El Camino Hospital Invests $3.3 Million in Community Health Programs

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The El Camino Hospital Community Benefit Grant Program will invest $3.3
million in organizations committed to improving the health of the
community’s most vulnerable populations in fiscal year 2017. This year’s
investment is nearly a half a million dollar increase from the previous
year and enables the hospital to fund a larger number of programs which
create access to healthcare, provide mental health services and support
other community health initiatives.

“The El Camino Hospital Board of Directors approval to provide
record-high funding this year is a testament to the hospital’s
commitment to improving the health and well-being of our community,”
said Tomi Ryba, president and chief executive officer of El Camino
Hospital. “Our Community Benefit grantees are integral partners in
creating a healthier community.”

Earlier this year, El Camino Hospital published the 2016 Community
Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to identify the most critical health
needs of the community. The triennial assessment is the result of a
multi-year evaluation of the health of the community served by the
hospital. Identified health needs from the CHNA were mapped to three
priority areas: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, and Healthy Community.

The Community Benefit Grant Program is allocating funding to programs
that address at least one of the three priority areas. Healthy Body
grants include school nurse programs, orthodontic services for foster
youth, school-based nutrition and physical activity programs, eye exams
and glasses for low-income children, case management, and medical
support for vulnerable populations. Healthy Mind programs include mental
health counseling, domestic violence programs, initiatives to reduce
depression and isolation in seniors, and treatment for those with severe
mental health conditions. Healthy Community grants include falls
prevention and transportation programs for seniors, camps and mentoring
programs for at-risk youth, and emergency food assistance for low income
community members.

“Through our Community Benefit Grant Program, El Camino Hospital has the
opportunity to invest in organizations with the expertise and experience
to carry out meaningful work with measurable outcomes,” said Barbara
Avery, director of community benefit, El Camino Hospital. “We are
looking forward to building upon existing relationships and fostering
new ones with our grant partners and seeing the impact that can be made.”

This year, more than $10 million has been committed to fund local
programs by the Community Benefit Grant Programs of the El Camino
Hospital and El Camino Healthcare District, combined. This is the
largest amount approved in the programs’ histories. The Community
Benefit Programs were established to make an impact on the unmet health
needs of the local population. Additional information about El Camino
Hospital’s Community Benefit Program is available on the website.

About El Camino Hospital

El Camino Hospital is an acute-care, 443-bed, nonprofit and locally
governed organization with campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos,
California. Key medical specialties include cancer, heart and vascular,
men’s health, mental health, neuroscience, orthopedic and spine, senior
health, urology, and the first Women’s Hospital in Northern California.
The hospital is recognized as a national leader in the use of health
information technology and wireless communications, and has been named
one of the 100
Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics™
 and one
of 17 Everest Award winners in 2016. El Camino Hospital has also been
awarded the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission as a Primary
Stroke Center as well as three consecutive ANCC Magnet Recognitions for
Nursing Care. To learn more visit www.elcaminohospital.org.


El Camino Hospital
Jennifer Thrift, 650-988-7435