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2009 Community Grants Awarded

Mercy and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Give $576,374 in Grants to Help Thousands of People in Need ~ 31 local non-profits receive grants to help fund programs in Sacramento, Nevada, Placer and Yolo counties


SACRAMENTO, January 7, 2010 - Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), which operates the local Mercy hospitals, has awarded $576,374 in grant funding to 31 non-profit organizations in Nevada, Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties.

The grants, from $5,000 to $25,000, will impact health issues ranging from mental illness to chronic disease management, and community-based programs that provide services from birth to end-of-life. This year's recipient organizations reach out to local ethnic communities and provide services to multiple generations from infants to the elderly.

"Every year we are able to help deliver critical healthcare and social services to people who need it most through our Community Grants Program," said CHW's Sacramento Service Area President Tim Moran. "We are proud to work collaboratively with so many outstanding nonprofit organizations to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve."

"Last year in the greater Sacramento region, CHW and the Mercy hospitals distributed $526,000 to deserving projects and organizations," said Moran. "Despite the economic crisis, this year is no different. And with state and county budget cuts, the need is greater. This year, we are awarding more than $576,000 to support local non-profit efforts."

The CHW Community Grants Program supports community-based organizations that provide services to individuals, families and children in need. The grants program is open to all non-profit service organizations with an interest in building healthier communities by improving health and living conditions. The program supports organizations that increase access to healthcare and address the underlying causes of illness - such as physical and substance abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness - as well as specific health issues. The grants are funded by contributions from Catholic Healthcare West's member hospitals. In the Sacramento region, CHW hospitals that contribute to the grants program are Mercy General Hospital, Methodist Hospital of Sacramento, Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Mercy Hospital of Folsom, Woodland Healthcare and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

This year's Community Grants were awarded to the following Sacramento-area organizations:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Bishop Gallegos Maternity Home
  • Catholic Social Services
  • Center for Community Health and Well-Being, Inc.
  • Community Recovery Resources (Grass Valley)
  • Community Resource Project, Inc.
  • Domestic Violence and Assault Coalition (Grass Valley)
  • Falls Prevention Coalition of Nevada County (Grass Valley)
  • Food Bank of Yolo County (Woodland)
  • Head Trauma Support Project
  • Homestead Supportive Housing Corporation (Davis)
  • Hospice of the Foothills (Grass Valley)
  • Midtown Medical Center
  • Mutual Assistance Network
  • My Sister's House
  • Partners in Care
  • Powerhouse Ministries, Inc.
  • River Oak Center for Children
  • Sacramento District Dental Foundation
  • Sierra Family Medical Clinic, Inc. (Nevada City)
  • Sierra Services for the Blind (Nevada City)
  • Society for the Blind
  • St. Patrick's Home for Children
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center
  • The Effort
  • The Gathering Inn
  • Volunteers of America
  • Women's Empowerment
  • Yolo Family Service Agency (Woodland)
  • Yolo Wayfarer Center (Woodland)

CHW has distributed $5.3 million to 247 organizations in the Sacramento area and $34.6 million to deserving projects throughout the CHW system. Grant recipients are required to complete a detailed grant proposal outlining the purpose and scope of the project to be funded, as well as the population to be served, the project's outcomes, plans for its long-term operation and measurement of success. The projects must be in the area of healthcare, social services, education, economic development or holistic health.

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About Catholic Healthcare West
Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), headquartered in San Francisco, CA, is a system of 41 hospitals and medical centers in California, Arizona and Nevada. Founded in 1986, it is the eighth largest hospital system in the nation and the largest not-for-profit provider 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 more than 7,500 physicians and approximately 40,000 employees provides health care services to more than four million people annually. For more information, please visit our website at
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