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2014 Gardner Gala

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Reymundo Espinoza, CEO

In honor of the new Gardner Packard Children’s Health Center, we are holding a Gala on Saturday, October 25, 2014 called the “Year of the Child.”   The event is in recognition of the children we have the privilege to serve, many whom are immigrants and come with their families to the United States seeking a better life and futures filled with promise. Through our community partnerships and proceeds raised through this event, we will be able to continue to provide critical care to children who do not qualify for government or other health care coverage.  These children are our future and we must ensure their path to adulthood is a healthy one.

The Gala promises to be a spectacular event and is being held at the brand new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Guests will be treated to an inside view of the new home of the San Francisco 49ers, with panoramic views of the football field and second deck seats from the ballroom. The festive evening will have a health care theme and will include dinner, fine wines, performance poetry, and dancing to local favorite Tortilla Soup. 

I’m very excited that as part of the event, Gardner will be honoring Santa Clara County and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital for their deep commitment to improving the health and vitality of our community.  Both organizations have been steadfast partners of Gardner and have been critical to fulfilling our mission. Supervisor Cindy Chavez will accept the award on behalf of Santa Clara County and Christopher Dawes will be accepting on behalf of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Together, we have built a strong system of care for the poor, vulnerable, and disenfranchised in our community and it will be an honor to recognize their tremendous contributions during this special evening.

I am also pleased by the support we’ve received from our event sponsors. Their sponsorship has allowed us to underwrite the entire cost of the event and ensures that 100% of proceeds will go towards providing access to health care for our clients. Our sponsors include Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Blach Construction, Santa Clara Family Health Plan, and the Health Trust, and many more. The full list of sponsors is too long to mention here, but can be found on our website at: http://www.gardnerfamilyhealth.org/our-sponsors.

We hope you will join us for this not-to-be missed event.  Tickets are selling fast, but are still available at: www.gardnerfamilyhealth.org/buy-tickets.  The Gala promises to be a great gathering of friends and a celebration of our shared passion for providing high quality health care to those in need.  I look forward to seeing you there!

http://www.gardnerfamilyhealth.org/2014event

Gardner in the San Jose Mercury News

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Reymundo Espinoza, CEO

Published by the San Jose Mercury News on June 23, 2014.

Health care challenge: Medi-Cal insurance doesn't guarantee access

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Expanding Medi-Cal is one of the important ways the ACA increases access to health insurance, but providing insurance does not ensure health care will be available. It's important to understand the facts related to access to health care in our state.

Thankfully, California is one of the states that committed to expanding government coverage for the poor and uninsured. At this time, the number of Californians served by Medi-Cal is increasing and approaching one-third of our population, or 10 million. Unfortunately, reimbursement rates for providers who serve the poor are declining drastically.

For this and other reasons, the number of primary care and family practice physicians who accept Medi-Cal is decreasing. Private and community hospitals are also consolidating or closing, reducing the supply of Medi-Cal beds. Emergency rooms in the remaining facilities are filled, frequently with nonemergencies. All of this underscores the fact that providing insurance does not guarantee access to health care.

We have the perfect economic storm of increased demand and reduced supply. In normal environments, this would lead to higher prices. However, that option clearly does not exist as the primary payer, the government, is not prepared to pay more.

It's also important to note an estimated 13 to 15 percent of Santa Clara County residents, or approximately 220,000 people, will not qualify for government or other insurance, including Covered California plans.

Community health centers are an essential part of this impending crisis. They have always made serving underserved communities their primary focus.

Centers in Santa Clara County provided approximately 450,000 patient visits to 166,000 patients in 2012. The vast majority of those patients were covered by Medi-Cal.

Gardner Family Health Network and other centers don't turn down patients who use Medi-Cal or lack coverage. Rather, we welcome all regardless of income, immigration status, or ability to pay. We are, however, limited by capacity.

In Santa Clara County, we must increase awareness of the essential role of community health centers and improve our ability to meet the growing demand for services.

To expand and improve service delivery, we intend to strengthen our partnership with Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System to coordinate and implement a system of care for our most vulnerable. This includes sharing data and helping to develop a patient-centered "medical home" concept, which is designed to coordinate a patient's care among multiple providers.

 We will also collaborate with government and community partners to expand access and improve quality of care for medically underserved communities. These include immigrants, the working poor and the large homeless population of Santa Clara County.

We also will continue efforts to educate decision-makers, community-based organizations, and the general public about the impact of the ACA.

Community health centers such as Gardner are working to reach more underserved communities and continuing to improve already high-quality care, while saving taxpayer dollars. They are a proven solution for a nation searching for better returns from the health care delivery system.

As such, they deserve greater recognition and community support.

Reymundo C. Espinoza has been CEO of Gardner Health Services for 24 years.

DECLARACIÓN DE LA MISIÓN

El objetivo de Gardner es mejorar el estado de salud de las comunidades que servimos, en especial, de sus miembros marginales, pobres y más vulnerables. Nuestra misión es brindar atención médica integral de alta calidad, incluyendo servicios de prevención y educación, intervención temprana, tratamiento y servicios de prevencion de manera económica, respetuosa, adaptada a la cultura e idioma del paciente y adecuada para la edad del paciente.

Our Mission

Gardner is dedicated to improving the health status of the communities we serve, especially the disenfranchised, disadvantaged and most vulnerable members. Our mission is to provide high quality, comprehensive health care, including prevention and education, early intervention, treatment and advocacy services which are affordable, respectful, culturally, linguistically and age appropriate.

Gardner is an affiliation of two 501(C)(3) organizations:

  • Gardner Family Health Network, Inc. - Federal Tax Identification Number 94-1743078

  • Gardner Family Care Corporation, Inc - Federal Tax Identification Number 23-7153068

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