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NEWS RELEASE FROM THE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER OF SOUTHEAST KANSAS

Health Care Foundation Awards $200,000 to CHC/SEK to Support Iola Clinic

Iola, KS - The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCF) to increase access to medical and dental services for the uninsured and underinsured.

This funding will be utilized to provide care to those residing in Allen County who otherwise could not afford to see a physician or dentist, according to CHC/SEK CEO Krista Postai. "Surveys indicate that at least 12% of adult Allen County residents went without needed medical care last year because they couldn't afford it."

"This support will go a long way to eliminating that barrier," she said.

CHC/SEK is a private, non-profit health system that provides care to all; those on limited incomes (200% of the federal poverty level or below) receive services for a reduced fee. It serves more than 35,000 patients annually at eight sites in Allen, Cherokee, Crawford and Montgomery counties.

CHC/SEK opened a dental clinic in Iola in 2008 with the support of the HCF and the REACH Foundation and, in August 2013, expanded services to include primary medical care at the same location at 1408 East Street in Iola. It now employees 29 staff members including seven health professionals. Prior to expanding into medical care, about 800 Allen County residents sought services at CHC/SEK sites in Coffeyville and Pittsburg.

"Since we expanded last year in August, we have provided care in Iola to 3,193 patients for 7,731 visits - a 218% increase from the previous year. Thirty percent of these patients were uninsured," she said, adding that HCF funding was critical to the expansion.

"Health centers like ours typically don't expand without federal or state grant support," Postai explained. "Unfortunately, this type of funding hasn't been available for our clinic in Iola. At the same time, the human need was so great we couldn't afford to wait."

"Community support through THRIVE Allen County and some incredible healthcare champions including Drs. Brian Wolfe and Glen Singer, combined with private foundation support, overcame our lack of funding to do what many thought impossible," she said.

"The community's commitment to overcoming barriers to improve the quality of life for those who call Allen County home is inspiring," said Postai. "We took a leap of faith that things would work out and we are extremely grateful to HCF especially its former President & CEO Steve Roling and its new President Bridget McCandless who provided this 'safety net' for us to move forward."

CHC/SEK and HCF share a common goal to help the uninsured population. HCF works to eliminate barriers to quality health for the uninsured and underserved in Allen, Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Cass, Jackson and Lafayette counties in Missouri. Since it began grant making in 2005, HCF has awarded more than $140 million to agencies addressing health needs in the communities they serve.

For additional information about CHC/SEK contact its CEO Krista Postai at kpostai@chcsek.org <mailto:kpostai@chcsek.org>. To make a medical appointment at the Iola clinic call 620-380-6600; for a dental appointment call 620-365-6400.

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