Grant: $546,318 - Health Resources and Services Administration - Mar. 27, 2009
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Award Description: IDS funding will support the cost of creating two (2) 0.5 FTE Internal Medicine Physicians, and retaining three (3) 1.0 FTE Medical Assistants (MA), Two (2) 1.0 FTE Office Assistants (OA) and one (1) 1.0 FTE Senior Office Assistant. This will significantly increase PCC’s capacity to see new uninsured and/or homeless patients. These positions were scheduled to be eliminated by June 30, 2009. Below is a list of the existing county clinic and services. Chest Clinic-Provides Tuberculosis screening, diagnosis and treatment for residents of SacramentoCounty. Del Paso Health Center (DPHC)- Provides primary care, public health and family planning services in the northwestern area of Sacramento County. Dental Clinic-Emergency dental services are available for adults. Restorative services are provided for uninsured children 18 and under. Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) Program- Provides Outreach Nursing health care services to homeless men, women and children. Services include nurse triage referral assessments, educational workshops and TB testing and two well child clinics. Mercy Clinic-Loaves & Fishes (MCLF)- Collaborative effort between Catholic Healthcare West, Loaves and Fishes Inc., and CountyClinic Services. This clinic provides acute and episodic healthcare services for homeless. PrimaryCareCenter (PCC)- Provides ambulatory primary care medicine and public health care services. It houses a variety of subspecialty services and serves as a teaching forum for the Internal Medicine and Psychiatry residents from the UCDMC. PCC provides psychiatric services. POWER Clinic- Uses HDC model to manage chronic disease, i.e., DM, HTN, HEP C, Asthma. Wellness Clinic - Provides women’s health services as well as the diagnosis and treatment of STIs. Refugee Clinic. Provides health assessments to all newly arriving refugees. South City Health Center (SCHC)- Provides primary care medicine, CHDP exams, public health and family planning services.
Project Description: IDS funding will allow us to maintain the evening hours between 5:00 and 9:00PM Monday – Friday at PCC as well as augment the afternoon support staff. In the evening, the IDS funded support staff and 2 on-call physicians will join the permanent family nurse practitioner and physician to create a fully staffed 4-clinician team. The on-call physicians will be able to see, at a minimum, nine patients each per evening (i.e., 18 patients daily, 90 patients per week or 4,680 patient visits annually). The IDS funded medical and office assistants will work between 12:00pm – 9:00pm. During the afternoon hours, these team members will provide support to Internal Medicine and Psychiatry residents as well as volunteer physicians. Without this additional support, we will not be able to fully utilize the resident and volunteer physicians available to us from the community that come at no increased county cost. The county clinic system is the community safety net for the uninsured. Over 600 uninsured patients are admitted to hospitals each month and thousands more visit their emergency rooms. Usually these patients are only given a 2-3 day supply of needed medications to maintain an urgent or chronic health condition. Without timely access to follow-up care, these patients will relapse and return to emergency rooms for costly treatment. Community Health Centers often cannot support the needs of uninsured consumers and refer their patients to the County for on-going chronic disease management and specialty care. PCC is the main provider of public health services for undocumented persons within the county (STD’s and other communicable disease treatments). PCC is the place people go to when they loose their home, loose their jobs and learn they no longer have insurance. Without the ability to meet the needs of these individuals our emergency rooms will continue to fill, hospitals will continue to be misused, and people may not receive the services they need.
Jobs Summary: The jobs created are two .5 FTE Internal Medicine Physicians, who will provide medical services to evening clinic patients. This will allow the clinic to see more patients during the evening hours. (Total jobs reported: 7)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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