MORTON RECEIVES $482,418 GRANT TO ESTABLISH A WEST TULSA LOCATION
August 11, 2015 – TULSA, OKLA. – Morton Comprehensive Health Services announced today that it received a $482,418 New Access Point federal grant to expand primary care services into West Tulsa. Morton is one of five community health centers in the state to receive federal funding for new primary care access points in this latest round of Community Health Center expansion.
“We are so excited at the prospect of adding our fourth health center location within Tulsa, especially in a community like West Tulsa, which has virtually no primary care services,” said John M. Silva, CEO of Morton.
“Morton continues to work with at-risk communities to provide affordable, comprehensive and low-cost health care to vulnerable, poor and uninsured residents.”
Morton will need to revisit its original grant proposal, submitted to the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) office over 18 months ago, which included strategic partnerships and collaborative agreements with other organizations and agencies.
“Given that it has been well over a year since the proposal was submitted, Morton wants to make sure that all of our original plans and assumptions remain in place. We plan to locate the West Tulsa Health Center in the Sandy Park area, insuring easy access for both West Tulsa and Sand Springs’ residents,” Silva added.
The largest federally qualified health center in northeastern Oklahoma, Morton will reach out to public housing developments, isolated neighborhoods, apartment complexes, schools, daycare programs, churches and community organizations to identify families in need of accessible and affordable health services in the area.
In partnership with the HHS, Morton’s goal is “to provide quality-focused, cost-effective and family-based health services” to its patients.
In a press release from HHS, grants totaling $169 million were awarded to 266 community health centers throughout the U.S.
“Across the country, health centers have provided a source of high-quality primary care for people in rural and urban communities for 50 years,” said Acting Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield.
According to HHS, this most recent announcement will add to the more than 700 new health center sites that have been developed as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
Community health centers through 1,300 community-based and patient-directed locations with 9,000 sites collectively serve nearly 23 million people with affordable and accessible health care.
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services press release: U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2015, August 11). www.HHS.gov. Retrieved from HHS.gov: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2015pres/08/20150811a.html
Morton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, is one of Oklahoma’s largest community health centers in the state. For more than 90 years, Morton has been providing comprehensive medical, dental and ancillary services to individuals regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin or one’s ability to pay for services.
The main office of Morton is located at 1334 N. Lansing Ave., with additional satellite offices at the East Tulsa Family Health Center, 11511 E. 21st St.; Midtown Homeless Clinic, 102 N. Denver Ave.; Bartlesville Family Health Center, 4140 SE Adams Road, Suite 105; and at the Nowata Family Health Center, 207 S. Locust St. The telephone number for the main office is (918) 587-2171.
For more information, visit http://www.mortonhealth.org or call (918) 587-2171.
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Morton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. 1334 North Lansing Avenue – Tulsa, Oklahoma 74106 (918) 587-2171