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Three National Foundations Commit $30 Million To Civica Rx, A Groundbreaking Effort To Address Shortages And High Prices Of Life-Saving Medications

To address the critical risks posed to patients from chronic shortages and rising prices of life-saving generic medications, three national foundations committed $30 million to help establish Civica Rx, a new not-for-profit generic drug company. The Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the Peterson Center on Healthcare and the Gary and Mary West Foundation each committed $10 million, joining seven large U.S. hospital systems representing approximately 500 U.S. hospitals as governing members of Civica Rx. The formation of Civica Rx was announced September 13, 2018.

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2016: Foundation Celebrated a Decade of Making a Difference

In 2016, the Gary and Mary West Foundation celebrated its 10-year anniversary, marking a decade of pioneering philanthropists Gary and Mary West’s ongoing efforts to lower healthcare costs and 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. To date, the Foundation has awarded over 509 grants totaling more than $203 million. Examples of San Diego-based grant recipients include Serving Seniors and their flagship facility, the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, a unique community-based care model providing low-income seniors two meals a day and access to more than 30 nonprofit organizations and support services. The Foundation launched the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center in October 2016, a state-of-the-art community dental clinic seamlessly integrated into Serving Seniors’ suite of clinical and non-clinical services provided at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center to create a one-of-a-kind, comprehensive resource for seniors.

The Gary and Mary West Foundation develops high-impact partnerships with its nonprofit partners to make a significant impact for seniors and accepts grant applications by invitation only.

Featured Grantee: Serving Seniors

Serving Seniors is transforming the aging experience for low income seniors in San Diego through highly successful and innovative programs that help seniors live independently for as long as possible. Since 1970, Serving Seniors has been the leading provider of programs and services for low-income seniors in San Diego County. Their innovative approach to providing wrap-around services including nutritious meals, health education, social services, case management, affordable supportive housing and lifelong learning opportunities has earned national recognition as a model for keeping seniors healthy and independent.

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The Gary and Mary West Foundation partners with nonprofit community organizations to provide high-quality services to low-income older adults which help them remain independent and healthy for as long as possible. The Foundation collaborates with other community-based organizations to provide a wide array of services essential to the well-being of low-income older adults.

Challenge Center

The Challenge Center provides specialized physical therapy for seniors to significantly improve their mobility and independence.

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Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center

The Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center provides seniors with high-quality, affordable oral healthcare.

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Merrymakers provides the music that brings back memories and the moments that remind us just how good life can be.

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Meals-on-Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America (MOWA) is the oldest and largest organization representing senior nutrition services programs in the country.

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Outlook Nebraska, Inc.

The mission of Outlook Nebraska, Inc. is to enhance the quality of life of the blind and visually impaired.

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Project Houseworks

Project Houseworks serves, low-income, elderly homeowners with free home repairs that allow them to age in a safe & healthy home.

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Serving Seniors

The Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center in downtown San Diego is not your typical senior center.

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Notre Dame Housing

Notre Dame Housing offers affordable senior living in Omaha, Nebraska.

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The Consumer Center for Health Education and Advocacy

The Consumer Center for Health Education and Advocacy provides entitlement assistance to low income seniors.

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Volunteers Assisting Seniors

VAS utilizes a network of trained volunteers to help seniors in Omaha navigate the complicated health insurance landscape.

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West Health Policy Center

The Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center enables seniors to successfully age on their own terms.

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Dental Lifeline Network

Dental Lifeline Network (DLN) is a national charitable organization whose mission is to improve the oral health of people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and have no other way to get help.

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ElderHelp provides personalized services and information that help seniors remain independent and live with dignity in their own homes.

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Icahn School of Medicine At Mount Sinai

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) provides the essential tools, training, technical assistance, and metrics to build and sustain palliative care in all health care settings.

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Jewish Family Service of San Diego

Jewish Family Service of San Diego provides a wide range of vital human services to empower people of all ages and faiths to reach their goals and build better lives.

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Interfaith Community Services

Interfaith Community Services empowers people in need to stabilize and improve their lives through comprehensive programs, in partnership with diverse faith communities and people of compassion.

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Intercultural Senior Center

ISC is a microcosm of our global society that specializes in creating a welcoming, supportive place for seniors from around the world, so they can live vibrant lives with dignity.

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Creighton University School of Dentistry

Since its founding in 1905, Creighton University School of Dentistry has prepared more than 5,000 dentists for lives of professional excellence, community leadership and compassionate service.

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UC San Diego Health

UC San Diego Health is committed to creating a healthier world – one life at a time – through new science, new medicine and new cures.

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The CSU Institute for Palliative Care

The CSU Institute for Palliative Care is dedicated to increasing access to and awareness of palliative care by educating current and future professionals as well as community members.

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Meals on Wheels San Diego County

Meals on Wheels San Diego County’s mission is to support the independence and well-being of seniors

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San Diego Seniors Community Foundation

Our mission is to transition the senior community of San Diego from the potential of vulnerability to one of vitality, through the power of philanthropy.

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The Gary and Mary West Foundation develops partnerships with non-profit organizations that collaboratively achieve high-impact outcomes in the community.

American Society on Aging

American Society on Aging is an association of diverse individuals bound by a common goal: to support the commitment and enhance the knowledge and skills of those who seek to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families.

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University of California, San Francisco

Tideswell at UCSF focuses on one of the greatest needs in healthcare today – improving the quality of care for older adults with chronic conditions and functional limitations living in our communities.

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National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care

National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care is home of the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care.

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Guided by founders Gary and Mary West, the Gary and Mary West Foundation is led by a diverse group of experts in their field who will help make successful aging a reality for seniors in our nation.


Shelley Lyford

President and Chief Executive Officer, West Health, Gary and Mary West Foundation and the West Health Institute
Board Member, Gary and Mary West Foundation

Timothy A. Lash, MBA

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

Zia Agha, MD

Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President

Diana Campau, MBA

Vice President, Communications and Public Relations

Vyan Nguyen, MD

Program Officer

Brenda Schmitthenner, MPA

Program Officer, Successful Aging

John Little

Director of Finance and Accounting

Foundation Staff

Lindsay Goldsmith, CPA

Senior Accountant

Lexy Harshman

Operations Manager

Rozlyn Eicker

Office Assistant

The Gary and Mary West Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant requests or proposals.


Gary and Mary West Foundation

Solana Beach, CA

Phone: 858.369.3160

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