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Jan 21, 2010 3:16 PM by Carina Corral

Two local hospitals grant 100k to local non-profits

Two, local Catholic Healthcare West hospitals on the Central Coast grant a total of $100,000 to non-profit organizations.

Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria has awarded more than $76,000 to six non-profits.

The recipients of the 2009 Catholic Healthcare West grants from Marian Medical Center are:

*Alliance for Pharmaceutical Access APA, Inc. received $15,000 for its program which provides access to prescription medications to low-income and qualifying individuals through an online patient assistance program.

*Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens received $5,000 for its program which provides homemaking and personal care services for frail, at-risk elderly persons.

*The Foundation of the Santa Barbara Regional Health Authority, also known as Doorway to Health, received $11,722 for its program which is designed to improve the accessibility of health services to low-income, uninsured children.

*Good Samaritan Shelter, Inc. received $20,000 for its program which offers emergency and transitional support to the homeless and to those in drug and alcohol recovery.

*Santa Maria Valley "Fish" Meals on Wheels received $15,000 for its program which provides home delivery of medically prescribed meals to low income clients in the Santa Maria area. The Santa Maria Valley "Fish" Meals on Wheels program is the local community's only in-home meal service that serves special diet meals to people with medical needs.

*Santa Maria Valley YMCA received $10,000 for its program which provides interactive health education and physical activity to local children and their families.

The four, local non-profit organizations that were the recipients of $24,000 in Community Grants from the Arroyo Grande Community Hospital are:

*Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County received $5,500 for its "Healthy Food Makes People Healthy" project that helps meet the needs of children at risk of poor nutrition while not at school and the Harvest Bag Program of weekly distributions of nutritious food to low-income individuals and families.

*Arroyo Grande High School received $9,000 for its "Healthy Start for Teens" project which focuses on teaching teenagers of Arroyo Grande High School healthy eating habits, diet, nutrition, and appropriate exercises to help them lose weight in the healthiest ways.

*Five Cities Meals on Wheels received $4,000 for its program that prepares and distributes meals to those who are either completely or partially homebound.

*Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County (CAPSLO), Inc. received $5,500 for its project that provides low-income seniors, ages 50 and older, with competent, convenient and free preventive and maintenance health screenings, education and referrals regarding aging and chronic disease issues.

"Our annual Community Grants program is a great opportunity to demonstrate the commitment our hospitals and Catholic Healthcare West are making to improve the health and welfare of the people we serve," said Rick Castro, AGCH President.

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