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Sun Gazette: Foundation Grant Will Aid Free Clinic’s Primary-Care Services Print

BY Scott McCaffrey, Staff Writer

Created: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 5:27 AM


A local foundation’s decision to award two-thirds of a million dollars to the Arlington Free Clinic was lauded during ceremonies May 10.

“The need is great. There’s always going to be a need for community-based free clinics,” said Arlington Free Clinic board chairman Dr. David Lee as he accepted a check for $677,500 from the McLean-based Campbell Hoffman Foundation. A similar amount was presented to Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services at the event.

Dr. Lee’s reaction when he heard about the grant? “It almost overwhelmed me a little bit,” the anesthesiologist said at the ceremony.

Founded in 1998, the Campbell Hoffman Foundation has in the past focused on providing smaller grants to support primary-health-care services. Over the past two years, the foundation’s board of directors came to the conclusion they could do more good by wrapping up their operations and donating larger sums of money to community-health facilities.

Going that route was “a game-changing way . . . to establish a permanent legacy,” said Carol Jameson, who serves on the foundation’s board of directors.

“We know our legacy is in excellent hands,” she said.

Funding also has been provided to the Loudoun Community Health Center.

The foundation was supported by the late Dr. Olive Hoffman and Jane Campbell, who contributed funds to its establishment.

“I know they would be proud,” said Kathie Westpheling, president of the Campbell Hoffman Foundation, who said it was a “tremendous thrill” to see the funds going to support community-health services.

“Their legacy will endure,” she said of Hoffman and Campbell.

U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th), who attended the ceremony at the Arlington Free Clinic off Columbia Pike, said community-health facilities benefit the public in a number of ways.

“They look at the whole person, and they provide that care to people who would have no safety net otherwise,” Moran said. “Their mission is more important than ever, [and it] saves our economy billions in health-care costs.”

Nancy Pallesen, executive director of the Arlington Free Clinic, said her organization hasn’t yet determined where the funds will be deployed, but said the focus would be on continuing to provide care to those without insurance.