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Commitment to Our Community

 

Not-for-profit organizations are never separate from the people who create them. We are made to serve the greater good with no desire for profit and no motivation outside what is best for the population of our  region.

Todd SuntrapakAs you view our web site, you’ll quickly see the exceptional pediatric care provided at Children’s Hospital. You’ll read about the sick kids who come to us for help and the things we do to improve, and often save, their lives. Technically, that care fulfills our written mission, but it doesn’t completely fulfill our responsibilities as a member of the community.

Admittedly, the definition of “community” has grown since we were founded in 1952. We now serve a 45,000 square mile area stretching the length of the Valley and the width of the state. Despite our size, we have always been wholly owned by the people of our region. Citizens from throughout Central California now sit on our Board of Trustees, and as the Hospital’s CEO, I take my direction from them. We are not just a hospital up on the bluffs – we are one of you.

So what does a good “citizen hospital” do to give back to the community other than treat the ill and injured? We participate in community initiatives, we support community efforts, we get involved where we can do the most good.

When an issue involving the health and welfare of the Valley’s kids is being discussed, we’re at the table. When we have something to offer a worthwhile cause, we give.

Examples are easy to come by. Our Guilds Child Abuse Treatment and Prevention Center both treats and advocates for kids who cannot speak for themselves. The Center has become a regional force in preventing abuse through its work with schools, parent groups, and other community-based organizations.

Children’s also supports the education of literally thousands of students preparing to become health care providers, including nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and many others. Online we offer a free pediatric health encyclopedia for families. We also partner with many other non-profits like the March of Dimes, Family Resource Centers, Central Valley Safe Kids Coalition, and the Kern Medically Vulnerable Infant Project.

The list goes on and on. We have become a powerhouse in pediatric healthcare, and we continue to use those same resources for the good of everyone in the region. We know that we can’t always be the answer, but whether we offer support or provide creative thinking and planning, we have a lot to offer.  Please see the hospital’s 2013 Community Benefits Report for a summary of some of the community-based programs and services supported in 2012.  Also, feel free to review the most current Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), completed in early 2013, which will help guide the hospital’s future community benefit efforts.  The CHNA was facilitated by the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California with support and active participation by area hospitals, including Children’s Hospital.

As a donor, you give to help sick kids, and that is the Hospital’s primary mission. But always remember the other ways we help, and feel good that your support is doing double-work out in the community. Giving to Children’s Hospital is a value-added opportunity, and we all benefit from your continued generosity.

Todd Suntrapak
President & CEO