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Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation Honored by California Community Foundation and the Eisner Foundation

Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation Honored by California Community Foundation and the Eisner Foundation Casa Colina Receives “Unsung Heroes Award” for Outstanding Achievement in Human Development

POMONA, Calif. (September 25, 2009) – Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation, a non-profit facility providing innovative medical and physical rehabilitation services to its served communities, was recently honored by the California Community Foundation (CCF) and The Eisner Foundation for its outstanding achievement in human development. Felice L. Loverso, Ph.D., President and CEO of Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation, was presented the Unsung Heroes Award for Human Development by actor and CCF donor Noah Wyle during a special ceremony hosted last week by The Getty Center in Los Angeles. Casa Colina was one of five organizations that received a valedictorian award of $10,000.

The CCF and The Eisner Foundation celebrated the power and impact of philanthropy by honoring 15 non-profits for their outstanding achievements with a cash award. The Unsung Heroes event honored nonprofits for their innovation, resilience and impact in improving the quality of life for low-income L.A. residents in five areas: the arts, education, health care, human development and neighborhood revitalization.

“This honor is a testament to how much pride our employees take in their profession, where they work and the patients’ lives that they touch,” said Dr. Loverso. “I have the honor and privilege of working with a professional and compassionate group of people who I proudly give credit to for making Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation a unique house for healing.”

“These awards are welcome news amid a string of challenges our nonprofit sector faces every day. We are proud to honor and support these terrific organizations,” said Antonia Hernández, president and CEO at CCF. “This is a time when top-performing nonprofits like these will shine more than ever because they have been able to weather the storm and at times come out even stronger.”

“Now is the time to support organizations like these especially as demand for their services grows and resources are cut short,” said Jane B. Eisner, president of The Eisner Foundation and chair emeritus of CCF’s board of directors. “We hope that the awards will play a part in helping them do what they do best – serve the most vulnerable people in our communities and ultimately create a more vibrant society.”
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About Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation
Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation began in 1936 in Chino under the leadership of its founder Frances Eleanor “Mother” Smith and neighboring physicians to provide rehabilitative care to children afflicted with polio. In the late 1950s when polio was at epidemic proportions, a plan was developed to build a new hospital in Pomona where children could be care for by experienced medical professionals. In 1960, the new hospital was completed and after the introduction of the polio vaccine, Casa Colina refocused its medical and physical rehabilitation services to concentrate on treating people of all ages and disabilities. In recent years, it has rebuilt and renovated its entire 20-acre Pomona campus to include a state of the art rehabilitation hospital, outpatient center, transitional living center, children’s center, adult day health care, imaging, surgery center and other specialized services.

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