Grant: $1,065,526 - Health Resources and Services Administration - May. 27, 2009
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Award Description: Lutheran Family Health Centers (LFHC) requested Increased Demand for Service (IDS) fudning funding to address the increased demand for services generated primarily by a growing uninsured service and target population. UDS data indicate that between 2006 and 2008, the rate of un-insurance among LFHC patients has increased by 2.5% (23% to 25.5%). Institutional data are consistent with data for the larger target service population; between 2005 and 2007, the rate of un-insurance in Sunset Park (the neighborhood in which most LFHC patients reside) also increased by 2.5% (24.6% to 27.1% - New York City Dept. of Health). These increases are likely attributable to the general economic downtown that has taken place over the past several years. Institutional data for 2009 suggest that the very recent wave of shocks in the nation?s economy have dramatically exacerbated the problem. LFHC is using IDS funding to retain several primary care providers and corresponding support staff who were otherwise be slated for reduction in the 2nd quarter of 2009. Identified providers were hired recently, have not yet attained maximum productivity or developed full patient panels, and are assigned to delivery sites that have had the most growth in un-insurance in the recent past.
Project Description: ARRA IDS funding has enabled the Sunset Park Health Council, Inc., (doing business as Lutheran Family Health Centers [LFHC]) to retain several primary care providers and corresponding support and administrative staff who would have otherwise been laid-off during the second quarter of calendar year 2009. A total of 19.0 FTE jobs have been retained. During the second quarter of IDS funded activity, just as during the first quarter, performance and outcomes significantly exceeded LFHC's projections. To date, IDS-funded providers have delivered care to a total of 582 new uninsured patients, and 1711 total new patients. After just two quarters, the first figure falls short of LFHC's two-year projection by just one patient, and the second figure has surpassed LFHC's two-year projections by 107 patients. LFHC attributes these dramatic figures to the continually increasing volume of new patients and new uninsured patients. In its IDS application, LFHC reported 2.5% growth in the rate of un-insurance among its patients between 2006 and 2008; this rate has continued to grow in the past year. A year-to-date comparison (through May 31) between 2008 and 2009 shows another 1% increase in uninsured self-pay visit volume. Annualized, this will translate to an increase of approximately 10,000 uninsured visits between 2008 and 2009.
Infrastructure Description: IDS funding enables LFHC to contribute significantly to two core purposes of the Recovery Act. First, funding enables LFHC to retain 19 full-time jobs that would have otherwise been eliminated, and thereby promote economic recovery. Second, the retention of these positions enables LFHC to assist those most impacted by the recession by meeting the increasing need for primary health care services among the growing uninsured/underinsured populations in its service area.
Jobs Summary: ARRA IDS funding has enabled LFHC to retain the following jobs: 4 primary care physicians; 2 nurses; 6 other mid-level medical personnel; and 7 management and support staff. (Total jobs reported: 19)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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