Local health care provider gets federal help to help low-income patients
SAN MARCOS – A multi-site health care provider in North County recently received more than $ 1.2 million in federal funding under the American Rescue Plan Act, funds it will use to modernize health centers and support underserved communities.
TrueCare, formerly known as North County Health Services, has a total of 11 sites in North County and serves approximately 60,000 patients.
The money, courtesy of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will also help TrueCare provide treatment for emergency care, behavioral health, women’s health, dental services, chronic and long-term conditions, high risk pregnancies, maternal ailments, infectious diseases. and opioid addiction.
The FCC said TrueCare was selected because of “its focus on improving access to comprehensive health care for low-income and underserved people.”
Briana Cardoza, director of business development for TrueCare, told The Coast News that 90% of her patients report low income.
“It’s kind of the core of who we are as a health center. We are the lifeline in serving many of our vulnerable and underserved families in the community. And we’ve been doing it for over 50 years, ”Cardoza said.
“Specifically, TrueCare will use this funding to open a new pediatric dental site in Oceanside,” continued Cardoza. “We will have additional access to dental services specifically for this community in an effort to advance equity, to ensure that all community members have equal access to the services they need and deserve. “
TrueCare is part of Southern California’s Health Center Partners (HCP), an organization of healthcare providers. A total of 13 member health professionals received $ 14.9 million in funding, as well as quality of care awards.
TrueCare was specifically recognized as a healthcare center quality leader for its “best overall performance” performance in clinical quality – among all healthcare centers in the United States, as well as for advancing healthcare technologies. health information (HIT) for quality; and for maintaining its designation as a patient-centered medical center.
“Quality, value-based care continues to be a top priority for HCP members,” said Lori N. Holeman, Chair of the HCP Board of Directors. “The pricing and financial investment will allow us to further strengthen our offerings to patients in safety net populations, closing quality gaps and raising standards of care to improve patient outcomes. “
The new pediatric dental care site is expected to open in early 2023.