Eleventh Street Family Health Services of Drexel University has been bolstered by a $100,000 grant from the Independence Blue Cross Foundation.
The facility is one of 15 nonprofit community health clinics throughout the Philadelphia region serving 70,000 people that have received $1.04 million in grants from the IBC Foundation.
The foundation expects to award an additional $1 million in grants to community health clinics before the end of the year, bringing IBC’s support for the program to more than $2 million for 2011.
“We are proud to support these clinics, which for many people is their only source of primary care,” said foundation president Lorina Marshall-Blake.
“Tens of thousands of people depend on these clinics. The regular treatments and checkups they receive keep them out of emergency rooms and help them avoid costly specialty care that is often needed when chronic conditions, like diabetes or heart disease, go untreated. Supporting clinics not only keeps people well and out of the ER, but it also saves our region millions of dollars by preventing unnecessary and expensive care.”
The Eleventh Street Family Health Services of Drexel University joins 14 other facilities in receiving IBC grant funding including: Congreso de Latinos Unidos; Covenant House Pennsylvania, Esperanza Health Center, Inc., Family Practice and Counseling Network Abbotsford/East Falls Center, PHMC Health Connection, and St. Catherine’s Laboure Medical Center, all in Philadelphia; Adult Health Center of Gwynedd-Mercy College, Lansdale, Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic, Doylestown; ChesPenn Health Services, Inc., Chester.; The Clinic, Phoenixville; Community Volunteers in Medicine, West Chester, and VNA Community Services, Inc., Ginny Coombs Children’s Health Center, Abington.
“We are grateful to the IBC Foundation for recognizing how important local clinics are to the health and well-being of our communities,” said Patricia Gerrity, director of Eleventh Street Family Health Services of Drexel University.
“The IBC Foundation’s support helps us offer services such as dental and behavioral health care, as well as a fitness center and nutrition training, which have become an integral part of what we offer and what our patients appreciate and need to stay healthy. IBC has been an extraordinary partner in helping us grow our facility and better serve our patients.”
The grants, which were made through the foundation’s Blue Safety Net initiative, is one of three areas the foundation is targeting in an effort to help transform health care in the region through innovation.
In an event launching the IBC foundation on Oct. 6, IBC president and CEO Daniel J. Hilferty said IBC would make an initial commitment of $10 million to fund the foundation’s work. The foundation will target two other areas: leading innovative approaches to health care and developing the health-care workforce of the future with an intense focus on nursing education.
The foundation’s support for clinics expands upon IBC’s commitment to improving health care access for the under and uninsured. Since 2005, Independence Blue Cross has contributed nearly $15 million to help support 36 private, nonprofit health clinics that serve nearly 120,000 patients and provide 400,000 visits annually in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.