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June 9, 2010


Jennifer Kritz,

BOSTON - The Patrick-Murray Administration announced today that it has awarded $20 million in Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Funding to 39 hospitals and community health centers across the Commonwealth to enhance their ability to serve populations in need more efficiently and effectively. Awarded in previous years through the Essential Community Provider Trust Fund, this year's funding maximizes federal matching funds through Medicaid rate increases to community health centers and investments in infrastructure and capacity-building. The funding includes $4.2 million in FY10 Medicaid rate increases and $15.8 million in grants.

"The hospitals and community health centers receiving funding today are key partners in our ongoing efforts to ensure that the people of the Commonwealth have access to quality, affordable health care," said Governor Deval L. Patrick. "This funding gives needed financial support to providers who will be making significant strides to improve services for patients and control rising health care costs by making investments in health information technology and promoting a global payment system."

The funding is to be used in one of five priority areas:

  • redirect non-emergent hospital Emergency Department visits to community health centers;
  • conduct an readiness assessment for a global payment system;
  • document their implementation of health information technology (HIT) and support targeted investments;
  • develop procedures for referring MassHealth patients discharged from an inpatient psychiatric unit to a community mental health center, outpatient behavioral health department or group practice that foster immediate access to care; or
  • develop protocols for receiving psychiatric medication histories of MassHealth members from pharmacy databases in order to promote quality care.

"The Patrick-Murray Administration is committed to promoting quality health care and ensuring access to both preventive and acute care," said Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby. "This funding is an important part of our efforts to support hospitals and community health centers as we make efforts to transform systems of care."

A complete list of grant recipients and award amounts follows:


City/TownProvider  Award Projects
Boston Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center$90,000ED Diversion
BostonCaritas Carney Hospital$1,750,000Global Payment, HIT, Psychiatric Aftercare
Boston  Codman Square Health Center$50,000Global Payment
BostonDimock Community Health Center$90,000Global Payment
BostonDorchester House Community Health Center$50,000HIT
BostonEast Boston Neighborhood Health Center$800,000HIT
BostonFranciscan Hospital for Children$300,000HIT
BostonHarbor Health Services$100,000Global Payment
BostonRoxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center$70,000Global Payment
BostonSouth Boston Community Health Center$50,000HIT
BostonTufts Medical Center$500,000Global Payment
MiltonMilton Hospital$100,000HIT
QuincyManet Community Health Center$50,000Global Payment
QuincyQuincy Medical Center$1,110,000Global Payment, HIT

Gardner  Henry Heywood Memorial Hospitals$50,000HIT
WorcesterGreat Brook Valley Health Center$70,000HIT

City/TownProvider  GrantProjects
Gloucester / LynnNortheast Hospital Corporation$100,000Psychiatric Aftercare
LawrenceLawrence General Hospital$500,000ED Diversion
Lowell  Lowell Community Health Center$50,000Global Payment
Lowell  Lowell General Hospital$100,000HIT
LowellSaints Medical Center$120,000HIT
SalemNorth Shore Medical Center$90,000ED Diversion

BarnstableCape Cod Hospital$250,000ED Diversion, Global Payment
BrocktonBrockton Hospital$775,000ED Diversion, Global Payment, HIT, Psychiatric Aftercare, Psychiatric Medication Profile
BrocktonBrockton Neighborhood Health Center$70,000Global Payment
EasthamOuter Cape Health Services$50,000HIT
Fall RiverStanley Street Treatment and Resources$45,000HIT
HyannisDuffy Health Center$60,000HIT
MashpeeCommunity Health Center of Cape Cod$50,000HIT
New BedfordSouthcoast Hospital Group$100,000HIT
PlymouthJordan Hospital$150,000HIT

HolyokeHolyoke Health Center$30,000HIT
HolyokeHolyoke Medical Center$2,000,000HIT, Psychiatric Medication Profile
HolyokeMercy Medical Center, Sisters of Providence$4,800,000ED Diversion, Global Payment, HIT, Psychiatric Aftercare, Psychiatric Medication Profile
Great BarringtonCommunity Health Programs$50,000Global Payment
North AdamsNorth Adams Regional Hospital$500,000HIT
PittsfieldBerkshire Medical Center$200,000HIT
Turners FallsCommunity Health Center of Franklin County$30,000HIT
Westfield  Noble Hospital $450,000HIT

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