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The State of the County, 2014

One of the less-obvious parts of our work at the VMC Foundation is our collaboration with Santa Clara County’s elected officials. It’s work that I very much enjoy, and I think it makes us a more successful non-profit; when we’re best supporting our public medical center, it’s as we support the leadership of the County […]

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The crucial “Patient Safety Movement”

Wait – patient safety needs to be a “movement”? Isn’t that just what hospitals DO? Sure, yes, but consider that in 1990 studies showed that 90,000 Americans died in hospitals yearly due to medical errors. Twenty-plus years later, we recognize the number is more than TWICE that. I know. Yikes. Errors in hospitals are now […]

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“There’s a lot of baloney in that sandwich…”

What are we accomplishing? How do we know we’re using our donor’s dollars in the best ways? How do we measure our successes? Are we really solving problems?  These are not just good questions for any public benefit corporation (like the VMC Foundation) to ask; they are the questions that Charity Navigator will now be […]

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El Camino Healthcare District awards $1.4 million grant

Continuing a partnership that began in 2008, the El Camino Healthcare District has awarded a $1.4 million grant to the VMC Foundation to fund low-income health services provided to North County residents at the VMC-operated Valley Health Center Sunnyvale. The $1,400,000 grant includes $1,061,000 for integrated primary care services and $339,000 for the dental clinic. The recent expansion of the […]

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It’s time to re-think charity…for the good of us all.

When I first watched Dan Pallotta’s TED talk, I wound up yelling back at my computer screen: “That’s IT! That’s what I’ve been trying to say!” Of course Pallotta, the founder of the AIDS Ride, said it far better than I could. His talk, “The way we think about charity is dead wrong”, lit a […]

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