NEWS & REPORTS
MaineHealth Awarded Two MeHAF Grants to Expand Access to Care
PORTLAND, Maine — MaineHealth has received two important grants from the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) to expand access to quality health care for people who are uninsured. Awardees for the Access to Quality Care program include MaineHealth CarePartners (Knox County) and Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.
“People without health insurance face significant challenges in accessing health care services to maintain their health,” said Dr. Wendy Wolf, MeHAF’s President and CEO. “We want everyone in Maine to be able to have an ongoing relationship with a trusted doctor or other primary care provider. This kind of relationship supports better communication between provider and patient and more robust coordination of specialty care, including behavioral health services and other care. Our goal with the Access to Quality Care program is to ensure that people who are uninsured experience better, more coordinated care that can result in better health outcomes.”
MaineHealth will implement its nationally recognized CarePartners program in Knox County to expand access to care. CarePartners works with local health care providers, social services agencies and local governments to meet the needs of people who are uninsured for health care, food, housing, and transportation. The project will also expand access to behavioral health services through improved referral and coordination with three local behavioral health organizations and by training new staff.
Franklin Memorial Hospital, a member of MaineHealth, is a progressive community hospital whose mission is to provide high-quality, cost-effective, patient-centered health care. It actively works with the community and with other health care providers to integrate services and ensure the health of the people it serves. With this award from MeHAF, Franklin Memorial Hospital will use a Community Resource Coordinator to coordinate transitions of care for people without insurance, linking them to primary care providers and to other services in Franklin County.
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit family of leading high-quality providers and other healthcare organizations working together so their communities are the healthiest in America. Ranked among the nation's top 100 integrated healthcare delivery networks, MaineHealth member organizations include Maine Medical Center, Franklin Community Health Network, LincolnHealth, Maine Behavioral Healthcare, Memorial Hospital, Pen Bay Healthcare, Southern Maine Health Care, Waldo County Healthcare, Western Maine Health, HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, Maine Physician Hospital Organization, NorDx and Synernet. Affiliates of MaineHealth include MaineGeneral Health, Mid Coast-Parkview Health, New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland and St. Mary's Health System. www.mainehealth.org
About Maine Health Access Foundation
The Maine Health Access Foundation is Maine’s largest, private, nonprofit health care foundation dedicated to promoting access to quality health care, especially for those who are uninsured and underserved, and improving the health of everyone in Maine. MeHAF uses its grant resources and expertise to identify and advance key initiatives and issues to improve Maine’s health care system, so people across every region of Maine have access to quality care for better health.
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