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Barton Health Community Benefit Report

Barton Health, Barton Memorial Hospital and our affiliated physician offices are continuously striving to provide high quality medical services to our patients in the Lake Tahoe region. In addition to the quality care we provide, Barton Health embarks on numerous community wellness programs every year, in addition to providing funding to local organizations and programs through Barton Foundation health grants and Barton Auxiliary scholarships.

Our Community Benefit Report details the programs and support services Barton funds to build a healthy community in South Lake Tahoe. Focused on access to care, the report has topics such as patient-centered care, technology, supporting our youth, future goals, financial support, and community wellness.

2021 Community Benefit Report, Barton Health


Message To Our Community

In the midst of great challenges, together we persevere and become stronger.

No event could have tested the strength of our community like the Caldor Fire. A cardinal fear of our mountain oasis, the threat of nearby flames halted life as we know it, and for many, hardships rippled out from the expense of unexpectedly leaving home along with temporary unemployment or job loss. Through despair, heroes emerged from all corners of our community. 

I’m proud of our healthcare workers who, despite complexities in their personal lives, elected to reinforce safety resources for the brave firefighters, first responders, and support staff. And I’m grateful to the Barton Health Foundation who created the Caldor Respond Fund to aid those facing food insecurity as a result of the evacuations. Thanks to donations from community members, partners, and donors, in less than a month more than $133,000 was raised and immediately distributed to assist community members and area food banks.

All the while, ongoing challenges of COVID-19 continued to bring changes to our community and around the world. New variants brought on new fears, continued isolation, and for many, resulted in loss and grief. Nevertheless, we continued to evolve and adapt, finding new ways to stay connected and flourish. Through short staffing and overburdened hospitals, healthcare workers put the health of our community first, caring for family and friends in sickness. With the collaboration of community partners, we continued to work toward herd immunity by providing vaccinations to slow the spread of COVID-19.

As a healthcare organization, it is our mission and priority to continually adapt, ensuring the health and wellness of our community. Despite colossal challenges of the past year, we introduced new care providers and added services to meet the region’s growing health needs. In 2021, we welcomed new practitioners in orthopedics, sports medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and gastroenterology, along with a new plastic surgery service line.

We’re excited to look toward the future—both the community’s and Barton Health’s futures. Planning is underway for service expansion and development of our Stateline and California health campuses. This exciting chapter will allow Barton Health’s care teams to efficiently reach more people, closer to home.

We remain committed to fulfilling this community’s healthcare needs now and into the future, ensuring every person has the greatest ability to thrive. Our success would not be possible without the dedication of talented physicians, nurses, staff, patients, volunteers, donors and volunteers of the Barton Health Foundation and Barton Auxiliary, and steadfast community members. I am grateful for the continued opportunity to work alongside and to live among such passionate and committed people. 

Clint Purvance, MD
President & CEO, Barton Health

The full report can be viewed here.

For more information on the Community Benefit Report, please contact Natasha Schue in the Barton Public Relations office at 530.543.5537.