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Thursday, June 08, 2023

The Foundation

Who We Are

RUHS Foundation was established in 1989 as a nonprofit philanthropic organization. For nearly three decades the Foundation has collaborated successfully with donors and stakeholders to support RUHS Medical Center’s role as a public teaching hospital and safety net provider. Our founders were inspired by the medical center’s work with kids, particularly in the area of child abuse and neglect, and over the years that commitment has grown and evolved to include much more. RUHS Foundation is proud to support RUHS Behavioral Health and Public Health agencies and the system’s 14 community-based health clinics with a goal of serving and safeguarding the county’s 2.35 million residents.

Mission Statement

The mission of RUHS Foundation is to foster friends and inspire philanthropic support for the needs of Riverside University Health System.




RUHS maintained CDPH's Gold Status recognition for the Antibiotic Stewardship Program.


RUHS received a Project First Line grant from the CDC and the American Hospital Association to provide infection control training and integrate Team STEPPS training into the workplace.

RUHS adopted RUHS Cares (BETA HEART), a multi-year, interactive and collaborative process that moves organizations to a culture of safety, transparency and learning.

Correctional Healthcare Services (CHS) coordinated with DPSS to establish Medi-Cal enrollment for eligible inmates and discharge coordination with Whole Person Care.


CHS partnered with Riverside Sheriff’s Office to address opioid drug abuse through education, the expansion of the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program, and increasing access to Naloxone within correctional facilities.


RUHS selected as the 2022 Champion Award in Health by the Inland Empire Hispanic Leadership Council.


Riverside County won eight Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties.

Palm Springs Community Health Center received a International Interior Design Association Award for Best Healthcare Design.

The RUHS Regional Research Symposium allowed 74 authors to present their research and scholarly work.

A team of RUHS doctors and scholars published an article on the Whole Person Health Score in a New England Journal of Medicine publication.

The California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative honored RUHS - Medical Center with three Quality and Engagement Awards for providing outstanding maternity care.

The Jurupa Valley Community Health Center received full accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The RUHS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion regional task force hosted a workshop and grand rounds event that was attended by more than 200 healthcare workers from across the county.


HRSA awarded RUHS - Community Health Centers (CHCs) a 3-year new project period.

CHS published an article in RUHS Innovations 4th Edition: “Leaders in the Delivery of an Integrated System of Correctional Healthcare” by Dr. Michael Mesisca, Dr. Thomas Minahan, Terry Fillman, and Shena Patel.


RUHS received the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines® Achievement Awards: Stroke GOLD PLUS. RUHS also received a Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award, a Type 2 Honor Roll Award and a Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Award.

The Neurology and Integrated Radiology Residency programs began accepting their first residents.


Exact Sciences recognized RUHS for their commitment to stronger, healthier and more equitable health systems.

West Coast University awarded RUHS with the Ultimate Contributor Award in recognition of our efforts to recruit and employ their students.

For the first time, RUHS achieved Commission on Cancer/American College of Surgeons accreditation for their cancer program. RUHS earned the accreditation by reaching optimal cancer care within RUHS.

Express Care launched at RUHS - Medical Center.

RUHS received Excellent Progress Status from Cal Hospital Compare and the Opioid Care Honor Roll for our work on opioid stewardship.


ACR accreditation for Mammography at the RUHS - Medical Surgical Center. First aneurysm treated with coils.

Hip Fracture Program certified by The Joint Commission.

RUHS earned the following Community Health Center Quality Recognition Badges:

• Health Center Quality Leader (Silver): For being in the nation’s top 20% of health centers providing high-quality patient care.

• Access Enhancer: For increasing the number patients who receive services by 5% for two consecutive years.

• Health Disparities Reducer: For demonstrating improvements in chronic disease and/or birth outcomes for at least one racial/ethnic group OR meeting established benchmarks for all racial/ethnic groups.

• Advancing Health Information Technology for Quality: For optimizing Health Information Technology services.


The Joint Commission certified RUHS’s Wound Care for Acute Care Inpatient program, the first in nation to receive this certificate.

RUHS Foundation, in partnership with Medical Staff Leadership and RUHS Administration, formally dedicated The Dr. Arnold Tabuenca Surgery Center at the Medical Surgical Center in honor of Dr. Tabuenca's leadership as Chief Medical Officer.


RUHS Foundation’s 33rd Annual Festival of Trees raised more than $585,000 to support pediatric work, including a remodel for a quiet NICU at RUHS - Medical Center and pediatric murals for various CHCs.

Intersocietal Accreditation Commission granted Echo lab Accreditation for all modalities at RUHS for excellence in echocardiography.


RUHS received a CAPH/SNI Quality Leaders Award for Care Redesign.

RUHS Medical Center was recognized as one of the most socially responsible hospitals by the Lown Institute. RUHS ranked as 31st in nation and 5th in the state. RUHS received straight “A” grades in outcomes, value and equity on the Lown Institute Hospitals Index, giving us the highest rankings in overall social responsibility.

Our Awesome Team

For three decades RUHS Foundation has supported the vital mission of saving lives and improving the health of ourncommunities. We have big plans for the future and they include YOU!
Nicole Orr
Nicole Orr
Executive Director
I love working with the Board of Directors and our community’s donors. They care so much about the health of our neighbors in Riverside County and it is inspiring to be a part of their giving.
Berangere Robertson-Tucker
Berangere Robertson-Tucker
Director of Operations
Working with the Foundation, donors, volunteers, and employees to help support the mission, vision, and values of RUHS is very inspiring and rewarding. I truly believe that we can make a difference in the lives of others and our community by giving back and contributing our time, resources, and talents. “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” ― Maya Angelou
Corinne Awad
Corinne Awad
Director of Development
A strong community is a community with compassion. I am honored to work at RUHS Foundation that has a compassionate mission, caring work, and giving volunteers. Together we can make a difference in our communities.
Lisa Walcker
Lisa Walcker
Director of Development
I’m passionate about ensuring children are safe, secure, able to thrive and have paths forward to productive outcomes. I’ve had the incredible opportunity to serve Riverside County’s families and children for more than 25 years and my role at RUHF provides a bridge between DPSS and our compassionate and generous donors who support the Foundation’s work with our most sensitive populations. Together we can make a difference in a child’s life and affect better outcomes in our local community!
Denise Desirello
Denise Desirello
Development Officer
I’m proud to work with such a great group of dedicated staff, volunteers, and community members focused on the mission of helping others.
Salynn Simon
Salynn Simon
Development Officer
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe That we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” – Marie Curie
Desiree Quijano
Desiree Quijano
Admin. Services Analyst II
It’s disheartening to focus on all the wounds that need healing, all the brokenness that needs fixing, the whole world that needs changing. But living with compassion, loving people as they are, and intentionally trying to make someone’s day a little more beautiful? That I can do.
Selene Duran
Selene Duran
Admin. Services Analyst II
I’m blessed to be part of the RUHS Foundation team and the opportunity to work with an amazing and generous donors, board members and grantors. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T. Washington
Linda Tra
Linda Tra
Community Relations Coordinator
I truly enjoy being a part of RUHS Foundation because I get to work with amazing donors and volunteers who give generously to support our community.
Livia Martinez
Livia Martinez
I enjoy working for the Foundation because I like connecting people who want to give with people in need. “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” – Booker T. Washington