CareFirst BlueCross awards MedStar St. Mary's a two-year grant

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CareFirst BlueCross awards MedStar St. Mary's a two-year grant

Leonardtown MD - 7/10/2013

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By Mike Wilson

Delegate Johnny Wood [D] and St. Mary’s County Commissioner President Jackie Russell [D] joined officials from MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital and CareFirst BlueCross at St. Mary’s Hospital Monday morning for the presentation of a two-year $112,424 grant.

The CareFirst grant will be used to support the hospital’s expansion of its primary care services to the uninsured and underinsured St. Mary’s County citizens.

The 2012 County Ranking Report stated 11 percent of adults in St. Mary’s County are uninsured. The outreach serviced experienced a 52 percent increase in uninsured patients accessing care in 2012. This is a 52 percent increase from 2011.

The grant allowed MedStar St. Mary’s to hire a fulltime nurse practioner and expand the Get Connected to Health mobile clinic services.

“We are proud to support MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital and its efforts to provide primary care services to the region’s most vulnerable residents,” said Maria Harris Tildon, CareFirst senior vice president of Public Policy and Community Affairs. “We believe that having access to quality primary care is essential to living a healthy and active lifestyle.”

Since its inception in August 2008, the mobile clinic has provided treatment to more than 1,200 people for a variety of acute chronic conditions, including diabetes, hypertension and mental illness.

A fundraising campaign is currently underway to replace the current vehicle, which provides services in LexingtonPark and Charlotte Hall, because it is more than 12 years old and repairs are becoming cost prohibitive.

Once the replacement mobile clinic is in service, the older vehicle will be used to provide dental care. Through the participation of a volunteer dentist and dental hygienists, uninsured and medically underinsured individuals with dental needs will have an opportunity to access dental cleanings and basic treatment services such as fillings and extractions.

Healthcare providers are available on the Get Connected to Health mobile medical van five days a week to address the primary care needs of the uninsured and underinsured residents of St. Mary’s County. The charge for each patient visit is $15 and Health Share and MedStar Family Choice are accepted.

Service Times and locations:

·Mondays – St. Mary’s MedicalCenter in Charlotte Hall

·Tuesdays and Thursdays – Walden Sierra at MillisonPlaza in Lexington Park

·Wednesdays and Fridays – The Gateways building of the Housing Authority of St. Mary’s in Lexington Park

The Get Connected to Health Service offers the following primary care services:

·Flu shots for patients over age 18, when available

·Limited Laboratory testing for clinical microscopy

·Pregnancy and blood sugar tests

·And much more

To schedule an appointment, call 301-475-6019



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