The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation in Columbia has awarded a three-year, $5.25 million grant to the South Carolina Free Clinic Association to help centralize and implement support systems for its forty-two member clinics across the state, WISTV.com reports.
SCFCA will receive $1.75 million annually to establish the system, which will include such functions as a statewide certification program and special projects to implement statewide or regional efforts to help strengthen individual clinics' capabilities. "South Carolina's free clinics have been taking care of our state's uninsured citizens for years, but they cannot offer quality healthcare services without support from our community, both locally and statewide," said Harvey Galloway, the foundation's executive director.
Established in 2003, the foundation has awarded more than $37 million in South Carolina to help improve childhood and community health, address issues such as obesity, diabetes, and foster development in mental health, nursing, and health research.
"The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation is an unparalleled ally in ensuring that low-income South Carolinians have access to the quality healthcare services they need and deserve," said Amanda Berrier, executive director of the South Carolina Free Clinic Association. "This year's award...allows us to look beyond providing access to health care for our state's uninsured, to being able to demonstrate as a network that the quality of care free clinic patients receive is allowing them to live healthier lives."