NEMS Celebrates Grand Opening of Koo’s Clinical Building in San Francisco’s Richmond

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Dr. Tihua Koo and Dr. Eddie Chan.

Dr. Tihua Koo and Dr. Eddie Chan.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—On Thursday, November 21st, North East Medical Services (NEMS) hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting of Koo’s Clinical Building in the Richmond district.

Koo’s Clinical Building is a generous gift from Hong Kong entrepreneur Dr. Tihua Koo and his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Shaofen Vee Koo.  Dr. Koo and his family recognized that the Chinese American community in the Richmond district lacked access to health care services. The Koo family has decided to unconditionally donate the building to NEMS to further its mission of providing health care to the underserved in the San Francisco Bay Area.

NEMS offers a wide range of medical specialties, including Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Practice, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dentistry, Optometry, Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Radiology, and more. In addition, ancillary services such as behavioral health, podiatry, nutrition, pharmacy, laboratory and social services strengthen the quality of care that NEMS patients receive.

NEMS’ President & CEO, Eddie Chan, joined by community leaders and elected officials, led the official ribbon cutting.  In attendance were the Chinese Consulate General Yuan Nansheng, San Francisco’s Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu, and representatives from the offices of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, State Senator Leland Yee, State Assemblymember Phil Ting, State Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu, and San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar.

“Today we commemorate this momentous occasion,” said Dr. Chan. “We thank Dr. Koo and his family for this generous donation to help us continue our mission to provide quality health care services to the underserved community.”

“It is a very exciting day for myself and my family. We are thrilled to donate this building to NEMS,” said Dr. Koo. “The work NEMS has done is reflective of our life’s philosophy that we should help those in need.”

San Francisco’s Assessor-Recorder, Carmen Chu, spoke about her experience with NEMS: “During my time as Supervisor for the Sunset District, I saw firsthand the great resource the NEMS [clinic] was to the residents in the area. I am thrilled that NEMS is expanding in the Richmond District. This will be a great health care resource for the community.”

Jeff Caballero, Executive Director of the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) stated, “NEMS continues to set the standard for culturally and linguistically competent health care.  They are taking a critical role in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medi-Cal.”

Koo’s Clinical Building is now open for business and NEMS looks forward to continue providing quality health care in the Bay Area.

NEMS Clinical Leadership with Eddie Chan

NEMS Clinical Leadership with Eddie Chan

North East Medical Services (NEMS) is the largest non-profit, federally-qualified community health center in San Francisco. NEMS provides culturally and linguistically competent health care to over 57,000 patients annually. NEMS was founded in 1968 in response to the lack of affordable, comprehensive, compassionate, and quality health care services for the uninsured and underserved low-income Asian population.

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