Santa Barbara, CA – June 2014: Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, a non-profit healthcare organization and critical health safety net that provides quality, affordable medical and dental care to those in need in Santa Barbara County, regardless of their ability to pay, today announced that Sheila Shegos has been named Director of Development. Ms. Shegos will assist with the creation and implementation of the development strategy for Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics to achieve fundraising goals and engaging sponsors of ongoing service activities. Priorities include building and leveraging key relationships, inspiring the development team, and collaborating with development counsel.
“We are excited to have Ms. Shegos join the SBNC team and anticipate critical contributions in support of our mission of meeting the medical and dental needs of individuals and families in Santa Barbara County”, stated Trula Breuninger, CEO, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics. “The key to our continued success is to remain patient-focused and to foster a donor-centric organization. Ms. Shegos will help see to it that we do.”
Ms. Shegos has an extensive professional background in management, public relations and marketing, grants and fund development, program design and implementation, accreditation (including peer reviewer), capacity-building projects, community organizing, effective board development, increased volunteerism and non-profit leadership. She has served in administrative roles at the United Way, Catholic Charities, MOVE International as well as in for profit businesses in the mid-west and west coast. She has been instrumental in raising millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations in a variety of voluntary and paid positions including Board Member, Development Director and Executive Director. Sheila attended Santa Monica College, Brigham Young University and the Fundraising School at Indiana University.
“Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics has a rich tradition of strategically engaging the community and its donors. To have Ms. Shegos help carry this forward, with CEO and Board support, is vital to the future stability of SBNC and the overall community”, added Mark Palmer, Board Chairman of Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics. “We want to mobilize and at the same time appreciate our many supporters’ contributions, both in-kind and monetary. The passage of the Affordable Care Act presents both opportunities and challenges and the moment to implement a proactive approach to achieve long-term sustainability.”
“Adding Sheila to the leadership team, as Director of Development, is part of SBNC current Strategic Plan to build capacity of the organization to serve people in need well into the future—one patient and one visit at a time”, commented CEO, Breuninger.
About Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics
Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (SBNC) is a 501(c)3, non-profit healthcare organization dedicated to providing high quality, comprehensive, affordable medical and dental care services to those in need in Santa Barbara County, regardless of their ability to pay, in an environment that fosters respect, compassion and dignity.
With a deep-rooted philosophy dating back to the 1970’s that obtaining quality medical care is a fundamental right for all people, the organization serves as a critical health safety net for the Santa Barbara community with four medical and one dental clinic, and a health promotion department providing health education and prevention services to over 17,000 unduplicated patients each year—resulting in more than 80,000 face-to-face patient visits and contacts. SBNC’s free and sliding-fee scale services to the low-income, homeless, uninsured, underinsured and underserved populations, including college students and the elderly, of Santa Barbara County include: Acute and Preventive medical and dental care and supplies; Behavioral health and counseling services; Chronic care management for illnesses e.g. diabetes, hypertension, asthma and ADHD; Cancer Detection Program, known as Every Woman Counts Program and Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program; Family Planning Services, HIV, Hepatitis C and STD education, counseling and testing; Application assistance for health coverage, such as prescription assistance program, Medi-Cal and Covered California, Healthy Kids; “Care For Every Child” program; “Care For Every Family” Program; “Care for Every Senior” Program; “Diabetes Care Management and Education” Program; “Priority Women’s Health” Program (includes family planning and supplies); Bilingual/Bicultural health and life-skills education (includes teen health advocacy and Hispanic/Latino women’s health advocacy); Community outreach and presentations; Internships (e.g. Dental Residency Program), work-study and other work training programs.
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