Contact: Maria Ramirez
ATRIO Health Plans, Cascade Comprehensive Care, and Cascade Health Alliance are pleased to join together and provide $65,000 in relief aid to the Klamath Basin Senior Citizen’s Center to support their operations and essential senior support services that have been negatively impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Klamath Basin Senior Citizen’s Center (KBSCC) will direct funding to the greatest needs with a focus aimed at continuing essential operations and ensuring that seniors who rely on the Center for food security will continue to have access to meals.
The Center closed on March 15 to all gatherings due to the pandemic to protect the health of their employees and their congregants. Marc Kane, the Center’s Executive Director, recently provided a COVID-19 Status Update report in which he stated, “During the closure, we’re suffering a significant loss of income, which is needed to complement government funding to either fulfill the full cost of services or meet matching requirements. We’ve applied for emergency grant funding; however, the drop in the nation’s economic condition will undoubtedly have a negative impact on our current funding sources and future general operation grant requests.”
The Klamath Basin Senior Citizen’s Center is recognized as an indispensable fixture serving the needs of the local senior community. Tayo Akins, Chief Executive Officer of Cascade Comprehensive Care and Cascade Health Alliance, states that the Center’s services are even more important now during the pandemic. “We know many seniors struggle with food security, loneliness and mental health. Unfortunately, the pandemic has caused increased anxiety and isolation and is exacerbating these situations.” Wendy Edwards, President of ATRIO Health Plans, added, “We simply cannot overstate the importance of supporting the great work of the Center and its people, both staff and volunteers. We appreciate how these folks step up every day and continue to serve the essential needs of local seniors to remain healthy and connected through this most challenging time.” When presented with this donation, Marc Kane responded, “We are delighted to receive this generous support and it is very encouraging to us during this critical time of need.”
If you are a local senior in need of assistance with food, transportation or fellowship and social interaction, you can contact the KBSCC at (541) 883-7171.
ATRIO Health Plans is a Medicare Advantage plan established by Oregon physicians in 2004 and has since grown to serve thousands of members in Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Marion and Polk counties. ATRIO works closely with local providers of care to improve health outcomes of their members and the communities they serve. ATRIO serves more than 19,000 Oregonians with its affordable and comprehensive Medicare Advantage health plans. Learn more at 1-877-672-8620 or go online to atriohp.com.
Cascade Comprehensive Care, Inc. (CCC) is a health care management company based in Klamath Falls, Oregon. CCC was founded in 1992 by local health care providers, including Primary Care and Specialist physicians and other health organizations, to improve health care access, delivery and outcomes for Klamath County residents. CCC operates Klamath County’s coordinated care organization, Cascade Health Alliance, through a contract with the Oregon.
Health Authority. Cascade Health Alliance (CHA) serves approximately 18,000 members through the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s Medicaid plan. Learn more at (541) 883-2947 or go online to cascadecomp.com, or cascadehealthalliance.com