MURFREESBORO – The Primary Care and Hope Clinic has been awarded a $650,000 Federal grant that will allow the clinic to expand operations and provide increased access to high quality, affordable health care for uninsured and underserved families.
The grant officially designates the Primary Care and Hope Clinic as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), a part of a network of more than 7,750 community health centers across the country that work to improve the health of the nation by ensuring access to quality primary health care services.
The award, presented today by Jay Angoff, Health and Human Services (HHS) Regional Director, is the result of years of preparation by the Primary Care and Hope Clinic. In order to receive the grant, the Primary Care and Hope Clinic underwent an extensive grant application process that included providing detailed information regarding patient care, quality measures, safety initiatives, and an extensive financial review.
“This award is the result of the combined efforts of our staff, Board members, community leaders, elected officials, and many others who have shared in our mission of providing quality, affordable health care for the medically uninsured, underserved, Medicare and TennCare beneficiaries,” said Lisa Terry, Primary Care and Hope Clinic CEO.
“In Rutherford County alone, there are more than 90,000 individuals in this vulnerable population and these funds, combined with continued support from our local community, will allow the Primary Care and Hope Clinic to increase the number of uninsured and underserved patients we serve.”
For twenty years, the Primary Care and Hope Clinic has offered health care for uninsured and underserved families in the community. The clinic moved to it’s current location at 1453 A Hope Way in Murfreesboroin 2008 when the City of Murfreesboro donated land for the facility and the Christy Houston Foundation provided the funds to build the building. Donations from individuals, local civic groups, churches, and businesses helped furnish exam rooms and patient care areas.
“I am very proud of what has been accomplished for the uninsured and underserved patients of our community,” said Rev. Phillip Jackson, Board Chair. “The Primary Care and Hope Clinic reflects the best in community, business, government, and individual cooperation, and it demonstrates the tremendous impact that these cooperative partnerships can have on our neediest population.”
The clinic plans to utilize the funds to hire additional providers and staff in order to meet the growing need for quality, affordable medical care.
The Primary Care and Hope Clinic is a not-for-profit Federally Qualified Health Center providing medically uninsured, underserved, Medicare, and Medicaid families in Rutherford County and the surrounding area with quality, affordable family health services. The clinic operates on a sliding fee scale based on income and family size. Call 615-893-9390 or go to www.hopeclnc.org for more information.