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IBC Foundation supports Spectrum Community Health Center during National Health Center Week

Foundation president Lorina Marshall Blake presents $75,000 check for new health facility in west Philadelphia


In recognition of National Health Center Week August 11-17, The Independence Blue Cross Foundation will present a check for $75,000 to Spectrum Health Service Inc. (SHS) in Philadelphia to support a new community health center in West Philadelphia. The Center will replace the existing Haddington Health Center.

Since 2011, The IBC Foundation has provided more than $5 million in funding to 43 community health centers throughout the five-county region.

Spectrum’s west Philadelphia facility is located in the 10th most impoverished district in the nation.More than 20 percent of the people served by Spectrum are uninsured and more than 70 percent are medically underserved.

Spectrum completed construction on the new 36,000 square foot facility in July with an expanded capacity from 14 exam rooms to 34. SHS is planning to serve over 27,000 patients over the next couple of years. In addition, Spectrum will start a new dental service in its 8-operatory suite and will expand nutrition services with the support of a demonstration kitchen. SHS has been successful in meeting the standards for a LEED Silver energy efficient building.


Wednesday, August, 14, 2013
11 a.m.


Spectrum Health Services
5201 Haverford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19139


Independence Blue Cross Foundation and Spectrum Health Service Inc.


Presentation of over-sized ceremonial check for $75,000 from Lorina Marshall-Blake, president, Independence Blue Cross Foundation to Phyllis B. Cater, president and CEO, Spectrum Health Services, and Spectrum board president Cleosie Kirkland. The grant will fund a new health facility in west Philadelphia.

About the Independence Blue Cross Foundation
The Independence Blue Cross Foundation is a charitable, private foundation, whose mission is to transform health care through innovation in the communities it serves. It was launched in October 2011 by Independence Blue Cross, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The IBC Foundation and Independence Blue Cross, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, are both committed to improving the health and wellness of the people of southeastern Pennsylvania. The foundation targets the following areas of impact:

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