UnitedHealthcare Awards $5.2 Million in Grants to California Nonprofits – $897,240 to On Lok Lifeways of San Francisco

Mon Apr 8, 2013 5:31pm EDT

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Grants support nine California nonprofit organizations to strengthen wellness,
care delivery and health technology in underserved communities
SAN FRANCISCO--(Business Wire)--
On Lok Lifeways has been awarded a $897,240 grant from UnitedHealthcare to help
strengthen its health information technology system and delivery of care to San
Francisco Bay area seniors through electronic medical records initiatives.

UnitedHealthcare's San Francisco Bay Area employees join On Lok participants to
make flower arrangements and pot plants as part of the nonprofit's Spring
Volunteer Day Monday, April 8, at On Lok Lifeways Gee Center. UnitedHealthcare
also presented On Lok an $897,000 grant to strengthen its services and programs
for seniors in the region. Lower L to R: Shi Chen Wang, Marie Schmidt of
UnitedHealthcare. Upper L to R: Shim Pu-Nam, Matthew Yi of UnitedHealthcare,
Kelly Lai, Benedyne Kim, Greg Wright, West Region president, UnitedHealthcare
Medicare & Retirement (Photo: Amy Sullivan)

The grant is part of $5.2 million UnitedHealthcare is awarding to nine health
care organizations to support nonprofit clinics, hospitals and health care
organizations that improve health care services for underserved communities

Founded in 1972, On Lok Lifeways in San Francisco is one of the nation`s leading
providers of health services including long-term care and support services to
seniors. On Lok Lifeways` pioneering efforts in the Bay Area created "PACE" (the
Program of All- inclusive Care for the Elderly), a model of care delivery that
has been replicated in 91 organizations in 30 states. 

The UnitedHealthcare grant will help On Lok Lifeways strengthen its "PACELink"
program, which uses health information technology and electronic medical records
to improve care and coordination for seniors served by a network of 10 health
care and wellness centers in the Bay Area. Specifically, the grant will fund
software improvements, technology investments and training that will provide
greater efficiencies in the coordination of care through the automation of
scheduling, clinic appointments, transportation, home-visit reporting,
medication distribution and pharmacy prescriptions. 

The grant was announced during a volunteer day at On Lok`s Gee Senior Center,
1333 Bush St. in downtown San Francisco, where UnitedHealthcare employees joined
community leaders to help On Lok Lifeways seniors plant a vegetable garden,
plant flowers in hand-painted pots and make flower arrangements, among other

The volunteer event was part of UnitedHealthcare`s ongoing commitment to On Lok
Lifeways and its mission of serving Bay Area seniors. In 2009, UnitedHealthcare
also provided a $250,000 grant to On Lok to launch an electronic medical records

"We can`t thank UnitedHealthcare enough for this grant and the important
improvements to our programs and services that will benefit the seniors who rely
on On Lok Lifeways for care," said Robert E. Edmondson, CEO and executive
director, On Lok. "UnitedHealthcare and its employees continue to be
longstanding supporters of On Lok, and we are grateful for their ongoing
commitment to our mission and the many families we serve." 

"On Lok Lifeways does important work in San Francisco and throughout the Bay
Area to support seniors," said Eric Mar, supervisor, city and county of San
Francisco. "I applaud UnitedHealthcare and its employees for their continued
support of On Lok and this grant, which will help strengthen the services and
quality of care for the seniors who benefit from On Lok Lifeways." 

Since 2008, UnitedHealthcare has provided more than $30 million in grants to 53
nonprofits statewide. Nine of them are in the San Francisco Bay Area, receiving
$3.1 million. 

In addition to these grants, UnitedHealthcare`s California Health Care
Investment Program has provided $269 million in total investments to 46 health
care organizations throughout the state to help underserved, low-income and
underinsured communities and populations. This includes $17.5 million to
construct the new Institute on Aging facility in San Francisco; $4.6 million to
build a new La Clinica de La Raza medical center in Concord; and $6.5 million to
help construct the new Petaluma Medical Center. 

"On Lok Lifeways is an invaluable health care resource in the San Francisco Bay
area, helping seniors with an array of health services and programs," said Greg
Wright, West Region president, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement.
"UnitedHealthcare appreciates the opportunity to provide this grant and work
together to strengthen On Lok`s programs and services for seniors." 

UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) company, serves more than 2.4
million Californians with a care provider network of 320 hospitals and more than
57,000 physicians statewide. 

About On Lok Lifeways

For more than 40 years, On Lok has provided comprehensive medical and social
services to frail seniors enabling them to live at home as long as possible. On
Lok`s health care plan, known as On Lok Lifeways, covers the entire continuum of
care for seniors including medical, hospital, home care, transportation,
rehabilitation, prescription drugs, and much more. Seniors with full Medicare
and Medi-Cal do not have any payments or co-pays for On Lok Lifeways services.
For more information about On Lok Lifeways, please visit www.onlok.org or call

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives
by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness
needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company
offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers
and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with 780,000
physicians and care professionals and 5,900 hospitals and other care facilities
nationwide. UnitedHealthcare serves more than 40 million people in health
benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a
diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. 

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