Healthy is … the Sequoia Hospital Community Grants Award Breakfast. During the Feb. 1 breakfast, attendees celebrated the distribution of $110,000 in community grants to five San Mateo County agencies that collaborate to administer the Sequoia Hospital Homecoming Program. This multifaceted program is designed to bridge the gap between an older patient’s discharge from the hospital and a strong recovery by offering each individual the tools to proactively manage their care at home. Members of Sequoia Hospital staff and the Community Advisory Council honored grant recipients from Peninsula Family Service, Inc.; Peninsula Volunteers, Inc; Samaritan House; Peninsula Jewish Community Center; and Jewish Family and Children’s Services. Services provided by the five agencies include bilingual transitional care health coaching, medication management, home delivered meals, home care services and transportation for medical appointments. Sequoia is honored to support these worthy organizations.
This is the fourth year of Meals on Wheels’ participation, providing pivotal support of a daily nutritious meal and a home wellness check to Sequoia Hospital patients discharged after surgery or treatment for serious illness.
Ordinarily, 22% of cardiac and pneumonia patients discharged would be readmitted within 3 months, yet the effectiveness of this collaborative “prevention” project has typically reduced that to less than 10% readmission for similar conditions. Everyone benefits: the patient, the patient’s family or caregivers, the hospital, the community, and the entire health care financing and treatment system.
“We are thrilled to be part of this groundbreaking program,” said Marilyn Baker-Venturini, Director of Peninsula Volunteers Meals on Wheels program. “Food is the most basic health care of all. National studies are now proving that home-delivered meal programs save the health care system significant money; the SHHP program is demonstrating that locally to everyone’s delight!”
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