SUBMITTED NEWS RELEASE
Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center and Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) has awarded more than $153,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations that target specific community health needs. The organizations who received funding include Access to Healthcare Network, American Lung Association, CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.
“Supporting the local community is something that is part of the Saint Mary’s culture and with the support of CHW, we are able to fund even more healthcare initiatives,” said Mike Uboldi, president and CEO of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center. “Members of the community will greatly benefit from the programs these organizations create and we commend them for their efforts to improve the health of our region.”
The funds for these community grants are made available from CHW for distribution by its member hospitals throughout Nevada, California and Arizona. Including the most recent distribution of grants, CHW and Saint Mary’s have granted a total of $565,517 to the Reno/Sparks community over the past four years. Funding for these grants is in no way related to charitable contributions made to Saint Mary’s Foundation.
In order to address the current healthcare needs of the community, Saint Mary’s has identified key priorities to focus all of the organization’s community benefit activities. These include: improving access to healthcare, preventing and/or managing chronic illness, improving birth outcomes, improving access to oral health services, reducing infectious disease, accessing and/or utilizing immunizations, improving nutritional habits and physical activity levels of populations at risk for developing lifestyle-related illness.
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About Saint Mary’s
Saint Mary’s Network is a fully-integrated, faith-based health system in Reno, Nev. founded in 1908 by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael. The network is comprised of Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, an acute-care hospital, providing inpatient, outpatient and wellness services; Saint Mary’s Health Plans, a statewide insurance provider with more than 40,000 members; and Saint Mary’s Medical Group, a network of physicians and other health professionals offering primary and urgent care, retail clinics and specialty healthcare. A member of Catholic Healthcare West, Saint Mary’s is dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of our community. For more information, visit our website at www.saintmarysreno.org.
About Catholic Healthcare West
Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), headquartered in San Francisco, CA, is a system of 40 hospitals and medical centers in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Founded in 1986, it is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health care systems and the largest private hospital system in California. CHW is committed to delivering compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care services with special attention to the poor and underserved. The CHW network of nearly 10,000 physicians and approximately 54,000 employees provides health care services to more than five million people annually. In 2010, CHW provided more than $1.3 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed patient care. For more information, please visit our website at www.chwHEALTH.org.