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The Board of Directors for Neighborhood Family Practice and the Board of Directors for North Coast Health recently announced their plan to enter into a strategic affiliation to increase access to quality primary care for low-income individuals and families living in Lakewood and surrounding communities.
Both boards voted to approve a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and proceed with due diligence. A final vote is expected by the end of October. The plan calls for the organizations to consolidate operations under Neighborhood Family Practice on January 1, 2019. In addition, a new support organization, named North Coast Health, will be established for fund development and advocacy.
A: This strategic alliance is the result of North Coast Health’s strategic planning to ensure sustainability of North Coast Health’s mission and provide long-term access to primary care. By joining together, we will provide a wider scope of services, improve health care access and expand care to the medically underserved in our community.
A: We share a common mission to provide quality care regardless of ability to pay. We also share a proud history of advocating for social justice while continuously improving clinical quality outcomes. Together, we will accomplish much more than we would be able to do individually.
A: Jean Polster, president and CEO of Neighborhood Family Practice since 2003, will serve as CEO of both organizations. Gina Gavlak, president and CEO of North Coast Health will be president of the support organization and vice president of business development at Neighborhood Family Practice. Dr. Charles “Chuck” Garven, North Coast Health’s medical director, will continue to see patients and serve as senior medical advisor at Neighborhood Family Practice. All North Coast Health employees will be integrated into the Neighborhood Family Practice team. Board members will have the opportunity to serve, and continue in leadership roles, on boards that will govern and support the new organization.
A: The clinic will remain open at its current location on 16110 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. On January 1, 2019, North Coast Health’s current Lakewood location will be added to Neighborhood Family Practice’s network of community health centers as North Coast Community HealthCenter.
A: Patients will benefit from expanded services and increased access to care. Patients may continue to see their current provider at the Lakewood location. Starting in January, we will begin providing services to children, allowing us to care for the whole family. Additional services- including pregnancy care, psychiatry and dental- will also be available at other Neighborhood Family Practice sites. During the transition, patient care will continue uninterrupted.
A: Both organizations provide financial assistance with a sliding fee scale for patients without insurance. We are working out the details to combine the sliding fee scales to best meet the needs of our patients and the organization. Medicaid, Medicare and other forms of insurance will continue to be accepted. As always, care would never be withheld based on inability to pay.
A: North Coast Health’s volunteer program will be expanded throughout the Neighborhood Family Practice network- providing even more volunteer opportunities.
A: Neighborhood Family Practice is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) comprised of a network of five community health centers that deliver high quality, affordable primary and preventive health care to people in Cleveland’s diverse west side neighborhoods. Similar to North Coast Health, Neighborhood Family Practice’s patient centered medical home (PCMH) model uses a team-based approach to care that seeks to address social determinants of health and promote good outcomes. Neighborhood Family Practice provides primary care, women’s health and midwifery services, behavioral health, dental and case management appointments to more than 19,000 patients annually at its combined locations. Neighborhood Family Practice is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization.https://www.nfpmedcenter.org/about-us-1/.
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A: Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), more commonly known as community health centers, serve more than 27 million people in thousands of locations nationally. FQHC structure is based on community need and provides health care in medically underserved areas for low-income, uninsured and underserved individuals. FQHCs ensure that comprehensive care is available to all, regardless of ability to pay. As consumer-driven, patient centered organizations, FQHCs must have patient-majority governing boards. This ensures the organization stays true to the community focus. As an integral part of the health care safety net, FQHCs receive some Federal funding for charity care and to support an enhanced model of care for people living in poverty and those with other barriers to care. FQHCs are not government agencies.
A: Please call Gina Gavlak at 216.228.7878 ext. 101 or email email@example.com.