Suquamish Tribe donates $80,000 to Peninsula Community Health Services

POULSBO — In 2012, Peninsula Community Health Services expects to have taken care of 25,000 patients in 80,000 visits, providing 24-hour on-call care for low-income, uninsured and underinsured residents at four locations.

Patients pay for services according to a sliding scale, based on income. The health service also accepts DSHS, Healthy Options, Basic Health, Medicare, TriCare and other private insurance. The non-profit agency is supported by federal, state, local and private grants, United Way, and community and individual contributions.

Though nonprofit, “Our providers are all paid. We have as strong a program as you have anywhere else,” CEO Barbara Malich said. “Our clients range from the admiral’s wife on TriCare to the homeless person down the street.”

On Wednesday, Peninsula Community Health Services will receive a financial boost from the Suquamish Tribe. Members of the Tribal Council will visit the Peninsula Community Health Service offices on 7th Avenue in Poulsbo, 11 a.m. to noon, to present a donation of $80,000 and tour the offices.

“Peninsula Community Health Services has been working with the Tribe, especially on wellness, and some tribal members use their services,” Suquamish Tribe spokeswoman April Leigh said. “That relationship has grown, and the Suquamish Tribal Council wanted to contribute to support the good work [the health service does] for the uninsured and underinsured.”

Malich said state Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo, helped "connect" officials from Peninsula Community Health Services and the Suquamish Tribe. Peninsula Community Health Services has an annual budget of $14.5 million budget, but “[At least] 51 percent of our patients are uninsured, so we are especially grateful for this donation,” Malich said.

She said the Suquamish Tribe’s donation will help cover the cost of behavioral health services two days a week for a year in its medical offices in Bremerton (on Sixth Street and on Wheaton Way), Port Orchard and Poulsbo.

Peninsula Community Health Services provides an array of services, including:

— 24-hour on call care

— cancer screening

— chronic disease care

— dental care

— family planning and pregnancy testing

— health education and information

— immunizations and flu shots

— mental health counseling

— minor surgery

— newborn and well child care

— on-site pharmacy services

— pharmacy services

— primary medical care

— routine physicals

— women's breast and cervical health care

— Evening and Saturday walk-in services at Wheaton Way.

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