Greater Family Health to expand Oral Health Services

Elgin, IL-
June 20, 2016

Greater Family Health has been awarded $350,000 in federal funding via a highly-competitive grant process to expand its oral health services. Only 12 awards were issued to 48 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Illinois.

Announced by Health and Human Services’ Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell on June 16th, funding for Greater Family Health’s oral health services expansion comes from the Affordable Care Act, and is allocated by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA).

The announcement comes on the heels of two other successful applications submitted by Greater Family Health: one via HRSA’s Health Infrastructure Investment Program, and the other via the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation. Together, these three awards provide Greater Family Health with over $1,700,000 in capital and/or operating funding to expand its oral health care services and support systems, resulting in expanded and more coordinated care for underserved patients in its communities.

“We are thrilled with the results of our months of hard work preparing and submitting these competitive grant applications,” said Bob Tanner, President and CEO of Greater Family Health. “We look forward to implementing our proposals and expanding high-quality, affordable health care services to the residents of the communities we serve. We are also deeply appreciative of the many organizations that supported these applications” Tanner concluded.

According to HRSA, about 1,400 health centers operate approximately 9,800 service delivery sites in every U.S. state, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin. Together, these health centers employ more than 170,000 staff who provide care for nearly 23 million patients.

Greater Family Health offers health care services via 25 health care access points, nine of which are full-time locations in Elgin, Hanover Park, McHenry, Streamwood, Sycamore and Wheeling. The organization offers Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Dental Care and an array of supportive services. In 2015, Greater Family Health provided care to over 40,000 patients via more than 138,000 medical and dental visits.

Greater Family Health is accredited by The Joint Commission, indicating compliance with the highest quality standards of health care in the United States, is certified as a Patient Centered/Primary Care Medical Home and provides care regardless of the patient’s ability to pay.

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