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Two Siskiyou County Organizations Receive Community Grants


Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta, in conjunction with all other Dignity Health facilities, provides a local community grants program.

Through this program, Mercy Mt. Shasta/Dignity Health seeks to partner with other non-profit organizations that are working to improve the health status and quality of life of the communities we serve.

“It is important to support others whose mission and vision is in concert with ours,” said Ken Platou, President. “These organizations are aligned with our core values and they provide a tremendous service to our county. By collaborating with area agencies we are able to support new and innovative programs focused on identified community health issues.” 

In a brief ceremony held at Mercy Mt. Shasta’s most recent Community Advisory Council meeting, the following non-profit organizations were awarded grant funding by Ken Platou, President and Sharon Stromsness, Advisory Council Chairperson.

McCloud Healthcare Clinic: $13,889 Prevention and Management of Type 2 Diabetes

  • The funds will allow McCloud Healthcare to continue their successful structured and focused program of education, exercise, nutrition counseling, lab monitoring, screening, personal coaching, and life skill development for Type 2 diabetic patients. Additionally, focus will be placed on detection and management of cardiovascular disease as well as a childhood obesity education and prevention program.

Great Northern Corporation: $8,265 “A fun approach to portion control”

  • GNC will partner with Head Start of Siskiyou to host three workshops offering school aged children and their families educational opportunities focused on how to cook with fresh, frozen, and canned USDA Food Commodities. Workshops will also include information and tools related to portion control, nutrition, cooking basics, and how to stretch a food budget.

“Our community grants program awards funding in response to specific health priorities identified in the county-wide Community Health Needs Assessment completed in 2011,” said Joyce Zwanziger, Mercy’s grant program lead. “Collaboration with other organizations and/or Mercy Mt. Shasta are an important aspect of the criteria we use for making our selections. We received grant proposals from many worthwhile programs, and our grant review committee spent hours reviewing these requests,” said Zwanziger.

“We are honored to support the efforts of these organizations. Through their good works, we further our mission to provide quality healthcare programs to the communities we serve.”

About Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta

Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta is a member of the Dignity Health system of healthcare providers and is a not-for-profit medical facility. We are designated as a 25 bed Critical Access Hospital and are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. In addition to our acute care hospital we also own and operate two Rural Health Clinics providing walk-in immediate care as well as scheduled appointments for routine medical needs. We are located in the northernmost part of California and are a sister facility to Mercy Medical Center Redding and St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff. We are passionate about patient care, committed to community outreach, advocate for the underserved, and dedicated to ensuring that quality, affordable, health services are available to all who need them. We have been recognized as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the Nation by the National Rural Health Association as well as being named a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission.

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