Circle the City Awarded HHS Funding to Support The Parsons Family Health Center

20:00 EDT 1 Jun 2015 | Marketwired

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - June 02, 2015) - Circle the City was awarded a $703,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support the organization's mission of providing medical services to Maricopa County's homeless population. The grant provides year-one funding support for The Parsons Family Health Center, a new homeless-focused primary care clinic scheduled to open later this summer in Central Phoenix. The award also includes the option to reapply for an additional $650,000 in grant funding each subsequent year. As a result of this grant, Circle the City will now be designated a "Federally Qualified Health Center" (FQHC), and will have the opportunity to participate in Medicaid's enhanced reimbursement system for such centers. Circle the City was one of only three organizations in Arizona to receive this award.

"We are honored to be a recipient of this competitive grant, and grateful to have secured sustainable funding to support The Parsons Family Health Center into the future," said Brandon Clark, the organization's chief executive officer. "This award brings Circle the City one step closer to our vision of comprehensively meeting the health needs of the more than 16,000 people in Maricopa County who experience homelessness each year."

Circle the City plans to open the new clinic in July, thanks to a generous $2 million grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. Located at 3522 N. 3rd
Avenue in Phoenix, the 9,000 square foot facility will provide comprehensive primary care services as well as integrated psychiatric care, behavioral health therapy and case management. To optimize Circle the City's outreach efforts, the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has funded a two-exam room mobile medical clinic that will rotate through neighborhoods with a high incidence of homelessness. Between The Parsons Family Health Center and the mobile clinic, Circle the City estimates that it will serve approximately 4,500 unique patients each year via 13,000 visits.

The alignment of Circle the City's existing 50-bed Medical Respite Center working in tandem with The Parsons Family Health Center and the new mobile health outreach clinic provides a continuum of care that was previously unavailable to the homeless population in Maricopa County.

"Circle the City was originally founded to fill the gaps in our healthcare system for those who are journeying through homelessness," said Sister Adele O'Sullivan, CSJ, M.D., Circle the City's founder and chief medical officer. "We are grateful for the opportunity to extend the compassionate care our team has provided at the Medical Respite Center for the past three years into this new outpatient setting."

About Circle the City
Circle the City is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a time and place to heal for people in Greater Phoenix who are experiencing homelessness while ill or injured. Incorporated in 2008, the organization embraces its patients with compassionate medical care and meaningful human services as they journey toward healthy, independent living.

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