Health workers show ‘care’ for community

Family Healthcare Network’s Anita Fund donates to 135 needy families in Tulare, Fresno and Kings counties


VISALIA – Care is the primary reason most health professionals get into healthcare. And if there was any doubt about the caring nature of local health workers, look no further than Family HealthCare Network (FHCN).

On Dec. 3, FHCN donated holiday food baskets, blankets, and gifts to 135 needy families from the communities of Cutler-Orosi, Hanford, Porterville, Ivanhoe, Farmersville, Terra Bella, Tulare, Traver, Visalia, Goshen, Woodlake, and Fresno. Staff and volunteers were busy preparing the baskets to be given away as part of the organization’s Anita Fund, a tradition of FHCN for over 25 years. Through the Anita Fund, FHCN employees donate on a monthly basis from their personal paychecks to provide annual holiday gifts and food baskets to support patients in need.

“Family HealthCare Network is honored to be able to support the Anita Fund annually. The impact these donations have on families in our communities is truly amazing,” stated FHCN President & CEO Kerry Hydash.
Recipients of the gift and food baskets are patients of FHCN, nominated by clinicians and other staff of the Network. The gift baskets included fresh produce donated by the Community Food Bank of Central California. Family HealthCare Network also received support from the Walmart Distribution Center. Family HealthCare Network staff donations collected throughout the year also enabled FHCN to provide each family with a fresh whole chicken, canned foods, blankets, and gifts for children living in the household.

Community health representatives, along with community volunteers, began preparing the gift baskets at the organization’s corporate office in Visalia on Sunday, Dec. 2. On Monday, Dec. 3, FHCN staff also volunteered to distribute the baskets along with Santa, to offer children a special holiday experience. Distribution to families occurred at FHCN’s corporate office in Visalia, the FHCN Resource Center in Porterville, at Self Help’s Villa de Guadalupe in Orosi, FHCN’s Hanford Health Center, and FHCN’s Fresno Ambulatory Care Center.

Family HealthCare Network is a private nonprofit organization that operates 31 sites, 26 of which are federally qualified health centers located throughout Tulare, Fresno, and Kings Counties. Our mission is to provide quality health care to everyone in the communities we serve. With over 200 clinical providers in our network, we provide access to a wide range of coordinated health services, including family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, adult and children’s dentistry, pharmacy, internal medicine, behavioral health, nutritional counseling, health education, case management, community health and outreach, and eligibility assistance.

For more information about Family HealthCare Network, please call 1-877-960-3426, or visit our website at, like us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at

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