Employees across our network raised more than $757,000 in 2011 to support March of Dimes' lifesaving research and outreach programs that benefit expectant mothers and their babies. With these efforts, our organization became the top March of Dimes donor among all health systems supporting March for Babies nationwide.
During 2011, we invested $756 million in providing health care programs, services and benefits to the poor and underservedincluding funding essential health services for people throughout Northern California.
Last year, Sutter Health committed $1.48 million in financial support to community clinics and health centers. This funding enabled consumers with little or no health insurance to receive vital medical care. Over the past five years, Sutter Health has granted $8.5 million to safety-net clinics to make quality medical care accessible to thousands of uninsured and underinsured people in Northern California.
The Marin Community Foundation distributed grants totaling $2 million from its Sutter Health Access to Care Fund. These grants enabled individuals and families in Marin County to receive such critical health services as dental care, vaccinations, behavioral health services and treatment for substance abuse.
Through donations to Homes for Our Troops and North Bay Operation Step Down, our longstanding support of local men and women within the armed forces continued. At the Step Down event, 325 homeless veterans and their families received health care and social services.
After a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan in March 2011, our organization donated $500,000 to the American Red Cross to bolster disaster response efforts there.
To help the many Northern Californians struggling in the midst of an economic downturn, our not-for-profit network donated $255,000 to 27 food banks within the communities we serve. This contribution provided more than 1 million meals. Over the past three years, Sutter Health has donated $762,500 to food banks in local communities.
Thanks to the support of our generous donors, in 2011, Sutter Health received donations of more than $70 million to help our network bring an enhanced level of care to patients and communities. These donations have enabled us to build new facilities, purchase more lifesaving medical equipment, offer more specialty programs and services, further support clinical research, and provide even more care for those in need.
Sutter-affiliated California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) earned recognition as a leader in health care equality in the 2011 Healthcare Equality Index. CPMC received kudos for creating a welcoming environment for patients who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
To support the training of the next generation of primary care physicians, Sutter-affiliated Palo Alto Medical Foundation donated $125,000 to the O'Connor Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program in San Jose. This South Bay program trains medical school graduates who will practice within the field of family medicine.
Sutter Care at Home, which provides a comprehensive range of home care services throughout Northern California, held more than 1,100 flu shot clinics in more than a dozen states in 2011including three aboard oil tankers. Our teams administered more than 51,000 flu vaccines, helping keep communities healthier during last winter's hard-hitting cold and flu season.
Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa earned recognition as a 2011 GreenCare Organization for achievements in making its facility environmentally friendly.