To our Staff, Patients, Community Members, Community Leaders, and Stakeholders:
Since I first shared the true financial state of Open Cities Health Center with you last December, we have been working diligently to help save our clinic and keep our community informed. Last night, we received some promising news that I am thrilled to share with you.
With the help of financial support from the Fairview Foundation, Open Cities Health Center will be able to continue serving low-income, uninsured and under-insured patients in St. Paul and across Minnesota. A contribution from the Fairview Foundation in the amount of $1.5 Million over the next year will provide an essential financial bridge as we restructure our operations and return to financial sustainability.
This does not mean we’re out of the woods just yet. We were struggling with keeping our doors open and implementing solutions for long term sustainability simultaneously. With this generous grant from the Fairview Foundation, we have been given a path to the future. What matters most is that 10,000 people, including 1800 children, who are served annually by Open Cities Health Center will continue to receive accessible and affordable healthcare. We help them address their health needs by providing the full spectrum of care including behavioral health, primary care and preventative care in clinics in under-served neighborhoods.
As we have navigated our financial issues, we are extremely grateful for the commitment of Rep. Betty McCollum and Mayor Melvin Carter to assure that Open Cities continues to operate as a healthcare safety net to improve the health and well-being of high risk and vulnerable populations through affordable medical and dental care and related services. Please join me in thanking them for their hard work and efforts!
We are also grateful that our partners in the St. Paul healthcare ecosystem are working with us to assure that our patients are cared for. The Fairview Foundation shares our commitment to meeting St. Paul’s vulnerable populations in the communities where they live, providing culturally reflective care, eliminating financial barriers and addressing health issues before they become acute. We are thankful that the Foundations’ Board of Directors understand and support our shared role in improving the health of our city.