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Free Clinic of Southwest Washington Receives $8,000 Grant from Kaiser Permanente - 01/14/19

VANCOUVER, Wash., January 14, 2019 -­ The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has received an $8,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente to care for uninsured patients living with diabetes.

Statistics show that low-income individuals (the population served by free clinics) are more likely to suffer from uncontrolled diabetes due to lack of access to health care and other services.

Under the Free Clinic’s program, volunteers and community partners offer education, stabilization and comprehensive care to people with diabetes. The Free Clinic will use funds from the grant to purchase insulin.

“We’re grateful for the ongoing support of Kaiser Permanente,” says Ann Wheelock, executive director of the Free Clinic. “This grant will provide supplies for people living with diabetes, many of whom simply can’t afford the insulin they need to survive.”

About the Free Clinic:

The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington provides free, compassionate, quality health care to children and adults who are otherwise unable to obtain such services. The Free Clinic offers medical, dental, vision and specialty care services from 500 volunteer professionals. The Free Clinic is funded by the local community, and all donations stay in Southwest Washington. For more information about the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, visit our website: freeclinics.org.

Free Clinic of Southwest Washington Receives $50,000 from The Oregon Community Foundation - 01/11/19

VANCOUVER, Wash., January 11, 2019 - The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has received $50,000 from The Oregon Community Foundation to support the clinic’s volunteer program.

Formally known as the Health Systems Access to Care Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation, this grant will assist in improving the Free Clinic’s volunteer program and expand the volunteer base; increase awareness to broaden its funding base; and implement a needs assessment for the population it serves. Kaiser Permanente NW, Legacy Health, PeaceHealth and Providence Health & Services collaboratively created the Health Systems Access to Care Fund for community-supported clinics in the combined service areas of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Since 1990, volunteers have been the primary source of health care services at the Free Clinic. In this past year alone, the Free Clinic relied on over 500 volunteers to help address the health care needs of uninsured and under-served residents of Southwest Washington. The Free Clinic served approximately 7,000 patients in the last year.

“We so appreciate the support,” says Ann Wheelock, executive director of the Free Clinic. “Our patients will greatly benefit from more robust volunteer and medical programs.”

About the Free Clinic:

The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington provides free, compassionate, quality health care to children and adults who are otherwise unable to obtain such services. The Free Clinic offers medical, dental, vision and specialty care services from 500 volunteer professionals. The Free Clinic is funded by the local community, and all donations stay in Southwest Washington. For more information about the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, visit our website: freeclinics.org.

Patterson Foundation Awards $5,000 Grant to the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington - 01/09/19

VANCOUVER, Wash., January 9, 2019 -­ The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has received a $5,000 grant from the Patterson Foundation to help fund its oral health program.

The clinic provides dental services at its location at the Jim Parsley Center and in its mobile dental van at Clark County schools and community-sponsored events. Dental volunteers fill cavities and screen, seal and varnish children’s teeth. Dental care for adults includes extractions, fillings, the repair of broken teeth and pain relief. Without the Free Clinic, many of these patients would seek care in highly expensive hospital emergency rooms.

“Restoring the oral health of families living in poverty eliminates a barrier to their participation in the workforce,” says Executive Director Ann Wheelock. “Access to dental care is a key component in breaking the cycle of inter-generational poverty.”

This is the second gift the Patterson Foundation has provided to the Free Clinic. The Patterson Foundation is based out of St. Paul, Minnesota, and exists to positively impact lives through grants to nonprofit organizations in the oral health and animal health fields.

About the Free Clinic:

The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington provides free, compassionate, quality health care to children and adults who are otherwise unable to obtain such services. The Free Clinic offers medical, dental, vision and specialty care services from more than 500 volunteer professionals. The Free Clinic is funded by the local community, and all donations stay in Southwest Washington. For more information about the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, visit our website: freeclinics.org.

Free Clinic of Southwest Washington Receives $20,000 Grant from Zidell Charitable Foundation - 01/02/19

VANCOUVER, Wash., January 2, 2019-­ The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has received a $20,000 grant from the Jay and Diane Zidell Charitable Foundation. The donation will help fund urgent medical care services for low-income, uninsured people in Clark County.

“This generous gift helps ensure that the most vulnerable members of our community receive the care they need," said Ann Wheelock, executive director of the Free Clinic. “The clinic’s urgent medical services keep people healthy before they develop more serious illnesses and need expensive emergency room care. We’re so grateful to the Zidell Charitable Foundation for their generous support.”

This is the tenth gift the Zidell Charitable Foundation has made to the Free Clinic. The Zidell Charitable Foundation is locally-based in Portland, Oregon and supports programs that promote the community and cultural vitality in and around Portland, Oregon and the Vancouver, Washington metropolitan areas.

About the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington

The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington provides free, compassionate, quality health care to children and adults who are otherwise unable to obtain such services. The Free Clinic offers medical, dental, vision and specialty care services from 500 volunteer professionals. The Free Clinic is funded by the local community, and all donations stay in Southwest Washington. For more information about the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, visit our website: freeclinics.org.

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Free Clinic of Southwest Washington Welcomes New Executive Director (Photo) - 12/26/18

VANCOUVER, Wash., December 26, 2018 -­ The Board of Directors of the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has appointed Ann Wheelock as Executive Director. In this role, Ann will serve as the senior leader of the Free Clinic and represent the organization in the broader community. Since September, Ann has served as interim executive director.

“Ann stepped in during a time of transition and has successfully navigated through quite a bit of change in that short amount of time,” said Dawn Tolotti, President of the Free Clinic Board of Directors. “The clinic is blossoming under her leadership and we are thrilled that she has agreed to carry on in this important leadership role”   

A well-respected and highly regarded leader in the local community, Ann has held previous positions as CEO of the Columbia United Providers, a local Medicaid Health Plan and CFO of The Vancouver Clinic. Ann has a strong interest in helping underserved populations receive access to health care.

Her knowledge of the Free Clinic is extensive, as she has been involved with the organization for many years serving on the Board of Directors, Finance Committee, and as Board Treasurer.

“I have a much greater appreciation for how well run and efficient the clinic is after spending each day here over the last few months,” said Ann Wheelock. “We have a wonderful group of staff and volunteers who do a lot with very limited resources. I am excited to help out.”

About the Free Clinic:

The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington provides free, compassionate, quality health care to children and adults who are otherwise unable to obtain such services. The Free Clinic offers medical, dental, vision and specialty care services from more than 500 volunteer professionals. The Free Clinic is funded by the local community, and all donations stay in Southwest Washington. For more information about the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, visit our website: freeclinics.org.

 

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