International Community Health Services to Receive $100K from Siemens Foundation to Support COVID-19 Response

Seattle-Based Community Health Center is one of 12 Receiving Financial Support from the Non-Profit Organization

The Siemens Foundation today announced it is providing $100,000 to International Community Health Services (ICHS) to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The community health center is one of 12 receiving financial support from the non-profit organization established by Siemens USA. Aligning with its dedication to social equity, the Siemens Foundation, including funding provided to it by Siemens Healthineers, is committing a total of $1.5 million to support these critical healthcare providers so they can continue serving their communities when they are needed most.

“We are grateful to the Siemens Foundation and its support of ICHS’ essential role in maintaining the health of our communities,” said Teresita Batayola, ICHS CEO. “ICHS is needed now, more than ever and these funds support our viability and strength. This generous gift helps us meet the challenge of ensuring health care for all, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. It supports ICHS efforts to deliver new remote models of care and bolsters our partnership in state efforts to reduce transmission through increased testing.”

This grant will help ICHS continue to provide services to vulnerable populations amid pandemic-related funding challenges and unanticipated financial burdens. Since its founding in the early 1970s, ICHS has been a primary source of affordable, in-language health care for the region’s diverse residents. Last year, ICHS served over 32,000 patients at its 11 locations, 69 percent of whom were low income and about 7 percent uninsured.

“Community Health Centers are the backbone of health care for low-income and vulnerable communities,” Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA). “The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly strained CHC personnel and resources, who are already underfunded. This generous donation to International Community Health Services will help them to continue their incredible work protecting and improving the health and safety of patients at a time when support for health care providers is desperately needed.”

“International Community Health Services is tirelessly working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response, ensuring that historically marginalized and vulnerable communities receive the resources and care they need during this pandemic,” said Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan. “I’m heartened to learn that their deep commitment to health and equity continues to be recognized, and grateful for their longstanding investment in the health of wellness of our community.”

ICHS was selected using equity criteria developed by the Siemens Foundation in consultation with the National Association of Community Health Centers, the Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers, and Siemens. The center is free to use the funding as it deems necessary in response to the crisis.

“As the COVID-19 crisis disproportionately threatens lower-income and medically underserved communities, it’s important for us to support the institutions that sustain our social compact,” said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. “Community health centers and their staff are on the front lines providing primary care every day and they now play an especially critical role in our medical services infrastructure when emergency services and hospital settings are overwhelmed. Vital services like these are paramount to supporting equity across America.”

The $1.5 million total commitment is funded, in part, by the Siemens Healthineers Fund of the Siemens Foundation, supported by Siemens Healthineers business in the United States.

“It is a critical time to ensure all patients and families are able to access the care they need,” said Dave Pacitti, Siemens Foundation Board of Directors member; President of Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.; and Head of the Americas for Siemens Healthineers. “The nation’s community health centers are a vital safety net for millions of patients, and these investments will help them to continue providing affordable care that strengthens the entire U.S. healthcare system in combatting the pandemic.”

ICHS Foundation Receives Generous Grant to Enhance Dental Care

The International Community Health Services Foundation has been awarded $40,000 from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound to purchase new dental chairs for the clinic at Holly Park.

This generous assistance will enable International Community Health Services (ICHS) to add dental chairs and replace aging ones, which wore down and broke over the years because of high use. ICHS started in Seattle in 1973 and offers quality dental, medical and counseling services to anyone, especially Asian Pacific Islanders, the uninsured and those in need.

“We’ve always appreciated the generosity from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound. This kind support from this local group allows us to continue providing quality, accessible health care to Seattle-area residents,” Teresita Batayola, CEO of ICHS, said.

“These new chairs will offer patients comfort, as our dentists conduct examinations and promote good oral health. At ICHS, we believe good health leads to productive lives.”
ICHS staff members worked quickly to purchase and install the new dental chairs to accommodate patients. “This was an example of the convergence of urgency, opportunity and giving,” Batayola said.

As a federally-qualified health center, ICHS offers services on a sliding scale for individuals based on income and welcomes all patients looking for quality care and convenience. Its two clinics in the International District and Holly Park are easily accessible by automobile and public transportation.

ICHS staff members also are bilingual and multilingual, speaking various Asian languages and dialects. New patients can make an appointment at the International District clinic by calling 206-788-3757. The Holly Park dental clinic can be reached at 206-788-3502.

The Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound is an employee-owned charitable foundation. Since 1951, generous Boeing employees have contributed more than $500 million to local nonprofit groups and United Way chapters. Employees Community Fund grants enable agencies to purchase equipment, renovate their facilities and create new programs that directly help their clients and strengthen communities.

Since 2010, the Employees Community Fund has funded $80,660 in direct grants to support ICHS. The Employees Community Fund helped with the purchasing of exam tables for when ICHS renovated and expanded its International District clinic.