GRASS VALLEY, Calif. – Western Sierra Medical Clinic has received two grants totaling more than $173,000 to help provide much-needed health care services connected to the COVID-19 pandemic and offset some of the related costs.
In March, Western Sierra Medical Clinic quickly adapted its health care efforts to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19 in Nevada, Sierra and central Placer counties. Western Sierra, one of the largest outpatient providers in the region, has been assessing patients before they enter its health clinics, conducting COVID tests when necessary and determining the next steps for those with symptoms of the potentially deadly virus.
Health Net, the largest Medi-Cal managed care plan in California, has awarded $123,5000 to Western Sierra to help expand telehealth services for Medi-Cal patients. Western Sierra also received $50,000 from Direct Relief, a nonprofit organization that improves the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations.
The Health Net grant assists Western Sierra with telehealth service-related costs, including live video visits, electronic-consultations with specialists – extremely important ways to connect with patients during the COVID pandemic, said Brian Ternan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Net of California and California Health and Wellness. Health Net awarded 138 grants totaling $13.4 million to Medi-Cal providers in the state. The funding can also be used for hardware, such as laptops and smartphones, Internet service and training or technical assistance.
Western Sierra has embraced telehealth, a fast-growing health care tool that connects patients with providers.
Direct Relief issued a $50,000 grant to help Western Sierra with COVID-related expenses, from ensuring supplies to staffing.
Western Sierra was among 518 federally qualified health centers to receive funding from Direct Health’s $25 million COVID-19 Fund for Community Health. About one of every 12 residents rely on federally qualified health centers in the U.S.
About Western Sierra Medical Clinic
Western Sierra Medical Clinic provides comprehensive medical, dental and behavioral health care in Nevada, Sierra and Placer counties. Founded in 1975, Western Sierra emphasizes preventive care, education and empowering patients to make informed decisions. You can learn more about Western Sierra Medical Clinic at www.wsmcmed.org and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/WesternSierraMedicalClinic.