Our work. We never take it for granted. Not even for a second… We just can’t.
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is one of the finest county owned and operated hospitals in America, provider of care to 1 in 4 valley residents. It’s home to San Jose’s only top level trauma center, and offers world-class specialty and primary care services that make the long-delayed dream of health care equality a possibility. Only the institutions in charge of providing clean drinking water do more to protect the health of residents of this valley.
But for all its awards and accolades, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and it’s affiliated hospitals, clinics, and community programs* rely deeply on community support to thrive. Cities and Counties across this country have seen their safety net health systems wither and shutter from neglect and forces beyond their control. The result often has life and death consequences for vulnerable populations: children, the elderly, the disabled and those with chronic illnesses. But not here.
In 2018, the County of Santa Clara improved access to highest quality healthcare through the strategic purchase of O’Connor Hospital, St. Louise Regional Hospital, and DePaul Health Center.
In September 2022, the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors approved Santa Clara Valley Healthcare (SCVH) as the new name for the hospitals, clinics, and community programs that are owned and operated by the County. SCVH includes Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, O’Connor Hospital, St. Louise Regional Hospital, Valley Specialty Center, the Valley Homeless Healthcare Program (VHHP), 11 primary care “health centers” and other affiliated outpatient clinics across the County. Serving more than 1 in 4 residents of Santa Clara County, SCVH provides care to all, regardless of insurance status or income level.
SCVH stands for the proposition that no matter how much money you earn, what kind of job you have or what language you speak at home, you will always have access to the healthcare you need. And for decades, they have been acting on that mission. It is a testament to the values and people of this region that here in Silicon Valley, a land of perceived plenty where so many struggle to make ends meet, we fight to take care of our own.
The VMC Foundation is a nonprofit organization initially founded in 1988 as the community fundraising arm for SCVMC, Over the course of many years, our scope has expanded to include SCVH, Behavioral Health, Custody Health, and Public Health, all highest quality services owned and operated by the County of Santa Clara.
The VMC Foundation believes that partnering with the community is the best way to keep our safety net strong. At the VMC Foundation, donors will find that their dollars can go farther and have more impact on the communities and causes they care about most. Here, philanthropy drives innovation and efficiency. We’re helping the safety net become self-sustaining. Please join us.
Whether you are a Fortune 500 company looking to make a strategic investment in your community, or a former patient who wants to give back, we want to hear from you. The VMC Foundation operates programs and funds supported entirely by donors to benefit nearly every part of SCVH, from pediatrics to rehab to trauma services. We can work with you to direct your donation to have the maximum impact.