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Innovation in Action through the Foundation

Last Updated Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:51:06 PM

The El Camino Hospital Foundation: Inspiring a Generous Community

Like leading hospitals everywhere, we thrive on a culture of philanthropy. The Foundation has been an integral part of the hospital for more than 25 years, and it's hard to think of a more effective way to invest in the health of the community. The Foundation has forged powerful bonds with our donors, and these partnerships have allowed us to expand our facilities, acquire or update equipment, create and fund new programs and services, and provide free health services to the economically disadvantaged. The Foundation is one of the top community hospital fundraising organizations in the Silicon Valley. The current campaign is focusing on philanthropic support for the hospital's centers of excellence, including the Cancer Center, Heart & Vascular Institute, Genomic Medicine Institute, Fogarty Institute for Innovation, Women's Hospital, and community benefit programs, among others.

Edward and Pamela Taft: A Couple of Extraordinary Donors

Edward and Pamela Taft

Pamela and Edward Taft's unfailing generosity to our hospital has been timely, targeted, and truly exceptional. Through their financial contributions, the Los Altos Hills couple has helped us build a better hospital and raise the level of care for the entire community. Their $4 million grant for the newly formed Taft Center for Clinical Research is the largest in the history of the hospital. The Tafts' vision for the new Center is to create a community hospital-based clinical research program at the Fogarty Institute for Innovation, on the El Camino Hospital Mountain View campus. This program will provide the resources and infrastructure to support research at the Fogarty Institute. Clinical research conducted through the Taft Center will focus on two of our core areas of expertise: cancer and heart disease. The Taft Center will give our physicians and patients access to treatments based on the latest findings in clinical research and patient studies.

The Taft Center is just the latest in a series of enhancements the Tafts have funded at El Camino Hospital. Other examples of their generous philanthropy include:

  • Funding an entire electronic medical records system for the RotaCare Clinic, a volunteer-driven clinic on the El Camino Hospital campus that provides uninsured patients with 15,000 free medical services annually
  • Serving as lead donors to the $25 million "Imagine" campaign to raise funds for innovative programs and services
  • Funding the expansion of El Camino Hospital's Palliative Care Program
  • Serving as lead donors to the surgical robot campaign
  • Challenging other donors at the 2011 Sapphire Soiree fundraiser for the Cancer Center by starting off the contributions with a $250,000 matching grant

Beyond the Tafts' involvement with the El Camino Hospital Foundation, they support a variety of nonprofits and institutions both here and in their hometown of Boston. 

Vikram and Rashmi Sinha: Forward-Thinking Philanthropists

Vikram Sahai and Rashmi Sinha

As high-profile players in the world of information technology, Vikram Sahai and Rashmi Sinha thrive on innovation. Not surprisingly, when a friend told the couple about El Camino Hospital's South Asian Heart Center, they were immediately struck with how new--and needful--the concept was. Here was a hospital that was willing to "push the envelope" to deliver better care. Vikram and Rashmi soon became generous donors to the SAHC--and that was just the beginning of their five-year involvement with El Camino Hospital.

Vikram now serves on the El Camino Foundation Board, while Rashmi was instrumental in planning and organizing the 2011 Sapphire Soiree. Both appreciate the Foundation's long-term perspective on community health and its commitment to leading-edge technology. Through their work with the board, the couple got to meet some of the physicians at the Cancer Center and were impressed by their level of expertise and commitment. This motivated Vikram and Rashmi to make large donations to the cancer program. The couple believes innovation has a direct, positive impact on the quality of care, and on patient outcomes. The motivation behind their generosity is simple: They live and work in this community and they want to be instrumental in providing the finest possible care for their family, friends, and neighbors.

Finding the Foundation's footprints

The Foundation has left its mark on virtually every program and service at El Camino Hospital.

Cancer Care

  • Equipment purchase
  • Research and clinical trials
  • Palliative Care Program
  • "Comfort care packs" for patients
  • A new patient navigator service for the Cancer Center

Heart and Vascular Care

  • Fellowship training program
  • Carotid Artery Stent Registry for clinical trials
  • South Asian Heart Center (SAHC)

Technology and Innovation

Community Benefit Programs

  • Healing Arts Program
  • Health Library &Resource Center
  • Rotacare Clinic & Immunization Program


  • Scholarships to San Jose State University students
  • Grant to develop an evidence-based practice (EBP) to improve patient safety and experience, and maintain our Magnet status in nursing
  • 100,000 lives campaign, a national hospital initiative to address leading sources of mortality and complications