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St. John Fisher College has received a $1 million donation from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield to expand primary health care, mental health care, social services and adult education for Rochester’s underserved populations.
The money, which will be given over five years, also will be used to expand educational opportunities for students in St. John Fisher College’s Wegmans School of Nursing, officials said.
The $1 million donation will be used to create the Fisher Prime Care Nursing Center at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center on South Avenue in Rochester. When fully operational, the center will provide new patient, acute, follow-up and primary care services for up to 60 patients on a weekly basis, St. John Fisher officials said.
“Providing access to high quality health care for people who need it is a fundamental part of our mission as a non-profit health plan,” said Christopher Booth, president and chief operating officer of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. “At the same time, this center will provide valuable training for the nurses who will be caring for all of us in the future.”
The grant will allow health outcomes to be measured and tracked, with a special emphasis on following diabetes, cancer screenings and plans of care around falls, which St. John Fisher officials noted are a major issue for elderly patients.
“The grant will provide opportunities for research activities, evaluation of nursing practice, and hands-on training for Fisher’s nursing students as they develop their clinical skills,” said Donald Bain, president of St. John Fisher College. “We are grateful to Excellus BCBS for the grant, and we look forward to working with Sr. Christine Wagner and her staff at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center.”
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