Established in late 2012 as nonprofit Gotham Health FQHC, Inc., Gotham Health was formed to reorganize into one entity 39 New York City Health + Hospitals healthcare delivery sites that for decades have been successfully providing primary, preventive and supplemental care services to medically underserved communities in Brooklyn, The Bronx and Manhattan.
NYC Health + Hospitals, which serves some 1.4 million New Yorkers every year, regardless of their ability to pay and immigration status, continues to operate these sites and the Gotham Health Board of Directors provides governance, oversight and direction.
Together, NYC Health + Hospitals, which was the 2008 recipient of the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission's John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality, and Gotham Health have co-applied to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services / Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look-Alike under the public entity health center model. Once designated, the 39 community-based health sites, which offer sliding fee scale to patients with no insurance, would collectively function as an FQHC Look-Alike, the largest FQHC or FQHC Look-Alike in New York State and, indeed, in the country.
HRSA, the agency that confers such designations, is the primary federal agency providing funding to improve access to health-care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable.
Being designated a Look-Alike will allow Gotham Health facilities to access additional funding sources and special grants to support the delivery of services. This will strengthen New York City's public health-care system's own financial well-being, ensuring the continued viability of and access to vital community-based, primary-care services.
Due to the unique size of the proposed Gotham Health FQHC Look-Alike – in both number of facilities and patients served – co-applicants Gotham Health and NYC Health + Hospitals have the opportunity to lead in shaping the delivery of primary and preventive care not only citywide, but also statewide and nationwide.
"As the country's focus moves more and more toward prevention, primary care and health education, having outpatient facilities all under one umbrella organization presents an amazing opportunity to identify and share best practices across facilities."
— Walid Michelen, M.D.
Gotham Health CEO/CMO