United Neighborhood Health Services Receives $1.7 Million Grant to Renovate Three of its Nashville Clinics and Create a Diabetes Care Center

May.01.12

Contact:  Mary Bufwack 615.630.0939

maryunhs@aol.com


CEO, United Neighborhood Health Services, Inc.


 United Neighborhood Health Services Receives $1.7 Million Grant to Renovate Three of its Nashville Clinics and Create a Diabetes Care Center



Renovations can begin at three of the health clinics operated by United Neighborhood Health Services thanks to a $1.7 million grant funded by the Affordable Care Act. Acacia Salatti, Deputy Director, Center of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, came to Nashville on May 1 to make the announcement. The UNHS Main Street Clinic, Madison Clinic and Cayce Clinic serve uninsured, underserved and under insured people in Nashville. Pictured following the announcement of the good news are (left to right) Hershell Warren, Office of the Mayor; U. S. Congressman Jim Cooper; Acacia Salatti; Mary Bufwack, CEO of United Neighborhood Health Services; Ronnie Steine, Metro Council Member at Large and a member of the Board of United Neighborhood Health Services; and Michael Schulz, Office of Senator Lamar Alexander.




Nashville, TN – United Neighborhood Health Services (UNHS) has received a $1,724,816 grant to renovate its Main Street Clinic, Madison Clinic and Cayce Clinic and to establish a Diabetes Care Center announced Mary Bufwack, CEO of UNHS.  The grant is funded by the Affordable Care Act. 


Bufwack learned about the grant on Tuesday, May 1, when Acacia Salatti, deputy director for the Center for Faith-Based & Community Partnerships, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, came to Nashville to announce the funds had been awarded to UNHS.  Salatti made the announcement at the UNHS Main Street Clinic.


 Bufwack noted that more than $1.2 million of the grant is designated to renovate its Main Street Clinic located in East Nashville at 905 Main Street. The funds will allow UNHS to create a multi-service Diabetes Center, with new space for dental services, a wellness center, education center and a pharmacy. The funds will also allow for some renovation to the two-story clinic, parking lot improvements, and furnishings for the first floor.


“We are very excited to receive these funds. The enormous human and social cost of obesity and diabetes requires an aggressive response. We will now be better able to meet the health care needs of underserved and uninsured people in our community,” said Bufwack. 


The additional $500,000 in grant money is designated for renovations at the Madison Clinic, 601 Due West Boulevard in Madison, and the Cayce Clinic, 617 South 8th Street in East Nashville.  At the Madison Clinic, $288,850 will be used to upgrade the facility and to address water damage.  At the Cayce Clinic, $211,150 will fund upgrades and improve safety and access.


“The goals of the renovation go far beyond physical improvements to our facilities,” noted Bufwack.  She explained that the renovations will allow UNHS to enhance quality and outcome for people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and heart conditions by housing more services under one roof and permitting more education to develop self-management skills.  The renovations will also help build a multi-disciplinary health team to address the multi-faced issues associated with chronic conditions.   


 “Improved care and management of chronic health conditions can reduce use of emergency rooms and hospitalizations, a plus for patients and for the community,” explained Bufwack. Last year, UNHS served more than 32,000 people; more than half of them had no insurance.


 United Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. (UNHS) is a private non-profit network of neighborhood health centers that have served Nashville for more than 30 years.  Through its nine Nashville neighborhood clinics, five school-based clinics, the Downtown Homeless Clinic, two mobile health units, and a clinic in Hartsville, Tennessee, United Neighborhood Health Services annually serves approximately 32,000 medically underserved people of all ages; 17,000 have no health insurance. Visit www.unitedneighborhood.org  or call 615-620-UNHS (8647) for information about UNHS’ other clinics and programs.


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For additional information:


Deborah Varallo, Varallo Public Relations, 615.367.5200, ext. 14; 615.482.6444 (cell); or Deb@varallopr.com



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