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Inland Empire Hospital Receive $3.2 Million Grant from San Manuel


Dignity Health - Community Hospital of San Bernardino and St. Bernardine Medical Center are pleased to announce that the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has provided a grant in support Dignity Health’s commitment to making our community healthy and whole.

The grant of $3.2M to both hospitals will have a positive impact on the health needs of the community.

“The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians supports the mission of Dignity Health - Community Hospital of San Bernardino and St. Bernardine Medical Center to provide the highest level of care to all who need it without regard for their ability to pay. Our goal for this gift is to provide access to a healing environment to meet the health needs of the San Bernardino region,” said Lynn Valbuena, Chairwoman, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.”

The funds granted to Community Hospital of San Bernardino will help expand its Children’s Subacute Center to include services for young adult patients. The Center, which is currently a pediatric only (ages newborn-21) subacute center, will add 20 private rooms to serve patients ages 21-35.

“The expansion, made possible through the generosity of San Manuel, will enhance continuity of care and allow our medically fragile young adults to remain in what has become their home,” said June Collison, President, Community Hospital of San Bernardino. “From their generous grant last year to purchase new patient ventilators to this amazing new gift to create a one-of-a-kind young adult subacute center, words cannot express our sheer gratitude.”

The grant to St. Bernardine Medical Center will be used to renovate and expand the imaging department, which will ultimately include a 128-Slice Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner with Cardiac Package, 64-Slice CT Scanner and Radiographic and Fluoroscopic (R&F) Room.

“The newly expanded imaging center will soon offer some of the most comprehensive imaging services available to patients in the Inland Empire,” said Douglas Kleam, President, Dignity Health - St. Bernardine Medical Center. “This historic gift from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will not only help us expand our high quality imaging services, but will allow us to positively enhance the patient experience in various departments that will utilize these services, including emergency department, cardiology, neurology, and oncology.”

This most recent grant adds to the nearly $3.1M previously granted over the last 10 years by San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to the two hospitals. The longstanding partnership with the Tribe has allowed for the two hospitals to provide quality care to those most in need. More than the purchase of various capital equipment such as patient ventilators, state-of-the-art surgical equipment and the da Vinci Robotic System, this provides the community with vital healthcare services. Patients at each hospital are able to experience Humankindness through quality health care services.

For more information about the grant, please contact the Hospital Foundation at 909.881.4516 or go online at supportstbernardine.org.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, Calif. The Serrano Indians are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts w ho share a common language and culture. The San Manuel reservation w as established in 1891 and recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government. Since time immemorial, the San Manuel tribal community has endured change and hardship. Amidst these challenges the tribe continued to maintain its unique form of governance. Like other governments it seeks to provide a better quality of life for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services and promoting social, economic and cultural development. Today San Manuel tribal government oversees many governmental units including the departments of fire, public safety, education and environment. San Manuel operates San Manuel Casino.

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 inSanBernardino, California. Known 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 with Dignity Health, one of the nation’s five largest health care systems. Visit dignityhealth.org/chsb for more information.

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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