Sutter Health Donates $50,000 to Support Veterans and Active Duty Military
Posted on Nov 11, 2015 in Community Benefit
Gifts Provide Resources for Mental Health, Lodging and Wellness Needs
As part of a broader commitment to support military personnel and their families, the not-for-profit Sutter Health network donated a total of $50,000 to Fisher House Foundation, USO and Healing Forces, three military-support organizations dedicated to improving the lives of service men and women in Northern California and Hawaii.
“We deeply appreciate the service and sacrifice of veterans and active military personnel across the country, including more than 1,300 veterans who work on our Sutter Health team,” said Pat Fry, CEO of Sutter Health. “These teammates enrich our organization with diverse skills and experience from their military life, often earned under tough conditions and circumstances. It is our privilege to count them as partners who help us deliver exceptional, personalized care to our patients and families.”
About the Donations
The Fisher House Foundation provides lodging for the families of military members undergoing medical treatment. Sutter Health’s $25,000 donation will help families stay for free at one of the Fisher House facilities in Sacramento, Palo Alto and Hawaii. This donation will also support the purchase of vital supplies such as food and personal care items for families staying in the facilities.
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. Sutter Health’s $15,000 donation will support USO Bay Area’s Wellness Initiative, which provides healthy food options for the more than 66,000 service members and families who visit USO centers at three Northern California locations —San Francisco International Airport, San Jose International Airport and Travis Air Force Base.
The Healing Forces Military Treatment Program offers specialized inpatient trauma treatment at Sutter Health-affiliated Kahi Mohala—Hawaii’s only freestanding, community-based, not-for- profit psychiatric hospital. Healing Forces helps military service members recover from stress related to multiple deployments, exposure to combat and sexual trauma. Sutter Health’s $10,000 donation will help fund a new library on the hospital’s inpatient unit. The gift will also help purchase workbooks, pamphlets and other resources specific to overcoming combat-related trauma, and retrofit existing shelving and furniture.
Sutter’s Ongoing Commitment to Veterans
Sutter Health greatly values the contributions military veterans provide—to the United States as well as to its network. Sutter Health partners with the Employment Development Department to promote jobs for military members seeking employment. Additionally, the healthcare organization’s military recruitment efforts include participation in military career fairs and posting to online military job boards.
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