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Siemens donates $150K to Chase Brexton for COVID-19 response

The Siemens Foundation Tuesday announced it is providing $150,000 to Chase Brexton Health Care to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

The community health center is one of 12 receiving financial support from the nonprofit organization established by Siemens USA. Aligning with its dedication to social equity, the Siemens Foundation, including funding provided to it by Siemens Healthineers, is committing a total of $1.5 million to support these critical health care providers so they can continue serving their communities when they are needed most. Chase Brexton is free to use the funding as it deems necessary in response to the crisis.

At Chase Brexton’s five locations, more than 400 employees serve more 40,000 patients annually. Like many other community health centers, their biggest challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic is ensuring that they are available for patients who need to keep their primary care or behavioral health appointments, while not risking their health or furthering the spread of COVID-19. The center will use the grant to support general operations of their centers, including day-to-day patient care, testing, and treatment, both in-person and via telehealth.

The Chase Brexton Health Care was selected using equity criteria developed by the Siemens Foundation in consultation with the National Association of Community Health Centers, the Minnesota Association of Community Health Centers, and Siemens. In determining the 12 centers to receive funding, the Siemens Foundation prioritized centers that serve the most underserved populations, including those in poverty, the homeless, the elderly and veterans. In addition, they looked at the quality of the centers, those serving the most vulnerable to COVID-19, financial stability, need and number of patients served overall.

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