Grant Recipients
Grant Type: 

Safety Net Consortium of Middle Tennessee

Grant Amount: $50,000 - $100,000
Grant Term: 1 Year
Jun 23 2011

The Safety Net Consortium of Middle Tennessee (est. 2000) is a partnership of health organizations and providers in Nashville whose mission is to develop programs to ensure low-income, uninsured people have access to healthcare. Consortium membership represents 21 safety-net ambulatory clinics and nine hospitals. Founded in 1821, the Nashville Academy of Medicine is the professional association for physicians in Davidson County. Five years ago, they established Bridges to Care Plus in association with the Consortium to provide specialty care to Nashville's uninsured who are 200% of poverty through a network of volunteer physicians. Hospital services and pharmacy are also provided. The grant requested in this application will be used to fund staff salaries, Spanish training, and recruitment materials for Bridges to Care Plus.   Patients in BTC Plus network will show 45% reduction in unnecessary use of emergency departments, resulting in significant cost-savings in the healthcare system, and demonstrating that this patient population can change habits when cared for in a comprehensive manner, utilizing the medical home with access to quality specialty care when problems arise. 100 new specialists will result in increased access to specialty care for 130 uninsured patients/year, and an additional 2,625 patient encounters in the first year. (Based on five-year average of 8 patient commitments/year per volunteer.)

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