University of Scranton’s Leahy Clinic Among Select Recipients of National Foundation Grant

April 14, 2015

The University of Scranton’s Edward R. Leahy Jr. Center Clinic for the Uninsured was among just 55 recipients in the nation, and the only recipient in Pennsylvania, to be awarded a grant from the CVS Health Foundation, a private foundation created by CVS Health, in partnership with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC).

The University’s Leahy Clinic received a $35,000 grant to support the implementation of an electronic medical records program and the expansion of counseling and physical therapy services offered at the clinic.

The University dedicated The Leahy Community Health and Family Center of the Panuska College of Professional Studies in 2003. The center’s numerous initiatives and programs provide opportunities for faculty, students and community members to work together to provide health, wellness and educational services to marginalized and underserved populations. The programs include a free clinic offering primary health care services to the uninsured residents of Lackawanna County.

 In addition to the medical clinic, services offered through the Leahy Clinic include a nutrition clinic, a physical therapy clinic, a counseling clinic, a smoking cessation program, a strong bones program and a peacemakers program.

 “The University is honored to receive this grant from CVS Health Foundation to help us improve efficiency and extend some of the services offered through the Leahy Clinic,” said Debra Pellegrino, dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies. “The many programs initiated through the clinic to serve area populations in need extend real-life, service-learning opportunities to our students and play a vital role in the transformational education we provide as a Jesuit university.”

The free clinic grants are part of the CVS Health Foundation’s multi-year, $5 million commitment to support community health and expand access to quality health care nationwide through partnerships with NAFC, the School-based Health Alliance and the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.

The Leahy Clinic has been a member of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics since 2009.

In 2013-2014, the University’s Leahy Clinic treated 1,638 patients with the help of 138 students who contributed 2,567 hours of service.

 

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