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Ten Central Oregon organizations, including Faith-based Network, receive $10,000 grants.

In celebration of its 100-year anniversary, St. Charles Health System has awarded a total of $100,000 in grants to 10 Central Oregon nonprofit organizations.

"Our vision is to create America's healthiest community, together, and we can't do that alone," said Lisa Dobey, St. Charles' executive director of community engagement and philanthropy. "We awarded these grants to recognize our nonprofit partners who are helping make possible better lives for those who are most in need."

Grants were awarded from the Sister Catherine Hellmann Fund, which was created to help underserved people in the region. Each of the following organizations received $10,000:

- Faith-based Network for Community in the Park, Madras.

- Family Access Network, Bend.

- Human Dignity Coalition, Bend.

- Kemple Dental Clinic, Bend.

- Latino Community Association, Bend.

- Crook County High School Students Against Destructive Decisions, Prineville.

- Native Aspirations, Warm Springs.

- REACH.

- St. Vincent de Paul, La Pine.

- Volunteers in Medicine, Bend.

Sister Catherine Hellman Hellmann stepped down as chief executive officer of St. Charles Medical Center in 1989, but continued as president emeritus, even after returning to her native Indiana in August 2001.

Before that, she propelled St. Charles from a quiet local hospital to a regional health center. She dreamed it one day might be a "Mayo Clinic on our side of the mountains."

"The Sisters of St. Joseph, who helped found St. Charles, said they would care for all or they would care for none," Dobey said. "We continue to honor that creed today through the care we provide and through our community partners who do such important work."

About St. Charles Foundation

As the philanthropic arm of St. Charles Health System, the foundation works to support and improve health care in Central and Eastern Oregon. Private donations raised by the foundation allow St. Charles to build new medical facilities, purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment, keep pace with the latest technological advances and deliver exceptional patient care in a healing environment.

The foundation does more than just raise money for bricks and mortar. The organization also raises money to support many programs that benefit low-income and uninsured patients.

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