ESCONDIDO, Calif. – In support of Palomar Health’s Building Your Healthcare System of the Future capital campaign, the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians has made a $100,000 gift for the benefit of the communities that are served by the new Palomar Medical Center in North San Diego County.
"This time of year we try to honor what's important. Good health is our most valuable asset as individuals and communities," said Bo Mazzetti, chairman of the Rincon Band. "With this gift, the Rincon people are expressing our gratitude for the care we have received in the past and investing in future healthy living for ourselves and our neighbors."
The Palomar Health Foundation is grateful to chairman Mazzetti, the Tribal Council and the Rincon tribal community for their very generous gift in support of Palomar Health’s healing mission.
“The members of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians have very deep roots throughout this region. Their significant gift is particularly meaningful for Palomar not just for strengthening our community hospital system but in building a stronger bond between their community and our community. We are very grateful and respectful for their thoughtful contribution,” said Ann Braun, president of the Palomar Health Foundation.
Featured in photo: Rincon Band officials and Palomar Health CEO Michael H. Covert
Top row (L-R) Mavany Verdugo, Contributions Committee; Michael H. Covert, Palomar Health President/CEO; Laurie Gonzalez, Councilwoman; Tishmall Turner, Contributions Committee Chairwoman; Frank Barron, Contributions Committee.
Bottom Row (L-R) John Lara, Contributions Committee; Stephanie Spencer, Council Vice Chairwoman; DeLisle Calac, Contributions Committee.
About the Building Your Healthcare System of the Future Capital Campaign for Palomar Health
Proceeds from the Building Your Health Care System of the Future capital campaign support the new Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, renowned already for its use of innovative technology, environmentally sensitive design and advanced medical practices. The new hospital has captured the attention of health care professional worldwide for its use of nature, light and space, all designed to speed healing. For more information on new Palomar Medical Center, please visit www.PalomarHealth.org.
About the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians
The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians governs a 6,000-acre reservation in Valley Center, and has a membership of 650. Established in 1875, the Rincon Band is a sovereign government, recognized by the Constitution of the United States, federal law, and policy and court precedent. As such, the government has many responsibilities and powers equal to city, county, state governments, and even the federal government, with which tribes have a government-to-government relationship.
The Rincon Band owns Harrah’s Rincon Resort and Casino, and uses profits from this and other commercial enterprises located on reservation to provide legislative, regulative, administrative, and legal governmental jurisdiction and services on behalf of the Rincon people.
Federal law restricts the expenditure of gaming profits to tribal government programs and services, but allows for charitable contributions to other governments and non-profits.
The Rincon Band, which now enjoys an economic partnership with neighboring communities, shares its good fortune with North County San Diego through tribal government donations to worthy causes that contribute to the welfare and health of the region. In addition, the Rincon tribal government provides increased fire and police protection to the surrounding communities with a state of the art fire station and contract with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for extra law enforcement protection.
The elected 2013 Tribal Council consists of Chairman Bo Mazzetti, Vice Chairwoman Stephanie Spencer; and Council Members Laurie Gonzalez; Steve Stallings; and Frank Mazzetti.