grants Program uses specific funding criteria to ensure that its charitable resources strategically address significant health needs in ways that demonstrate accountability for impact. 

Grant applicants should ensure their proposed projects:

  • Address one or more prioritized significant needs in the local hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and Implementation Strategy
  • Serve identified vulnerable or underserved populations, to help address health disparities.
  • Include three or more collaborating organizations with distinct, complementary and substantive project roles
  • Work in some capacity with a local Dignity Health hospital
  • Integrate one or more of the following principles:
    • Focus on disproportionate unmet health-related needs
    • Emphasize primary prevention and address underlying causes of health problems
    • Contribute to a seamless continuum of care
    • Build community capacity and demonstrate collaboration
  • Identify specific and measurable outcome goals.

Additional information on the Community Grant Program is available on the Dignity Health website


About Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican:
As the community’s only not-for-profit, faith-based health system, Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican has been guided by the vision and core values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters since 1947. As the Henderson and Las Vegas communities grow, the St. Rose Dominican health system and its nearly 4,000 employees will continue the Sisters’ mission of serving people in need. St. Rose Dominican is a member of the 22-state Dignity Health network of nearly 9,000 physicians, 62,000 employees, and 400 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health and primary care clinics.


Publish date: 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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