Fulfilling the Promise: The Scrivner Challenge
At a press conference on April 20, Los Altos Hills residents Mary and Doug Scrivner announced a $1 million gift to start an endowment for ASPIRE, El Camino Hospital’s adolescent mental health program. They are challenging the community to help fully fund it. “We are making an investment in the future of our community,” said Doug, as he invited community members to participate and noted the challenge would double the impact of their gifts.
"El Camino Hospital has a spirit, an energy, a magic that creates a culture where people can be bigger than themselves," said Mary, as she explained their decision to become involved. "That is what ASPIRE means for us today. We recognize that mental wellness and suicide issues for adolescents in our community are clear and alarming. We can make a difference through education, which is what ASPIRE is all about. "
Dr. Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos School District, which broke ground by giving academic credit to students who complete ASPIRE, told the assembled audience that mental health services are the number one need in his school district. He spoke of students who are in danger of harming themselves or others, at risk for drug abuse, school refusal, and serious anxiety and depression, at a time that county mental health services have been cut more than fifty percent. "We love the ASPIRE program. It is great for our kids" he said. "We thank the donors and the hospital for this partnership. It makes a big difference."
The ASPIRE endowment will provide funding to expand the program and alleviate waiting lists, develop tailored curriculums for middle school and college students, and meet emerging needs that cannot be anticipated today.
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Fulfilling the Promise
At a press conference on November 7, the Foundation kicked off Fulfilling the Promise, the fundraising initiative for mental health services at El Camino Hospital. It was an opportunity to introduce the hospital's plans for expanding its mental health program to meet a serious and growing demand for care, even as other health providers are reducing services. This includes developing plans for a new, flexibly configured inpatient facility that can be adapted to meet changing needs and the expansion of outpatient programs, particularly for women, youth and seniors.
Donna and John Shoemaker, who are steering this effort as chairs of the Foundation's Philanthropy Council for Mental Health and who recently made their own $1 million gift, explained their reasons for taking the lead and encouraged others to join them. The press conference also provided an opportunity to highlight El Camino Hospital's patient and family-centered approach to mental health care, including its commitment to ensure appropriate discharge and follow-up planning, as well as its efforts to partner with other community providers as we work on a coordinated approach to addressing our region's mental health care needs. Click on an image to see a larger version.
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Sapphire Soirée - 2014 Gala
On Saturday, May 31, 2014, 470 guests gathered at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton For El Camino Hospital’s fourth annual Sapphire Soirée. The gala benefit raised nearly $600,000 for the Cancer Center at El Camino Hospital, which will be used to establish a comprehensive survivorship program. Read more about the this year's Sapphire Soirée. Click on an image to see a larger version.
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Norma's Literary Luncheon
El Camino Hospital Foundation hosted the second annual Norma’s Literary Luncheon on February 6, 2014, a benefit for the Women's Hospital and a memorial tribute to Norma Melchor, who was a steadfast and generous supporter of El Camino Hospital for more than 50 years. Ruth Reichl, bestselling author, restaurant critic and judge on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, was the featured speaker.
Judie Wolken was the luncheon chair and Betsy Dawes was co-chair. Jack Melchor, who underwrote the event and his family were among the 163 guests who attended.
Proceeds from the afternoon will be used to purchase fetal monitoring equipment for antepartum moms, special monitoring equipment for Jacuzzi births, and to bolster lactation services.
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Left to right, front row: Liz Melchor, Jack Melchor, Lindsey Melchor
Left to right, back row: Alice Melchor, Laura Melchor, Betsy Dawes, Judie Wolken, Ruth Reichl, Kay Melchor, Lane Melchor
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