Reach Out: Physicians' Initiative to Expand Care to Underserved Americans

The Foundation's program, Reach Out: Physicians' Initiative to Expand Care to Underserved Americans, was designed to challenge private physicians, working with health departments, hospitals, mid-level practitioners, state agencies, and others, to expand their role in the provision of care to the underserved in their communities.This is 1 of 22 first phase planning grants made under Reach Out: Physicians' Initiative to Expand Care to Underserved Americans. The goal of this project is to create an integrated, rural primary care system in Western Hancock County, Maine. Specifically, the grantee plans to create Peninsula Primary Care Association by obtaining rural clinic status for five practice sites in this geographical area. The Association will function as a group practice and will cooperate with Blue Hill Memorial Hospital (BHMH) to provide primary health care to all residents in the area. It is expected that this arrangement will improve reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid for all participants and improve their chances of obtaining and retaining qualified physicians. Continuing education will be provided for physicians and quality assurance implemented. The BHMH Foundation will provide ongoing financial support to cover bad debt and charity care which the association may incur. Rural clerkships will be provided to medical students.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $100,000.00

Awarded on: 7/29/1994

Time frame: 8/1/1994 - 7/31/1995

Grant Number: 24546

Grantee

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, Inc.

P.O. Box 823
Blue Hill, 04614-0823

207-374-2836

Daniel Rissi
Project Director

207-374-2836