ATRIO Gospel Mission donation

ATRIO Health Plans CEO Ruth Bauman, center, reviews plans for the Gospel Mission Recovery Center with Gospel Mission executive director Kent Berry, while Cascade Comprehensive Care CEO Tayo Akins, left, and members of the Gospel Mission steering committee Don Boyd and Sharon Parks look on.

ATRIO Health Plans recently made a $50,000 donation to the Klamath Falls Gospel Mission to help the organization build the Gospel Mission Recovery Center on the Klamath Works social services campus, according to a news release.

ATRIO CEO Ruth Bauman viewed the building site, in the 1900 block of South Sixth Street, with the Gospel Mission executive director Kent Berry and other stakeholders on Friday, Sept. 23.

“We’re thrilled to be able to help the community,” Bauman said. The Klamath Works vision of a comprehensive human services campus, in which the Gospel Mission is a key player, is “hugely needed,” to address complex and interwoven health, economic and social issues in the community, Bauman added.

“It’s a creative approach to keep rural America healthy and improving,” she said.

Gospel Mission facilities

Plans are underway for the Gospel Mission to construct a three-building complex, totaling approximately 19,000 square feet, including a combination commercial kitchen, dining hall, and chapel building, as well as a new women’s shelter and a men’s facility, Berry said.

“We are just really grateful,” Berry said, thanking Bauman and ATRIO for the donation, which brings the Gospel Mission closer to their construction project fundraising goal of $2.35 million. “We’re so excited.”

ATRIO is a regular supporter of organizations in Klamath County, and has made past donations to the Klamath Basin Senior Center, the Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank, and funded free admission days at the Klamath County Fair.

Cascade Comprehensive Care is a partial owner in ATRIO Health Plans. Cascade Health Alliance, the coordinated care organization managing Oregon Health Plan benefits for members in Klamath County, is a subsidiary of Cascade Comprehensive Care. Cascade Health Alliance made a $100,000 donation to the Gospel Mission earlier in September.

“It is great to have a partner in ATRIO that contributes regularly to the community,” said Tayo Akins, CEO of Cascade Comprehensive Care.

“Earlier in the year, other insurance carriers like MODA, PacificSource, Providence, LifeWise and Oregon’s Health CO-OP contemplated leaving Klamath County serving the individual market in 2017. ATRIO decided to stay to serve our community. Since ATRIO serves the Medicare, commercial and individual market, we look forward to continued support from ATRIO as we begin to address social determinants of health for the population we serve.”