MIAMI, Feb. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Good News Care Center, located in Florida City, is pleased to announce a $50,000 grant received from Health Foundation of South Florida for the Coming Home: ER Diversion and Medical Homes Project, an initiative that increases the provision of primary care services, and integrates primary and tertiary medical care intervention with health education. The health education focuses on group classes and individualized counseling for our local residents.
"Health Foundation of South Florida is committed to improving the health of our communities, and we are very happy to receive this grant from an entity that shares our goals," said Michael Daily, CEO of the Good News Care Center.
The Coming Home: ER Diversion and Medical Homes Project targets high risk populations that suffer from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, or uncontrolled hypertension, and other conditions that need on-going medical care.
The Health Foundation grant will assist Good News Care Center in hiring an additional physician or nurse practitioner who will lead in implementing the ER Diversion Program. Currently, Good News Care Center houses one full-time staff physician and approximately six doctors who volunteer for services. For the Coming Home: ER Division and Medical Homes Project the Medical Doctor will supervise the processes that involve providing primary, tertiary and prescription drug assistance to the patients being diverted from the Emergency Departments and will oversee the management of their condition and treatment programs.
The Good News Care Center provides free healthcare to Dade County's uninsured population. According to the Miami-Dade Health Department, there are more than 600,000 persons without health insurance currently residing in Miami-Dade County. In 2010, the Good News Care Center treated over 4,000 enrolled patients through more than 10,300 clinical visits, which produced over $8,800,000 in value of free care.
The Good News Care Center is a clinic ministry owned by the Miami Baptist Association that provides free access to primary care to those most in need. The clinic operates through the collaborative efforts of Baptist Health South Florida, who is the clinic's principal resource provider, Full Deliverance Baptist Church of Florida City, the University of Miami Pediatric Mobile Clinic, Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Division, and a host of medical groups, specialists and private donors. Since its inception, the Good News Care Center has received more than $3 million in grants from various foundations and organizations.
Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grant making organization, is dedicated to improving health in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. By advancing health solutions, the Foundation makes a measurable and sustainable impact in ensuring access to affordable, quality health services for all residents, especially the underserved.
SOURCE The Good News Care Center