Leading in Giving
West Coast University is committed not only to the education of students, but to the health of the communities where our campuses are located and beyond. For our students, we offer experiences in giving through volunteering their time and their talents providing care in the local community.
But we don't tell our students to give back, we lead by example. The following are just a few examples of community organizations West Coast University has supported financially.
National Health Foundation/Hospital Association of Southern California
The National Health Foundation is dedicated to improving and enhancing the health care of the underserved by developing and supporting innovative programs that can become independently viable, provide systemic solutions to gaps in health care access and delivery, and have the potential to be replicated nationally.
Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) represents hospitals across six counties including Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino, with the goal of helping to improve the quality and accessibility of health services. WCU's contribution to HASC and the National Health Foundation supports recuperative care for homeless patients.
California Institute for Nursing and Healthcare (CINHC)
A statewide non-profit organization, CINHC develops solutions to a nurse shortage by partnering with nurse leaders, educators, providers, payers, policy leaders, and consumers. CINHC funding is entirely through contributions and grants, and works collaboratively with organizations and individuals concerned about ensuring an adequate supply of nurses and developing leaders in the field for the future.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
WCU supports the Ronald McDonald House program, which provides a "home-away-from-home" for families with children who are hospitalized. The program allows parents to be close by when their child is undergoing treatment for serious illness.
Providence Holy Cross Foundation
Known for their high-technology centers, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center provides high quality specialty services to the San Fernando Valley. Providence Holy Cross is a leader in cardiac surgery and recently celebrated 25-years of providing the community with trauma care. Their facilities also include Cancer and Imaging Centers. WCU supports the Foundation which allows the Medical Center to keep pace with life-saving technological advances.
Every year Shriner's hospitals provide the most advanced medical care for thousands of kids with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patient's ability to pay. WCU supports the Shriner's concert series that raises funds to support the care provided to children at Shriner's Hospitals for Children.
Vision of Hope
Vision of Hope provides financial support for inner-city schools in Los Angeles, and is sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. Vision of Hope's mission is to ensure the quality, affordability and vibrant future of the schools, the children and the communities they serve, providing hope and empowerment through a quality education.
Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)
On a daily basis, CHOC Children's Hospital performs life-saving procedures, caring for the children of Orange County with the greatest health care needs. CHOC offers many primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence - The CHOC Children's Heart, Cancer, Neuroscience, and Orthopedic Institutes.
Hoag Hospital Foundation
Through our support of the Hoag Hospital Foundation, WCU supports multiple branches of Hoag Memorial Hospital, from the Neuroscience Institute, to the Intensive Care Unit, Critical Care Unit, Cardiology, and Gastroenterology. Our giving supports innovative program development and clinical research to improve health care in the community.
New Vista School
New Vista School is a grade 6-12+ progressive educational center in Laguna Hills, California. The school provides a safe, structured educational environment serving the needs of students with Asperger Syndrome, high-functioning Autism, and language learning disabilities who may benefit from social and transitional skills development. WCU has sponsored their "Swing for Autism" fund raiser.
St. Bernadine Medical Center Foundation
Widely recognized as a leader in cardiac care, St. Bernadine Medical Center is a not-for-profit health care facility in San Bernardino. The foundation for the Medical Center funds a variety of programs and services to help the medical center provide compassionate, high-quality and affordable health care.
Steven's Hope for Children
Steven's Hope for Children, Inc., is a non-profit children's charity in Upland, California created to enhance the lives of families of seriously ill or injured children by providing housing and other essential needs during the child's extended treatment and care. Through its three programs, "Housing for Hope", "Fill A Need" and "We Care", Steven's Hope has been lessening the burdens of families from California, and across the United States and the world.
Dental Hygiene Clinic
Adults, children, adolescents, special needs and geriatric patients are welcome at West Coast University's free Dental Hygiene Clinic. Designed to provide patients with a superior experience, the clinic works to improve the dental health of those who may not have the means to visit a private practice dental facility for dental hygiene preventative and therapeutic care. This advanced facility offers significant benefits to the community:
- Dedicated and experienced faculty and staff working with outstanding students to perform services.
- 30 clinical care areas.
- 10 dedicated radiology/x-ray areas for traditional and digital imaging.
- Panorex x-ray equipment.
- Onsite sterilization that meets or exceeds OSHA standards.
- "Paperless" electronic records storage which not only allows for easy transfer to a patient's new or regular dental facility or office, but also lessens our carbon footprint.
Each component of the facility has been designed to provide clinic patients with top quality services using advanced technology, at no cost.
The following services are offered free of charge:
- Medical & Dental History Review
- Oral Inspection
- Risk Assessment
- Oral Hygiene Education & Instruction
- Nutritional Counseling
- Tobacco Cessation Counseling
- Digital and Traditional Imaging (x-rays)
- Application of Pit & Fissure Sealants
- Fluoride Treatment/Therapy
- Tooth Desensitization Procedures
- Study Model for Interpretation and Tray Fabrication
- Prosthesis Care for Partial and Full Dentures
- Periodontal Screening and Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy (cleanings)
Dental Hygiene Clinic
Through our Dental Hygiene Clinic at the Orange County campus, our students and instructors provide dental hygiene care to the community, free of charge.
West Coast University also supports numerous charitable and community causes from hospital foundations to education programs for at-risk children to recuperative care programs for homeless patients and more.