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    Sutter Health Provides $5 Million to Help Community Health Clinics Keep Their Doors Open

    Clinics Strapped During State Budget Talks

    SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 29, 2010 -For the third straight year, Sutter Health will provide $5 million in loans to help community health clinics continue to provide patient care and stay afloat while lawmakers discuss the state budget. The funds offer direct financial support to more than 600 community clinics across California, which struggle to make ends meet due to delays in reaching a final annual state budget.

    Delays in Medi-Cal reimbursements, which make up 40 to 50 percent of health clinic revenue, could result in cutting patient services, reducing clinic hours or even closing clinic doors.

    Sutter Health partners with additional community organizations and the California Primary Care Association, a trade organization representing more than 600 not-for-profit community clinics and health centers, to provide this innovative financing solution.

    As one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit networks of community-based health care providers, Sutter prides itself on delivering high-quality care in more than 100 Northern California communities. During 2009, Sutter increased its investment in providing care and services for the poor and underserved and benefits for the broader community to $667 million.

    Carmela Castellano-Garcia, Esq.,President and Chief Executive Officer, California Primary Care Association
    “The California Primary Care Association is pleased that these needed funds will be available to the clinics and health centers to help them navigate through these very difficult budgetary times. I thank Sutter Health for its contribution to the loan fund, which highlights its deep and continued commitment to the health safety net.”

    Pat Fry, president and CEO, Sutter Health
    “Community health clinics play a critical role in the delivery of health care across Northern California, and in the past year, many have experienced an increase in the number of patients coming through their doors. Patients and their families depend on these clinics to stay healthy. Sutter Health proudly contributes again to this innovative financing solution that will help keep clinic doors open and patients well.”

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