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MLK Days of Service at KPNW

February 28, 2018

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Days of Service is the cornerstone of our community service activities. Every January, Kaiser Permanente Northwest partners with local free clinics in our service area to provide free care to underserved populations. Northwest Permanente physicians and clinicians staff these clinics and are responsible for providing this much-needed care. These services include virtual medical and surgical consultations from NWP specialists at designated clinics.

At this year’s events, held from Longview to Eugene, NWP physicians provided free medical and eye care to patients at six safety-net clinics and six Vision Essentials clinics. In Salem, for example, 58 patients from the Salem Free Clinics were seen by KP providers. In addition, the Salem Vision Essentials team and optometrists gave 22 patients eye exams and provided glasses for 19 of them. In fact, throughout the region, KP provided 139 eye exams, resulting in 132 pairs of eyeglasses.

“I haven’t been able to afford new glasses for over three years. As a result, I haven’t been able to see the details of life for a long time,” said one patient. “Now I can see again! Thank you so much, Kaiser Permanente!”

Margarita Gomez receives new glasses in Longview, Washington, as part of KPNW's Vision Essentials' efforts on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

Margarita Gomez receives new glasses in Longview, Washington, as part of KPNW’s Vision Essentials’ efforts on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

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