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Inland Empire Hospitals Form New Foundation


Dignity Health - Community Hospital of San Bernardino Foundation and St. Bernardine Medical Center Foundation have combined to form the Dignity Health Foundation – Inland Empire.

The role of the new foundation is to initiate philanthropic initiatives and secure financial support for the two Dignity Inland Empire hospitals, as well as community health initiatives and programs that positively affect the social determinants of health.

“Our Foundation’s mission is closely aligned to Dignity Health’s mission by concentrating our philanthropic efforts to help our facilities deliver compassionate, high-quality, affordable health services; serve and advocate for our sisters and brothers who are poor and disenfranchised; and partner with others in the community to improve the quality of life,” says Tony Myrell, chair of Dignity Health Foundation – Inland Empire.

The Foundation is led by a Board of Directors made up of community leaders who are committed to advancing Dignity Health’s mission to deliver compassionate, high-quality, affordable health services; serve and advocate for our sisters and brothers who are poor and disenfranchised; and partner with others in the community to improve the quality of life.

“The board is optimistic about our future and is dedicated to raising funds to assist the foundation in achieving its goals,” states Julie Bearie, 1st vice-chair of the Foundation. “The creation of the Foundation provides for a more efficient and effective organization, eliminating redundancies, and better represents our efforts to raise money for our community.”

The new Foundation absorbed the existing restricted philanthropic funds for each hospital and maintains their campus and restricted purposes. Donors to the Foundation can support their hospital campus of choice or can choose to support other programs offered by Dignity Health in the Inland Empire.

“We’ve been working on this merger for almost two years,” says Michael Kennedy, Esq., 2nd vice-chair of the Foundation. “The process involved working with each hospital board, Dignity Health corporate, the state of California, and of course the boards of the two original foundations. As always, donors can be assured that 100 percent of their contributions will be used for the purposes they request.”

For more information on the Dignity Health Foundation – Inland Empire, please contact Dan Murphy, Chief Philanthropy Officer, at 909.475.5044 or by email at [email protected]. Visit the Foundation online at supportsanbernardino.org.

Dignity Health –Community Hospital of San Bernardino

Founded in 1910, Dignity Health - Community Hospital of San Bernardino is a 347-bed, acute care, nonprofit, community hospital located in San Bernardino, California. Know n for its programs in maternity care and pediatrics, behavioral health and long-term subacute care for adults and children, the hospital also includes inpatient and outpatient surgery.The hospital shares a legacy of humankindness withDignity Health, one of the nation’s five largest health care systems.  

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 (SBMC) is a 342-bed, acute care, nonprofit hospital located in San Bernardino, California. The hospital offers a full complement of services and it shares a legacy of humankindness with Dignity Health, one of the nation’s five largest health care systems. SBMC has been recognized by American Stroke Association - “Get With the Guidelines” Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, one of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery and for Orthopedic Surgery for 5 years in a row , named among the top 5 percent in the country for General Surgery and Orthopedic Services, a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 8 years in a row , and earned Blue Distinction forMaternity Care, Gastric Band, Cardiac Care, and Knee and Hip Replacement fromBlue Cross/Blue Shield. 

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