Dignity Health and The Effort to Implement Major Safety-Net Expansion

Dignity Health and The Effort have announced a collaborative agreement that will greatly expand the region's safety-net in areas that lack access to health care for the underserved.

Dignity Health is making a $2.8 million dollar total investment over three years that will enable The Effort to accelerate its strategy to build full-scale health centers in the cities of Rancho Cordova, Carmichael and Folsom. Expected to be operational within a year, the new health centers will add significant new capacity and serve as medical homes for thousands in need, offering integrated primary, behavioral and preventative health care, as well as pediatric, dental, prenatal and other specialty care services.

As a result of this agreement, Dignity Health will be discontinuing operations of three community clinics: MercyClinic Folsom, MercyClinic White Rock in Rancho Cordova and MercyClinic North Highlands. As it builds its new health centers, The Effort will start up immediate operations at two of these clinic sites (in Folsom and Rancho Cordova) to ensure there is no interruption in current services offered. Patients at MercyClinic North Highlands will be transitioned to The Effort’s existing North Highlands Multi-Service Health Center, which is located just across the street.
“A priority for our hospitals has also been and continues to be supporting and collaborating with the nonprofit community clinics in the region through community benefit funding, the annual Dignity Health Community Grants Program, and the Dignity Health Community Investment Program," said Rosemary Younts, community benefit director. “Proactive strategies like this agreement will, in very short order, create a stronger and more financially viable network of new health care access points to help fill the major gap in services that challenges our region.”

Sacramento Bee Reporter Cynthia Craft interviewed Younts, and Jonathan Porteus, CEO of The Effort about this collaboration and its impacts on the community. During the interview, Porteus commended Dignity Health for its vision in serving the underserved through the Mercy clinics and called the $2.8 million investment a “stunning gift.”

You can read the story in Monday’s Sacramento Bee.