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Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, Inc. (d.b.a. Cornerstone Family Healthcare)

  • Project Title: Building on Success: Planning for Further Expansion in the Southern Tier
  • Priority Area: Special Projects Fund
  • Grant Amount: $167,585
  • Date Awarded: April 12, 2016
  • Region: Mid-Hudson
  • Region: Southern Tier
  • Website: http://www.cornerstonefamilyhealthcare.org/
  • Grant Status: In Progress

Overview

In 2012, NYSHealth awarded the Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center (GHVFHC) a grant to improve primary care access in medically underserved regions of New York State. With this funding, GHVFHC laid the ground work and secured federal funding to bring the first federally qualified health center (FQHC) to Broome County, with the new center opening in Binghamton in February 2016. However, a great need persists for expanding primary care in Broome County, which is ranked low on the County Health Rankings and where nearly one in five residents earn an income that is below the poverty level. Although the newly opened FQHC in Binghamton will have the capacity to serve approximately 1,400 patients when fully operational, the one site will not be adequate to meet the needs of the entire underserved community of Broome County. In 2016, NYSHealth awarded Cornerstone Family Healthcare (CFH), as GHVFHC is now known, a grant to plan for further expansion in Broome County and recruit medical staff for the Binghamton location.

Under this grant, CFH will increase primary care access to Broome County in two stages. First, CFH will conduct a needs assessment to determine which services are lacking and identify which groups remain underserved. Through the needs assessment, CFH will determine suitable locations and sizes of potential new clinic sites, as well as the makeup and needs of the residents it plans to serve. CFH then will focus on recruiting and retaining highly qualified medical staff. CFH will hire a professional recruitment firm to assist in its search for well-qualified staff to work at the Binghamton site and any future locations. The firm will be responsible for screening candidates; assisting with job postings; marketing and interviewing; and connecting with medical schools to recruit new graduates.