Middletown Health Center Receives $2 Million Virtual Patient Care Grant

These include telemedicine, remote patient monitoring, digital patient tools and health information technology platforms, according to a press release.

CHC was among 29 HRSA-funded health centers that received awards totaling nearly $55 million nationwide. This builds on more than $7.3 billion in American Rescue Plan funds invested in community health centers last year to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19, the release said.

CHC will use the award to build on its experience in delivering clinical care virtually during the pandemic, with a focus on its patient population with diagnosed behavioral disorders, it said.

This includes expanding its model of school-based virtual behavioral health care to all schools where CHC provides school-based care during the COVID crisis. It also plans to focus on the homeless population in emergency shelters, transitional shelters, and temporary COVID hotel accommodations to test virtual care as an ongoing foundational care strategy for homeless and transitional populations.

“This award will allow us to expand a dynamic new model of care that combines in-person and virtual care into a single, holistic approach that prioritizes the needs and preferences of our patients,” said President and CEO Mark Masselli in a prepared statement.

“Virtual care has changed for patients, especially during the pandemic,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in the release. “This funding will help health centers leverage the latest technologies and innovations to expand access to quality primary care for underserved communities.”

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