June 20, 2003

Scripps Awards $20,000 to Provide Prenatal Care in South Bay

Low-income minorities receive first funds from Scripps Community Benefit Funds

A project that provides culturally and linguistically appropriate prenatal education to minority women in the South Bay has received a $20,000 grant from the Scripps Health Community Benefit Fund.

The award goes to the nonprofit Community Health Group of Chula Vista to help Vietnamese, Middle-Eastern and African women learn about prenatal care in their own language and culture.

“Through the provision of appropriate education materials, we believe prenatal services and delivery outcomes for these women will be improved,” said Sheila Martz, foundation coordinator.

This year, Scripps Health awarded a total of $216,000, most to programs in the mid-city and South Bay regions. Scripps received a total of 35 applications requesting $1.28 million, and awarded nine grants ranging from $20,000 to $25,000 for a total of $216,000.

“We believe we can best serve the diverse health care needs in San Diego County by partnering with other organizations that share our values,” said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health.

The Scripps Health Community Benefits Fund was established to support initiatives that meet community health care needs and promote the mission and values – quality, efficiency and respect – of Scripps Health. The dollars available through the Com-munity Benefit Fund come primarily from Scripps Health operations. It is important to note that these grant awards represent only a small portion of the resources devoted by Scripps to Community Benefit programs and services. Last year, Scripps provided $62.7 million in uncompensated care, community-based health improvement and professional education and research.

Scripps Health is a not-for-profit, community-based health care system that includes more than 2,600 affiliated physicians, five acute care hospitals, an ambulatory care network, and home health care services. Scripps employs about 10,500 people in the county and treats 525,000 patients annually.

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