Grant: $134,595 - Health Resources and Services Administration - Mar. 27, 2009
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Award Description: For more than 10 years, UMMA has served as a quality provider of low- and no-cost health care to some of the most medically indigent areas of South Los Angeles. Our community is designated as both a Medically Underserved Area and a Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area. In addition to these challenges, UMMA has experienced a recent spike in visits by uninsured patients due to the economic crisis. We recently extended our clinic hours to include Mondays, adding an additional nine hours of patient care each week, and as a result our rate of appointments has increased by approximately 15 percent. The majority of new appointments have been made by uninsured patients. IDS funds will help us respond to this increasing need for service by hiring a new Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) and a new outreach coordinator, expanding our clinical capacity while improving our outreach efforts.
Project Description: As a result of hiring a new Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) and a new outreach coordinator, we expect to treat approximately 760 new patients, of which 250 will be uninsured, through 1,430 new visits. The project will also provide new jobs, increasing cash flow and promoting economic stability in South Los Angeles. Finally, UMMA has designed the project to ensure self-sustainability: both new staff members will significantly increase our rates of service, including service to managed care patients, which in turn will increase revenues. This will ensure that UMMA remains fiscally viable and can continue to provide acutely needed health services to our community.
Jobs Summary: Using IDS funds, UMMA has created two new positions at our clinic: a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), whose duties include clinical procedures, triage, data input for our chronic disease management system, and supervision of other nursing staff; and an outreach coordinator, a bilingual Certified Application Assistant (CAA) whose time is split between outreach to potential new patients and enrollment of new and current patients into managed care programs. UMMA has identified and hired two qualified candidates for these positions. Our LVN, Debby Driscoll, has 21 years of experience as a nurse, including employment with Kaiser Permanente and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She began working at UMMA on August 10, 2009. Our outreach coordinator, Bernice Vasquez, is a Certified Application Assistant with eight years of outreach and case management experience in community clinics. She began working at UMMA on August 17, 2009. Since those dates, Ms. Driscoll has been employed at 0.8 FTE, and Ms. Vasquez at 1.0 FTE. Respectively, they have worked 244.5 and 260.1 hours out of the total 1040 hours available in the IDS grant period to date, for a total of 0.49 FTE. (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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