Medical Center of McKinney presented the Children & Community Health Center with a $50,000 grant to assist in the placement of a full-time nurse practitioner for the clinic. This is the second time Medical Center of McKinney has presented the clinic with a financial grant to help expand clinic hours and coverage. In 2012, MCM presented CCHC with a $55,000 grant, which included $5,000 for a website.
“Medical Center of McKinney has supported CCHC since it opened its doors in 2004, and our long-term relationship helps us realize a healthier community,” said Ernest C. Lynch, III, FACHE, chief executive officer of Medical Center of McKinney. “The support we provide helps the clinic fulfill its mission to provide healthcare to those community members that do not have insurance or are underinsured.”
Grants and donations provided by MCM have helped the clinic expand services and hours from two nights a week to nearly 40 hours a week. In 2013, the clinic cared for more than 1,000 patients and had more than 3,200 patient visits.
The clinic helps patients manage long-term, chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma, thyroid disease and high cholesterol, and offers a pediatric clinic as well for acute illnesses like the flu and asthma.
“Medical Center of McKinney’s support of a nurse practitioner at the clinic has been tremendous. The grant will allow us to stay open longer during the day and to see walk-in patients,” said Sandy Dickey, executive director of CCHC. “Each year there are more pleas for help, and it’s great to know that we have support of our local hospital.”
The financial support helps ensure that community members of McKinney and surrounding areas receive basic and routine healthcare, medications, lab work and x-rays.
Medical Center of McKinney has made cash donations of $171,100 to CCHC since 2005. And since the clinic’s inception ten years ago, Medical Center of McKinney has provided more than $580,000 in imaging and testing services to the clinic’s patients, and has helped the clinic defray operating expenses by subsidizing their rent by more than $270,000. Collectively, Medical Center of McKinney has supported CCHC by more than $1 million.
Story submitted by Sally Huggins