FMH Awarded Grant to Establish Nurse Navigator Pilot Project
Tracy Harty has been appointed nurse navigator for the initiative
January 18, 2013
Tracy Harty, RN, BSN
The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) has awarded Franklin Memorial Hospital (FMH) $197,818 over two years to implement Franklin CARES, a nurse navigator pilot program to improve care coordination, access to care, and integration of behavioral health care for uninsured and underinsured patients qualifying for free or discounted care under the hospital’s financial assistance policy.
Altogether MeHAF awarded $1.54 million in new grants and renewed funding to 11 Maine nonprofits dedicated to overhauling health care delivery and payment approaches that reduce costs, maximize value, and deliver better health to Maine people. The FMH grant award was the largest among them.
Franklin CARES, an acronym for providing Care, Access, Resources, Education, and Support, will partner with Franklin Health primary care practices and its Behavioral Health practice, Evergreen Behavioral Services, and the Healthy Community Coalition to develop and implement the program.
“We are committed to a model of health care that ensures that patients receive the indicated care when and where they need it and communicated in a way they understand,” said Rebecca Ryder, FMH president/CEO. “We are very excited to pilot this nurse navigator model that we believe will control health care costs while improving quality through more effective coordination of services.”
Appointed nurse navigator for the initiative is Tracy Harty, RN, BSN, who will act as the project lead, reporting directly to Ryder.
Harty has been employed by Franklin Community Health Network affiliates, Franklin Memorial Hospital and Healthy Community Coalition, for a nearly 30-year span with most of that time in leadership roles. Harty says she is excited to return to providing direct clinical care, patient education, and care support services that will enhance the lives of the patients she will serve.
Harty will act as a liaison among patients, hospital case managers, and primary care providers to see that patients are following their plan of care and taking their medications as prescribed. When appropriate she will connect them to community resources such as food banks, prescription assistance programs, dental care, and senior services.
Harty welcomes calls from community members who believe they meet the financial criteria and would like to be enrolled in the initiative. She can be reached at 779-2830.
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