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Kaiser Permanente Approves $11 Million in Community Benefit Grants
Date:7/28/2009

atient surgery program. In Orange County, more than 12 percent of adults and 8 percent of the children are uninsured, and access to specialty care is limited. Access OC, based on the Operation Access model above, identifies, recruits and coordinates donated services of Kaiser Permanente medical professionals and medical facilities to provide free outpatient surgical care to Orange County's uninsured and working poor. These free surgeries enable many people to overcome ailments that previously prevented them from working.

The John Wesley County Hospital Institute of Los Angeles is the recipient of a $250,000 grant over two years to address the issue of recuperative care for homeless patients following surgery. The grant, issued to the Recuperative Care Program at the Weingart Center, will be used to maintain five recuperative care beds for a year, and provide 24-hour nursing care and case management services to homeless persons recently discharged from area hospitals.

Strengthening Communities' Safety Net

The Effort, a Sacramento, Calif., community clinic providing primary care, was awarded a $200,000 grant to reopen the Oak Park clinic. This funding will enable the clinic, which was recently closed due to state budget cuts, to reopen and provide primary care, prenatal care and mental health services to the Oak Park community in which more than 30 percent of the residents have household incomes at or below the Federal Poverty Level.

The Challenge Center of La Mesa, Calif., is the recipient of a $70,000 grant to support the Center's Extended Physical Therapy and Assisted Fitness Program for one year. The program will provide physical and health/wellness services for 50 people living with severe physical disabilities in San Diego County.

The National Patient Safety Foundation in Boston, Mass., received a $718,010 grant over two years for the "Patient Safety Initiative at Ame
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