Beacon Communities snag more money for IT

By Molly Merrill
07:20 PM
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Eighty-five community health center programs, located in 15 of the 17 Beacon Communities nationwide, were awarded $8.5 million on Monday to aid with the adoption of health IT to support long-term improvements in quality of care, health outcomes and cost efficiencies.

The awards, made available through Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the Affordable Care Act, were announced by HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield and National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD.

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Eighty-five community health center programs, located in 15 of the 17 Beacon Communities nationwide, were awarded $8.5 million on Monday to aid with the adoption of health IT to support long-term improvements in quality of care, health outcomes and cost efficiencies.

The awards, made available through Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the Affordable Care Act, were announced by HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield and National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD.

The awards are intended to enable existing health centers located in Beacon Communities to participate in community-wide healthcare improvement initiatives that include a strong information technology component.

Award recipients include health centers in cities across the country, from Cincinnati, Ohio and Detroit, Mich., to Spokane, Wash., and San Diego, Calif.

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“Beacon Communities are about empowering doctors, nurses, patients and community leaders to come together and use technology to make tangible differences in the lives of everyday Americans,” said Wakefield. “The health information technology they use is a vital tool in reaching and treating the vulnerable populations we serve, and the partnerships strengthened through these awards will strengthen health centers’ efforts to deliver comprehensive, high-quality primary healthcare.”

“These communities have already demonstrated their commitment to cutting edge health information technology,” added Mostashari. “Today’s awards are an important step in giving these communities the resources they need to implement home-grown programs that work for them and that can be sustained for years to come.”

 Health center Beacon award recipients by organization and state is available on the next page.

Organization City State Award Amount
AARON E. HENRY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER Clarksdale Mississippi $100,000.00
ARKANSAS VERDIGRIS VALLEY HEALTH CENTERS, INC. Porter Oklahoma $100,000.00
BLACKSTONE VALLEY COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE Pawtucket Rhode Island $100,000.00
BORREGO COMMUNITY HEALTH FOUNDATION Borrego Springs California $100,000.00
BOUNDARY REGIONAL COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER Bonners Ferry Idaho $100,000.00
BUCKSPORT REGIONAL HEALTH CENTER Bucksport Maine $100,000.00
BUTLER COUNTY COMMUNITY HEALTH CONSORTIUM, INC DBA PRIMARY HEALTH SOLUTIONS Middletown Ohio $100,000.00
CABARRUS COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, INC Concord North Carolina $99,941.00
CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI CIVIC IMPROVEMENT Jackson Mississippi $100,000.00
CENTRO DE SALUD DE LA COMUNIDAD SAN YSIDRO San Ysidro California $100,000.00
CINCINNATI HEALTH NETWORK, INC. Cincinnati Ohio $100,000.00
CLINICAS DE SALUD DEL PUEBLO, INC. Brawley California $100,000.00
COLUMBIA BASIN HEALTH ASSOCIATION Othello Washington $100,000.00
COLUMBIA VALLEY COMMUNITY HEALTH Wenatchee Washington $100,000.00
COLVILLE CONFEDERATED TRIBES Inchelium Washington $100,000.00
COMMUNITY ACTION COMMITTEE OF PIKE COUNTY Piketon Ohio $100,000.00
COMMUNITY HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES CENTER Detroit Michigan $80,000.00
COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF SPOKANE Spokane Washington $100,000.00
COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER OF BUFFALO, INC. Buffalo New York $100,000.00
COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS , INC. Salt Lake City Utah $100,000.00
COMMUNITY HEALTH CONNECTION, INC. Tulsa Oklahoma $100,000.00
COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS, INC. Moreno Valley California $100,000.00
COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITY ACTION, INC Cranston Rhode Island $100,000.00
COVENANT COMMUNITY CARE INC. Detroit Michigan $100,000.00
DELTA HEALTH CENTER, INC. Mound Bayou Mississippi $100,000.00
DETROIT COMMUNITY HEALTH CONNECTION Detroit Michigan $100,000.00
DETROIT HEALTH CARE FOR THE HOMELESS Detroit Michigan $100,000.00
DIRNE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC. Coeur D Alene Idaho $100,000.00
DR. ARENIA C. MALLORY HLTH. CENTER, INC. Lexington Mississippi $100,000.00
EAST BAY COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM Newport Rhode Island $100,000.00
EXCELTH INC. New Orleans Louisiana $100,000.00
FAIRFAX MEDICAL FACILITIES, INC Fairfax Oklahoma $100,000.00
FAMILY HEALTH CARE CLINIC, INC. Pearl Mississippi $100,000.00
FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS Okanogan Washington $100,000.00
FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS OF SAN DIEGO, INC. San Diego California $100,000.00
FINGER LAKES MIGRANT HEALTH PROJECT Penn Yan New York $100,000.00
G.A. CARMICHAEL FAMILY HEALTH CARE CLINIC Canton Mississippi $100,000.00
HAMAKUA HEALTH CENTER Honokaa Hawaii $100,000.00
HEALTH & HOSPITAL CORP OF MARION COUNTY Indianapolis Indiana $100,000.00
HEALTH ACCESS NETWORK, INC. Lincoln Maine $100,000.00
HEALTHNET, INC. Indianapolis Indiana $100,000.00
HEALTHSOURCE OF OHIO, INC. Milford Ohio $100,000.00
IMPERIAL BEACH COMMUNITY CLINIC Imperial Beach California $100,000.00
INDIANA HEALTH CENTERS, INC. Indianapolis Indiana $100,000.00
JEFFERSON COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CENTERS, INC. Avondale Louisiana $100,000.00
KATAHDIN VALLEY HEALTH CENTER Patten Maine $100,000.00
LA MAESTRA FAMILY CLINIC San Diego California $99,932.00
LEWIS COUNTY PRIMARY CARE CENTER Vanceburg Kentucky $100,000.00
MADISON CNTY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER Anderson Indiana $100,000.00
MORTON COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH SERVICES Tulsa Oklahoma $100,000.00
MOSES LAKE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER Moses Lake Washington $100,000.00
MOUNTAIN FAMILY HEALTH CENTER Nederland Colorado $100,000.00
MOUNTAIN HEALTH & COMMUNITY SERVICES Alpine California $100,000.00
N.E.W. HEALTH PROGRAMS Chewelah Washington $100,000.00
NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH CARE Cincinnati Ohio $100,000.00
NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTHCARE Escondido California $100,000.00
NEW ORLEANS HEALTH DEPARTMENT New Orleans Louisiana $100,000.00
NORTH COUNTY HEALTH PROJECT, INC. San Marcos California $100,000.00
NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI HEALTH CARE, INC. Byhalia Mississippi $100,000.00
NORTHWEST BUFFALO COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CENTER, INC Buffalo New York $100,000.00
NORTHWEST COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE Pascoag Rhode Island $100,000.00
OAK ORCHARD COMMUNITY HLTH CNTER, INC Brockport New York $100,000.00
OPEN DOOR HEALTH SERVICES, INC. Muncie Indiana $100,000.00
PENOBSCOT COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC. Bangor Maine $100,000.00
PURDUE UNIVERSITY West Lafayette Indiana $100,000.00
RAPHAEL HEALTH CENTER Indianapolis Indiana $100,000.00
SAN DIEGO FAMILY CARE San Diego California $100,000.00
SEBASTICOOK FAMILY DOCTORS Newport Maine $100,000.00
SHALOM HEALTH CARE CENTER, INC Indianapolis Indiana $100,000.00
ST. CHARLES COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC. Luling Louisiana $99,090.00
ST. THOMAS COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC. New Orleans Louisiana $100,000.00
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL VILLAGE, INC San Diego California $100,000.00
THE BAY CLINIC, INC. Hilo Hawaii $100,000.00
THE HEALTHCARE CONNECTION, INC. Cincinnati Ohio $100,000.00
THE PROVIDENCE COMMUNITY HLTH CENTERS, INC. Providence Rhode Island $100,000.00
THUNDERMIST HEALTH CENTER Woonsocket Rhode Island $100,000.00
TRI-TOWN ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY COMMITTEE Johnston Rhode Island $100,000.00
UNCOMPAHGRE COMBINED CLINICS Norwood Colorado $97,381.00
VISTA COMMUNITY CLINIC Vista California $100,000.00
WASATCH HOMELESS HLTH CARE/4TH ST.CLINIC Salt Lake City Utah $99,830.00
WEST HAWAII COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC Kailua Kona Hawaii $100,000.00
WESTERN WAYNE FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS Inkster Michigan $100,000.00
WINDROSE HEALTH NETWORK, INC. Trafalgar Indiana $100,000.00
WINTON HILLS MEDICAL & HEALTH CENTER, INC. Cincinnati Ohio $100,000.00
WOOD RIVER HEALTH SERVICES INC. Hope Valley Rhode Island $100,000.00
      $8,476,174.00