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Neighborhood Family Practice to expand services with new funding from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

(Plain Press, October 2015) Neighborhood Family Practice (NFP), a federally qualified non-profit community health center serving patients from five office locations on Cleveland’s near west side, was recently awarded more than $1 million in Affordable Care Act funding from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HSS).

“The HHS funds go hand in hand with what NFP has been doing for more than 30 years, which is providing quality primary health care services to those who need it most on Cleveland’s near west side,” says Jean Polster, president and CEO of NFP. “We’ll now be able provide expanded services to even more patients, including many who have become insured through the Affordable Care Act.”

In Spring 2014, NFP received an initial grant for operational funds to open an office in the Bellaire-Puritas neighborhood in Puritas Park Plaza (at 14037 Puritas Ave., next to Family Dollar). New funds just awarded in the amount of $1 million will be used to renovate a stand-alone building that will house a new and expanded NFP Puritas health center, located within a half-mile of the current office. Once complete, the new location will allow NFP to serve a larger volume of patients with a larger staff, more exam rooms and behavioral health offices.

The planned renovations and floor plan will ensure that NFP creates a Puritas health center facility that supports team-based care and implementation of a patient centered medical home model. NFP will continue to serve patients from its current Puritas location, with a goal of having the new building up and running within two years.

NFP also received additional funding of nearly $277,000 to be used to expand nurse midwifery services. “Infant mortality is a priority public health issue in Ohio and rates for Cleveland’s neighborhoods are dramatically high, with poor health status, high rates of prematurity and smoking among pregnant women contributing to these poor outcomes,” says Julie Kellon, CNM, MSN, an NFP certified nurse midwife.  “Women’s health services are a core component of NFPs services, including a growing midwifery program utilizing a CenteringPregnancy® program along with family planning, well woman care and gynecology.”

In 2014, NFP served 440 perinatal (the weeks just before and after birth) patients and more than 4,600 women age 18-44. A strategic plan developed in 2015 includes plans to expand the midwifery program to provide more access and choice for women. “The expanded services award from HHS will accelerate our ability to implement this plan,” says Kellon.

Editor’s Note: For more information about Neighborhood Family Practice, call 216-281-0872 or visit www.nfpmedcenter.org. Neighborhood Family Practice currently has five health center locations (at Ridge & Denison, Detroit/Shoreway, Tremont, Puritas and W. 117th) serving more than 16,000 patients each year. Known for delivering high quality care, NFP is accredited by the Joint Commission for Healthcare Organizations and is recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home from the National Center for Quality Assurance.

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