Enhancing Access to Health Care
Partners and its hospitals are committed to working with community residents and organizations to make measurable and sustainable improvements in the health status of underserved populations. We seek to increase access to quality care regardless of patients’ ability to pay, insurance status, or other potential barriers to care.
- Partners licensed and affiliated health centers provide care to 325,000 patients.
- Since 1998, Partners has committed a total of more than $83 million to ensure that health centers have the space and technology they need to provide their patients with excellent care.
- Partners invests more than $27 million annually in operating funds to strengthen community health centers.
- In 2009, Partners hospitals provided care for 15,000 uninsured patients.
The innovative Bank of American Loan Repayment Program helps physicians and nurse practitioners who have desire to work in community health centers. The Kraft Family National Center for Leadership and Training in Community Health will improve access to and quality of healthcare for the neediest people in our communities.
In 2010, Partners and North Shore Medical Center committed $3 million to expand Lynn Community Health Center. The expansion includes the relocation of an existing Walk-In Clinic; the centralization of patient registration and enrollment services to provide better service to patients accessing Medicaid and other public insurance programs; and the creation of a second story and basement shell space to be developed in the future.
Partners is working to ensure that patients get the right care at the right place. Since October 2005, our primary care access projects work to help patients who come through our emergency and other hospital departments connect with community-based primary care providers who ensure they receive ongoing, comprehensive care.
Strengthening Community Health Centers: Care in the Right Place at the Right Time. Learn more about Partners-affiliated community health centers.
Community Health Partnerships to Improve Health and Wellness of Community Residents. Learn more about the community health partnerships of which Partners is a part.
Bank of America Loan Repayment Program
In 2007, a $5M grant from Bank of America launched a loan repayment program for primary care physicians and nurse practitioners who commit to working at a community health center. A goal of the program is to enhance access to health care. Partners Healthcare committed more than $1.25M to this effort.
Community Health Centers
Partners has a deep commitment to community health centers. Since its founding in 1994, Partners and its hospitals have provided more than $83M to ensure that health centers have the space and technology they need to provide patients with excellent care.
Click below to find a list of all the community health centers operated by or affiliated with Partners.
Community Health Partnerships
Partners HealthCare and its hospitals work with many community organizations to make measurable and sustainable improvements in the health status of underserved populations.
Find out more about Partners' Community Partnerships by clicking the link below.
Community Health Reports
Our annual reports contain information about Partners Community Benefit programs and priorities, in addition to the substantial community work accomplished by our hospitals.