Sunnyvale Community Services Partnership
Medical supplies and medication support for working poor families, low-income seniors and persons with disabilities: Sunnyvale Community Services is an emergency assistance agency, providing financial aid, food, other in-kind support, such as clothes and household items, and medical and supportive counseling to vulnerable populations in Sunnyvale. Funding from El Camino Hospital will provide medication and medical supplies for 170 families (with 1-10 members). This translates into an additional 2,550 services for needy individuals and families.
Emergency Department Intensive Case Management/Hospital Council of Northern and Central California Partnership
New Directions, part of the non-profit Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, works with patients who are frequent users of hospital emergency departments and are medically underinsured or uninsured. Under the direction of a licensed clinical social worker, case managers assist in removing barriers and providing access to primary and specialty medical care, mental health and substance abuse services, and health insurance. In collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team of local health and human service agencies, they provide assistance in finding permanent housing and accessing financial assistance, employment and training services.
Medical Respite Program/Hospital Council of Northern & Central California Partnership
Post-discharge medical respite care for homeless individuals: In a comprehensive program coordinated by the Hospital Council of Northern & Central California, El Camino Hospital will collaborate with five other hospitals in the county and Valley Healthcare for the Homeless to make shelter beds available on a 24-hour basis to homeless individuals after discharge from the hospital. While there, individuals will be given recovery assistance and access to benefits, permanent housing and a medical home. El Camino Hospital has a seat on an advisory board that provides oversight and direction to the program.
South Asian Heart Center Partnership
Early heart disease detection services for South Asian residents: El Camino Hospital developed and supports the South Asian Heart Center, which works to achieve early detection of cardiovascular disease (CVD) among community members of South Asian descent. This population suffers from CVD at four times the rate of the average American and at a younger age. In FY08, this program served approximately 800 community members.
Alzheimer’s Association Partnership
Support for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients: El Camino Hospital is granting funds to the Alzheimer’s Association to develop a new program called the Care Giver’s University. The series of five educational workshops will be designed for caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related disorders. Offered free to the community, the series will incorporate the most effective components of the Association’s core services and community programs with newer, skill-building strategies that enable caregivers to better manage their stress and provide improved care for their loved one. After the initial series has been presented, it will be translated into Chinese and Spanish.
RoadRunners Transportation Program Partnership
Increased capacity of transportation for under-served, senior and frail community members to medical services through the RoadRunners Program: Access to medical care is dependent on the capacity of individuals to reach the services they need. El Camino Hospital is committed to helping the frail elderly and other under-served and senior residents of our community obtain safe and reliable transportation to necessary medical services. RoadRunners is a community benefit program created by El Camino Hospital.
Immunization services through the El Camino Hospital Immunization Program
Immunization services through the Immunization Program created by El Camino Hospital helps to prevent the spread of infectious disease at local homeless shelters, “soup kitchens,” school health centers in low income neighborhoods, the Mountain View RotaCare Clinic and other locations. More than 7,000 services are provided annually to 3000 patients.
El Camino Hospital’s community wellness lecture series, printed materials in many languages, free health consultations, support groups, health education classes and other activities all support the hospital’s commitment to enhance community health through education. In addition, the hospital provides free and easy access to state-of-the-art medical databases to all community members through its extensive consumer health library. Professional librarians provide assistance with online searches for medical information on the hospital campus, as well as three libraries in the Mountain View, Saratoga and Sunnyvale Senior Centers.
Screenings for detection of disease risk
El Camino Hospital believes in the value of screenings to detect risk factors or disease. Screenings for the general community, as well as at risk populations are an essential component of the hospital’s Community Benefit Plan. When conducting community screenings, El Camino Hospital always provides local and accessible referral sources to screening participants whose results identify them as “at-risk.”