Hospital helps kids affected by Neighborhood Health Care closing

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is working with various community health care organizations to provide health care access and coverage for pediatric patients who were previously being served by the non-profit, Neighborhood Health Care Inc.

Neighborhood Health Care Inc. lost federal grant funding and closed its doors on Dec. 30, 2013. Neighborhood Health Care patients have been scrambling to find health care somewhere else.

Cincinnati Children's has agreed to temporarily staff the Harrison community health clinic until the Health Resources and Services Administration selects a new FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) provider to serve this community.

This temporary arrangement could last anywhere from six to twelve months. A team of people at Cincinnati Children's is working on staffing and operational issues now to get the clinic started as soon as possible.

Cincinnati Children's will also maintain health care services at three Cincinnati Public Schools that are no longer being served by Neighborhood Health Care Inc.

They include:  Rockdale Elementary, South Avondale Elementary and Hughes High School.   Cincinnati Children's will provide health services at these facilities until the end of the current school year and work with the Cincinnati Public Schools, Interact for Health, and others on a longer term solution.

"As one of the largest pediatric healthcare providers in the community, we are grateful to Cincinnati Children's who will step forward and lead putting children who need care first and ensuring the healthcare access safety net stays intact,"said Dr. Noble Maseru, Cincinnati Health Commissioner.

"The thousands of children impacted by this closure must have a medical home to assure quality and continuity of care," said Arnie Strauss, M.D., Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's. "To fulfill this immediate need and to avoid disastrous and potentially fatal lapses in care, we must help these families and children. It is the right thing to do and must be done now."

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