Preventing the interruption of medical healthcare services to homeless in Santa Clara County.
SAN JOSE, CA – Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEOs rallied to replace Gardner’s medical mobile unit loss to arson. The unit and its medical staff provides homeless individuals with much needed medical care.
On February 4, 2018 Gardner’s medical mobile unit that annually serves the acute medical needs of 2,755 of the 7,400 homeless people in Santa Clara County was destroyed by fire. Upon learning the insurance settlement for the 13-year old fully equipped medical mobile unit would only cover $100,000 of the $247,940 needed to purchase the replacement unit, Gardner Health Services sought the advice of Silicon Valley Leadership Group President and CEO, Carl Guardino.
Within 10 days, the Leadership Group raised $148,000 to fully cover the remaining costs of a new medical mobile unit. “Each and every life of a homeless person in our community matters,” said Silicon Valley Leadership Group President and CEO Carl Guardino. “What impresses me the most about Gardner’s Medical Mobile Unit is the scale of its impact – serving 4,000 of the 7,300 homeless people in Santa Clara County. Those 4,000 neighbors who reside on our streets and creeks are as worthy as the rest of us to have access to acute medical care.”
“Our Valley is fortunate to have executives who care and invest in lifting up our community,” Guardino continued. “I’m humbled by Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEOs who came together without hesitation to fund a vital program such as the Mobile Health Care Unit serving acute medical needs of nearly 40 percent of the homeless population in our entire county.”
Commitments to the effort came from Netgear, Nanometrics, IDT, Western Digital, Aart de Geus of Synopsys, Bank of America, and Symantec Corporation. KLA Tencor Foundation’s Director, Cindy Campbell, quickly pledged $10,000 to carry the fundraising over the $100,000 threshold and, today, Alliance Credit Union made its $10,000 pledge bringing the group to its lofty $148,000 goal. As of today, the group has raised $156,000.
“How fortunate are we to have the CEO membership of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s support?” stated Reymundo Espinoza, CEO of Gardner Health Services. “We are blessed and humbled by the outpour of love to the homeless community.”
The CEO and residents of the following organizations and individuals also rallied around this effort with financial contributions: LAM Research, Santa Clara University, eSilicon, Ken Goldman, Akraya, Empire Broadcasting Corp., FUJIFILM Dimatrix, Webcor Builders, Josh Becker of Lex Machina, Stellar Solutions, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, ServiceNow, BD Bioscience, TIBCO Software, Heritage Bank, Intuitive Surgical and Chris Metzer with his employees at Mott MacDonald.
Gardner’s CFO, Efrain Coria, was affirmed that he can’t thank everyone enough for their leadership and support.
About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group
The Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents nearly 360 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley, including education, energy, environment, health, housing, tax policies, tech and innovation and transportation. Leadership Group members collectively provide nearly one of every three private sector jobs in Silicon Valley and contribute more than $3 trillion to the worldwide economy. For more information, visit svlg.org.
About Gardner Health Services
For fifty years, Gardner Health Services has provided exceptional health care to people of all ages, backgrounds, and life circumstances. Gardner was established by Stanford medical students with help from the Stanford Medical School and the United States Office of Economic Opportunity to care for the low-income, largely migrant labor population in Santa Clara County. Since that time Gardner has expanded in response to community needs, now providing medical, dental, vision, counseling, substance abuse, and Health Care for the Homeless (HCH)-the only nonprofit FQHC in the county so funded, services to 54,742 Santa Clara County residents annually. For more information visit GardnerFamilyHealth.org
Gardner Health Services is an affiliation two 501(C)(3) organizations:
• Gardner Family Health Network, Inc. –Tax Identification Number 94-1743078
• Gardner Family Care Corporation, Inc –Tax Identification Number 23-7153068