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Inland Empire Hospitals Award More Than $300,000 to Local Organizations


On Friday, March 10, 2017, Dignity Health - Community Hospital of San Bernardino and Dignity Health - St. Bernardine Medical Center will recognize six local nonprofit organizations for their efforts to improve the health and quality of life in the Inland Empire.

The community grant awards ceremony will be held from 12 to 1:30 pm at the Rezek Centre on the St. Bernardine Medical Center campus, located at 2101 N. Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino. The hospitals will award a total of $301,350 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

  • Lutheran Social Services of Southern California/Central City Lutheran Mission: Awarded $60,000
  • Family Assistance Program: Awarded $48,850
  • Illumination Foundation: Awarded $50,000
  • Legal Aid of San Bernardino: Awarded $37,500
  • Lestonnac Free Clinic: Awarded $75,000
  • Mary's Mercy Center: Awarded $30,000

Through the generous contributions from each of Dignity Health’s 39 hospitals, including Community Hospital and St. Bernardine, in 2017, Dignity Health was able to fund more than $4.8 million in grant awards to nonprofit organizations in California, Arizona and Nevada.

“Working together with organizations in our community to better lives and build a healthier Inland Empire is one way that we practice our core value of stewardship,” said Linda McDonald, Dignity Health Inland Empire, Vice President, Mission Services. “St. Bernardine and Community Hospital are pleased to contribute to programs that provide important resources to the underserved—such as access to permanent housing for the homeless, shelter and legal support for victims of domestic violence and access to free preventive health care for those without a regular source of care.” 

Since the Community Grants Program began in 1990, Dignity Health has encouraged hospitals to expand their health care mission beyond the hospital campus.  The 2016-2017 Community Grants cycle marks the 26th year of this program.  Since 1990, Dignity Health has awarded $64 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.  

About Dignity Health – St. Bernardine Medical Center

Founded as a faith-based hospital in 1931 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, 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, including the Inland Empire Heart and Vascular Institute, the largest heart program in the Inland Empire, an award-winning Orthopedics program and a high volume Surgical program and outpatient surgical center.

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