Horizon Foundation Provides $133,000 Grant
As part of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey’s 5-year, $5 million Health Center Initiative designed to provide greater access to health care for the uninsured and underinsured throughout New Jersey, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey presented the Parker Family Health Center of Red Bank, New Jersey with a check in the amount of $133,000 prior to a match at the 2007 AVP Seaside Heights Open. The grant will be used to improve and better manage patient care by hiring a clinic assistant and purchasing a patient tracking system. Funds will be used for salary, computer, and software expenses.
Pictured from left to right: Ryan Mariano, Player, Association of Volleyball Players (AVP); Dr. Eugene Cheslock, President, Parker Family Health Center; Jonathan Pearson, Deputy Director for The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; Ed Ratledge, Player, Association of Volleyball Players (AVP).
PFHC Awarded AMA Grant
The Parker Family Health Center has been awarded a grant from the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation’s Healthy Communities/Healthy America program. Launched this year, the new program provides grants to outstanding free clinics across the country.
The Parker Center in Red Bank was one of only ten organizations that received funding in an effort to address the growing problem of the uninsured and to recognize physician and community volunteerism.
The clinic received $25,000 for a project that will enhance the clinic’s existing diabetes management program. At present, the Parker Center is caring for over 100 diabetic patients in a coordinated disease management program that provides comprehensive clinical care and patient education.
“Diabetes is a significant problem for our patients,” said Dr. Eugene Cheslock, Parker Center President. “This funding will have a real impact on their lives and health.”
“We are pleased to honor the Parker Family Health Center and their dedication to improving the health of those who are most in need,” said AMA Foundation President Peter Carmel, MD. “The AMA Foundation is committed to recognizing the extraordinary physicians and volunteers who have taken it upon themselves to provide critical health care services.”
Established in 2000, the Parker Family Health Center provides free primary health care to low-income, uninsured Monmouth County residents. Located on Red Bank’s West Side, the clinic is open six days a week, including Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday morning. A children’s health clinic offering immunizations and well-child care takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Other specialized services include children’s oral health care, vision screening, women’s health, cancer screening through NJCEED (New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection), and a prescription drug program that ensures access to affordable medication.
The clinic saw close to 10,000 patients in 2006, with over 40,000 cumulative patient-visits since the founding. Forty percent of patients are from Red Bank, with the rest from all parts of Monmouth County. Health care is provided by a network of volunteers, including physicians, nurses, dentists and other health care professionals, who donate 10,000 hours of service annually at the clinic.