Outcomes-Based Philanthropy

Lowering Healthcare Costs to Enable Successful Aging

Funded solely by successful entrepreneurs and philanthropists Gary and Mary West, the nonprofit Gary and Mary West Foundation is an outcomes-based philanthropy dedicated to lowering the cost of healthcare to enable seniors to successfully age in place with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence. Since 2006, the Gary and Mary West Foundation has awarded over 589 grants totaling more than $224 million to nonprofit organizations and institutions that share our successful aging mission.

Gary and Mary

“Mary and I decided to give 100 percent of our fortune to charities and nonprofits that help provide quality and affordable healthcare to low-income seniors. We wanted the money that we worked so hard to earn to continue doing good work long after we’re gone.”

- Gary West

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CHALLENGE

Overcoming Challenges to Aging in America

We are in the midst of one of the biggest demographic shifts in U.S. history as Baby Boomers turn 65 at the rate of 10,000 a day and people 85 and older become the fastest growing age group in America. This is already having a major impact on our healthcare system and community-based services, which are not scaled or structured to meet the demands, needs and expectations of seniors and their families. This is why the work of the Gary and Mary West Foundation, one of a handful of private foundations focused exclusively on helping seniors, is so important to the future of aging in America.

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IMPACT

Fueling New Models of Care for Successful Aging

We are a catalyst for healthcare reforms and new solutions that enable successful aging. We provide grants for initiatives aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs and combatting generic drug shortages, expanding geriatric emergency care and PACE (Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly), improving oral healthcare for seniors, and creating California’s first Master Plan for Aging.

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EMERGENCY

Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Older Adults at Risk

The Gary and Mary West Foundation is providing emergency funding and assistance to several grantees to significantly increase food delivery for low-income seniors, provide personal protective equipment to frontline healthcare workers and enhance other senior-related services during this time of crisis. Here’s how we’re helping.

Fueling Models of Care Tailored for Seniors

California’s Master Plan for Aging

The Gary and Mary West Foundation is working with state government, community leaders, aging advocates, nonprofits and healthcare providers in a pioneering public-private partnership to develop and implement California’s first Master Plan for Aging – a bold investment in California’s future and the lives of seniors.

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Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center

Poor oral health is a significant public health issue for seniors across the nation. As baby boomers retire and people live longer, access to affordable dental care becomes more difficult. Medicare, the primary health insurer for seniors, does not cover routine dental care, while Medicaid coverage for dental care varies considerably by state and is often limited or non-existent.

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The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) model of care is centered on the belief that it is better for the well-being of seniors with chronic care needs and their families to be served in the community whenever possible. West Health has embraced the PACE model as a gold standard of care for the frail elderly and is committed to the development and advancement of person-centered healthcare.

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Gary and Mary West Emergency Department at UC San Diego Health

Emergency departments are the front-porch of our healthcare system, where 1 in 5 patients are seniors who frequently have multiple health and social challenges and unique needs. Geriatric emergency rooms promote best clinical practices for older adults and create a more positive and sensitive physical environment, which have the potential to improve health outcomes, better coordinate care, and reduce costs.

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Community Initiatives

Making a Difference Every Day

Since 2006, the Gary and Mary West Foundation has awarded more than $224 million to nonprofit organizations and institutions that lower healthcare costs to enable successful aging. From funding research and advocacy to serving and delivering meals to low-income seniors to offering low or no cost dental care to enabling older adults to safely age in place through new models of care, the Foundation and our grantees are making a difference for seniors every single day.

National Initiatives

Supporting Seniors Across the Country

The Gary and Mary West Foundation develops partnerships with nonprofit organizations that collaboratively achieve high-impact outcomes and provide advocacy, education, and resources to support lowering the cost of healthcare and aging initiatives.

About the Gary and Mary West Foundation

The Gary and Mary West Foundation, located in Solana Beach, CA, is part of West Health, a family of nonprofit and nonpartisan organizations that includes the Gary and Mary West Health Institute in San Diego, and the Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center in Washington, DC. West Health is dedicated to lowering healthcare costs to enable seniors to successfully age in place with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence. Grant applications to the Gary and Mary West Foundation, a 501(c)(3) private, non-operating foundation, are by invitation only.

Leadership

Shelley Lyford

President and Chief Executive Officer, West Health,
Gary and Mary West Foundation, and West Health Institute;
Board Director, Gary and Mary West Foundation

Timothy A. Lash, MBA

Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, West Health
President, West Health Policy Center and Gary and Mary West PACE

Zia Agha, MD

Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President

John Little, M.S.

Chief Financial Officer

Vyan Nguyen, MD

Program Officer

Brenda Schmitthenner, MPA

Program Officer, Successful Aging

Board of Directors

Gary West

Co-Chair & Founder, Gary and Mary West Foundation
Chairman & Founder, West Health Insitute
Chairman, West Health Policy Center

Mary West

Co-Chair & Founder, Gary and Mary West Foundation

Shelley Lyford

President and Chief Executive Officer, West Health,
Gary and Mary West Foundation, and West Health Institute;
Board Director, Gary and Mary West Foundation

Marc Harper

Board Director

Foundation Staff

Lindsay Goldsmith, CPA

Accounting Manager

Lexy Harshman

Operations Manager