Sentara Health Foundation Gives $500,000 in Grants to Area Free Clinics and Community Health Centers
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Sentara Health Foundation Gives $500,000 in Grants to Area Free Clinics and Community Health Centers 

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Many hands do make light workor at least lighter work. Sentara Health Foundation recently awarded $500,000 in grants to five area clinics and community health centers to fund additional clinical practitioners who will offer care for the uninsured and underinsured.

Nearly 14,000 medical and dental appointments will be made available for those in need over the next two years as a result of the additional clinicians.

"These grants are multiplying the good work already being done in our community," says Sentara Health Foundation Director Gina Pitrone. "By strengthening the areas health care safety net, Sentara is empowering each agency to do what it does besthelp more people in need gain access to health care."

An estimated 200,000 Hampton Roads residents with insufficient health care coverage and nowhere else to turn for even the most basic of health care will benefit from the grants.

Grant recipients:

-Peninsula Institute for Community Health will use this grant to fund a physician assistant who will start seeing patients the third week in May. This practitioner will travel between 48th Street Physicians Office in Newport News and Main Street Physicians Office in Suffolk, offering more than 5,930 appointments over two years.

-Operation Blessing will hire a dentist for its mobile dental van expected to hit the streets later this summer on the Southside. About 2,400 dental appointments will be made possible in the next two years.

-Chesapeake Care will use this grant to fund a part-time nurse practitioner who will offer daytime appointments primarily to uninsured patients with chronic diseases beginning mid May. This grant will enable medical care for about 500-600 newly qualified patients and approximately 3,000 medical appointments over the next two years.

-Portsmouth Community Health Center will hire a part-time family practice physician who will begin seeing patients in July, making approximately 1,200 appointments possible over the next two years.

-Park Place Medical Center in Norfolk will hire a part-time family practice physician who will begin seeing patients in July, making possible approximately 1,200 appointments over the next two years.

About Sentara Health Foundation Sentara Health Foundation was established in 1998 to improve health and quality of life and to further Sentaras not-for-profit mission of serving the community. The Foundations charge is to identify community health-related needs and enable solutions, with a primary focus on access to basic health care services, improved pregnancy outcomes, coalition building, and services for the frail and at-risk elderly.

For the past six years, Sentara Health Foundation has touched the lives of many Virginia residents from the Eastern Shore to Greater Hampton Roads through grants supporting community programs. Since its inception, more than $2.2 million have been distributed.

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