Grant: $250,811 - Health Resources and Services Administration - Mar. 27, 2009
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Award Description: ARRA - Increase Services to Health Centers Recent growth trends in both total patient population and the demographic shifts have led us to the conclusion that the best utilization of additional funding is for the hiring of another family physician. We recently hired a second Ob/Gyn and the increased number of women?s health visits was realized immediately. We anticipate the same outcome with increased primary care visits after hiring a new family medicine physician. To decrease lag time in training and acclimating a new physician to our clinic system, we decided to hire a resident from our upcoming graduating class. A past history of hiring residency graduates that finished in the top of their class has proven to be a beneficial strategy that creates a more immediate impact, increases continuity with their established patients and decreases the potential for future turnover. The addition of another family medicine physician at LSFHC, that can perform comprehensive primary care, will have a broad effect on the community. Many uninsured patients that are seen in the clinic have a multitude of problems that have gone untreated in the past due to a lack of access. With another physician on our staff we can provide a medical home to thousands of patients that were previously underserved.
Project Description: The IDS funding received from the ARRA opportunity is being spent on salary support for a family medicine physician. The physician is a recent graduate of the Conroe Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Porter began his contract period in mid July; therefore, this quarterly reporting period includes numbers reflecting approximately two and a half months worth of work. For this quarterly reporting period Dr. Porter saw 256 unduplicated patients, representing 356 total visits. Of these, 93 were uninsured patients. The indirect benefit of the additiona physician has resulted in approximately 720 additional clinic visits resulting from added clinic sessions by other providers. We have also noticed a dramatic decrease in wait times that patients have to get an appointment.
Jobs Summary: Fulltime family medicine physician. (Total jobs reported: 1)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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