ECRMC receives $450,000 grant to find ways to reduce asthma

May 07, 2002|STAFF REPORT

The California Endowment, a health foundation, awarded $450,000 to El Centro Regional Medical Center to seek ways to reduce asthma locally.

The grant is part of the Woodland Hills-based endowment's $12 million, three-year statewide program to improve the environments where children with asthma live, learn and play.

The program, Community Action to Fight Asthma, is to form or expand a network of local partnerships that bring together concerned parents, community leaders and organizations from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to reduce asthma triggers in indoor and outdoor environments.

"The California Endowment is pleased to support the El Centro Regional Medical Center, and its efforts to mitigate the prevalence and impact of asthma in its community," said Dr. Robert K. Ross, president and chief executive officer of the California Endowment, in a prepared statement.


Virgie Galindo, El Centro Regional chief nursing officer, said the hospital is pleased to be one of the award recipients.

"It is well documented that sustained, effective clinical intervention, combined with awareness and mitigation of environmental triggers of asthma, helps improve the quality of life of children suffering from asthma," she said in a press release.

In the same release, the endowment, citing information from the 2001 California Health Interview Survey, says nearly 3 million Californians suffer from asthma symptoms.

"Approximately 667,000 of those Californians are school-aged children ages 6 to 17," it says.

The California Endowment ( was established in 1996.

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