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August 2, 2017

Charter Oak Health Center gets $300K grant for specialty services project

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is providing a $300,000 grant to Charter Oak Health Care Center Inc. to help the Federally Qualified Health Center provide more specialty healthcare services to its low-income patients.

Low-income patients have difficulty accessing specialists because specialists at private practices are not obligated to see Medicaid patients, it can take awhile to get an appointment and patients sometimes are reluctant to travel to unfamiliar facilities, according to a statement from Charter Oak, where about 70 percent of patients are on Medicaid.

The foundation money will augment a $1 million grant Charter Oak has received through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Federal Infrastructure Program to renovate the 7,000-square-foot building at 32 Grand St. in Hartford, across from Charter Oak’s main location. The foundation grant will help fund an elevator and disabled access ramp.

Charter Oak last year recruited a cardiologist, urologist, and pain specialist and had 6,452 patient visits for specialty care in fiscal 2017. The renovated facility will allow Charter Oak to add neurology, rheumatology, chiropractic, gastrointestinal, pulmonary, orthopedic, and dermatology services and accommodate an additional 10,000 patient visits annually. Work on the facility will begin this fall and be completed by spring 2019.

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