A new Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in rural Transfer, PA will help seniors live healthier and more fulfilling lives.
In August 2016, Capital Impact Partners completed a $3 million loan to Keystone Health Care Development Services through the Age Strong campaign. The capital will fund the development of a 9,300 square foot multi-service Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in rural Transfer, Pennsylvania.
Keystone Is a nonprofit 5O1 (c) 3 real estate development company created in 2015 to develop, fund, and own medical facilities to house FQHCs in primarily rural America. Primary Health Network (PHN) will operate the facility, which serves low-income and older patients whose access to quality care has become increasingly limited in this rural part of the state. More than 40% of local residents are aged 50+ and 30% of households earn less than 80% area medium income.
The new site will replace a smaller space and allow PHN to provide 3,400 new patient encounters annually in a high-need area. The health center is the second project of a planned three-site medical campus which will ultimate include an elderly housing facility and other wraparound services.
In rural America the next hospital or doctor may be 50 miles down the road. In the state of Pennsylvania for example, at least 20 counties do not have a single FQHC. For older and low-income patients, that often results in putting off or skipping medical care, creating long-term negative health implications.
Rural hospitals are also at high risk of closing as people move into urban areas and doctors proactively leave rural health care centers and hospitals.
This health center will fill the services gap for older, low-income populations in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, helping them live healthier and more fulfilling lives.
The Primary Health Network began as one small community health center and has grown to include over 50 service facilities throughout 16 counties within Pennsylvania and Ohio. Their staff of 165+ physicians, dentists, physician assistants, certified nurse practitioners and other healthcare professionals reaches more than 118,000 people annually.