Goodfaith Medical Transportation Owner Connie Threlkel was at the Social Action Community Health System (SAC Health System) Ribbon Cutting. In June 2016 Loma Linda University Health San Bernardino and their specialty medical clinic SAC Health System began providing health care services and education to members of the community. Nancy Young is the President/CEO of SACHealth System.
The facility integrates San Manuel Gateway College, SAC Health System and a vegetarian restaurant into a new campus. In an interview about the project Doctor Richard Hart, president of Loma Linda University Health, said, “Education, healthcare and good living all rolled into one project. You can’t beat that.”
In 2015 the city of San Bernardino, the poorest city of it’s size in California, filed bankruptcy. With potential to become the largest outpatient facility of its kind in the U.S., there are many people who believe this facility will help the city recover.
At the event Dr. Hart said, “By itself health care doesn’t leverage a community out of bankruptcy. We need people with job skills that can help to make that happen. And so the concept started coming about, should we not just have a clinic, but let’s have a college that can provide job entry skills for our young people. And I can tell you, that commitment from San Manuel for that initial 10 million dollars, it finally convinced all of us that we could do this.”
“Today we are not only thinking about San Manuel and it’s tribal family. We are thinking of Loma Linda, San Bernardino, the county as our entire larger family.” Said Ken Ramirez, Tribal Secretary, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
In an interview recorded at the time of the groundbreaking for the new campus, Tribal Member Tom Ramos recalled the days when physicians and nurses from Loma Linda made special trips to ensure that members of the tribe had access to quality health care.
“They came for us,” Ramos reported, “and now that we’ve been blessed with a great fortune, San Manuel is still very much a part of this community, and we really, wholeheartedly, love to give back.” (source: behaviouralhealth.llu.edu)
The San Manuel Gateway College is the first of its kind in the United States. The college will integrate training programs in health careers with clinical experience, allowing students to benefit from hands-on training and mentoring by Loma Linda University Health faculty and students.
Goodfaith Non-Emergency Medical Transportation has been serving the community of San Bernardino for nearly 25 years. We look forward to continue providing great service and to witnessing the impact this facility will have on the prosperity of the city of San Bernardino and surrounding areas.