About eight months ago, the Dorchester House, located in the heart of Dorchester, received a $240K stimulus grant due to its increased demand for services. Abrams says the grant enabled the center to retain four case managers who help patients navigate the system and get them access to everything from food stamps to housing to clothing.
"This helps us on our path to qualify as a medical home," says Abrams. "Patients
The Dorchester House's "obsolete" - as Abrams terms it - IT infrastructure was the next thing on its list. A $900K stimulus grant enabled the center to upgrade its equipment and create more efficient and productive processes.
But it was the physical space that remained the center's most pressing problem. To Abrams delight, the Dorchester House was one of the eight Massachusetts community health centers to received stimulus grants for facilities improvement. The Dorchester House received $7.1 million.
The center is planning a two-phase project that involves building a new 17,000-square foot building attached to the existing building and then a renovation of the current space. The funds will allow the center to expand its clinical, pharmacy, lab and urgent care space.
"We were absolutely thrilled to get the stimulus grants," says Abrams. "It will help us serve the community better."