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posted Friday, August 17, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 33
Free Dental, Vision and Medical services offered to people in need
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Seattle/King County Clinic transforms KeyArena to provide compassion and care to thousands

Seattle/King County Clinic returns for a fifth year to KeyArena at Seattle Center with free dental, medical and eye care services for those who struggle to access or afford healthcare. It will be held Sept. 20 - 23, one month earlier than previous years.

The largest event of its kind in the state of Washington, Seattle/King County Clinic brings together over 100 healthcare organizations, civic agencies, nonprofit entities, private businesses and thousands of volunteers to help underserved and vulnerable populations with a goal of helping 4,000 people over the four-day period. Over the past four years, the Clinic has cared for 11,900 patients and provided $14 million in services.

'We're hearing from the community that people of all backgrounds and circumstances have to make choices between housing, food and healthcare,' said Seattle/King County Clinic Director Julia Colson. 'Amid the current affordability crisis in our region, the Clinic provides needed support, now more than ever.'

Statistics from previous years show that many patients who come to the Clinic do not have health insurance (49%), are unemployed (34%), and more than 60% are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. They come from all over the region, representing 262 unique zip codes and speaking 51 primary languages. Patients are parents, children, elders, veterans, immigrants, refugees, people living homeless and, in large part, wage-earners who struggle with the high cost of living.

As one patient last year stated, 'We are the working poor, and the financial burden of medical care in America is prohibitive. Even for those of us working full-time with very basic health insurance, there are services I need that I can't afford.'

Here is how Seattle/King County Clinic works:

Clinic patients receive treatment on a first-come, first-served basis.

Patients may park free of charge at two Seattle Center facilities, 1st Ave North and Mercer Street Parking Garages, on each day of the Clinic.

A giant heated tent on the roof of Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center, located at the corner of 2nd Ave North and Thomas Street, serves as the ticket waiting and distribution area. Organizers distribute free admission tickets for the day beginning at 5am. Tickets are limited.

Doors to KeyArena open at 6:30am. Patients are admitted by ticket number into the Clinic.

Patients register as they enter. They do not need to show identification or proof of immigration status. Services are not limited to residents of Seattle and King County.

Inside KeyArena, all procedures and services are provided free of charge, and interpretation services are available for those who need them.

Patients cannot receive both dental and eye care in one day. They may return to the Clinic on other days for additional services.

Seattle/King County Clinic transforms the form and function of KeyArena. The licensed healthcare professionals and general support volunteers who staff it donate their time and expertise. Patients receive real, and in many instances, extensive care including dental fillings and extractions, eye examinations, physicals, behavioral healthcare and social work, prescription eyeglasses, immunizations, laboratory tests, mammograms, ultrasounds and x-rays and much more. Additional information is available at: www.seattlecenter.org/patients.



Seattle/King County Clinic is made possible through thousands of donated work hours as well as cash and in-kind contributions. Donations are accepted at: www.seattecenter.org. Healthcare professionals and general support volunteers may sign up for a variety of work shifts through an online registration system at: www.seattlecenter.org/volunteers.

'Seattle/King County Clinic is a beacon of caring and generosity,' says Christine Lindquist, Executive Director of Washington Healthcare Access Alliance. 'It provides immediate dental, vision and medical care, and connects patients to resources beyond the clinic walls. It also raises awareness about who is left out of the current healthcare system and demonstrates the good we can accomplish when we work together as diverse partners to serve others and affect change.'

Learn more about Seattle/King County Clinic at www.seattlecenter.org/skcclinic or by calling 206-684-7200.

About Clinic Partners
These are just some of the organizations that collaborate to produce Seattle/King County Clinic and contribute needed resources and expertise:

141 Eyewear, 3M ESPE, AEG Facilities, All Home King County, America's Dentists Care Foundation, Arcora Foundation, Auston James Photography, The Ballmer Group Philanthropy, Bellevue Dentistry, Benco Dental, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Burkhart Dental Supply, Cardinal Health, Ceres Roasting Company, Cisco Systems, City of Seattle, Coca-Cola North America, Country Doctor Community Health Centers, Dave's Killer Bread, DCG ONE, Delivery Express, Dentsply Sirona, Dunn Lumber Co., Einstein Bros. Bagels, Essilor Vision Foundation, European Vine Selections, Field Roast, Franz Bakery, Greek Gods Yogurt, Group Health Foundation, HealthPoint, Heidelberg Engineering, Inc., Henry Schein, Inc., Hepatitis Education Project, Hollywood Lights, Hologic, HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response, InDemand Interpreting, International Community Health Services, Ivoclar Vivadent Inc., Jorgenson-Peninsula Optical Supply, Kaiser Permanente, KaVo Kerr Group, KIND, King County 2-1-1, King County Nurses Association, KLS Martin LP, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Laney Dental, Le Panier, Levy Restaurants, Macrina Bakery, Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization, Medical Teams International, Mediterranean Inn, Microsoft, Mid-Gulf Instruments, Moccasin Lake Foundation, Navos, Neighborcare Health, The Norcliffe Foundation, Oak View Group, Optometric Physicians of Washington, Pacific Office Automation, Pagliacci Pizza, Patterson Dental, Patterson Foundation, PCC Community Markets, Peoples Injury Network NW (PINN), Philips Healthcare, Physical Therapy Association of WA, Project Access Northwest, Providence St. Joseph Health, Public Health - Seattle & King County, The Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Q3 Assets | Lite Tite, Ripe Catering, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Seattle Animal Shelter, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Center, Seattle Center Foundation, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Fire Department, Seattle Housing Authority, Seattle Information Technology, Seattle-King County Dental Society, Seattle Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs, Seattle Police Department, Seattle Public Library, Septodont, Shofu Dental Corporation, Space Needle, SPARK, Swedish Medical Center, Sysco Corporation, TheraTek USA, Uline, Ultradent Products, Inc., UW Medicine, UW School of Dentistry, UW School of Public Health, Valley Cities, Virginia Mason, VOSH Northwest, WA Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, WA Academy of General Dentistry, WA Association of Naturopathic Physicians, WA Dental Hygienists' Association, WA Healthcare Access Alliance, WA State Chiropractic Association, WA State Dental Association, WA State Dental Laboratory Association, WA State Department of Health, WA State Nurses Association, WA State Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Welch Allyn, Wells Fargo

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