The full-time clinic will give patients an established primary-care "medical home, " said Neighborcare Health Executive Director Mark Secord.
Neighborcare Health, which runs 17 medical, dental and school-based clinics for low-income patients in Seattle, has received a federal grant for $650,000 a year to operate a new clinic in Lake City.
Currently, the nonprofit shares space in a Lake City building with a volunteer program that helps provide acute care for patients on Saturdays.
Neighborcare runs a clinic one day a week there. The funding will allow it to create a full-time clinic that will give patients an established primary-care “medical home” to help coordinate their health needs, said Executive Director Mark Secord.
The grant will fund operations, he said, unlike two earlier federal capital-project grants to Neighborcare, which included $500,000 to renovate its Wallingford clinic and $5 million to expand its Greenwood clinic.
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Citywide, Neighborcare clinics serve more than 50,000 patients a year.
HealthPoint in Renton also received a yearly grant for $650,000 to establish and operate a new clinic in Midway, between Federal Way and SeaTac. The clinic will provide medical, dental and pharmacy services, said spokeswoman Diana Olsen.
The grants, authorized under the federal health-care law, were announced Wednesday by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She said the nearly $129 million in grants to 219 health centers would help provide care to an additional 1.25 million patients nationwide and create 5,640 jobs.
Grants in Washington totaled $2.7 million. In addition to Neighborcare and HealthPoint, they went to Cowlitz Family Health Center in Longview, Tri-Cities Community Health in Pasco and the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish.
Carol M. Ostrom: 206-464-2249 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @costrom.