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UniHealth Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-29

At A Glance

UniHealth Foundation

800 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1300

Los Angeles, CA United States 90017-2665

Telephone: (213) 630-6500


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Health conversion foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-09-30)

Assets: $282,965,850

Total giving: $13,954,036






Established in 1998 in CA - In 1988, UniHealth became a California nonprofit public benefit corporation as a result of the merger of two other nonprofit healthcare providers, Health West Foundation and LHS, the parent company of the Lutheran Hospital Society of Southern California. Until 1998, UniHealth directly and indirectly served as the parent corporation of a substantial number of nonprofit tax-exempt medical centers and taxable for-profit subsidiaries and affiliates. UniHealth was formed in the midst of an ongoing countrywide revolution in the health care delivery and reimbursement systems. Dramatic increases in costs of health care along with decreasing governmental and private insurance payment levels made it increasingly difficult for nonprofit hospitals to operate and remain viable. In mid 1996, the Board of UniHealth undertook an analysis of its strategic options and determined that UniHealth could better serve its constituency and carry out its charitable mission by changing the means by which it fulfilled its charitable mission and becoming a grantmaking foundation. On December 3, 1998, UniHealth completed the merger of its medical centers with Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), a California nonprofit public benefit corporation. The Board of Directors of UniHealth adopted Restated Articles of Incorporation and the corporation became UniHealth Foundation, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes.

Purpose and Activities

To support and facilitate activities that significantly improve the health and well being of individuals and communities within its service area. The majority of funding will be to hospitals in Los Angeles and northern Orange Counties, CA.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

General Purpose Fund for Nonprofit Organizations

The foundation believes that many nonprofit organizations provide evidence-based health promotion activities that complement the health care services delivered by hospitals and community clinics. The foundation recognizes the value of health interventions known to be effective and is committed to supporting them through the Fund for Nonprofit Organizations. Applicants to this fund may request support for traditional health education and disease prevention strategies on a broad range of topics as well as health system navigation, caregiver support services or the development of culturally sensitive educational materials. Objectives of this fund are to: include: 1) "Promote" positive health behaviors; 2) "Overcome" systemic barriers to healthy living; 3) "Advance" informed consumerism; 4) Encourage new, creative approaches that address complex and enduring healthcare challenges; 5) Improve the quality of life for older adults; and 6) Improve the capacity of community clinics to provide quality, coordinated care for underserved populations.

General Purpose Innovation Fund

Innovation is a core UniHealth Foundation value. The foundation encourages the development of new ways of delivering and financing health care programs and services. The Innovation Fund is designed to provide an opportunity for nonprofit organizations to test creative ideas and promising new practices. Through this fund, the foundation will support interventions which address demonstrated need. Proposed projects should include a stringent evaluation plan/impact assessment to support potential replication. The objective of this fund is to encourage new, creative approaches that address complex and enduring health challenges.

Hospital Fund: Community Health Improvement

The foundation believes that beyond providing traditional hospital-based care, nonprofit hospitals sponsor health-related activities which promote wellness to benefit the community at large. Such community outreach activities address gaps in care which often result in disparities in health status for under and uninsured populations. The foundation is committed to supporting community health improvement activities of hospitals by funding health education, prevention and treatment programs. Health education includes information dissemination on a broad range of topics, including health systems navigation and informed consumerism or the development of culturally sensitive educational materials. Prevention, in addition to clinical preventive services, might include injury and violence prevention or caregiver support services. Funding for treatment services targets activities aimed at improving health status and quality of life, including aspects of chronic condition management, dental care, end-of-life care and rehabilitation services. Priority objectives are to: 1) Enable informed consumer health decisions, including appropriate use of health care services; 2) Promote improved individual health behaviors; 3) Identify and reduce risk factors for disease and injury; and 4) Ameliorate the impact of disease and enhance the quality of life.

Hospital Fund: Health Systems Enhancement

The foundation believes that despite dramatic advances in the medical sciences, our health care system remains complex, highly fragmented, difficult to navigate and often inaccessible. Structural barriers mitigate against individuals accessing a continuum of high quality care at the appropriate point of service. The foundation has identified Health Systems Enhancement as a Hospital Fund Priority Area. Within this area, the foundation will consider supporting programs which address access to health care, quality of clinical services, patient satisfaction and organizational capacity building. Such programs might include hospital partnerships with other hospitals and/or community clinics and community based organizations to coordinate care. Projects that focus on administrative systems improvement, organizational development, change management and capital needs associated with program delivery will also be considered. Priority objectives are to: 1) Increase access to comprehensive, coordinated care at the appropriate point of service; 2) Improve the quality of health care services in terms of patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes; and 3) Promote the financial stability and viability of nonprofit hospitals.

Hospital Fund: Workforce Development

The foundation believes that the quality of health care is highly dependent upon a skilled and caring clinical and administrative workforce. In today's health care environment, the demand for qualified, culturally diverse, competent health care professionals far exceeds the supply. Various social and economic forces, including inadequate infrastructure for training, drive this shortage. Additionally, advances in the field make continuing education essential for all categories of health care providers. Within the Workforce Development Priority Area, the foundation will support programs to train and retain qualified clinical staff, foster ongoing professional development, including management and leadership skills, and promote allied health professions training. Objectives of the priority area are to: 1) Increase the size and quality of the health care workforce; 2) Encourage and enable the practice of medicine in underserved communities; 3) Promote the training and retention of competent clinical staff; and 4) Foster skills improvement and knowledge enhancement through continuous education.

Program-Related Investment

The foundation made a program related investment in the form of a loan to health organization for capital needs.

Fields of Interest

  • Health
  • Hospital care
  • Palliative care
  • Preventive care
  • Specialty hospital care
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-09-30

Assets: $282,965,850 (market value)

Gifts received: $21,989

Expenditures: $19,107,704

Total giving: $13,954,036

Qualifying distributions: $15,101,736