January 15, 2013 | Back to: Opinion

Year of giving SNMH grants $60,000 to community organizations

Nearly $60,000 in grants has been awarded to eight local nonprofits this year through the Community Grants Program at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

The individual grants range from $4,000 to $10,000 and are intended to further the hospital’s mission of meeting needs of the underserved, according to Debbie Wagner, RN, director of community and physician relations.

“All of the recipients are serving at-risk populations, and doing fantastic work in our community,” Wagner said. “We believe support and collaboration are vital in this time of economic challenge, and we are proud to partner with these organizations that are providing access to care at all levels.”

Grant recipients for 2013 are:

A new Day Counseling Center, to support their “Healing Through Art” program, designed to encourage communication and healing. Anew Day works with people struggling with depression, suicide, anxieties, grief, and addiction.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Nevada County, to support community-based mentoring by expanding services to 25 children in the 6-18 age range. The organization provides adult mentoring, one-on-one, to at risk youth.

Child Advocates of Nevada County, to increase case management hours and volunteer retention. The nonprofit works to assure children’s lives are free of abuse and neglect.

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition, Inc., to add training, outreach, and education in the service of victims of elder physical and elder abuse. The coalition offers services to victims of rape.

Freed, to expand the “Stroll and Roll” walking and socializing groups program, benefiting seniors through physical activity and social interaction. Freed seeks to eliminate barriers to seniors and people with disabilities.

Hospice of the Foothills, to help develop and implement a new bereavement program for seniors, through the use of creative arts. Hospice provides compassionate end of life care for patients and their families.

Sierra Family Medical Clinic, Inc., to assist in creating a comprehensive safety net program for teens and young adults struggling with serious mental health conditions, along with an interactive website linking peers and resources. The clinic provides primary, dental, and behavioral care, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.

Western Sierra Medical Clinic, Inc., to help address the growing health and social needs of seniors through a part-time healthcare coordinator position at Miner’s Family Health Center. Jennifer Edwards, RN, director of clinical services at Western Sierra, said the grant will allow case managers to focus on patients 65 and older, providing education and follow up care while helping them access other community resources. This clinic provides medical, dental, and behavioral care regardless of ability to pay.

Grants made through SNMH are part of an overall community support program provided through Dignity Health, the hospital’s nonprofit parent organization, Wagner said.

“Since this program was launched in 1990, it has made grant awards totaling $27.7 million to nearly 1,800 organizations in the communities its hospitals serve,” she said.

Grants are awarded through an application process, to eligible nonprofits that work to improve access to jobs, housing, food, education, and healthcare to people in low-income and minority communities.

All physicians providing care for patients at SNMH are members of the medical staff and are independent practitioners, not employees of the hospital.

Gary Cooke
Special to The Union



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