Philanthropy in Action

Health-changing gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations help us advance medicine and improve patients’ lives. See the power of generosity in action.

“The first money I ever earned when I was a teenager, I remember my mom saying to me, ‘Who are you going to make a donation to?’”
— Sarah Krevans, President and CEO

Sophie’s Place Provides a Musical Sanctuary for Children and Parents

In the pediatric ward at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento, there’s a room filled with lively laughter, singing and music: Sophie’s Place, a dedicated space for music therapy. In April 2016, we worked with football legend Steve Young and his Forever Young Foundation to open the second Sophie’s Place in the nation. The space includes a common area for groups, a high-tech recording room where children can write and record their own music, and a storage space for donated instruments.

Drink the Pink: Brewer Supports Breast Cancer Services

How do pink beers, pink T-shirts and pink guitars help a local business support a local cause? These are just a few of the items Russian River Brewing Company co-owner Natalie Cilurzo has sold and auctioned off to support Sutter breast cancer services in Santa Rosa. During the past decade, Natalie, her husband, Vinnie, and their staff have raised and donated more than $620,000 to support breast cancer care and services provided by Sutter Health.

Community Leaders, Donors Celebrate Roseville’s State-of-the Art Cancer Center

Roseville mayor Carol Garcia, Sutter leaders, 250 community members and generous donors celebrated the opening of the new three-story Sutter Roseville Cancer Center in October. Kicked off with a $1 million philanthropic gift by Sutter Roseville patients Calvin and Gail Smith, $2 million in philanthropy was raised. Housing multiple cancer services under one roof, the center makes it easier for patients and their families to receive the vital care they need: a new Infusion Center, a surgery center, medical and oncology clinics and transportation between the center and main campus thanks to a donation by John L. Sullivan Chevrolet.

Better Health East Bay Receives $4 Million
for Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center

Better Health East Bay received a $4 million gift in October for the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland. The gift, dedicated to expanding breast health services across the East Bay, will serve as a catalyst to expand access to advanced screening technology and extensive patient navigation support systems at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Sutter Delta Medical Center, and Eden Medical Center. To raise even more funds for the cause, Better Health East Bay has partnered with Susan G. Komen Foundation and Black Women’s Health Imperative in a fund run by Community Health Charities.

Philanthropy Highlights

Grants Fund Oncology Research
In early 2016, the Williams Family Trust left a $7.3 million gift for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation for research. The gift was instrumental in enabling a separate seven figure gift from Mills-Peninsula donor, Angela Wang Johnson, who pledged $1.5 million to fund gynecologic oncology research led by Dr. John Chan. The new Sutter Health Research Program in Gynecologic Oncology will build on Dr. Chan’s status as a national leader in the field by supporting innovative research on the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancers of the reproductive organs.
Pinning Honors for Veterans

Sutter Care At Home collaborates with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and Department of Veterans Affairs in We Honor Veterans, an innovative program to improve care available to U.S. veterans nearing end of life, and their caregivers. All eight of Sutter Care at Home’s hospice locations are actively involved in this program, and philanthropic donors fund all of this compassionate work. As a way to recognize our veteran hospice patients for their service, Sutter Care at Home offers pinning ceremonies to veteran patients and their families. Pinning ceremonies recognize and pay tribute to our veterans and encourage them to share their personal experiences and stories.

Technology-Powered Healing

Dick Elkus, a Palo Alto Medical Foundation Community Board member, gave a $5,000 gift to support the Mills-Peninsula rehabilitation program. The gift was designated to purchase 10 iPads for the pediatric rehabilitation program, under the leadership of
Dr. Lefkos Aftonomos. The iPads are being used by speech therapists and occupational therapists for a practice called Alternative Augmentative Communication. Stroke patients as well as children with learning and developmental disabilities can benefit.