Wishes Granted

April 01, 2012

During these tough economic times, everyone has to work a little harder to make ends meet. It’s as true for Providence Health & Services, Southern California, as it is for most families. And now, more than ever, Providence depends on grants to purchase equipment and fund programs that serve the community.

Big Benefits

The Providence Mobile Chronic Disease Management Clinic wouldn’t have been possible if not for a $200,000 grant from Health Net Foundation.

The mobile clinic provides disease management services to lower-income communities in the San Fernando Valley. It travels to 12 sites throughout the region and has served more than 1,000 residents, receiving most of its referrals from Providence’s Valley Service Area emergency departments (EDs). The clinic provides a more cost-effective alternative to treating people in the ED for chronic, but non-urgent, diseases such as obesity, diabetes and asthma.

Another significant grant came from UniHealth in the amount of $500,000 to establish a new Critical Care Transport Program. The program will transport critically ill heart attack and stroke patients to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center from all over the Valley Service Area—every day, around-the-clock. Ultimately, the program will make it possible for Providence to provide advanced care to more patients.

Small Yet Mighty

Grants don’t just cover big-ticket items. “Sometimes it’s the smaller things that could get overlooked that we’re able to fund through a grant,” says Rose M. Wright, grants manager for the Valley Service Area.

For example, although the price tag was a relatively low $400 each, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center needed more specialized carts to care for infants in its neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

“Having equipment like that available can mean the difference between transferring babies to another facility or keeping them close to home,” Wright says. “That might not seem that important at first, but think about the burden on a family if they had to travel a long distance to visit their newborn at another hospital.”

Although grants are an important source of money for Providence’s Foundations, the economic climate has forced organizations to cut back on what they can give.

“As important as grants are to our work,” Wright says, “we always appreciate individual donations.”