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Inland Empire Hospitals Award More Than $250,000 to Local Organizations


On Thursday, February 4, 2016, representatives from the offices of Congressman Pete Aguilar, Senator Mike Morrell and Assemblyman Marc Steinorth will join officials from Community Hospital of San Bernardino and St. Bernardine Medical Center in recognizing seven local nonprofit organizations for their efforts to improve the health and quality of life in the Inland Empire.

The awards ceremony was held at the Rezek Centre on the St. Bernardine Medical Center campus, located at 2101 N. Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino.

Through Dignity Health’s Community Grants Program, the hospitals awarded a total of $252,469 in grant funding to the following nonprofit organizations in support of their work to improve access to health care, chronic disease education and youth development.

Grant Recipients

  • Central City Lutheran Mission: Awarded $27,700
  • Inland Caregivers Resource Center: Awarded $24,750
  • Legal Aid of San Bernardino: Awarded $32,519
  • Lestonnac Free Clinic: Awarded $75,000
  • Mary's Mercy Center: Awarded $25,000
  • Salvation Army Riverside & San Bernardino County: Awarded $33,750
  • San Bernardino Sexual Assault Services: Awarded $33,750

Through the generous contributions from each of Dignity Health’s 39 hospitals, including Community Hospital and St. Bernardine, in 2015, Dignity Health was able to fund more than $4 million in grant awards to nonprofit organizations in California, Arizona and Nevada. 

“Dignity Health’s Community Grants Program reflects our strong commitment to serve our community, not only as health care providers, but also as a partner to those who work to better the lives of others,” said Linda McDonald, Dignity Health Inland Empire, Vice President, Mission Services.  “This year, Community Hospital of San Bernardino and St. Bernardine Medical Center are pleased to offer more than $250,000 to worthy organizations that provide important services such as youth development programs and resources that improve access to health and dental care for the underserved.”

Since the Community Grants Program began in 1990, Dignity Health has encouraged hospitals to expand their health care mission beyond the hospital campus.  The 2015-2016 Community Grants cycle marks the 25th year of this program.  Since 1990, Dignity Health has awarded $60 million in grants in the tri-state area.

To be selected for a grant, an organization or program must meet one or more of the following criteria: address the greatest health needs of the community; emphasize prevention to address the underlying cause of health problems; contribute to a seamless continuum of care; build upon and mobilize existing services in the community; and engage diverse community stakeholders in implementation and oversight. 

About Dignity Health – Community Hospital of San Bernardino

Dignity Health - Community Hospital of San Bernardino is a 347-bed nonprofit, acute care hospital that has served the Inland Empire community since 1910.  Known for its programs in maternity care, behavioral health services and clinical excellence, the hospital’s medical services also include inpatient and outpatient surgery, long term subacute care for adults and children, and health education programs for community members.  A member of Dignity Health, Community Hospital of San Bernardino has been committed to serving its community with excellence, compassion and respect for over 100 years. 

About Dignity Health – St. Bernardine Medical Center

Serving the health care needs of the people of the Inland Empire since 1931, Dignity Health St. Bernardine Medical Center is a highly-regarded 342-bed, nonprofit, tertiary acute care hospital located in San Bernardino, California.  The hospital offers a full continuum of services, from family care to heart surgery, treating an average of 72,000 individuals in the Emergency Department, delivering 2,100 babies and admitting more than 17,000 patients for treatment each year.  

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