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Genesis Garden City Community Clinic

The Win Apel Technology Grant and Healthy Transitions Classes at the Garden City Clinic received a Morrison Knudsen Foundation grant to fund their innovative pilot program.

The grant from Morrison Knudsen Foundation was matched by a donation initiated by one of the Foundation’s board members as well.

Rewarding great efforts by local non-profits who provide vital services to our community and its residents that enhance the quality of lives, is a perfect fit with our Foundation’s mission statement.

M-K Company employees, endearly referred to as EmKayans, have a reputation for their contributions of time and effort to make their community a better place.  M-K was such a big part of Idaho’s rich history and many EmKayans have gotten involved in helping to preserve those things that make Idaho such a great place to live and work.  The Foundation is proud to support the important role of the Genesis Garden City Clinic providing integrated medical, dental, and mental health care for low income, uninsured neighbors in the Treasure Valley.

Services at the clinic are provided by volunteer professionals without regard for the patients’ ability to make a contribution to the clinic.  The clinic’s developmental focus for 2013 is on continuing to implement engagement and empowerment strategies to develop greater patient ownership of health outcomes.  Edwin “Win” Apel, an attorney with MK and Washington Group, who passed away in 2011 was married to the clinic manager for several years and Win volunteered his services.  Win was an avid runner and technology enthusiast. He lived a vibrant, rich and healthy life, and after beating prostate cancer in 2001, went on to run a marathon in every state and on every continent. In November, 2010 Win was diagnosed with brain cancer and eventually succumbed to it a year later.

In memory of Win, the Morrison Knudsen Foundation and Weeks Marine established a fund to honor his legacy. The fund supports the clinic to provide technological solutions that help empower patients in pursuing good health. Participants in this 8 week class will receive curriculum developed by the clinic to facilitate change for patients dealing with disease such as diabetes, hypertension, or depression.  Patient progress will be measured in self-defined goals such as losing weight, quitting smoking and lowering blood pressure, etc. They will also be able to utilize web-based helth information tools and track their progress.

For more information about this program, other ways to become involved with the Garden City Cinic or to make a donation to the fund in Win’s honor, go to their website at: www.genesisworldmission.org