Yocha Dehe Community Fund

Yocha Dehe Community Fund presenting checkThe Woodland Healthcare Foundation launched a $1.5 million campaign - When Every Second Counts - to enhance Yolo County's busiest and most comprehensive emergency department. Marshall McKay, Tribal Chairman of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, kicked off the campaign with a $250,000 check presented to Kevin Vaziri , President of Woodland Healthcare, and Mark Engstrom , a Foundation Board member of the Woodland Healthcare Foundation and Chairman of the Capital Campaign.

"With the growing population in Woodland and surrounding areas, this expansion and modernization is much needed and we were happy to take the first step toward helping them reach their donation goal," said McKay. "Woodland Memorial is our local emergency center so we are especially committed to helping maintain and improve this hospital."

The Woodland Healthcare Emergency Department has nearly 2,000 patient visits a month. Emergency department enhancements include a new "rapid response" triage area, advanced diagnostic and radiological equipment, high tech innovations for patient monitoring, an electronic medical records system, an automated medication dispensing system, an upgraded nursing station, and expanded registration and waiting areas.

"This generous donation from the Yocha Dehe Community Fund is a tremendous start to our campaign and a wonderful commitment to our community," said Vaziri. "We want to improve our role as a valuable resource in Yolo County and we need the help of local residents and businesses to make an investment in the long-term health of our entire community."

With the help of advanced funds, the initial phase of the project has been completed, resulting in a decrease in average patient wait times to less than 30 minutes in the emergency department. The project's second phase has begun, with completion by the summer of 2008. The Emergency Department enhancements are part of a master plan that includes the construction of new medical office buildings in Davis and Woodland, expanding the hospital and introducing new advanced diagnostic imaging services.

About the Yocha Dehe Community Fund

Over the past decade, the Yocha Dehe Community Fund has provided nearly $18 million in financial support to nonprofit organizations and service providers in Sacramento and Yolo Counties, and other organizations supporting the Fund’s goals in education, community health, arts and culture, the environment, community development and social services. The Yocha Dehe Community Fund was one of the first to be established by a Native American tribe in California and is a recognized leader in local charitable giving.

For more information or to donate to the Foundation, please contact the Woodland Healthcare Foundation at (530) 669-5680.