California Wellness Foundation funds SAC Health System
“It is my pleasure to inform you that The California Wellness Foundation has approved a $200,000 grant to SAC Health System,” notes Gary L. Yates in his award notification letter addressed to Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, chancellor of Loma Linda University and president of Social Action Community Health System (SAC).
Approved by the Foundation in June 2005, the grant enables the SAC clinics to continue providing comprehensive primary care services for underserved residents of the San Bernardino area. In particular, the Foundation’s grant allows the community clinic system to establish a fundraising program to support the clinics’ service activities presently and over the long term.
“We have long thought that SAC has significant potential for developing volunteer and philanthropic support for its service activities,” says Dr. Hart on receiving notification of the grant award. “Up to this point, SAC has not had the opportunity of having a discrete fundraising and volunteer development program. This generous grant from The California Wellness Foundation will make that possible.”
The Foundation’s grant covers a three-year period, allowing the clinic system a significant period of time to continue providing patient services and to establish and implement a fund generation program.
The grant was approved following extensive discussions with the Foundation, especially Sandra Martinez, a program director at the philanthropic institution who site-visited the SAC–Norton clinic this past spring. Her visit involved a tour of the clinic and significant dialogue on the services provided with Dr. Hart and Nancy Young, executive director of the clinic system.
Created in 1992 as an independent, private foundation, The California Wellness Foundation’s mission is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education, and disease prevention.
With its main clinic at the former Norton Air Force Base, SAC Health System is a three-clinic community health system that provides primary, dental, health education, and other health care services for about 40,000 patient visits annually.