Protest Health Center Closing, Today at 4pm
by Artvoice Staff (@Artvoice) - posted 10:47 am, April 4, 2011
COMMUNITY MEMBERS, HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS TO RALLY AGAINST MATTINA CLINIC CLOSURE
Kaleida Should Protect Patient Care by Keeping Clinic Open;
Advocates say Kaleida continues to turn its back on Buffalo’s low income community
Buffalo – West Side community members, elected officials and Mattina healthcare workers will rally against Kaleida’s planned closure of the Mattina Community Health Center today at 4pm. Closing the clinic would result in thousands of community members losing access to quality, affordable care. Kaleida continues to close clinics that provide care to Buffalo’s low income community. Over the past few years, Kaleida has closed over six clinics that provide care to those most in need, including Project Reach and the Buffalo General Eye Clinic.
The rally will be at the Mattina Community Health Center and is part of a national day of action on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s death.
What: Community rallies against Mattina Closure
When: 4:00PM, Monday, April 4th (rain or shine)
Where: 300 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY
ABOUT MATTINA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER
Judge Joseph S. Mattina Community Health Center is on the Lower West Side of Buffalo, New York. Established in 1980’s, the clinic has served the community for over 22 years. Open five days a week from eight to twelve hours per day, seven nurse practitioners and three family physicians provide family health care including prenatal care and women’s health to approximately 12,000 patients. The Center also offers open access—same day urgent appointments to those who walk-in or call; nearly 22% of all visits are ‘walk-in’ appointments. In 2010, the NFHC had 29,000 primary care visits.
The Mattina Center offers basic dental services, radiology including walk-in mammography one day a week, social work, laboratory services, family planning services, physical therapy, podiatry, and a dietitian. The Center also provides van service to and from the facility for medical appointments. Patients without insurance are not turned away. Those in need of medical care are seen and then referred to an on-site facilitated enroller who assists them in applying for Medicaid or Charity Care, the Kaleida Health patient assistance program.
According to a recent patient census, the client profile is 73% Caribbean Hispanic, 13% White, 8% African American, 3% Asian, and the remaining 3% being Native American, Middle Eastern, or Native Africans.