Bertie Bialek Elliott wanted to do something transformational in the place she calls home. And she has — donating $105.8 million to Montage Health Foundation, the largest gift ever in Monterey County and one of the most significant philanthropic commitments in healthcare nationwide.
“This is an unmet need,” Bertie said. “Young people need help at times. It’s not an illness that kids want to get. But because it shows up in behavior, there is more judgment from others. If you have a big enough family, it’s hard to say you’ve never been touched by a young person who needs help.
Children and young people throughout Monterey County are wrestling with a range of behavioral health issues, from stress and anxiety that make everyday activities challenging to deeper issues that require extended residential or inpatient care. Following are some of their stories, the first written by the mother of two teen girls and the others shared in conversations with Pulse.
Serving young people with mental health issues is a daunting task on multiple levels, both nationwide and in Monterey County. In recent conversations with Pulse magazine, nine professionals who are working with local youth talked about the issues children and young people face, what’s being done, what isn’t, and what could be, given resources and relationships.
In the last year, more than 250 young people, ages 17 and under, went or were taken to Community Hospital’s Emergency department (ED) with a mental health crisis.
Bertie Bialek Elliott | $110.6 million
In support, most recently, of a transformative behavioral health initiative for children and young people, plus earlier support of Community Hospital projects including the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, Comprehensive Cancer Center
S.F.B. Morse | 22 acres
Morse’s Del Monte Properties Co. donated the land on which Community Hospital sits, a gift whose immense value is difficult to quantify
Hospice Giving Foundation | $15 million
Supporting the care of hospice patients and their families through Community Hospital’s Hospice of the Central Coast
Auxiliary | $8.1 million
The oldest volunteer group within Montage Health, the Auxiliary raises funds through the hospital gift shop and café and has donated them to support initiatives including the mobile clinic for the homeless, senior care, and the Family Birth Center
Bechtel Foundation | $8 million
Supporting recruitment of doctors and establishment of Montage Medical Group, to reduce the shortage of physicians and increase access to care
Rita and Louis Echenique | $5.6 million
To support nursing programs and education
William and Susanne Tyler | $5 million
To create Tyler Heart Institute, pulling together a broad range of cardiac services and supporting the launch of open-heart surgery
Maurine Church Coburn | $4.4 million
To support the unique healing atmosphere of Community Hospital through art, music, water features, and landscaping, as well as charity care and to co-found and fund the Maurine Church Coburn School of Nursing at Monterey Peninsula College.
Andrew Buchanan McCreery Fund | $3.6 million
In support of innovative programs
AT&T Pro-Am/Monterey Peninsula Foundation | $2.5 million
To support numerous programs and services, including Montage Health’s mobile clinic for the homeless and Community Hospital’s Kids Eat Right
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Jane Durant-Jones, Auxiliary President
John Ellison, MD
Michael D. Lyon
John Mahoney, Chair
Steven Packer, MD
Jane Panattoni, Secretary
Greg Spowart, MD
Patrick Welton, MD, Chair
Steve X. Cabrales, MD, Vice President, Medical Affairs
Kevin Causey, Vice President/Chief Development Officer
Anthony Chavis, MD, Enterprise, Chief Medical Officer
Scott Kelly, Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
Aspire Health Plan
Liz Lorenzi, Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
Community Health Innovations
Terril Lowe, RN, Chief Nursing Officer
Matthew Morgan, Vice President/Finance
Tim Nylen, Vice President
Steven Packer, MD, President/Chief Executive Officer
Cynthia L. Peck, Vice President
Laura Zehm, Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer