March 13, 2002

Contact:
Susan Nielsen, Intercollegiate College of Nursing, (509) 324-7372, susann@wsu.edu
Patty Kilcup, Tidyman’s Employee Owned Marketplace Stores, (509) 891-0304, pattyk@tidymans.com

Third Annual People’s Clinic Supply Drive Underway at Area Tidyman’s Stores
Health services offered at three store locations March 16

EDITOR’S NOTE: Visual opportunities — health service teams will be located in the Tidyman’s stores throughout the day on Saturday, March 16, providing the below described services, information about People’s Clinic and the Washington Basic Health Insurance program.

SPOKANE, Wash. — For the third consecutive year, Tidyman’s Employee Owned Marketplace stores and the People’s Clinic are teaming up during the month of March to collect over-the-counter medications and health supplies for People’s Clinic patients.

Tidyman’s, in partnership with the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/Washington State University College of Nursing, will be collecting medicinal and health items at all six Spokane Tidyman’s Marketplace stores through March 31. The donated items will be distributed to patients visiting People’s Clinic over the next several months.

Nursing faculty and personnel from the Intercollegiate College of Nursing/WSU College of Nursing and People’s Clinic will be in three of the Spokane Tidyman’s stores from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, March 16, to encourage customers to contribute needed clinic supplies and cash donations.

Other services on March 16 include free bone density screenings conducted by the Osteoporosis Resource and Screening Center/Endocrine Associates (9 a.m.–noon, Argonne store, 2024 N. Argonne, and 2-4 p.m. at the Lyons/Addison store, 6405 N. Addison); Mammography screening services provided by Sacred Heart Medical Center Women’s Health Services Coach in partnership with Inland Imaging (9 a.m.–noon, Argonne store and 2-4 p.m at the Lyons/Addison store) — appointment required, 474-2400; and free 10-minute upper back chair massage offered by Massage to You (noon-3 p.m., Latah Creek store, 4235 S. Cheney-Spokane Road).

Colorful shelf tags identify the products, which are located primarily in the health and beauty isles at the stores. Individual items purchased can be placed in the colorful “Health is Everything” bins located near the store exits.

Since opening in September 1998, People’s Clinic, a nurse-managed health care clinic located at the YWCA, has provided health care service to hundreds of adults and children every month. Most patients are underinsured or don’t have any health care insurance for primary health services. Many patients need over-the-counter medications and basic health supplies, most of which are not affordable.

“We want to make sure that patients who visit the clinic don’t walk away without the basic health and medicinal supplies they need most, especially this time of year when colds, flu and seasonal allergies and illness are on the rise,” said Loly Reyes, People’s Clinic outreach services director. “For many of our patients the price for basic health and hygiene supplies is too high—they simply don’t have the resources.”

The annual “Health is Everything” Supply Drive is a community supported event that counts on Tidyman’s customers to purchase a variety of health and medicinal supplies for distribution to People’s Clinic patients. Tidyman’s has been a People’s Clinic community supporter since 1999.

“Our customers continue to support the needs of the community especially when it relates to children and families,” said Patty Kilcup, Tidyman’s director of consumer and governmental affairs. “Our stores have the supplies People’s Clinic needs most, and our customers have been very generous during the past two years with cash and product donations.”

Established in 1968, the Intercollegiate College of Nursing is the nation’s first, oldest and most comprehensive nursing education consortium. The College of Nursing offers baccalaureate, graduate and professional development course work to nursing students enrolled through its four consortium partners—Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Washington State University and Whitworth College. The College educates more than 600 graduate and undergraduate students each year and is the largest undergraduate nursing college in the state. For more information about the “Health is Everything” supply drive, People’s Clinic or the College of Nursing visit the Web site at nursing.wsu.edu.

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