Lawrenceville –Gwinnett commissioners on Tuesday awarded $400,000 for chronic care assistance grants to two nonprofit healthcare organizations currently operating in the county.
“These grants will provide people with resources to manage chronic diseases better and hopefully reduce calls for onsite emergency medical services, transport and hospital emergency room visits,” Chairman Charlotte Nash said. “We studied our ambulance usage statistics and looked at similar moves in other communities to see if this can offer some relief.”
Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett, at 5949 Buford Highway in Norcross, will receive a $100,000 award and the Hope Clinic Inc., at 121 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville, will get $300,000 toward their chronic care management programs. Both nonprofits work to keep chronically ill patients stable and reduce hospitalizations due to untreated illness.
Formed in 2004 as an expansion of a similar ministry in downtown Atlanta, the Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett offers uninsured and underinsured residents affordable well-child and adult exams, dental services, chronic disease management, preventive care and women’s health services. Gregory E. Lang, PhD, is the executive director.
Pam Martin leads the Hope Clinic. This nonprofit, internal medicine clinic has been providing an affordable alternative to the hospital emergency room for the primary care medical needs of uninsured, underinsured and indigent residents since 2002.