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December 16, 2008
 
       
 

$30 MILLION FOR
DC PRIMARY CARE


This Saturday, DC will be the center of college football! The start of bowl season happens at RFK, at the first-ever EagleBank Bowl. Navy v. Wake Forest. Be there! Please see ad at right for details.

 

Call it a shot in the arm for the organization that fights for primary care for DC's most vulnerable residents. On Friday, Mayor Adrian Fenty announced the $30M grant for DCPCA's Medical Homes DC Capital Projects, which renovates existing community health centers or builds new ones in almost every ward in the District. We checked out the event, and, no surprise, we found lots of smiles.

 

Our old friend Frank Delisi (sure, he's only been United Medical Center CEO for three weeks, but we get attached quickly) congratulates DCPCA CEO Sharon Baskerville. The $30M will fund capital improvement projects in wards 2, 4, and 8, allowing four local health centers to offer expanded primary care, dental, and, in some cases, behavioral and specialty care. Bread for the City will add a two-story addition on an adjacent lot. Mary's Center for Maternal & Child Care will expand its primary care services by approximately 57,000 visits; and Unity Health Care will expand its patient visits by 27,000. Thanks to Maurice Fitzgerald for having his camera at the ready while we were celebrating this great news.

 

Special mention for the real estate practice group at Patton Boggs. Their pro bono effort stays off the radar (guess that's sort of the point), but at their holiday party last week we learned they helped Community of Hope, in Ward 8, secure funding. It'll add a second health center that will increase primary care services by approximately 35,000 patient visits. Revelers included Patton real estate attorneys Yost Conner, Catherine Buell, and Richard Stolbach with Lawrence Williams' JW Williams, second from left.

 

Family Medical and Counseling Service staff Corey Beauford, Flora Terrell Hamilton, and Angela Fulwood Wood, with former MPD Chief Isaac Fulwood Jr. FMCS is a previous recipient of Medical Homes DC funding, and was one of six initial sites for the DCPCA Electronic Health Records system. At Friday's event, they had a display showcasing the difference it's made. Looks like Isaac's trying to remember a time without EHR's and seems pleased that he can't do it.

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