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Cox Communications donates 8,400 meals to O.C.'s underserved

And, a Santa Ana couple gives $500,000 to the St. Joseph Hospital Care for the Poor Endowment.

By Caitlin AdamsPublished: January 03, 2011 02:20 PM

Cox Communications of Orange County is among a number of local companies that spread holiday cheer through corporate philanthropy programs. The cable provider's employees donated more than 8,400 meals to underserved residents. The food was distributed through a partnership with the Orange County Rescue Mission.

“Given the sharp increase in families going without basic necessities, Cox donated meals to bring hope to the homeless and hungry in our community,” said Theresa Yeoh, a spokeswoman for Cox Communications of Orange County. “With nearly half a million people going hungry every month in Orange County, we wanted to do our small part to start to make a difference.”

Further holiday cheer came in the form of a private donation to the St. Joseph Hospital Care for the Poor endowment. Bill and Pat Podlich of Santa Ana granted $500,000 to support the medical center's La Amistad de Jose Family Health Center and the Puente a La Salud Mobile Community Clinics. These programs focus their services on the medically underserved communities in Orange County and provide care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay for services.

The Podliches, who are members of the Care for the Poor Committee, which works closely with the hospital to provide services to the most vulnerable members of the community, said the decision to support the endowment was a natural one.

“The Care for the Poor Committee has struggled with how to allocate available income to best serve the community. There are always more worthwhile requests than there are funds to address the needs – so my husband and I wanted to step in and help,” said Pat Podlich. “We are very involved with a variety of philanthropic endeavors and passionate about health care.”

Besides basic medical services, the La Amistad de Jose Family Health Center also provides help to the community in the form of public insurance enrollment assistance, comprehensive acute and chronic care for persons of all ages, physicals, immunizations and diagnostic tests, including laboratory and x-ray, medications and diabetic supplies, women’s health services, registered nurse case management for patients with chronic conditions, health promotion and education classes in English and Spanish, and comprehensive basic and restorative dental services for adults and children.

“The future of health care is very uncertain, but the permanent endowment gives us a sense of security and will allow physicians and our clinic staff to continue serving the medically underserved,” said Dr. Julia Motherway, a physician at the La Amistad de Jose Family Health Center and member of the Care for the Poor Committee. “The Podlich family saw a great need in the community, and their gift means we will continue our efforts for many years to come.”

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