By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley) – With a mission to promote, support and enhance the health and early development of children prenatal through age five and their families and communities, First 5 San Bernardino has welcomed its newest commissioner – St. Joseph Health, St. Mary President and CEO Alan Garrett.
“We look forward to welcoming Alan Garrett to the First 5 San Bernardino Commission. His knowledge and expertise with St. Mary Medical Center complements the collaborative strengths of the other Commissioners and aligns with our mission to advocate for systems and structures that meet the needs of our children ages prenatal through 5,” Said Karen E. Scott, Executive Director of First 5 San Bernardino.
Appointed by San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood, Garrett was sworn in as the newest commissioner on June 7.
“I’m very excited to contribute to the important work carried out by the First 5 San Bernardino organization and its commissioners,” said Garrett, who has served at the helm of St. Mary Medical Center for more than five years. “Reaching our young people in this stage in their development is integral in creating a healthier community and a generation of future leaders.”
For more than 60 years, St. Joseph Health, St. Mary has not only provided the highest quality care in the High Desert, but also reached out into the community offering programs to increase health habits among residents. The hospital has been strong partners in the Healthy High Desert initiative, provides outreach and education to the community, and hosts its own rapidly growing fitness event.
As the only non-profit hospital in the region, St. Joseph Health, St. Mary is always looking for innovative ways to make the High Desert a healthier community. The hospital recently completed a pilot program with Cottonwood Elementary School in Hesperia and donated nearly 300 fitness trackers to fifth and sixth graders with plans to expand the program next year.
About First 5 San Bernardino
The Children and Families Commission for San Bernardino County (First 5 San Bernardino) was created in December, 1998 in order to realize the benefits of Proposition 10 (California Children and Families Act) for the County’s youngest residents and their families. The act created a program for the purpose of promoting, supporting, and improving the early development of children from the prenatal stage to five years of age, under the guidance of the Children and Families Commission for San Bernardino, and in collaboration with the community and agencies providing services to children.