Indianapolis, IN---The Jane Pauley Community Health Center opened its doors in September 2009 to provide basic health services to east side residents, regardless of income or insurance coverage. Now, one year later, the center is reporting positive outcomes for the patients it serves. On September 27, 2010, Jane Pauley, an east side Indianapolis native and former NBC news anchor (TODAY/Dateline), joined Community Health Network and Warren Township schools officials for a news conference at the center bearing her name, to share success stories and outcomes. The news conference preceded an afternoon presentation at the Indiana School Boards Association fall conference, where Pauley, Community and Warren Township schools officials planned to share their vision, encouraging the establishment of similar health centers in Indiana communities.
“One of the goals of the Jane Pauley Community Health Center is to serve as a model for care that can be replicated in other schools in partnership with health care organizations,” said Bryan Mills, president and CEO of Community Health Network. “After one year in operation, the center is having a positive impact on the health of this medically underserved community. We’re working to reduce health care costs by providing local residents with a medical home and connecting them with affordable resources to manage their health.”
The Jane Pauley Community Health Center, a unique collaboration between Community Health Network and the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, is located at the Renaissance School at 30th Street and Post Road. The school was chosen to house the health center because it offers a familiar, comfortable place for local residents to seek care.
While it does offer services to students of the RenaissanceSchool and their families, it is open to any member of the local community. Care is provided regardless of income or insurance coverage, and the cost of care is based on a sliding fee scale and family income.
"The Community Health Network and Warren Township Schools have created an example and a template for community partnerships in health care that warrants attention throughout the state of Indiana and nationwide,” said Pauley. “I am proud and humbled that the health center bears my name."
One year in operation, the health center has measured outcomes of the patients it serves, including:
- 1,846 patient visits since the center’s opening in September 2009
- 73% of patients keep their appointments with the center
- 40% of appointments are repeat visits by patients
- 37% of patients are covered by insurance (Medicare or Medicaid)
- The remaining number of patients are self-insured with 30% of those qualifying for financial assistance/sliding fee scale
- 451 patients were referred to the Warren Township Trustees office for assistance determination
- 107 patients scheduled with Medicaid enrollment specialists
The center’s board of directors, of which 51 percent are patients, has applied to designate the facility a federally qualified health center (FQHC). This status would bring additional financial support from the government, and is expected to be announced in early 2011. The board has also recently hired Amelia Clark to serve as the center’s executive director.
Peggy Hinckley, Ph.D., superintendent of Warren Township Schools, has noticed the positive impact the health center has had on the local community. “Students at the RenaissanceSchool, providing alternative education, have access to regular medical care at school through the center, supporting an improved attendance rate of 94 percent,” she said. “Further, our east side community, disproportionately affected by the recession in job losses, has been a resource for those who have lost insurance coverage and need access to quality medical care.”
The Jane Pauley Community Health Center emphasizes the integration of medical, dental and behavioral health. It offers primary health care services, including preventive and annual exams; well child care; acute care; chronic disease management; sports physicals; basic gynecological procedures (breast exams, Pap smears); minor skin procedures and other services. In addition to providing access to health care for a medically underserved population, the center focuses on the management of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiac disease and depression. Laboratory and hospital services are available through the Community system.
Pauley, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001, lent her name to the facility, insisting that the center address all aspects of wellness. She has supported the center’s mission to provide affordable, comprehensive health services to the local community. Pauley is an east side native and 1968 Warren Central High School graduate.
About Community Health Network
Ranked among the nation’s most integrated health care networks, Community Health Network has more than 90 sites of care and nearly 500 integrated physicians throughout central Indiana. This includes Community Hospitals East, North and South in Indianapolis and Community Hospital Anderson; The Indiana Heart Hospital, part of Community Heart and Vascular; Indiana Surgery Centers; Community Physicians of Indiana; Community Home Health Services; MedCheck walk-in care centers and MedCheck Express convenience clinics; employer health services; nursing homes; and other health care facilities. Community Health Network is committed to getting you well and back to your life. For more information about Community Health Network or to find a physician, call 800-777-7775 or visit eCommunity.com.