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March 10, 2011

Columbia River Community Health Services receives $50K grant from PGE Foundation for Boardman Health Clinic construction
Boardman, Ore. — Columbia River Community Health Services and the “Investing in Boardman’s Healthy Future,” Capital Campaign has received a $50,000 grant from the Portland General Electric Foundation — PGE’s corporate foundation.

The PGE Foundation grant will be used to support the construction of a new health clinic for the Boardman community, which serves as many as 12,000 visits per year. CRCHS, a nonprofit organization, is the only medical facility in Boardman and provides up to 30 percent charity care each year.

I“n order to continue to offer quality health care to the Boardman and Northern Morrow communities, a new facility must be built,” said Mindy Binder, executive director of CRCHS. “This gift from the PGE Foundation is wonderful news that makes our April groundbreaking even more significant”.

“Access to health care is critical to sustaining a thriving community,” said Gwyneth Gamble Booth, PGE Foundation board chair. “The foundation continues to make basic needs, including health care, a priority, and we are pleased to support the construction of a health clinic in Boardman that will serve the community for many years to come.”

Currently, CRCHS is based in a 5,000-square-foot building that can no longer expand with the existing footprint. The new medical facility will be 15,000 square feet upon completion in early summer of 2012.

The capital campaign’s goal is to raise more than $4.2 million in cash pledges and in-kind contributions. To date, the campaign has secured more than $3.3 million.

CRCHS provides preventative and acute primary care, urgent care, family planning, women’s health, pediatric care, sports physicals as well as general physicals. The clinic is a Federal Qualified Health Center with a primary purpose to protect and improve the quality of life for all people, particularly the medically underserved and vulnerable population.

About the PGE Foundation
The PGE Foundation, the corporate foundation of Portland General Electric, was established in 1997 as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization with a permanent endowment. The Foundation’s giving is separate from the corporate giving of PGE. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $14 million to help improve the quality of life for all Oregonians by supporting statewide programs and services that encourage healthy families, provide educational opportunities and encourage the arts and cultural diversity.

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