Major Gifts


REDLANDS, Calif.  – In the U.S. 1 in 3 women will develop cancer during their lifetimes. For several decades, it has remained a leading cause of death among women, predominantly those over the age of 40. To improve access to advanced diagnostic equipment for local cancer patients, Stater Bros. Charities and the Inland Women Fighting Cancer (IWFC) organization have awarded Redlands Community Hospital Foundation (RCHF) with a $150,000 grant.  A check presentation was held on Thursday, July 28 at Redlands Community Hospital (RCH).           

  “Stater Bros. Charities, Inland Women Fighting Cancer and Redlands Community Hospital share a common goal – to provide the best cancer care to those who live and work in the Inland Empire,” said Jim Holmes, CEO of Redlands Community Hospital.  “The grant allows us to purchase advanced 3-D technology, which is the gold standard for dense breasts imaging at leading imaging centers across the country.”  

The grant will support the purchase of a new Hologic Selenia Dimensions full-field digital mammography system with 3-D tomosynthesis capability, which is an advanced 3-D mammography system for the RCH’s Women’s Health Imaging Center.  Annually, more than 7,200 women visit the Women’s Health Imaging Center, a 3,300 square-foot facility that provides women with mammograms, breast biopsies, bone-density screening exams, and no-cost health education for women.  The new 3-D mammography system will make it easier for healthcare providers to screen dense breasts, which remains a challenge with conventional 2-D screening equipment. Access to this new technology will reduce the number of false-positive and false-negative exam findings, enhance the ability of clinicians to identify lesions before they become life-threatening, facilitate improved outcomes and ultimately save the lives of women in our community.

“For many years breast imaging has been the cornerstone of women's health in the U.S. and an important focus at Redlands Community Hospital,” said Jan Opdyke, president of the RCHF. “We’re grateful to the leadership of Stater Bros. Charities and Inland Women Fighting Cancer for this generous grant that will allow us to utilize the best new developments in cancer diagnosis, care and treatment for Inland Empire women.”

Stater Bros. Charities has supported the RCHF with more than $600,000 since 2011. Year after year, it has selected RCH’s Women’s Health Imaging Center because of the increasing need for cancer screening in the Inland Empire.

 “Stater Bros. Charities supports the fight against all cancers in our communities,” said Pete Van Helden, President and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets. “The funds raised through the annual Believe Walk support equipment purchases, programs and services for local organizations in the Southern California region. That’s why we are making a donation towards the purchase of advanced mammography equipment at Redlands Community Hospital,” Van Helden further added.

Stater Bros. Charities is a non-profit organization that supports the critical needs of the areas it serves. Every first Sunday in October, Stater Bros. Charities teams up with IWFC to host the Believe Walk, a community-based effort that attracts more than 12,000 participants each year. Funds from the event support local cancer centers and organizations in the Inland Empire. Since 2008, over $3 million has been donated by Stater Bros. Charities and IWFC to support the fight against all cancers in Southern California.

Redlands Community Hospital Foundation helps the hospital achieve its mission through raising funds to support infrastructure, clinical services and health promotion programs to benefit the community.


About Redlands Community Hospital: Redlands Community Hospital is a 229-bed, independent not-for-profit, stand-alone facility located in Southern California. The hospital has been providing quality healthcare to neighbors in Redlands and surrounding communities since 1904.  The hospital has 270 board certified physicians, 100 health plans, 1,400 employees, and more than 300 volunteers. Many of our Inland Empire neighbors have come to rely on us for all their healthcare needs.    

About Stater Bros. Charities: Stater Bros. Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports critical needs in the communities where Stater Bros. employees live and work. Since 2008, Stater Bros. Charities has provided funding to countless local organizations and causes that benefit hunger relief, children’s well-being, education, health, and help for our nation’s veterans. Funds are raised throughout the year from generous customers, supplier friends, and caring members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family. For more information, visit: