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Banyan Community Health Foundation

Banyan Community Health Foundation

Banyan Community Health Foundation makes a difference in the lives of South Floridians every day. We help uninsured and underinsured families living in underserved communities to receive quality medical and behavioral healthcare. Banyan Community Health Foundation centralizes the fundraising efforts of Banyan Health Systems.

The foundation helps support and expand our Banyan Community Health Centers and Behavioral Health programs to increase the types of services offered and the number of patients cared for each year.

Banyan Community Health Foundation is a 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) not-for-profit organization that supports the mission of Banyan Health Systems and the programs and services we provide. Contributions to the foundation are tax deductible.

Who We Are

Since 1971, Banyan has served the health care needs of South Florida. Fifty years later, we remain committed to providing the highest quality patient care to the communities that need us the most, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. The Banyan Community Health Foundation provides funding through grants that support patient care, education, and research throughout Banyan Health Systems.

With your support, we can continue to serve South Florida’s most vulnerable communities with improved outcomes as we transform the way care is accessed and delivered to all people, regardless of their insurance status.

By treating the whole person (not just a condition or illness) and expanding quality health care access to everyone regardless of their ability to pay, we can help build stronger, healthier, and happier communities.

The History of Banyan Community Health Foundation

Spectrum Programs, Miami’s first treatment program of its kind was founded in 1970 by Father Fred Harrison, who in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the N.A.R.A. (Narcotic Addict Rehabilitation Act of 1966) Act helped inmates through their recovery and transition into society. As the drug epidemic was exploding in South Florida, families were being ravaged in our communities by both addiction and mental health disorders and were in desperate need of treatment in a welcoming, compassionate environment.

More than fifteen years ago, a merger with Miami Behavioral Health Center established the first collaboration of a substance abuse rehabilitation center with a mental health facility in the state of Florida. Miami Behavioral’s innovative programs were amongst the first in South Florida to provide comprehensive counseling and treatment for families in crisis.

On a mission to treat the whole person in order to deliver the best possible health outcomes, primary care was added, and Banyan Health Systems was established as one of South Florida’s leading community health systems.

Our Leadership on Innovating the Future of Healthcare

Bruce Hayden President
Bruce Hayden, LMHC Foundation President

Bruce Hayden, President, plays a vital role in supporting the mission and vision of Banyan Community Health Foundation. His more than 50 years of knowledge and experience, coupled with his dedication to supporting Banyan’s vision of de-stigmatizing behavioral healthcare, makes him one of South Florida’s most trusted healthcare advocates.

Bruce is one of the founding fathers of integrated behavioral health care in South Florida. In the 1990’s, Bruce oversaw the merger between Spectrum Programs and Miami Behavioral Health and championed South Florida’s very first integration of a substance abuse treatment and mental health center.

Historically, the separation of mental health and substance use services contributed to an overall health system that was difficult for persons with co-occurring disorders to navigate. Bruce and the team at Spectrum Programs recognized that the majority of patients with substance abuse problems also suffered from co-occurring mental health and medical problems. Additionally, insufficient workforce training to identify both mental health and substance use disorders posed barriers to diagnosis and treatment. Evidence showed that integrating substance abuse services in a mental health setting improved patient outcomes and Bruce’s advocacy helped transform the model for behavioral care that many other behavioral care centers have also adapted.

Your Support Matters

Our supporters have helped us launch health education programs, brought mobile healthcare into underserved communities, and equipped our facilities with much needed essentials. To learn more about the various ways to give back, from making a one-time recurring gift to corporate giving opportunities, contact us at or foundation@banyanhealth.org.

Our donors make life-changing programs and services possible for marginalized communities. If expanding health care services to our most vulnerable communities is important to you, please make a difference by making a tax-deductible contribution to our foundation.

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