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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: General Hospitals, Health, Hospitals

Mission: ... to promote and champion the health and well-being of all residents of our community, regardless of ability to pay, primarily through supporting excellence and innovation in the county’s hospital and clinic system.

Results: In the 20 years of our existence, we have raised over $15 million to benefit the health of the residents of San Mateo County.

Target demographics: The projects and programs we fund impact the entire San Mateo County community. San Mateo County Health Foundation is forging solutions to the Healthcare Crisis. Through our partnership with San Mateo Medical Center, we aim to meet the Board of Supervisor’s 2005 vision of health and safety for all and access to care for all residents.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We partner with San Mateo Medical Center, which serves over 80,000 individuals per year

Geographic areas served: San Mateo County

Programs: Our current funding priorities include: A) Ron Robinson Senior Care Center, a unique, multi-disciplinary senior outpatient clinic, which provides comprehensive services (from podiatry to psychiatry) in one location for our community's expanding aging population. We recently funded a $1.5 million renovation/expansion of the Clinic to meet the growing needs. B) The Keller Center for Family Violence Intervention, a nationally recognized clinic that provides compassionate, comprehensive care for victims of child physical and sexual abuse and neglect, adult sexual abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse. C) Bundle of Joy program, which serves newly pregnant mothers, by providing easy to follow information about how to optimize pregnancy and childbirth through information in both English and Spanish and which also provides community-handmade blankets and other items for newborns. D) Critical Needs of the San Mateo Medical Center, including equipment needs and innovation. We have funded the newly installed $1million CT scan and have provided funds for implementation of Electronic Medical Records and Electronic Prescribing, increasing clinic efficiency and patient safety, Healthcare Interpreters Network, providing culturally competent verbal and non verbal translation to our rich and diverse population, as well as women's and children's programs.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

We are a small group of concerned citizens of San Mateo County who work together to improve health care delivery and access to all regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. We raise funds for diverse programs and equipment, such as The Keller Center for victims of domestic violence, The Ron Robinson Center for Geriatric care and The Bundle of Joy program which gives greatly needed medical advice, clothes and blankets for newborn babies and their mothers. Our most recent undertaking is to raise funds for a digital mammogram machine to improve the technology needed to diagnose breast cancer at its earliest and most curable stage, saving both lives and further health care costs.

Previous Stories
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Board Member

Rating: 5

Our foundation is small but mighty! We are a diverse group united in our purpose of raising awareness of the great work done by the County Hospital (SMMC) and clinics and of raising funds for the wonderful programs which provide outstanding care to all those who need it, regardless of income level or insurance status. Come and join us! Add more purpose to your life and find incredible joy. Dr.Grace Hassid, Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

At first glance I thought of the SMC Health Foundation to be a mere volunteer opportunity that I was fortunate to find at a dire time in my high school career, now I see it as a wonderful center with people who truly want to help. The staff were all very generous and acted like they wanted to help. I have volunteered for various public organizations due to school requirements and a senior center for 2 years and I have confidence to say that SMC Health Foundation knows how to establish a proper relationship with a volunteer. In past volunteer services I had been manipulated into a pseudo job position at the organization in the guise of a volunteer service, and was chided into giving up various, important obligations through guilt because the organization would rely on me too heavily. In the end I ended with a very hectic and unhealthy lifestyle in a tug of war between school and volunteer work. However, SMC Health Foundation supervisors are friendly, flexible with time, and responsible. If I miss a month of service or have to quit suddenly, it does not hinder their work process one bit and they will never waste your time, keep you busy, and give you a break if you ask for one. I was truly blessed to find this organization and after spending every weekday with them after school I can tell that the people who work there are one of the nicest, and most dedicated people you will meet in this business.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Working with the Foundation to document and promote the reopening of the Ron Robinson Senior Care Center at San Mateo Medical Center was a pleasure. The foundation staff are knowledgeable, professional, cooperative, open to suggestions - in all, a delight to work with. The dedication to the work of the foundation was immediately apparent. We hope this event was the beginning of a long relationship

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The SMCHF porvided the funds for the just completed remodel of the Ron Robinson Senior Care Center at San Mateo Medical Center. That remodel has provided the facilities to hire additional providers and serve additional clients. As a client myself, the improvements have eased the regristration process, enabled more timely services, expanded the services provided, and made whole experince more satisfying. SMCHF continues to provide the precious, much needed funding to imporve facilities and strengthen medical services here in San Mateo County, for which we should all be grateful

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was asked by a dear friend to join this team as the need for health care and other services for the uninsured continued to rise in our San Mateo county. We have held several small events in the community from a Bunco party to A Spin for Life. We invite all to take a tour and get involved. A healthy community benefits us all!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After fifty years with a private hospital (non-profit) hospital as patients, donors and fund raisers, we learned that the San Mateo Medical Center is available for alll emergencies when other hospitals are not. For five years now we have used the County Medial Center's service center and emergency room. The San Mateo Medical Center is a vital part of the medical services available to help the residents of the nearlly one million people in our Countly.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to do photography for the wonderful events produced by Patricia O'Brien, Executive Director, honoring the doctors there. The experience was rewarding, and I was so happy to contribute to the good San Mateo County Health foundation is doing for the community.