Charting a new course for aging and healthcare in America.
Our family of nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations combines applied medical research, advocacy, policy analysis and high-impact grantmaking to improve care, lower costs and enhance the aging experience for seniors and all Americans.
The Gary and Mary West Foundation was established in 2006 and is solely funded by successful entrepreneurs turned philanthropists Gary and Mary West. It is one of only handful of foundations solely dedicated to improving aging.Learn More
The West Health Institute conducts applied medical research on models of care for seniors that improve quality and lower costs across a range of settings including hospitals, community-based organizations, and their own homes.Learn More
The West Health Policy Center researches and analyzes proposals and solutions that slow the trajectory of rising healthcare costs while improving access to high-quality care for our nation’s growing population of seniors.Learn More
We are committed to tackling two of the biggest issues facing Americans today—the health, financial, and social insecurity of seniors and the outrageous and skyrocketing cost of healthcare.
The latest edition of the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst features commentary from West Health Chair and CEO Shelley Lyford entitled, “How Venture Philanthropy Can Disrupt Health Care: Lessons from Civica Rx.” This feature is the first time West Health has been featured in a publication from the New England Journal of Medicine group.
A set of some of the most eye-popping findings from West Health's original research.
135 million American adults are worried that they will eventually be priced out of healthcare if they are not already, according to research conducted by West Health and Gallup in March of 2021.Learn More
Americans collectively borrowed an estimated $88 billion to pay for healthcare in a given year, with over 4 million Americans borrowing more than $5,000, according to research conducted by West Health and Gallup.Learn More
1.1 million Medicare patients could die prematurely over the next decade because they can’t afford to pay for their prescription medications, according to research from West Health Policy Center.Learn More
San Diego has become the first county in the nation where every eligible hospital has earned geriatric emergency department (GED) accreditation, a major milestone that means older adults will now have access to specialized emergency care wherever they happen to live in the region. San Diego’s 18 accredited GEDs are spread among Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente San Diego, Palomar Health, Paradise Valley Hospital, Scripps Health, Sharp HealthCare, Tri-City Medical Center, UC San Diego Health and VA San Diego Healthcare System.