Evidence of a significant improvement in our community’s capacity to meet the healthcare needs of the working uninsured is clearly provided in a recently submitted Skaggs Legacy Grant progress report.
Skaggs Foundation awarded a Legacy Grant to Faith Community Health Center in October 2013. Grant funding allowed for this community clinic to expand hours of operation, add a full time provider and accommodate walk-in patients.
In the first nine months of program implementation, patient visits increased 103%, from 773 during January through September 2013, to 1,574 during the same time period this year.
“Grant recipients are required to report on their progress every three months after receiving funding,” explains Tim Nichols, Skaggs Foundation President. “We’ve seen some amazing results from Faith Community Health Center in the volume of services they are able to provide as well as improved revenue and collections.”
Faith Community Health Center provides quality, affordable health care and wellness education to the area’s working, uninsured families. Service fees are based on a sliding scale determined by the patient’s ability to pay.
“It’s very important that organizations like Faith Community Health become self-sustaining over the long term,” according to President Nichols. “With the help of the Skaggs Legacy Grant, Faith Community Health was able to nearly triple their revenues while they doubled their volume during the first nine months of this year. They are making great progress toward developing a sustainable model that works for our area.”
Skaggs Foundation’s volunteer Board of Directors manages the Skaggs Legacy Endowment, utilizing only the investment proceeds of the permanently restricted fund.
Any non-profit entity, school or government agency serving health and wellness needs in Taney and Stone Counties can apply for a grant.
Programs address access to care, unhealthy body weight, mental and dental health and child and family safety, all of which are critical factors affecting health and wellness in our region.