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Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation

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Causes: Community Health Systems, Health, International, International Development

Mission: We provides patient-centered health care with compassion in permanent clinics, mobile clinics, and outreaches to underprivileged individuals regardless of religion, age, gender, ethnicity or ability to pay, at minimal to no cost. We serve the underserved population primarily in California. We also coordinate and manage medical resources across and beyond the United States, collaborating closely with Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA) for outreaches nationwide and worldwide. Three Tzu Chi permanent clinics in Alhambra, South El Monte, and Wilmington, California provide low-cost primary medical, dental, vision, acupuncture, and healthy community services to local residents. Free and discounted healthcare service is available for low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals. Our free clinic in Honolulu, Hawaii serves local residents, especially financially disadvantaged individuals, at no cost. Tzu Chi mobile clinics and outreaches provide the same services at no cost to low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals; homeless people; children; and people with difficulties accessing healthcare. Our seven mobile clinics deliver clinical services in collaboration with major and local organizations in Greater Los Angeles Area, Fresno, Milpitas, Bakersfield, San Bernardino, Santa Ana, Fallbrook, and other remote areas across California.

Results: We have 551,176 patient encounters in the past 23 years in permanent and mobile clinic sites. Many of our patients are local residents; low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals; homeless; school children; migrant farm workers; and people with difficulties accessing proper healthcare. We also established a healthy community program that encourages patients to actively take control of their health. In order to serve more unprivileged individuals in remote areas, we have increased the number of mobile clinics to seven clinics. Prostate cancer screening service is currently available in our cancer screening mobile launched in May 2016, and our second vision mobile has served school children in Fresno since 2015.

Target demographics: uninsured and underinsured financially disadvantaged individuals, migrant farm workers, homeless people, and school children without proper health care.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 24,950 patients in 3 permanent clinics and 21,680 patients in mobile clinic and outreach events.

Geographic areas served: various places, from urban to rural areas, primarily in California. We also hold medical outreaches in other states and nearby countries.

Programs: medical, dental and vision care, acupuncture, and healthy community program services.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beginning in March 2021, TzuChi medical has opened an epidemic prevention hotline for people who need to take covid vaccine, especially the elderly. On the one hand, if they don’t understand English or don’t know the Internet, they can call directly to make an appointment for vaccine shot. On the day of the vaccination, there were also many kind volunteers who took care of them enthusiastically and methodically at the scene to truly show their goodness in helping others.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As soon as I entered the clinic, I felt very comfortable. The service of the medical staff was very kind. The doctor was very patient to listen to me and tell me my problems, and please give me good suggestions.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent compassionate organization in providing medical, dental, acupuncture services for under-served population.

Dr. Deng is my primary physician and he’s simply the best #familydoctor in the city of Alhambra

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at the Foundation over 27 years
Most of the people over there are very compassionate with caring love ❤️
I found the meaning of live while helping out there !

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Before the pandemic, I have attended a few medical seminars in their Alhambra medical clinic.

The volunteers would bring snacks and gifts for the audiences. I enjoy the seminar and the ambient.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have visited the Tzu Chi Health Center in Alhambra. I had Comprehensive Metabolic Panel blood test. Without insurance, the total cost is about 50% lower than any local urgent care clinics.

This is a great medical clinic for basic PCP consultation and annual bloodbwork.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have visited the Tzu Chi El Monte clinic. Staffs, Nurses and doctors are professional and friendly. Dr TC is a very experienced with great passion. He has explained all of my questions clearly in In Mandarin Chinese so it is so much easier for me to understand and ask questions.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the Tzu Chi outreach group to Ecuador in 2019. I was so impressed with the organisation( the mission, the staff, the passion and the effectiveness) that when I got back to US, I decided to join more of their program. So far, I had been in COVID-19 vaccination program as well as preventive medicine measures. I’m glad I could be of help to others and that this organisation really does the job

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Before the pandemic, I have participated as a volunteer helping to set up mobile dental stations in a community outreach program in Bakersfield, CA. It was an exhilarating experience to be part of an organization that lends a helping hand to those who are less fortunate.

6 Bessie N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Doctors take time to explain and answer clearly to patients' questions, they also provide free medication to most patients who have financial difficulty. Doctors and staff are courtesy and friendly.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

慈濟醫療中心的醫師不只醫術好,更是非常細心及關心病人。當我在看西醫有關於我背痛的問題,他們覺得我如果可以再加上中醫的針灸治療,更能幫助我早日解除我背痛的相關問題,一站式的服務,真是讓我覺得非常貼心,又方便!

我後來也發現他們還有看牙科,還有專門看小兒牙科的牙科醫生,簡直是太棒了,因為在洛杉磯要找到專門看兒童牙科的牙醫師真是非常少。我帶我家小朋友來看彭醫師,她真的好有耐心唷!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

我加入慈濟志工行列,學習感恩。It is through volunteering I realized I have learned so much and appreciate life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I AM 85 YRS. OLD AND I HAVE BEEN GOING TO TZU CHI, MED. OFFICES IN ,EL MONTE, AND IN ALHAMBRA , FOR OVER 5 YRS. YES I PAY TO BELONG TO ANOTHER INSURANCE CO. BUT I LOVE GOING TO TZU CHI BECAUSE THE DOC.. AND DENTIST , ARE >>BETTER THAN >ANY
OTHERS, AND I HAVE FOUND THEY HAVE THEIR OWN BUSINESS AND THEY GO TO HELP PEOPLE AT ,,TZU CHI. I WILL ALWAYS GO TO THEM .
R.D. ROBERTS

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love their services and have been their volunteers for 15 years. They don’t just treat patients’ physical problems but also provide kindness and love to anyone entering the clinic.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Provide free mobile services in dental and vision with compassion

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

TCMF provides surgical masks to Clark County Detention Centers while they couldn’t purchase masks to protect officers, nurses and inmates. The COVID-19 is under control in the 4 jails because TCMF donated masks in time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Your organization has done great job for PPE distribution to the front line health care workers.
"A better meal, a better earth" is an great idea to protect our earth and promote healthier lifestyle with plant-based meal.
Thank you for your hard effort and continuously support to our communities.

3 Ming Y.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Very professional medical service. The Bilingual service helped English speaking and Mandarin speaking communities.

5 Joyce J.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Tzu Chi Medical Foundation has medical clinics with wonderful doctors and staff that provide compassionate services in their health centers at a very affordable price. Their dentists offer fantastic care, and their acupuncture service is amazing!! They also provide periodic medical outreach events, offering free medical, dental and acupuncture services.

As a donor and volunteer since 2007, I appreciate Tzu Chi providing this platform to volunteer my time and donate to causes that I believe in. I'm happy to say that as of 7/2/20, it has donated over $5.3 million worth of much-needed personal protective equipment to over 1000 frontline healthcare institutions.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am happy to be a part of Tzu Chi for helping others.
One heart and peaceful harmony.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been join this Tzu Chi Medical Foundation as a full time volunteer over 20 years , with my husband .
We feel so grateful to have the opportunity to learn how to become to a better person . More over we learned how to serve people with compassion .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a wonderful faith based volunteer organization. I am a patient, a volunteer and a donor in this organization. Their services are great including primary care, dental services and even acupuncture services. The providers are very kind and profession. The staffs are nice and helpful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced by a friend to volunteer at the Tzu Chi Medical Foundation. Not only the staff but also the medical practitioners are super friendly and pay much attention to the needs of patients regardless whether they are insured, under-insured or uninsured. They have three health centers located at Alhambra, South El Monte and Wilmington to provide medical, dental and acupuncture services. The health centers are clean and hygienic; they also provide health education workshops during weekends. Really appreciate the volunteering opportunity with them and be able to help!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their clinic staff are very helpful and friendly. The dental director took care of my mom who needs dental care doesn't have insurance. She recovers well. Thank you so much!