Health care district aims to revive foundation
by Maddy Houk
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Del Puerto Health Care District’s board of directors wants to revive the Del Puerto Hospital Foundation, the fundraising arm of the health district, and is seeking volunteers to serve on the foundation board.

The foundation lapsed when the board voted not to give it $40,000 in funding in September 2011 for the 2011-12 year.

As a result, the foundation’s paid secretary, Fran Filice, lost her job, and the foundation-sponsored Club FIITNESS closed at Creekside Middle School. The acronym stands for Fostering Individual Improvement Through Nutrition, Exercise and Student Specialists.

Harold Hill, the vice president of Del Puerto Health Care District and a foundation board member, said during the district’s Sept. 4 meeting that the district is looking for a volunteer to lead the foundation.

In recent years, Del Puerto Hospital Foundation reached out to the community by partnering with service clubs to sponsor health fairs and women’s health screenings. It also raised money for the district and promoted healthy lifestyles among people living on the West Side, regardless of income or insurance status.

Two local business owners, Coleen Sanguinetti and Rick Schiltz, have volunteered to serve on the foundation board, Hill said, and another unnamed community member is considering it.

Anne Stokman, the president of the district board, said she hoped to meet with the foundation directors when the new board is finalized.

“The (district) board wants to revive the foundation and is looking forward to a dual planning session when the foundation gets in place,” Stokman said.

Richard Nakamura, the CEO of the health district, said many foundations have seed money to hire someone to spearhead the foundation, but the local health district cannot afford to pay a secretary as it once did.

He said the new foundation board must have goals and must study the district’s needs for equipment and other before starting its fundraising.

The foundation, which was a strong entity in the 1980s and 1990s, in the past relied solely on donations from Patterson residents.

Nakamura added that knowing where to apply for grant money was also important to supplement local contributions.

“What it gets down to is you have to have the networking in place to understand where the money is — on local, regional, state and national levels,” Nakamura said.

The Del Puerto Health Care District, formed after Del Puerto Hospital closed in 1998, aims to provide health care to residents of the West Side of Stanislaus County. The district collects property tax money in a region that spans from Crows Landing to Vernalis and runs the Del Puerto Health Center and Patterson District Ambulance Co.

For information: Del Puerto Health District, 892-8781.

n Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or maddy@pattersonirrigator.com.

By Maddy Houk

Patterson Irrigator

Del Puerto Health Care District’s board of directors wants to revive the Del Puerto Hospital Foundation, the fundraising arm of the health district, and is seeking volunteers to serve on the foundation board.

The foundation lapsed when the board voted not to give it $40,000 in funding in September 2011 for the 2011-12 year.

As a result, the foundation’s paid secretary, Fran Filice, lost her job, and the foundation-sponsored Club FIITNESS closed at Creekside Middle School. The acronym stands for Fostering Individual Improvement Through Nutrition, Exercise and Student Specialists.

Harold Hill, the vice president of Del Puerto Health Care District and a foundation board member, said during the district’s Sept. 4 meeting that the district is looking for a volunteer to lead the foundation.

In recent years, Del Puerto Hospital Foundation reached out to the community by partnering with service clubs to sponsor health fairs and women’s health screenings. It also raised money for the district and promoted healthy lifestyles among people living on the West Side, regardless of income or insurance status.

Two local business owners, Coleen Sanguinetti and Rick Schiltz, have volunteered to serve on the foundation board, Hill said, and another unnamed community member is considering it.

Anne Stokman, the president of the district board, said she hoped to meet with the foundation directors when the new board is finalized.

“The (district) board wants to revive the foundation and is looking forward to a dual planning session when the foundation gets in place,” Stokman said.

Richard Nakamura, the CEO of the health district, said many foundations have seed money to hire someone to spearhead the foundation, but the local health district cannot afford to pay a secretary as it once did.

He said the new foundation board must have goals and must study the district’s needs for equipment and other before starting its fundraising.

The foundation, which was a strong entity in the 1980s and 1990s, in the past relied solely on donations from Patterson residents.

Nakamura added that knowing where to apply for grant money was also important to supplement local contributions.

“What it gets down to is you have to have the networking in place to understand where the money is — on local, regional, state and national levels,” Nakamura said.

The Del Puerto Health Care District, formed after Del Puerto Hospital closed in 1998, aims to provide health care to residents of the West Side of Stanislaus County. The district collects property tax money in a region that spans from Crows Landing to Vernalis and runs the Del Puerto Health Center and Patterson District Ambulance Co.

For information: Del Puerto Health District, 892-8781.

Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or maddy@pattersonirrigator.com.

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