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Publication Date: Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Foundation raising funds for women and children's center Foundation raising funds for women and children's center (June 02, 2004)

As county health professionals work to secure more funding to provide quality health care for San Mateo County's uninsured and under-insured, there is a core of energetic residents working to help keep the county's hospital in good health.

These are the members of the San Mateo Medical Center Foundation, which has raised millions of dollars to support hospital services for more than a decade.

Its current project is raising $4 million to match a gift from Adelaide and George Keller of San Mateo -- money that will be used to build a new maternity wing for the hospital at 222 West 39th Ave. in San Mateo.

The new wing will be named the Keller Women and Children's Center, and will provide care for women from pregnancy through delivery and post-delivery. It also will provide education in matters of interest and concern to new mothers.

The Kellers' gift is in the form of a community challenge: They will match every dollar contributed up to $4 million, said a foundation spokeswoman. The challenge must be met by next March.

Established in 1991, the foundation contributed more than $5 million toward the rebuilding of the hospital, renamed San Mateo Medical Center when it was completed in 2000.

Money raised by the foundation has paid for state-of-the-art medical equipment, furniture and other items needed by the hospital, the spokeswoman said.

Foundation funding was also key in the creation of the Keller Center for Family Violence Intervention, which offers forensic medical evaluations, crisis intervention, and coordination of social services for victims of sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse.

It also helped fund the Ron Robinson Senior Care Center, which provides comprehensive services to older adults in the county, particularly those at risk of losing their independence because of organic brain or dementia-related disorders.

The foundation is in the process of establishing a Web site, but may be contacted by phone, at 573-2655, for more information or to make a contribution.

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