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Philanthropy

Posted November 09, 2020

CEO Update- Nov. 2020

WRITTEN BY
Rakesh Patel

To Our Valued Donors, Sponsors, and Community Partners,

Individuals, families, and philanthropic organizations have shown their generosity by donating money, food, and supplies to support Neighborhood Healthcare and our most at-risk patients, the uninsured. The outpouring of support is felt by each donation, each message, each piece of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and each smile. And be it one mask or one dollar, you play the most important role in helping us care for our critically ill patients who, without donations, may not have access to Neighborhood’s life-saving care.

This year has proved challenging although with each challenge came an opportunity. For example, to continue providing access to patients during COVID-19, we transitioned our patients to telehealth and video visits, a service that was unavailable pre-pandemic. To transition thousands of patients to a virtual platform took time, but within weeks we saw less no shows, improved patient and employee satisfaction.

More so, we had high risk patients confined to their homes and realized their barriers to care were debilitating. In response, we created the Mobile Services Program, a “doctors office on wheels,” to serve qualifying patients at their home throughout both San Diego and Riverside counties. Despite the unprecedented times, we continued to expand services, providing everything from Pediatrics to Senior Care – none of which is possible without the support of our thoughtful donors, sponsors, and community partners.

In addition, we opened a new site in Temecula dedicated to the teaching of future physicians. In partnership with United Health Services (UHS), we have a Family Residency Program where our physicians will teach medical care, but more importantly, medical care that is culturally sensitive and community based. To work alongside UHS and new residents is a gift for both Neighborhood and our patients.

Most recently, we broke ground in Riverside and we will soon open two new healthcare facilities: Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). We will be expanding our mission and our promise to a new neighborhood because we believe that a community is only as healthy as its residents and because people like you, who courageously support our mission, make it possible.

Regardless of where we are or where we go, we are better together.

Thank you for your unwavering support – we couldn’t do it without you.

Gratefully yours,

Dr. Rakesh Patel

Rakesh Patel
Dr. Rakesh Patel, MD, MBA, FAAFP, CPE
Chief Executive Officer
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