Sutter Health Donates $25,000 for Veterans and Active Duty Military in Northern California
Donation Part of Broad Program Supporting Service Members
Sutter Health today announced a $25,000 donation to The Fisher House Foundation and Canine Companions for Independence, two military-support organizations dedicated to improving the lives of service men and women in Northern California. The total contribution represents one part of a broad, longtime commitment by the not-for-profit health system to help veterans.
“We are deeply grateful for the service and sacrifice of veterans and active military personnel across the country, including the more than 1,200 veterans who work on our Sutter Health team,” said Pat Fry, president and CEO of Sutter Health.
Fry added, “We believe strongly that it’s our duty to support veterans. That’s why Sutter Health makes it a priority to recruit military members and to support organizations that support veterans.”
About the Donations:
The Fisher House Foundation provides lodging for the families of military members undergoing hospital treatment for a combat injury, illness or disease. Our $15,000 donation will help four families stay for free for one year at one of the Fisher House facilities in Sacramento, Palo Alto or Hawaii.
Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) provides highly trained service dogs to assist wounded veterans. Sutter’s $10,000 donation will match a veteran in Northern California with a service dog, provide intensive professional training for the pair, and lifetime support from CCI throughout the partnership.
Ongoing Commitment to Veterans
Sutter Health makes it a priority to increase military hires each year. It partners with the Employment Development Department to promote jobs for military members seeking employment. Sutter military recruitment also includes year-round participation in military career fairs and online military job boards.
In addition, Sutter Health recently partnered with CCI and the California State Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind to develop an educational tip sheet about service animals, which often become vital partners for veterans returning from service, helping to ensure veterans have access to the services they need.
“To our veterans across the U.S., I thank you for your sacrifices and dedication to our country. To our military employees, I salute your service and the difference you make in the lives of our patients each day,” said Fry.