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November 12, 2008 > Tri-City Health Center receives $100,000 grant

Tri-City Health Center receives $100,000 grant

Submitted By Ben Drew

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), a Sutter Health affiliate, recently helped secure $100,000 in grant funding for Tri-City Health Center (TCHC), based in Fremont.

The grant represents a portion of the $2.5 million that Sutter Health awarded in October to 26 medical and dental care centers across Northern California that serve large percentages of low-income, uninsured and underinsured patients. PAMF helped secure nearly $600,000 of that funding for local community clinics in Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, including TCHC.

"Caring for and supporting the communities we serve is a fundamental part of PAMF's mission," said Valerie Roberts, senior director of operations at the PAMF Fremont Center. "We have developed a good relationship with Tri-City Health Center through the years and value the important role they play in caring for homeless, low-income, uninsured and underinsured patients in our community. We are pleased that our recommendation and endorsement could help Tri-City Health Center receive this generous grant from Sutter."

TCHC will use the $100,000 grant to:

Maintain Project HOPE (Homeless Outreach for People Empowerment) at current service levels - providing 1,500 primary medical care visits to homeless patients annually;

Maintain dental services at their current level - providing oral health care to 1,200 adult patients annually; and

Expand the Teen City Clinic's hours of operation to include Saturday afternoons. TCHC anticipates that this will increase access to teen clinic services for young people by 2,700 visits per year.

"With the state's budget issues and the economy hurting, it is difficult to fund all of the programs that our community needs," said Kathy Lievre, CEO of Tri-City Health Center. "Without the support of Sutter Health and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, we would not have been able to continue or expand some of our vital health care and dental programs. This grant truly comes at a time of great need and we appreciate the support of Sutter and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation."

The grant is part of the Community Clinic Access to Care Grant program, a commitment by the Sutter Health network of physicians, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers to improve access to needed health care services - in the communities served by Sutter and its affiliates - to those who cannot afford to pay.

"Through the Community Clinic Access to Care Grant Program, we're pleased to further support local health clinics that are providing vital services to individuals and families in need," said Sutter Health president and CEO Pat Fry.

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