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Farm Workers Clinic Prides Itself on Quality Care for Under Served

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YAKIMA, Wa -  The Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic getting special recognition from the Governor's office on Tuesday.  The clinic's CEO, Carlos Olivares, received the Warren Featherston Reid award for excellence in Healthcare.  Olivares says the award reflects on everyone who works at the clinic, not just him.

KNDO got a firsthand look at the services they provide to their patients.  A nurse and a longtime patient talked about why it's so important.

Alison Hensler says that when her family first moved to Yakima, they could not afford health insurance. The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic allowed them to pay for healthcare on a sliding scale.

"For a family that is starting out, it's definitely a lifesaver," says Hensler.

Hensler says there wasn't any red tape to deal with.  Something that can be an issue in the healthcare industry.

"They made it very easy to apply for or get access to coverage that other places wouldn't," she says.

Greta utigard, a nursing supervisor at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, says the people who work there take pride not only in providing quality healthcare, but helping those who need it the most.

"We're trying to meet the needs of the underserved population," says Utigard.

About 65-percent of the patients the clinic serves are below the poverty line. 

Alison Hensler no longer needs financial help, but she likes the care her family receives and she likes knowing that in a small way she can make a difference.

"When our insurance pays, or if we pay out of pocket, it provides an increase or a source of revenue for this facility to keep providing care for people who can't afford it."