Ways to Give

Grants from public and private foundations and corporations play a vital role in our fund-raising program. The organizations listed below are just a sample of the generous support we receive each year to purchase badly needed equipment, make crucial capital improvements and expand our service to the community through public education and outreach.

Notable Grants 2013-2014

Ahmanson Foundation and The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

This year, we were honored to receive generous grants from both The Ahmanson Foundation and The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation to help fund the purchase of 20 cardiac monitors for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The new monitors will provide our ICU team with the technology and resources necessary to help with the observation and care of critically ill patients. The upgraded equipment will have the ability to interact wirelessly with other medical/communications devices, increasing the nursing team’s work flow and accuracy. The interdisciplinary ICU team treats approximately 900 critically ill or injured patients annually in the 20-bed unit. The Monitors will be especially important to post-operative open heart surgery patients, as well as ICU patients at risk of heart attack or cardiac arrest, as the monitors will have the ability to detect heart arrhythmias and changes in heart electrical patterns.

California Community Foundation

The California Community Foundation has awarded a two-year grant to partially fund a medication reconciliation pilot program in the Emergency Department. The program is designed to increase patient safety by verifying that each patient's medication orders are compared to all of the medications that the patient has been taking. The process will reduce the risk of medication order duplications, omissions, dosage errors and drug interactions. Since 60% of our patients enter through the Emergency Department, this program will begin there, with the expectation that it will soon expand to the rest of the hospital. Four pharmacy technicians will be assigned to record patients' medication records, which will become a part of their medical records as they move through the hospital.

First Five LA – Welcome Baby

In October 2013, we were awarded a grant from First 5 LA to implement the "Welcome Baby" prenatal and infant care program. The Welcome Baby program is a First 5 LA initiative designed to strengthen families by improving the physical and emotional health and safety of children throughout Los Angeles County. Working with our community partner, El Nido Family Centers, the program offers free hospital and home-based services to pregnant women who give birth at participating hospitals through the first 9 months of a baby's life. Welcome Baby aims to address a wide spectrum of maternity concerns, such as breastfeeding, prenatal health testing, active labor signs, postpartum depression, infant nutrition, infant jaundice, and growth stages.

UniHealth Foundation

We were recently awarded a three year, 7-figure grant by the UniHealth Foundation to develop a pilot program in partnership with two community clinics to achieve a seamless, integrated system of care that will deliver better access and better quality care at lower costs, to both the newly insured and current patients within a population of heavy users of healthcare. The project will improve patient health and significantly reduce wasteful overuse of health resources through early intervention and follow-up throughout the continuum of patient care. “Patient care navigators” will facilitate correct information flow from clinic to hospital and back to the clinic, which will lead to early intervention resulting in meaningful improvements to patient health and quality of life, reductions in unnecessary utilization of healthcare resources and improved stability in the healthcare system.