What We Support

AREA OF GREATEST NEED

Gifts to the Area of Greatest Need allow the foundation to support the most pressing needs of Tahoe Forest Health System and its patients. The foundation board of directors approves the use of these funds to purchase new medical equipment, pay for the latest technology and provide support for special programs.

CAPITAL PROJECTS

Gifts to Capital Projects are used to fund facility upgrades. The Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation board recognizes that healthcare services are always evolving and our community hospital is no exception to the necessity of modernizations.

Diagnostic Imaging Upgrades and Enhancements: The Foundation Board is seeking gifts now to help fund the purchase of a state-of-the-art mammography

GRATEFUL PATIENTS

We hear from patients every day who have had a positive experience at the hospital. If you have comments, please do not hesitate to contact us. We want to celebrate what we do well and continually work to improve all of our services. Please contact Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation Executive Director Martha Simon at (530) 582-6329 or msimon@tfhd.com

GENE UPSHAW MEMORIAL TAHOE FOREST CANCER CENTER

Located in the High Sierra town of Truckee California, Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center has a purpose as rarified as its elevation.

Our goal is to provide the best rural cancer treatment in the country, and to do it in the most honest, supportive and compassionate way we know how.

Led by Medical Director and Oncologist Laurence Heifetz, MD, FACP, Medical Oncologist and Hematologist Melissa Kaime, MD, FACP, Medical Oncologist and Hematologist Ahrin Koppel, MD, Radiation Oncologist Daphne Palmer, MD, and Medical Oncologist and Hematologist Thomas Semrad, MD, MAS, FACP, the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center’s mission is to provide our local community with a high level of cancer treatment and support programs not often found in rural settings.

Simply put, our technology is the very latest. Our treatment options are the most current, including access to clinical trials through our affiliation with the UC Davis Cancer Care Network, and our supportive care programs are among the best in the country.

SPIRIT OF GIVING FUND

Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation has established the Spirit of Giving Fund as a meaningful way to honor those who have demonstrated extraordinary dedication to the enhancement and enrichment of healthcare in our community. Click here to make a gift to support the Spirit of Giving Fund.

HOSPICE

Tahoe Forest Hospice is a specialized program that offers skilled comfort care for patients who are facing the end of life. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life, help preserve personal dignity, provide effective pain and symptom management, and support patients and their families physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

HOME HEALTH

Tahoe Forest Home Health provides quality care services in your home under the direction of a physician. We will provide care that is tailored to a patient's needs with the right mix of individuals and services. Registered nurses, Home Health Aides, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Medical Social Workers all work collaboratively on the plan of care. Whether you are recovering from an illness or injury, have a medical condition that requires frequent assessment or require rehabilitation to increase your strength or activity tolerance, we have a service to help you. Tahoe Forest Home Health Services allows you to stay home so you can heal in comfortable and familiar surroundings. Home Health Care is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

JOSEPH FAMILY FOR WOMEN AND NEWBORN CARE

The goal of the Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care is to anticipate your needs, earn your trust and exceed your expectations. Our Emergency Room and Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care are both Safe Haven Baby Drop-Off locations. They allow mothers to surrender their newborns without any questions asked. Babies are given medical attention, and confidentiality for the mother is assured.

The Joseph Family Center for Women and Newborn Care is certified Baby-Friendly. This certification awards hospitals that have made a dedicated commitment to implement the ten steps in aiding mothers with breastfeeding. We offer a nurturing environment that supports mother and infant bonding immediately after delivery.

The Annalise King Hall Fund established by Lindsay and Josh Hall to assist grieving parents when dealing with the loss of a newborn.

WELLNESS NEIGHBORHOOD

The Wellness Neighborhood was established in 2012 to address community health needs by developing a community-based and collaborative system of care to improve population health in the high sierra region.

In 2011 Tahoe Forest Health System conducted it's first Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) which engaged key stakeholders and community members to describe the health of local people, identify use of local health care services, identify community needs and distinguish action needed to address the future delivery of health care in the region. The 2011 CHNA identified 5 goals as health priorities:

  • Access to Primary Care
  • Immunizations
  • Ethnic Disparities
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse

The Wellness Neighborhood was established in 2012 to provide architecture for community health programming that focused on the 5 goals established in 2011 and expanded upon them to include Dental Care and Chronic Disease Management. The 2014 CHNA showed positive health trends as well as a need to continue community and health programming. The 2011 CHNA goals and the 2012 Wellness Neighborhood evolved in 2015 to their current focus:

  • Optimizing Health and Primary/Preventive Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Access to Care and Care Coordination

The Wellness Neighborhood builds off the theory that change is most likely to occur when core community organizations and leaders respond to calls to action and align their actions toward common results. This theory, referred to as Collective Impact, involves collaboration between TFHS and community organizations through design and alignment of priority issues, evaluation and tracking of improvements. Partnered organizations have a common agenda, shared measurement systems, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication between partners and the public and perhaps most importantly a backbone of support organizations aligned with community non-profits.ESS NEIGHBORHOOD

LONG TERM CARE CENTER

Trusting your loved one's care to others may be one of the most difficult decisions you ever have to make; often it is the best decision. Ensuring comfort, compassion and personal attention, the Long Term Care Center (LTC) provides 24-hour care that enables your loved ones to maintain an optimal level of functioning and well-being. Residents, staff, and families work together to develop and coordinate care plans that cater to residents' every day needs. Offering 37 beds, the Long Term Care Center has created a warm and friendly environment to help residents feel comfortable and safe. The Long Term Care Center is a Medicare and Medi-Cal certified facility. And because it is housed as an extension of Tahoe Forest Hospital, residents have easy access to all of the facilities and services at the hospital, 24 hours a day.

Trusting your loved one's care to others may be one of the most difficult decisions you ever have to make; often it is the best decision. Ensuring comfort, compassion and personal attention, the Long Term Care Center (LTC) provides 24-hour care that enables your loved ones to maintain an optimal level of functioning and well-being. Residents, staff, and families work together to develop and coordinate care plans that cater to residents' every day needs. Offering 37 beds, the Long Term Care Center has created a warm and friendly environment to help residents feel comfortable and safe.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

Emergency and Acute Care are available 24 hours a day at both Tahoe Forest Hospital and Incline Village Community Hospital. The Foundation has established an Emergency Patient Assistance Fund which provides modest sums for food, a change of clothes, transportation and other essentials that make a difference for patients during a difficult moment in their lives. In certain instances, we can help individuals or families with bigger needs like rent, utilities and furniture to ensure patients return to a stable and healing home environment. In the saddest cases, we help with funeral expenses.

ENDOWMENT

Gifts to our Endowment benefit our community’s health system in perpetuity. We are a proud partner with Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, who holds our endowment funds. You may designate endowment gifts to our General Support Endowment Fund or the Community for Cancer Care Endowment Fund. www.endowment4cancercare.com

If you have any questions about donations, please contact Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation Executive Director, Martha Simon at 530-582-6329 or msimon@tfhd.com