LEWISTON – In recognition of its importance as a safety net clinic and its new focus on primary care for the uninsured, The Regence Foundation has awarded a $10,300 grant to Snake River Community Clinic in Lewiston. The grant will help hire a continuity of care provider at the clinic and support basic lab tests for new patients. In 2008 the clinic was awarded a $10,000 grant after being nominated by a Regence employee.
“This grant is to recognize the good work and progress that the Snake River Community Clinic has made in the past two years,” said Michael Alexander, Regence Foundation board chair. “When we made our initial award in 2008, the clinic provided only short-term, acute care to the uninsured. Now it has transitioned to a model that emphasizes more comprehensive primary care, which addresses a significant unmet need for the uninsured in the community.”
The clinic’s new continuity of care provider will conduct daily chart reviews, check notes from past visits, and monitor medications to make sure patients are receiving quality care in an efficient manner.  The provider will also help ensure patients receive basic diagnostic and maintenance lab work when they visit the clinic.
Snake River Community Clinic uses a volunteer staff to provide free basic medical and dental care to uninsured, medically needy individuals. The clinic’s goals are to improve the health of the community by helping the working poor recover their health, preventing diseases and complications, and teaching families how to better care for themselves.
About The Regence Foundation
The Regence Foundation is the corporate foundation of Regence, the largest health insurer in the Northwest/Intermountain region and a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. A 501(c)3 grantmaking organization, the Foundation partners with organizations driving significant change in health care delivery and accessibility in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Through its Sojourns program, the Foundation also supports organizations advancing quality palliative and end-of-life care. For more information visit www.RegenceFoundation.orgor www.twitter.com/RegenceGives.