PacificSource Family of Companies Commit $275K to Help Fund Federally Qualified Health Center
Center to serve South Lane and North Douglas Counties
(Springfield, Ore.) Oct. 28, 2021— The PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement, PacificSource, and Pacific Health Associates have collectively approved a joint grant funding request totaling $275,000 to help support the opening of a new Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) to serve the residents of Oregon’s South Lane and North Douglas Counties. The Clinic is currently scheduled to open in fall 2022.
The grant funds will help support the capital costs needed for renovations and the purchase of necessary equipment for the Center, which will be located in the Lane Community College (LCC) building in Cottage Grove.
“This has been a local community goal for ten years and the PacificSource family of companies is proud to come together to help this much needed clinic finally become a reality,” said Priscilla Gould, president of the PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement and Pacific Health Associates.
The Clinic will provide local students access to primary care and dental services and will employ more than 22 individuals when fully staffed. It will also function as a health and dental care training site for South Lane School District and LCC students.
South Lane County is designated as a Health Professional Shortage Area for primary and dental care, and the area to be served includes two of Oregon’s highest need primary care service areas as identified by the Office of Rural Health.
Community partners working collaboratively to plan and implement this project include: Community Health Centers of Lane County (CHCLC); Cottage Grove Be Your Best Committee; LCC; PeaceHealth; South Lane Mental Health; and the South Lane School District.
PacificSource’s companies grant funding for the Clinic was provided as follows: PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement $75k; PacificSource $100k; Pacific Health Associates $100k.
About PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement
Founded in 1992, the PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement is an expression of our commitment to our communities. Its mission is to improve community health through the touchstones of better health, better care, and lower healthcare costs. The Foundation’s grants and partnerships focus on improving access to healthcare for vulnerable populations and promoting health excellence via innovative care and community health and wellness programs. For more information, visit the Foundation.
About PacificSource Health Plans
PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, regional, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource has local offices throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. The PacificSource family of companies employs 1,400 people, serves more than 500,000 individuals, and has 3,900 employer clients throughout the Northwest. For more information visit PacificSource.com.
About Pacific Health Associates
Founded in 2015, Pacific Health Associates (PHA) provides grants to the PacificSource Foundation and collaborates with the Foundation and PacificSource on other granting opportunities. PHA’s mission is to improve the health and welfare of the poor and needy, lessen the burdens of government, improve patient’s experience with health care as well as the health of individuals in the community, and provide support to initiatives that better overall population health.