Sutter Health this week donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross Gold Country Region to help bring food, shelter and other resources to families affected by the ongoing California wildfires.
“Our Sutter Lakeside Hospital has been part of Lake County, where the Clayton fire is burning, since 1945 and neighbors help each other in times of need,” said Jeff Gerard, president of Sutter Health’s Bay Area Operating Unit. “I hope our donation brings hope and healing to our community.”
“We are extremely grateful for this generous donation from Sutter Health,” said Gold Country CEO Gary Strong. “Donations to the Red Cross enable us to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from devastating events.”
As of Aug. 16, the Clayton Fire had burned 4,000 acres, claimed 175 buildings and displaced hundreds of people.
“These circumstances are especially difficult because many families in this area are still rebuilding from the damage caused by the Valley fire last summer,” said Gerard. “I also sincerely thank our team of doctors and employees who stepped up to care for an influx of patients when the fire threatened another area hospital.”
Sutter Health has long partnered the Red Cross and other organizations to help people in need. Last year, Sutter Health invested $957 million in care and services for the poor and underserved.
For information on how you can help support relief efforts, visit the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org.
This year, Sutter Health employees and physicians collected more than $5,000 and 1,350 backpacks filled with school supplies for Operation Backpack, an effort that helps homeless and at-risk kids in our communities. The annual drive, made possible through Volunteers of America Northern California and Northern Nevada, helps children return to school with the basics they need to start the school year right.
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.” Read More about Sutter Health Donates $50,000 to Support Veterans and Active Duty Military
Sutter Health raised $659,437 for the March for Dimes this year, making 2015 Sutter’s 12th year as the top fundraising team in Northern California for the national foundation. The March of Dimes also recognized Sutter Health as its top healthcare fundraising team in the United States for the past five years.
Sutter Health has partnered with the March of Dimes since 1998 to promote safer birth experiences for moms and their babies. Over the past 17 years, the healthcare network raised more than $7.9 million to support life-saving research and programs that help mothers have healthy, full-term pregnancies and babies have a healthy start at life.
Women gave birth to more than 35,000 babies in Sutter-affiliated hospitals in 2014. For a comprehensive online guide to pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and caring for your newborn go to our Sutter Health Babies website.
Nearly 150,000 acres burned. More than 1,000 homes destroyed. Thousands evacuated. With the devastating Valley and Butte wildfires now nearly 100 percent contained, the focus shifts to recovery in Amador, Calaveras, Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties.
Visit our special newsroom page to learn more about how our Sutter Health family partnered in extraordinary ways during a time of crisis—supporting our patients, each other and our communities.
Funds help support those affected by devastating Valley and Butte fires
Sutter Health made a $300,000 donation today to support fire relief efforts across several Northern California communities.
The donations will go to several organizations helping bring food, shelter and other resources to those affected by the massive Valley Fire still raging in Lake County and the Butte Fire still burning in Amador and Calaveras counties.
- $250,000 to the American Red Cross California Wildfires Fund to help bring food, water and emergency shelter to the families in need.
- $25,000 to support local mental health services, including grievance counselors, peer support and others to individuals impacted by the fire in Amador and Calaveras counties.
- $25,000 to additional local agencies supporting fire relief in Lake County.