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Malta House Partners with Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation to Launch New Health Coach Program

April 20, 2017

Hartford, CT – We are excited to announce a new Health Coach Program at the Malta House of Care, with the goal of equipping uninsured patients with the knowledge, skills and confidence to better manage their chronic health conditions including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.

The program, made possible by the generous support of our longstanding partner the Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation, includes the placement of our new full-time bilingual health coach, Anne Koneru, at clinic sites in the Asylum Hill, Barry Square and Downtown neighborhoods in Hartford, and at the Burnside Avenue location in East Hartford. Anne will partner one-on-one with patients who have struggled to manage their health in the past, providing them with the tools, guidance and practical, culturally sensitive suggestions for day-to-day lifestyle changes that they can adopt– and keep.

The field of health coaching emerged to fill an information gap, based on research that shows half of patients—with and without insurance—leave medical visits without understanding their provider’s advice.

The Health Coach Program was born out of a cross-sector assessment of community needs, existing programming and best practices in improving patient outcomes nationwide. Not only do we expect to see positive changes in the patients enrolled in the program, but the health coach model has been shown to help offset the heavy workload placed on primary care providers, thus freeing up capacity at the clinic and helping to increase our impact on the community.

We feel confident that this program will improve Malta House patients’ health and lives, and look forward to sharing more about its impact in the future. To learn more, read the official press release.

November 10, 2015

LARSON RECOGNIZES MALTA HOUSE FOR LEADING THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER

Rep Larson Gives Award to MHC 11-10-15

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) honored Malta House of Care with the Nancy Pilver Breast Cancer Awareness Award. Malta House provides no-cost mammograms in partnership with Hartford Hospital and St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center as well as education and follow-up care for women across Connecticut.

“Each year, hundreds of thousands of women are diagnosed with breast cancer. It can be a frightening diagnosis for anyone, especially the uninsured or those living below the poverty level,” said Larson. “For nearly a decade, Malta House has provided women across Hartford with access to the care they need. Their devoted staff of volunteers have improved health outcomes for women throughout the state. We have a moral responsibility to make sure no one goes without the care they need, and I commend Malta House for their tireless efforts in the fight against breast cancer.”

“Nancy was my patient for 20 years when I was in private practice,” states Dr. Theresa Caputo, Medical Director for the Malta House of Care. “She was very dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer. I am doubly honored to accept this award on behalf of the thousands of women who come to the Malta House of Care because they have nowhere else to go for life-saving preventative care.”

The Nancy Pilver Breast Cancer Award is named for former Manchester resident and longtime breast cancer activist, Nancy Pilver. Nancy served as the State Legislative Chair of the Connecticut Breast Cancer Coalition Foundation, and was the first recipient of the award in 1999. She passed away from breast cancer in 2003.

November 2, 2015

Malta House of Care Celebrates Its New Site in East Hartford!

On Monday, November 2, Archbishop Leonard P. Blair helped celebrate the opening of the Malta House of Care’s new clinic site at St. Rose’s Church in East Hartford by providing a special blessing to all of the volunteers working at the clinic and those patients who will seek care there. Over 20% of those seeking medical care from the Malta House of Care live East of the River. In attendance were many of the Malta House of Care board members, along with community supporters such as Doreen Downham, Executive Director of the SBM Foundation, local clergy and area residents.

Since July 2006, the Malta House of Care has provided free primary medical care to uninsured adults in the Greater Hartford area. The Malta House of Care wishes to thank all of our generous supporters who allow us to continue this mission of helping those in need. The Malta House of Care is open at St. Rose’s Church, 33 Church Street in East Hartford, every Monday from 12:00 to 4:00pm.

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Pictured from left to right:

Doreen Dunham, Executive Director of the SBM Foundation; Peter G. Kelly, Chairman of the Board, Malta House of Care Foundation; Bobbie Bartucca, Executive Director of the Malta House of Care Foundation; Sheila Flanagan, Board Member of the SBM Foundation; Victor Dowling, Board Member of the Malta House of Care, Inc. Board; Dr. Pauline Olsen, Board Member of the Malta House of Care, Inc. Board and volunteer physician; Dr. Michael Santiago, Parochial Vicar of the Hispanic Ministry, St. Rose Church; Fr. Robert Roy, Pastor of St. Rose Church; Dr. Theresa Caputo, Medical Director of the Malta House of Care; Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, Archdiocese of Hartford, CT; J.P. van Rooy, Board Member of the Malta House of Care, Inc. Board and the Malta House of Care Foundation Board; Robert Voight, Chairman of the Board of the Malta House of Care Inc.; Elizabeth Rubino, Board Member of the Malta House of Care, Inc. Board; and Robert O’Hara, Board Member of the Malta House of Care, Inc. Board and the Malta House of Care Foundation Board.

See All the Stars Shining at A Little Night Music held October 26, 2015 at Infinity Hall in Hartford!

March 13, 2015

Six of the Wonder Women 2015 Honorees

Announcing the 2015 Celebrating Wonder Women Honorees!

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June 9, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Pauline Olsen, One of the New England Patriot’s 2014 Myra Kraft Community MVP Honorees!

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June 2013

 

What a Wonderful Evening We Had! See for yourself in this video about Celebrating Wonder Women 2014!

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A letter from a student intern and her experience with Malta

November/December 2012

A letter from grateful patients

Our accomplishments, thanks to you!

June 2012

A letter from a grateful patient

December 2011

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December 2010

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December 2009

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November 30, 2009

We have a new van!!

We met a capital campaign goal of $242,000 to purchase a new van for the Malta House of Care. With donations from generous supporters we met the goal and will have the new van in early December 2009 to replace the old van that is 15 years old and in constant need of repair. Please click here for details and to view pictures of the new van.

November 30, 2009

More Heart warming thanks from our patients….

Our patients are most grateful for the services being offered by the Malta House of Care and have expressed their thanks in the messages below…Please click here to read them.

 

Dear Friends

Each of us has been touched by a serious health issue, either through our own illness or that of someone close to us. Roll Play: Imagine what it would be like if you or your loved ones had no access to needed medical care. This is a reality for many in our community today…

Your support in the past enabled our volunteer medical providers to treat underserved individuals with essential primary medical care through our unique care program which treats chronic illnesses and improves health outcomes in a respectful and nurturing environment – all at no cost to our patients. During the past 12 months great progress has been made in our mission to directly face the critical issues of social equity in medical care. Many in this country have enjoyed substantial improvements in their health care. But right here where we live, this is not true for everyone. Data shows that those subjected to downward disparities in health care are evidenced by higher rates of illness and mortality and lower life expectancy.

Over the past three years we have experienced a miracle…and people like you are a part of that miracle. In the last 12 months we opened our fourth site in the Asylum Hill area with the participation of doctors and other medical and non-medical professionals from Aetna, Saint Joseph’s Cathedral and the Asylum Hill Congregational Church. Laurel Baldwin–Ragaven MD joined our efforts as the Medical Director of the Clinic. We initiated a conversion of our paper medical charts to a new Electronic Medical Record System (EMR), utilizing Mysis and AllScripts. We successfully raised nearly $250,000 to be used specifically for the purchase of our new mobile medical vehicle to be delivered in December of this year. And, most importantly, over the past three years we increased the number of patient visits from 477 in 2006 to 3,364 in 2007 to 4,456 in 2008 for a total to-date of over 10,000 with another 5,000 expected by the close of 2009. Our volunteer corps continues to grow and represents a dedicated team of medical and non-medical volunteers who supplement a small permanent staff at the Clinic and the Foundation.

Fully 70% of our patients are now returning for continuing care. They consider us as their only medical home — their family doctor, and our success is measured by their individual improved health. This success, however, has brought with it a significant challenge. The expense of pharmaceutical and diagnostic testing required by our patients has far exceeded our anticipated budget resulting in unexpected costs raising our clinical expenses from 2008’s $270,600 to $410,650 expected by the close of 2009. Much progress has been made in cost control through adjustment of our formulary and a variety of other cost saving measures. Nonetheless, we must face these increased costs if we are to provide service to our patients.

There is no other organization that is contributing to the health and wellness of our community in this same way. You can help us to continue to provide this care by donating now. We kindly ask you to help now by making a gift of $300 which will cover on average a patient’s prescription cost for an entire year. We are the only totally free professional medical service available to those who have no where else to turn.

In the name of all our volunteers and staff who are so proud to be your representatives to the poor and the uninsured of the Greater Hartford Region, thank you in advance for your generous support. Together we are making a positive difference….one patient at a time.

With gratitude in this Thanksgiving season,

Peter G. Kelly                    Filomena M. Soyster
Chairman                          President