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Dignity Health, which operates the Mercy, Methodist, Woodland and Sierra Nevada affiliate hospitals in the greater Sacramento region, has awarded $846,014 in grant funding to 28 nonprofit organizations in Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, Yolo and Nevada counties.
The grants, from $5,000 to $50,000 will build capacity in the community to offer much needed services ranging from primary care to mental illness to managing terminal illness, dental care and various social support programs to underserved and vulnerable populations. This year’s recipient organizations reach out to local ethnic communities and provide services to multiple generations from infants to the elderly.
“The Dignity Health Community Grants Program is committed to establishing meaningful collaborative programs among nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the health of people living in our community,” said Sister Bridget McCarthy, vice president, mission integration, Greater Sacramento – San Joaquin service area. “These grants are an opportunity for our hospitals and community nonprofit organizations to work together to strengthen safety net capacity, leverage resources and build a greater continuum of care for those we serve.”
The Dignity Health Community Grants Program is open to all nonprofit community service organizations that share Dignity Health’s mission and values and are dedicated to building healthier communities by improving health and living disparities. The program supports organizations that increase access to care for the poor and address the underlying causes of illness – such as physical and substance abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness – as well as specific health issues. Grants are funded by contributions from Dignity Health’s member hospitals. In the Greater Sacramento region, Dignity Health hospitals that contribute to the grants program are Mercy General Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Mercy Hospital of Folsom, Woodland Healthcare and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.
Grant funding is awarded according to specific criteria and restricted to the specific programs proposed. To foster collaboration this year, Dignity Health’s hospitals in the Sacramento region asked nonprofit organizations to submit partnership proposals that provide a continuum of care for specific target populations.
Since the program’s inception in 1990, Dignity Health hospitals have made grant awards for nearly 3,000 projects, totaling almost $47 million. Grant recipients are required to complete a detailed grant proposal outlining the purpose and scope of the project to be funded, as well as the population to be served, the project’s outcomes, plans for its long-term operation and measurement of success. Projects must be in the area of health care and related social services.