St. Bernardine Medical Center

Pictured left to right: Nancy Negrete, Stater Bros. Charities VP Corporate Affairs; Doug Kleam, SBMC President; Annie Sellas, IWFC Chair; Peter Van Helden, Stater Bros. Chief Executive and President; Cathy Stockton, IWFC Chair; Dan Murphy, Dignity Health, VP Philanthropy.

The Dignity Health Foundation – Inland Empire recently announced the receipt of a $100,000 charitable gift from Stater Bros. Charities and Inland Women Fighting Cancer.

These funds will be used toward the purchase of a second surgical robot at St. Bernardine Medical Center (SBMC) as part of its robotic surgery expansion program.

“Our gratitude is immeasurable. Stater Bros. Charities and Inland Women Fighting Cancer have once again shown their generosity to St. Bernardine with support for Women’s Health and Wellness services,” said Doug Kleam, the SBMC hospital president. “They share in our passion to provide high-quality treatment for our patients in a comforting environment and this gift will help us further our mission and achieve these common goals."

The hospital will be adding the DaVinci Xi Robot, which is known for its advanced capabilities in expanding the scope of non-invasive surgical services for oncology. Expanding the robotic surgery program at SBMC provides San Bernardino patients with the option to stay local while receiving the same technologies offered at notable competitor sites in the Los Angeles market.

The $100,000 donation was made possible by the 11th Annual Believe Walk, hosted by Stater Bros. Charities and Inland Women Fighting Cancer. The annual event was held on Oct. 6 in Redlands and benefits local organizations which work with men and women on cancer-related health issues. Dignity Health Foundation – Inland Empire has been a participant in the Believe Walk for nine years, with a Dignity Health team of walkers and numerous volunteers providing services to walkers and spectators alike.

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