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Lowell Health Organizations Receive Grants

Posted on Lowell.com: 18 Jun 2010 04:33 AM PDT

Patrick-Murray Administration awards $20 million in grants and rate increases to hospitals and community health centers, including Saints Medical Center, Lowell General Hospital, and Lowell Community Health Center

BOSTON — The Patrick-Murray Administration announced today that it has awarded $20 million in Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Funding to 39 hospitals and community health centers across the Commonwealth to enhance their ability to serve populations in need more efficiently and effectively. Awarded in previous years through the Essential Community Provider Trust Fund, this year’s funding maximizes federal matching funds through Medicaid rate increases to community health centers and investments in infrastructure and capacity-building. The funding includes $4.2 million in FY10 Medicaid rate increases and $15.8 million in grants.

“The hospitals and community health centers receiving funding today are key partners in our ongoing efforts to ensure that the people of the Commonwealth have access to quality, affordable health care,” said Governor Deval L. Patrick. ”This funding gives needed financial support to providers who will be making significant strides to improve services for patients and control rising health care costs by making investments in health information technology and promoting a global payment system.”

The funding is to be used in one of five priority areas:

  • redirect non-emergent hospital Emergency Department visits to community health centers;
  • conduct an readiness assessment for a global payment system;
  • document their implementation of health information technology (HIT) and support targeted investments;
  • develop procedures for referring MassHealth patients discharged from an inpatient psychiatric unit to a community mental health center, outpatient behavioral health department or group practice that foster immediate access to care; or
  • develop protocols for receiving psychiatric medication histories of MassHealth members from pharmacy databases in order to promote quality care.

“The Patrick-Murray Administration is committed to promoting quality health care and ensuring access to both preventive and acute care,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby. “This funding is an important part of our efforts to support hospitals and community health centers as we make efforts to transform systems of care.”

A complete list of grant recipients and award amounts follows:

Metro Boston

City/Town Provider Award Projects
Boston Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center $90,000 ED Diversion
Boston Caritas Carney Hospital $1,750,000 Global Payment, HIT, Psychiatric Aftercare
Boston Codman Square Health Center $50,000 Global Payment
Boston Dimock Community Health Center $90,000 Global Payment
Boston Dorchester House Community Health Center $50,000 HIT
Boston East Boston Neighborhood Health Center $800,000 HIT
Boston Franciscan Hospital for Children $300,000 HIT
Boston Harbor Health Services $100,000 Global Payment
Boston Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center $70,000 Global Payment
Boston South Boston Community Health Center $50,000 HIT
Boston Tufts Medical Center $500,000 Global Payment
Milton Milton Hospital $100,000 HIT
Quincy Manet Community Health Center $50,000 Global Payment
Quincy Quincy Medical Center $1,110,000 Global Payment, HIT

Central

City/Town Provider Grant Projects
Gardner Henry Heywood Memorial Hospitals $50,000 HIT
Worcester Great Brooks Valley Health Center $70,000 HIT

Northeast

City/Town Provider Grant Projects
Gloucester/Lynn Northeast Hospital Corporation $100,000 Psychiatric Aftercare
Lawrence Lawrence General Hospital $500,000 ED Diversion
Lowell Lowell Community Health Center $50,000 Global Payment
Lowell Lowell General Hospital $100,000 HIT
Lowell Saints Medical Center $120,000 HIT
Salem North Shore Medical Center $90,000 ED Diversion

Southeast

City/Town Provider Grant Projects
Barnstable Cape Cod Hospital $250,000 ED Diversion, Global Payment
Brockton Brockton Hospital $775,000 ED Diversion, Global Payment, HIT, Psychiatric Aftercare, Psychiatric Medication Profile
Brockton Brockton Neighborhood Health Center $70,000 Global Payment
Eastham Outer Cape Health Services $50,000 HIT
Fall River Stanley Street Treatment and Resources $45,000 HIT
Hyannis Duffy Health Center $60,000 HIT
Mashpee Community Health Center of Cape Cod $50,000 HIT
New Bedford Southcoast Hospital Group $100,000 HIT
Plymouth Jordan Hospital $150,000 HIT

West

City/Town Provider Grant Projects
Holyoke Holyoke Health Center $30,000 HIT
Holyoke Holyoke Medical Center $2,000,000 HIT, Psychiatric Medication Profile
Holyoke Mercy Medical Center, Sisters of Providence $4,800,000 ED Diversion, Global Payment, HIT, Psychiatric Aftercare, Psychiatric Medication Profile
Great Barrington Community Health Programs $50,000 Global Payment
North Adams North Adams Regional Hospital $500,000 HIT
Pittsfield Berkshire Medical Center $200,000 HIT
Turners Falls Community Health Center of Franklin County $30,000 HIT
Westfield Noble Hospital 450,000 HIT
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