Children are our future, and we believe in giving them the healthiest start
possible. Gifts made to the “Healthy Kids” fund are restricted
to pediatric impact. Examples of how these funds may be used include Medical
Needs Grants, providing medically beneficial equipment or services for
individual children, or for Pediatric Community Health Initiatives like
Asthma Day Camp. Funds might also be used for pediatric toys, comfort
items, or distraction tools in our ER and Pediatrics Unit, to provide
operating support for the SVMC Pediatric Diabetes Clinic, or to update
the lifesaving equipment in the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Cardiac and Stroke Care (Regional Heart Center; Certified Primary Stroke Center)
We know that having a healthy heart is vital to living a healthy life,
and that in stroke care, minutes can mean the difference between life
and death. Both of these services lines are a focus of Salinas Valley
Memorial Healthcare System, earning numerous national awards and certifications.
Funds given to support “Cardiac and Stroke Care” may be used
to add or upgrade vital cardiac and neurology equipment, to provide advanced
training to cardiac and stroke staff, to add or expand services related
to these critical health conditions, or to provide community outreach
and education on cardiac and stroke concerns.
Comprehensive Cancer Care (Inpatient oncology services; Outpatient Infusion Center;
Susan Bacon Cancer Resource Center)
A cancer diagnosis is something faced not only by the patient, but by their
families and loved ones. During what is sure to be one of the scariest
and most stressful times of their lives, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare
System provides a full spectrum of services, resources, and care for those
facing cancer. Gifts made to support “Comprehensive Cancer Care”
may be used to provide funding for inpatient oncology services or for
our state of the art Outpatient Infusion Center. Funds may provide critical
resources at no cost to patients including education, support groups,
patient comfort bags, wigs and headscarves, and can even help with basic
needs like transportation.
Buildings and Equipment (Taylor Farms Family Health & Wellness Center Expansion;
New equipment throughout the Healthcare System; Building additions or
improvements; Emergency Department Expansion)
A healthcare system is only as strong as its capacity, and we know that
access is one of the biggest health challenges faced by our community.
Gifts made to “Buildings and Equipment” may be used for capital
needs throughout the Healthcare System, to update or improve existing
construction like our Emergency Room, or to create new access to care
through the building or expansion of clinic and specialty care services
outside of the main hospital campus.
Health and Wellness (SVMC Diabetes & Endocrine Center; Behavioral Health;
Mobile Health Clinic; Nancy Ausonio Mammography Center;
Immunization Clinics; Health Screenings; Health, Fitness, & Wellness Classes)
Improving health and wellness in our community is at the core of all that
we do, and as health needs have evolved, so have the service lines of
the healthcare system. When a community health needs assessment was conducted
in 2017, the top 3 identified needs were Diabetes, Healthcare Access,
and Behavioral Health. Gifts made to “Health and Wellness”
support all of those health priorities and more. Funding may be used for
the Mobile Health Clinic, serving children and families in need of access
to primary care, or to support programs at the SVMC Diabetes & Endocrine
Center, the SVMC Behavioral Health Clinic, or the Nancy Ausonio Mammography
Center. Funds may also go to support health, fitness, and wellness classes
that are open to the community.
Greatest Needs Fund (Unrestricted, to be used for the Healthcare System’s
greatest need at the time of granting)
Your gift to support the Greatest Needs Fund ensures that the Salinas Valley
Memorial Healthcare System has philanthropic support for projects and
programs that they have prioritized as having the greatest need at the
time of granting. During a capital campaign, or during a program-specific
donation drive, your gift may be directed toward those fundraising efforts.
Outside of a targeted campaign, your gift may be utilized within any of
the above funding categories to support the project or program that needs it most.