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The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

Improving Access to Health

Improving Access to Health$927,195
 
Improving Access to Health - Implementation, Year 2 (2014)$100,000
Improving Access to Health - Implementation, Year 1 (2013)$260,000
Improve Access to Care - Pilot (2012)$442,695
Improve Access to Care - Planning Grant (2011)$124,500
 
Year:2014Amount: $100,000
Title:Improving Access to Health - Implementation, Year 2
Recipient:Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
The construction of the satellite health center is complete. EMKCHC has filed the necessary paperwork for licensure and billing and is awaiting approval. EMKCHC anticipates that the satellite will open early in 2014. EMKCHC has hired two providers and two medical assistants who will begin seeing patients in Milford once the satellite is open. EMKCHC plans to make referrals for behavioral health services. They plan to provide dental services at their other sites in Framingham and Worcester and they are meeting with specialty physicians in the Milford area to arrange for necessary specialty referrals.

Project Director: Ms. Leah Gallivan

Fiscal Agent: Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
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Year:2013Amount: $260,000
Title:Improving Access to Health - Implementation, Year 1
Recipient:Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
The goal of this project is for the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center (EMKCHC) to open a satellite health center in Milford by July 2013. The pilot grant was a project of the Milford Regional Medical Center Foundation and it involved the development of a coalition of local social service agencies to address the issue of access to primary care. The coalition identified the opening of a satellite health center as the key way to address this problem. They identified EMKCHC as their partner to do this, in large part because nearly 800 Milford residents were going to either Worcester or Framingham for care at an EMKCHC site. Once the health center is open, patient revenue will enable them to sustain this operation.

Project Director: Ms. Leah Gallivan

Fiscal Agent: Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
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Year:2012Amount: $442,695
Title:Improve Access to Care - Pilot
Recipient:Milford Regional Medical Center
Milford Regional Medical Center (MRMC) has created the Greater Milford Health Access Coalition which met several times during the planning grant year and determined that the solution for improving access to health care among the underserved in the region was to work with the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center (EMKCHC) to open a satellite location in Milford.  The plan is to open the satellite health center in the fall of 2012.  The first part of the year will be spent identifying a location, determining the scope of services and completing whatever construction will be necessary.  EMKCHC plans to offer primary care services on site and is working with local specialty and behavioral health providers to arrange for the provision of those services at this satellite location.

Project Director: Ms. Kathleen Corcoran
Fiscal Agent:

Milford Regional Medical Center

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Year:2011Amount: $124,500
Title:Improve Access to Care - Planning Grant
Recipient:Milford Regional Medical Center
Milford Regional Medical Center (MRMC) is planning to convene organizations and agencies in its service area to develop a plan to improve access to care for vulnerable residents. A community health assessment done in 2010 identified a need to improve outreach to area residents who are not accessing basic healthcare services. The Emergency Department at MRMC was constructed to accommodate 45,000 visits per year. In recent years, the number of visits has been about 60,000. Patients seen in the ED often do not follow through on recommendations for treatment because of difficulties in finding a primary care physician or specialist. Thus, MRMC is interested in working with area providers and social service agencies in exploring the establishment of a community health center.

Project Director: Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak
Fiscal Agent:

Milford Regional Medical Center

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