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Community Health Network Foundation awarded $2.4 million in federal grants

For release: 10/4/2010

Indianapolis, IN---Community Health Network Foundation, which raises financial support for Community Health Network, has been awarded more than $2.4 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The three grants will be used to transform Community’s current Family Medicine Residency Program (FMRP) into a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model, increase resident enrollment and purchase medical training equipment. The PCMH model is a family physician-led approach to providing comprehensive primary care for people of all ages and medical conditions through patient care coordination. 

Community was awarded a $1,304,974, five-year grant to transform its FMRP into a PCMH model through a restructuring process that will revise the current residency curriculum and transform the residency practice sites into medical homes. This transformation will prepare residents, many of whom will choose to practice in medically underserved communities, to deliver care in an existing medical home model practice, or to build a new medical home model practice, upon graduation.

Community will contribute 38 percent of the total $2,072,664 project budget over the five year grant period. Community’s network-wide collaboration will engage many Community experts, including Indianapolis Medical Management, OlioRoadFamilyCareCenter and process improvement and information services teams. This project will serve as a replicable model for other programs at Community and for other family medicine residency programs throughout the country.

A second $960,000 grant will be used to increase the program’s resident enrollment from 21 to 24, adding residency slots for Doctor of Osteopathy graduates. These residents will be required to enroll in community’s Underserved Medicine Area of Concentration, which requires six months of training in community-based clinical rotations. The grant will accelerate physician training and will also address the osteopathic training needs in Indiana, which has 60 counties the federal government has designated medically underserved areas.

A third $212,785 HRSA grant will fund equipment needed to train family medicine residents during their obstetrical and pediatric rotation. The grant will fund an ultrasound machine, non-stress test, colposcope, Noelle® birthing simulator, SimNewBTM neonatal simulator, and audiovisual equipment, all of which will help Community further develop its unique legacy of educating family practice residents in the comprehensive health care of women. 

E. Diana Burtea, M.D., Family Medicine Residency Program Director, said HRSA grant support for all of the medical training programs will enhance the educational experience for residents and ultimately benefit patients.

“While the primary focus of these projects is residency training, patient care will be improved through education and innovation,” Burtea said. “We are grateful for this financial support, which will allow us to continue to provide quality care to all patients, regardless of their income and insurance status.”

Michele Thomas Dole, president and CEO of Community Health Network Foundation, said the combined grants are the largest grant awards the organization has received and will impact the lives of patients living in medically underserved communities.

“In a time of health care reform, we developed a grants strategy that supports Community’s initiatives to enhance patient care within the communities we serve,” Dole said. “Our medical residents will receive comprehensive and innovative training to provide a full continuum of care for patients. Some of our most vulnerable patients will ultimately benefit from the outcomes this grant allows us to create.”

About Community Health Network Foundation

Founded in 1976, Community Health Network Foundation is the not-for-profit philanthropic organization of Community Health Network, comprised of four Indianapolis hospitals and more than 90 sites of care. Our mission is to raise financial support for the network to improve the health of the central Indiana communities Community serves. Funds raised by donors contribute to the benefit of connected, convenient, coordinated patient care. Those donor contributions support health care scholarships, clinical research, community development, school-based clinics and the delivery of innovative health care through technology and state-of-the-art facilities. For more information about Community Health Network Foundation, or ways you can get involved, call 317-355-5261 or visit eCommunity.org.

Ryan Chelli
Media Relations
Community Health Network
317-355-4663
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