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    Sutter Medical Center Awards $2 Million to Community Organizations

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 23, 2012 - Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento (SMCS) hosted its 11th Annual Community Awards Luncheon at the Tsakapoulas Library Galleria today, using the theme “You Are a Piece of the Puzzle.” In front of an audience of political leaders and healthcare innovators, nonprofit organizations from across the region were recognized for their tireless efforts in Sacramento’s most at-risk communities. During the luncheon, SMCS awarded more than $2 million to nonprofit organizations as part of the 2012 Community Benefit Grants Program.

    Meeting community healthcare needs is the cornerstone of the SMCS mission. Throughout the regions it serves, Sutter invests more than $110 million annually in charity care for the poor and underserved and programs that increase the overall health of the community. The grant dollars are directed to innovative nonprofits that help ensure the most vulnerable families are getting the services and support they need.

    “To survive, community providers and health systems like Sutter must get more efficient and become even better connected than ever before. Today’s grantees represent those important pieces of the puzzle in the Sacramento community,” says Todd Murray, Sutter Health Board of Directors and Chair of the SMCS Community Benefit Committee.

    Unique to this year’s luncheon, SMCS partnered with CGI Group, Inc. – a leading provider of information technology and business process services – launching a “You Are a Piece of the Puzzle Photo Contest” for the portfolio of 2012 grantees.

    Over the last month, grantees had the opportunity to create a unique photo that visually describes the impact the organization will make with Sutter funding. Each photo also needed to include their organization’s logo and incorporate the image of a puzzle piece. Organizations had until Feb. 15 to create and upload their best photo. The photo entries can be viewed at This year's winner is Sacramento Cottage Housing, which received a cash award of $10,000 plus a $5,000 technology solution award from contest partner CGI.

    “We were so enchanted at the response to this year’s contest. Each contestant clearly showed how they align with Sutter’s mission and vision of keeping communities strong and how they are able to make broad and deep impacts with the people that need the most help. One look at the photos that came in and you will clearly see how creative and passionate our grantees are,” says Keri Thomas, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region’s Director of Government and Community Relations.

    The following are some of the community organizations and programs that received awards:

    • Sacramento Loaves & Fishes, $50,000, for the Genesis Mental Health program.
    • Francis House Center, $25,000, for the Almost Home project.
    • Women's Empowerment, $50,000, for WE Works!
    • WEAVE Inc, $25,000, for Reducing Homelessness for Victims of Domestic Violence.
    • Sacramento Cottage Housing, $50,000, for the Stepping Stones Certificate Program.
    • Center for Community Health and Well-Being Inc., $25,000, for Mental Health Services for Low Income Pregnant Women.
    • CCHAT (Children’s Choice for Hearing and Talking) Center, $10,000, for its Infant/Toddler Program.
    • Sacramento Neighborhood Center, $38,522, for Community Wellness and Education Program (Wraparound Support Services).
    • Stanford Settlement Inc., $50,000, for the Teen Center.
    • Society for the Blind, $25,000, for Access to Blindness Rehabilitation and Health Services for the Visually Impaired.
    • River City Food Bank, $25,000, for Rebuild RCFB.

    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.

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