Grant: $1,300,000 - Health Resources and Services Administration - Feb. 26, 2009
No votes have been cast for this award yet
Award Description: The Community Health and Wellness Center of Greater Torrington (CHWC) was established in 2002 by a coalition of concerned citizens and community-based organizations which saw the plight of families from the rural Northwest corner of Connecticut with limited resources, minimal public transportation, few employment opportunities, poverty and many uninsured or underinsured. Providing access to critically needed health care for this population became the driving force to create a community health center. On November 23, 2004 CHWC was certified as a Federally Qualified Health Center Look Alike. Since then, it has grown significantly as an organization providing critically needed health care services. On December 13, 2007, CHWC applied for a New Access Point (NAP), and on February 26, 2009 the Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) issued a Notice of Grant Award in the amount of $1,300,000, this award. Funding is significant to CHWC efforts to meet the needs of patients in our region, regardless of ability to pay, on site at the center and within the community at 2 soup kitchens, 2 shelters, and a senior center. We have been able to hire more staff and increase the hours of existing staff with this funding.
Project Description: We have chosen a pediatrician to serve the center in a contract capacity and will be reviewing a contract with her in October. We anticipate she will begin seeing patients in late November or during the month of December. Our attorney is also reviewing our by-laws in light of our new status as a full 330, the move to our new building, which in turn allows us to see more patients, and the addition of the Winsted site. During this period, staff and management also took advantage of professional education opportunities. Our CEO attended a 3-day conference in New York held by PrimEd and appropriate staff attended a 2-part education and planning session to develop patient educaton and flow sheets for our diabetic patients.
Jobs Summary: We hired or increased the hours of 3 APRNs, 2 LPNs and 3 MAs. Our LPNs were hired in place of the RN we originally planned because it enabled us to more effectively split the work load and efficiently respond to patient needs such as those related to diabetes which is a significant problem among our patients. In addition, we hired our new Chief Medical Officer, a family physician with an extensive background in direct patient care and administration. (Total jobs reported: 7)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
This award's data was last updated on Feb. 26, 2009. Help expand these official descriptions using the wiki below.