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  • MultiCare employees volunteer at 'Project Homeless Connect'

    by Cole Cosgrove

    From health care to haircuts, a wide range of free services were offered Saturday at Pierce County Project Homeless Connect.

    More than 900 people received help at the event at Stewart Middle School in Tacoma. It was all possible thanks to a large group of volunteers that included many MultiCare Health System employees. Among them, Dr. Chad Krilich and Dr. Allison Odenthal served as Medical Directors. (See below for pictures from the event.)

    "It was great to have the opportunity to serve people in our community who are in need of services," Dr. Krilich said. "Our hope for this event is to get people connected to a medical home. I am excited to see what this will look like as we are considering moving this model from being an annual event to one which would be quarterly."

    In the past, the event occurred once per year at the Tacoma Dome. In an effort to better serve the community's needs, there's a plan to have four events over the next year, according to the Project Homeless Connect website. The next event is scheduled for the Lakewood area in January. 

    To learn how you can help, visit or email

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    Heather Howard, with her dog, Brownie, receives a flu shot from volunteer Audrie Shagren, RN, who works at the Mary Bridge Mobile Immunization Clinic.  

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    In a makeshift exam room, a Tacoma resident receives a checkup from volunteer Dr. Christine Harmon, who works at MultiCare's Urgent Care clinics.

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    RN's Janet Snape, Rhonda Davis and Rose Nutter volunteered Saturday at Project Homeless Connect. They work together in the cardiovascular short-stay unit at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital. 

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    Sandra Clauson, ARNP, volunteered to provide behavioral health services on Saturday. 

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    MultiCare Auburn Medical Center Medical Director Dr. Chad Krilich, left, volunteered to serve as medical director for Project Homeless Connect. At right is Dale Powers, who works in the Information Management department at MultiCare Allenmore Hospital and volunteered on Saturday with his wife, Julie Powers, RN, (pictured below), who is a consulting nurse with MultiCare. 

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    Posted on Oct 22, 2012 in Tacoma