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A blow to communty health services

Post by David Seago on March 31, 2008 at 12:04 pm |
March 31, 2008 12:04 pm

Just heard some bad news from one of our favorite – and most needed – community organizations. It’s not what you want to hear when we’re heading into economic recession when more families will be facing hard times.

Community Health Care, which runs medical and dental clinics for low-income and uninsured people in Pierce County, is cutting services and staff due to financial problems.

CHC plans to lay off 11 employees, transfer four others and eliminate 15 vacant positions. It will also close a children’s dental clinic at 1102 S. I St. in Tacoma. Two other dental clinics in Tacoma and Lakewood will remain open.

A CHC announcement today said a combination of flat or only slightly increasing revenues and rapidly increasing operational costs forced the moves, which will result in a balanced budget by June 1. Last year CHC clinics served 35,791 patients.

A CHC fundraising drive for the new Kimi and George Tanbara Health Center in the Salishan area of Tacoma will continue. Groundbreaking is set for May 9.

CHC’s annual luncheon –– the usual donation requested sort of affair — will be held at 11:30 a.m. April 15 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.

Mona Locke, former TV newscaster, director of the Puget Sound Susan G. Komen fore the Cure (for breast cancer) and wife of former Gov. Gary Locke, will be the speaker.

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