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    Marin Community Foundation Announces $2 Million in Grants from Sutter Health Access to Care Fund

    Grants Bring Three-Year Total to $6 Million

    NOVATO, Calif., May 14, 2012 - The Marin Community Foundation has announced an additional $2 million in grants to community clinics throughout Marin County from its Sutter Health Access to Care Fund. These grants bring the three-year total to $6 million of support from this five-year, $10 million fund, established by Sutter Health in 2010.

    The new grants will build on previous support to improve access to health care for uninsured and underinsured patients of Marin’s community clinics. As a result of these grants, vulnerable residents have better access to oral health care, behavioral health services, vaccinations, adult day health center services, and breast cancer screenings and case management. In addition, children will maintain enrollment in a subsidized health insurance program, and teens will have access to medical and mental health services geared to their needs.

    A new service funded for the first time in this round of grants will support the coordination of donated surgery and specialty care through a partnership with the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services.

    Past grants from this fund have already had a major impact on addressing the health needs of low-income residents in the county, according to MCF President and CEO Dr. Thomas Peters. He cited as an example that grants have provided over 8,500 doses of vaccines to protect patients, from children to seniors, from such diseases as whooping cough, tetanus, hepatitis, and pneumonia.

    “Some of the services provided under the Sutter Health Access to Care Fund have already had important and immediate clinical benefits,” Peters said. “For example, through a new screening protocol funded by one of these grants, a diabetic patient was diagnosed and treated for retinal
    damage associated with her diabetes. There’s no question that this saved her eyesight.”

    Clinics treating patients with behavioral health issues have reported significant increases in the number of screenings for substance abuse and depression and, as a result, the number of people receiving needed services. “This is a tremendously successful start to improving access and quality of services for some of Marin’s most vulnerable residents,” Peters said.

    Breast cancer screenings and consultations have also increased under grants from the Sutter Health Access to Care Fund. This has led to early detection and treatment as well as the ability of affected patients to receive emotional support during the course of their illness.

    “Cumulatively, these grants are having a measurable impact on the well being of uninsured and under-insured residents,” Peters added. “From prevention to treatment, these efforts are filling gaps and providing services that are critically important. Any one of the medical issues addressed by these grants can lead to serious medical complications. We’re grateful that Marin has such a responsive and caring system of community clinics, which, along with the county’s health department, are able to take care of those in greatest need.”

    “All of us at Sutter Health are immensely proud of this work,” said Mike Cohill, president of Sutter Health’s West Bay Region. “Our partnership with the Marin Community Foundation enables us to benefit from its expertise and deep knowledge of Marin’s health care needs. Together, we are making great strides in helping Marin’s underserved enjoy better health.”

    A complete list of grant recipients follows:

    • Marin Community Clinics (for oral health, behavioral health, adolescent health, and women’s
      health): $975,000
    • Coastal Health Alliance (for behavioral health): $125,000
    • The Ritter Center (for behavioral health): $300,000 Marin Department of Health and Human Services (for coordination of prevention efforts, breast screenings and case management, and surgical and specialty care): $225,000
    • Partnership HealthPlan of California (for children’s insurance subsidies): $250,000
    • LifeLong Medical Care (for geriatric care): $125,000

    About the Marin Community Foundation
    The Marin Community Foundation is the primary center for philanthropy in Marin County, CA and is one of the largest community foundations in the U.S. It manages the assets of the Leonard and Beryl H. Buck Trust and over 400 funds established by individuals, families, and businesses. The Foundation makes significant improvements in communities around the world in two ways: by spearheading initiatives for long-term, sustainable change in Marin, and by distributing grants from donor-advised funds locally, across the U.S., and around the world. Now in its 25th year, the Marin Community Foundation has assets of approximately $1 billion, with annual grant distributions of about $50 million.

    About Sutter Health
    Serving patients and their families in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns, Sutter Health doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers share resources and expertise to advance health care quality and access. The Sutter Medical Network includes many of California’s top-performing, highest quality physician organizations as measured annually by the Integrated Healthcare Association. Sutter-affiliated hospitals are regional leaders in cardiac care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care, orthopedics and advanced patient safety technology.

    For more information about the not-for-profit Sutter Health network, please visit: | | |

    Thomas Peters, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Marin Community Foundation
    (415) 464-2510

    Mike Cohill, President, Sutter Health West Bay Region: through Kathryn Graham, Communications Director
    (415) 600-7525 or pager (415) 232-6463

    Craig Lindquist, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director, Marin County Department of Health and Human Services
    (415) 473-4047

    Linda Tavaszi, Chief Executive Officer, Marin Community Clinics
    (415) 755-2582

    Larry Meredith, Ph.D., Director, Marin County Department of Health & Human Services
    (415) 473-6924

    Diane Linn, Executive Director, Ritter Center
    (415) 457-8182