Pandemic’s Financial Impact Limits Charitable Giving

Jim Andersen presents Adopt a School check at Padan Elementary to Cicely Rodda, and Lourdes Cardenas Jim Andersen presents Adopt a School check at Padan Elementary to Melissa Manry, Cicely Rodda, and Kenneth Alminar-Salas

The deleterious impact of the second year of the pandemic delivered a blow to NorthBay Healthcare’s ability to support many of the community organizations whose missions dovetail with the health system’s goals of raising the overall public health.

Likewise, many local nonprofit groups and organizations severely curtailed their activities because of the prevalence of two COVID-19 variants – Delta and Omicron – which swept through the community. The threat of further transmission of the virus led many nonprofits to suspend or close programs in 2021.

Nonetheless, NorthBay Healthcare was able to support these programs:

Economic Development – The health system retained its membership and financial support of the regional Solano Economic Development Corp., as well as the chambers of commerce of American Canyon, Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield-Suisun, Rio Vista, Vacaville, Winters and the Hispanic community, providing $50,554 in support for economic development.

Salvation Army Kroc Center – A $2,000 donation assisted the organization with its efforts to provide families with recreation, health education and food distribution.

OLE Health - In 2021, OLE Health continued to operate a community health center for primary care on the campus of NorthBay Medical Center. Utilization of the center nearly doubled year over year with 10,776 patient visits recorded, compared to 5,530 visits in 2020. Late in the year, NorthBay made additional space available to OLE Health to increase its ability to reach more patients in need of preventive and primary care services. The value of clinic space provided by NorthBay in calendar year 2021 was $70,587, and does not include clinical consultations and collaboration with our medical staff.

Hospice & Bereavement - NorthBay’s Medicare-certified hospice and bereavement services were offered to anyone, regardless of insurance or ability to pay, whether in the home, hospital, nursing home or board-and-care facility. The multidisciplinary staff includes a medical director, specially trained nurses, home health aides, social workers, chaplains, volunteers and a bereavement coordinator. In 2021, the volume of hospice patients in the program grew by 16.6 percent. In addition, the program sustained its 93 percent satisfaction rating among families served.

Reach Out and Read – This literacy program, under the auspices of the Solano County Library Foundation, gives free books to children ages 0 to 5 when a family makes a pediatric visit to a physician in NorthBay Center for Primary Care. In 2021, NorthBay provided $16,000 to the Library Foundation to purchase and distribute books for children.

Civic Organization – While many local service clubs suspended fundraising and other activities during the pandemic, two continued and received support from NorthBay Healthcare. Rotary Clubs received $2,640 in charitable donations in 2021, while local Soroptimist International clubs received $1,410 in support from NorthBay Healthcare.

Touro University Diversity Scholarships – In 2021, NorthBay Healthcare contributed $2,500 to the Touro University California Mosaic Project to recruit and train more medical and nursing students of color.