philanthropy

Dignity Health – Inland Empire hospitals host Thanksgiving dinner to San Bernardino’s underserved

Community Hospital of San Bernardino (CHSB) and St. Bernardine Medical Center (SBMC) provided more than 1,000 free meals in celebration of Thanksgiving. On Monday, November 25, CHSB’s Health Education Center invited the areas underserved to enjoy a warm meal and a visit from the Storm Troopers, free flu shots, and a chance to pick out a jacket or sweater for the winter season. Photo Dignity Health: Back row, left to right: Yoshi Yamamoto, Dignity Health – Community Hospital of San Bernardino (CHSB) security, Dan Murphy, Philanthropy, and Goodluck Ukwuije, CHSB leader. Front row, left to right: Samantha Villagran, 10, Sharlene Villagran, 8, Jozeyah Reyes, 4, and Madison Villagran, 14 of Rancho Cucamonga. Subsequently on Tuesday, November 26, SBMC’s Family Focus Center hosted hundreds more for the Center’s 25th Anniversary Thanksgiving Feast. A DJ, family fun zone, free flu shots, and a visit from Cal State San Bernardino’s Mascot, Cody the Coyote, all provided entertainment for the grateful guests. Linda McDonald, Vice President of Mission Services, Dignity Health Southern California shared, “The families who join us on this day are reminders of our mission to serve…

Volunteer dental event provides nearly $1.5 million in oral health care

The California Dental Association Foundation’s volunteer dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided $1.46 million in charitable dental services to 1,626 people at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino Sept. 27-28. Photo CDA Foundation: Dr. Marc Bernardo providing care to a patient in need. Dr. Bernardo practices in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. During the two-day event, dentists and dental professionals performed 10,412 procedures, including fillings, extractions, cleanings, limited dentures and limited root canals. Additionally, the clinic provided patients with oral health education and resources for future dental care.   “CDA Cares is a rewarding experience for everyone involved, from patients who receive much-needed dental care to volunteers who consider it a privilege to serve,” said CDA President Del Brunner, DDS. “It’s not only the charitable dental services that are provided, but how each patient is treated with dignity and respect that makes each clinic special.” More than 1,400 volunteers donated their time and services at the event, including health professionals — dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental students, nurses and lab technicians — and hundreds of community volunteers who assisted with registration, translation, data…

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