St. Mary Medical Center Awards $118,000 To Nine Non-profits

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Back row from left: Don Wrigley, Beacon House Association; Susan Beeney, New Hope Grief Support; Naomi Rainey, Long Beach Branch NAACP; Vicki Freda, Alliance for Housing and Healing; and Katherine Tarlecky, YMCA of Greater Long Beach.Front row from left: Cindy Skovgard, Pathways Volunteer Hospice; Debra Cherry, Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter; Porter Gilberg, The Center; Ruth Foelber, Lutheran Social Services

Back row from left: Don Wrigley, Beacon House Association; Susan Beeney, New Hope Grief Support; Naomi Rainey, Long Beach Branch NAACP; Vicki Freda, Alliance for Housing and Healing; and Katherine Tarlecky, YMCA of Greater Long Beach.Front row from left: Cindy Skovgard, Pathways Volunteer Hospice; Debra Cherry, Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter; Porter Gilberg, The Center; Ruth Foelber, Lutheran Social Services

On January 10, 2013, St. Mary Medical Center awarded $118,000 in grant funds to nine non-profit agencies at a luncheon held in their honor at the John Parr Health Enhancement Center on the campus of St. Mary Medical Center. This is one more agency and $15,000 more in contributions than last year.

The grants are part of the Dignity Health Community Grants Program which began in 1990 as a means for Dignity Health hospitals to partner with their community service agencies to meet the needs of the underserved, especially women, children and the homeless, which has provided more than $44 million in 2,805 gifts since its inception.

The grant recipients and their outreach efforts include:

Alliance for Housing and Healing – Safety-net services for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS in two Long Beach area group homes. Clients receive stable housing, nurse case management, and supportive care.

Lutheran Social Services –  Healthy Families California Program, which is designed to address the emerging health needs of ethnic minorities.  The program is expanding to include a significant Latino outreach component.

Long Beach Branch NAACP – Silent Killers Program, a health screening and education program for seniors and underserved communities of color.  The program aims to deliver services to 500 individuals in the coming year.

Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland Chapter – Implementation of the Savvy Cargiver “Cuidando con Respeto” program, a support and education program for relatives and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s. The program will seek to work with and educate the Latino community about the Alzheimer’s disease and care.

The Center in Long Beach – Mental health services and counseling for the LGBTQ community, including persons living with HIV/AIDS, through The Center’s sliding-scale program.  The program will support at least 60 low-income clients at risk or who are in need of mental health services.

YMCA of Greater Long Beach – Salsa, Sabor y Salud program, which provides healthy living resources for Latino families. The 12-week program takes a whole family approach to making behavioral changes to improve obesity and diabetes outcomes.

Beacon House Association of San Pedro – Food, housing, and treatment in a safe environment for men struggling with substance abuse and addiction issues. Clients of the program will receive comprehensive services and support for up to one year.

New Hope Grief Support Community – Facilitator Training Program, which educates and trains volunteers to facilitate grief support groups across the greater Long Beach area.  In the coming year, the program will train at least 35 grief support group facilitators.

Pathways Volunteer Hospice – Recruitment and training of hospice and palliative care volunteers, who will serve as companions for the terminally ill, bereavement support for families, and general health support to clients.

Minnie Douglas, Chair of the St. Mary Medical Center Hospital Board of Trustees’ Community Grants Committee, which identifies and selects those who receive grants, said, “These organizations are of great service in our community, and we look forward to working with them.”

St. Mary Medical Center Vice President of Mission Integration Sister Gerard Earls, who oversees the Community Grants Program, said, “As the hospital celebrates its 90 Years of Healing Ministry, which began with the founding Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, we are proud to begin this celebratory year by sharing with and supporting the ministries of our local community partners.”

Foundation President Drew Gagner said, “These funds will help these non-profit agencies to continue to move forward with carrying out their worthy missions, which tie in closely with those of St. Mary Medical Center and the founding Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.”

About St. Mary Medical Center

Founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in 1923, St. Mary Medical Center, a member of Dignity Health, offers a full continuum of primary and secondary acute care services to the Greater Long Beach community. With more than 600 physicians, 1,440 employees and 389 private rooms, St. Mary is committed to providing a unique balance of leading edge technology, while ensuring dignity and compassionate care of body, mind and spirit to the community it serves. For more information, please visit us at http://www.stmarymedicalcenter.org.

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