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February 20, 2007 > Washington Hospital Stands Tall on a Strong Foundation

Washington Hospital Stands Tall on a Strong Foundation

Washington Hospital was recently ranked in the top five percent of hospitals in the country for providing clinical care. Working steadfastly to support the standards of excellence at Washington Hospital is the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation.

Starting on Friday, February 23 - "Voices InHealth: Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation" will begin airing on Washington Hospital's InHealth Channel on Comcast Channel 78. This television program highlights how the Foundation and its volunteers commit themselves to the mission of enhancing the Washington Hospital Healthcare System by increasing public awareness and providing financial support.

"We want to let people know what we're doing in the community, what we've been doing for 23 years and to know a little bit about our plans going forward into the future," says Brent Hodson, Executive Director of the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation.

The Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation was established in 1983 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation that operates independently from the hospital to serve as a guardian of gifts and bequests to the Washington Hospital Healthcare System. It has grown to more than 400 members whose fundraising efforts have provided the money needed to help bridge the gap between the Washington Hospital community needs for new services and equipment and the district's budgetary limitations.

"The Foundation is a place where people can come who want to enjoy working for the community through our scheduled events, or who want to give gifts to the hospital," Hodson says. "We've got a wonderful staff here and wonderful volunteers who are just dedicated people."

The Foundation funds many important and diverse projects through private and corporate donations. The Washington on Wheels Mobile Health Clinic, which travels to provide check-ups for school children, seniors and other community members, was funded through the Foundation. Foundation funds have purchased emergency room equipment, equipment for the Washington Radiation Oncology Center, equipment for the Center for Joint Replacement, mammography equipment and critical care equipment.

Foundation funds are also provided for hospice care, cancer services, a nurses training program and scholarships for students from the Tri-City area going to medical school. The Community Health Resource Library is also funded through the Foundation. Some highly specialized programs for the community that would not exist without the Foundation include the Lymphedema Clinic and a tattoo removal program for gang members exiting gang life for the mainstream.

Contributions to the Foundation come from community philanthropists, patients and families touched by the services of the hospital, those wanting to give back to the community in some way, and participants and sponsors of annual fundraising events like the Golf Tournament, the Top Hat dinner dance, Trees of Angels, the Medical Musicale and the Community Cultural Event.

Gifts of time and talent are also important to the Foundation. Many find working for the Foundation to be a fulfilling volunteer experience that directly affects everyone in the community through the efforts to keep high-quality healthcare local. Programs like the Washington Radiation Oncology Center, the Center for Joint Replacement and the Lymphedema Clinic give local residents an opportunity to be treated close to home without having to travel to Oakland or San Jose. The Foundation-funded mammography program provides mammograms to people who otherwise couldn't afford to have a mammogram, an important screening tool for breast cancer.

The Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation gives the community the benefit of a strong hospital that offers progressive services with state-of-the-art equipment and care. The Foundation also provides community members a way to become connected with the hospital on a personal level that helps everyone.

"The community gets a strong, well-run hospital where they can go and get care and be assured that their interests come first," Hodson says. "To have that level of care is a blessing for the community and it is really why the Foundation is here. We feel it's a real team effort between the hospital and the community and we're just glad we can be here to help."

If you are interested in providing financial support or giving of your time, the Foundation will find an appropriate place for you to help serve. You can call the Foundation for more information at (510) 791-3428, or send an email to foundation@whhs.com. There is also information available on the hospital Web site, www.whhs.com, or you can drop by the Foundation office at Washington West, 2000 Mowry Ave., Fremont.

The InHealth program schedule is published weekly in the Tri-City Voice and is also posted on Washington Hospital's website at www.whhs.com. InHealth Channel 78 is available to Comcast subscribers in Newark, Union City and Fremont. For more information on the InHealth Channel, visit www.whhs.com, click on "For Our Community" and select "InHealth Channel" from the drop-down menu.

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