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Sisters of St. Francis Health Services Inc.

Hammond, Ind.



The organization, now known as Franciscan Alliance, operates the Catherine McAuley Clinic, which delivers medical treatment, health care, wellness education, and dental assistance to a burgeoning patient population in a medically underserved area. Grant support from the Health Clinic Opportunity Fund allows the clinic to expand its operating hours and add a full-time nurse practitioner to accommodate increased volume and community outreach. The fund is designed to bridge, build, and sustain the operations of high-performing community health centers serving diverse and vulnerable populations. It targeted free clinics, public health clinics, and designated federally qualified health center look-alikes to meet both the immediate and long-term health needs of their constituents. Priority was given to projects that leverage existing resources, create more effective operating systems, improve efficiencies, and expand and maintain access to health services for vulnerable populations.