Exciting Updates and Stories in Our Spring Newsletter!

We are thrilled to share some exciting updates and stories in our latest spring newsletter! Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect:

  1. Unveiling Our New Strategic Plan: Learn about our newly unveiled three-year strategic plan, which outlines our mission, vision, and goals for the future. Discover how we’re working to expand our reach and impact in the Greater Hartford community.
  2. Spotlight on Our Partnership with Avangrid: We are grateful for this partnership that allows us to enhance diabetes care to Malta’s patients
  3. Patient Success Story: Read an inspiring patient success story and discover how Malta House of Care is making a difference in the lives of uninsured adults in our community.
  4. Honoring Malta Founding Members: Join us in honoring the founding members of Malta House of Care, whose vision and dedication laid the foundation for our organization’s success.
  5. Introducing “Minute with Malta,” an innovative program exclusively for our staff and volunteers to stay informed about recent healthcare developments started by Malta’s Medical Director Dr. Angela Stein, M.D. FACP.
  6. Birdies for Charity and Upcoming Wonder Women Event: Get the latest updates on our participation in Birdies for Charity and learn how you can support our mission. Plus, find out all the details about our upcoming Wonder Women event, where we’ll be celebrating extraordinary women making a difference in our community.

Don’t miss out on these inspiring stories and important updates! Be sure to check your mailbox for our spring newsletter, coming soon. And for those who prefer digital reading, the newsletter stories are reproduced as news posts for your reference and convenience. Simply click on the links above to read the full articles. Or view the PDF here

Exciting News: 2024-2026 Strategic Plan Unveiled!

In January 2023, a dynamic team consisting of Malta’s Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers convened to develop a new three-year strategic plan. With the assistance of Fio Partners, we gathered insights from diverse perspectives including staff, community partners, volunteers, industry experts, and patients. Following thorough data collection, the board held a retreat in June 2023 to review the information and craft a plan aligned with our mission, vision, and desired outcomes. Unanimously approved by the board in September 2023, this plan marks a significant milestone in our ongoing commitment to advancing Malta’s mission.

Here are the updated mission statement and organizational Vision and Values approved by Malta’s Board.

Mission

To mobilize volunteers, partners, and donors to improve the overall health and well-being of uninsured adults in Greater Hartford by providing free primary care health services.

Vision for Impact in the Community

  • Malta patients are thriving, enjoying improved quality of life ­— they are physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthier.
  • Patients receive comprehensive and holistic services through Malta and its partners.
  • Our community is healthier, with reduced health disparities and lower utilization of emergency services.
  • A robust healthcare system, built on partnerships and preventative programs, ensures accessibility for all.
  • Malta’s model of care is celebrated and supported throughout the community.

Values

Malta House of Care was founded by members of the Order of Malta, whose mission is to uphold human dignity and care for people in need. In honoring that tradition, Malta values serve as the cornerstone of our work:

  • We Provide Care with Dignity and Compassion
  • We Serve with Integrity and Excellence
  • We are Committed to Safe and Quality Care
  • We Respect and Include all People

The 2024-2026 Strategic Plan guides annual goal-setting efforts and staff leadership and the board will jointly track progress by monitoring the Plan’s agreed-upon key results.

2024-2026 Goals

  • Expand Service Reach: Gradually extend our service area and broaden access to complementary health and social services.
  • Boost Philanthropic Support: Double our annual philanthropic support to further fuel our mission.
  • Enhance Community Visibility: Forge deeper relationships and increase visibility within our communities to maximize impact.
  • Optimize Internal Systems: Strengthen internal systems to measure health outcomes and amplify our impact.
  • Board Advancement: Evolve our Board of Directors to enhance impact and propel our mission forward.

This strategic roadmap will guide our annual goal-setting endeavors, ensuring alignment with our collective vision for a healthier, more equitable community. Together, let’s embark on this transformative journey to uplift lives and build a brighter future for all.

Celebrating Two Decades of Dedication: Honoring Malta House of Care Founding Members

On December 7, 2023, the Board of Directors and staff of Malta House of Care joyfully gathered to celebrate the holiday season alongside five of the original founding members of Malta House. The seeds of Malta House of Care were planted in 2004, when a group of Hartford-area community leaders affiliated with the Order of Malta recognized the urgent need to address disparities in healthcare access and quality in the Greater Hartford region. Their unwavering commitment to the mission of serving the sick and poor led to the inception of Malta House of Care. Now, two decades later, their dedication and innovative approach have resulted in over 77,000 patient visits, a testament to their enduring legacy. In the photo, we see five of the visionaries whose mission continues to inspire our work today.

From Left to Right: Brien Horan, Dr. Pauline Olsen, Ronald Jarvis, Peter Kelly, Sr., and Jean-Pierre van Rooy

Welcoming Dr. Angela Stein to Malta House of Care!

We are delighted to introduce Dr. Angela Stein, MD, FACP, as the newest member of our Malta family as our new Medical Director. With a wealth of experience and a heart dedicated to community health, Dr. Stein brings a remarkable background to our clinic. Graduating with her Medical Degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in 2009, Dr. Stein completed her residency in Internal Medicine at UConn and served as Chief Medical Resident in 2013.

Before joining Malta House of Care, Dr. Stein served as a primary care physician for ProHealth Physicians of OptumCare in West Hartford for seven years. Her commitment to the underserved, evident through her years of practice and involvement in medical leadership, perfectly aligns with our mission of providing free comprehensive primary health care for uninsured adults in the Greater Hartford area.

Join us in welcoming Dr. Angela Stein. Together, we continue to make a difference in the lives of the uninsured, ensuring everyone receives the quality healthcare they deserve.

Flu Clinics: Malta Partners with Optum Health for Patient Wellness

Thank you to Optum Health for a successful series of Flu Clinics! We are fortunate that Optum donated 300 flu vaccines to Malta and we have administered them to 146 individuals … and counting! 


Malta House of Care is excited to announce a series of upcoming Flu Clinics in partnership with Optum Health, aimed at providing accessible flu vaccinations to our valued patients.

Clinic Dates and Locations:

  • Wednesday, September 20th: 10 am – 2 pm at Malta’s Clinic, 136 Farmington Avenue, Hartford
  • Thursday, September 28th: 12 pm – 3:30 pm at St. Augustine, 10 Campfield Avenue, Hartford
  • Monday, October 2nd: 10 am – 2 pm at St. Rose, 33 Church Street, East Hartford

Why It Matters: Influenza vaccination is a critical preventive measure to protect against the flu virus, especially for vulnerable populations. By partnering with Optum Health, we are reinforcing our dedication to patient wellness and promoting a proactive approach to healthcare.

What to Expect: Patients can look forward to a seamless and efficient vaccination experience at these clinics. Our friendly and experienced healthcare professionals will be on hand to administer vaccinations and address any questions or concerns.

Malta House of Care is committed to enhancing the health and quality of life for the communities we serve. We encourage all our patients to take advantage of this opportunity to safeguard their health during the upcoming flu season. We look forward to your participation in these clinics and thank Optum Health for their partnership in promoting community well-being.

To make an appointment:  please call 860.725.0171.

Malta hosts Women’s Wellness Clinic

Malta recently hosted a Women’s Wellness clinic in collaboration with Hartford Hospital’s Mobile Mammography Van. This initiative aimed not only to provide essential medical services, but also to underscore the significance of proactive healthcare within our communities.

The event was a resounding success as we welcomed eleven women to receive both physical exams and mammograms. The partnership with the Hartford Hospital enabled us to offer comprehensive care in a convenient and familiar setting as part of Malta’s mission and ongoing commitment to ensuring accessible healthcare for all.

The importance of these services cannot be overstated. Routine check-ups and screenings play a pivotal role in early detection and prevention of potential health issues. Our commitment to fostering holistic wellbeing extends beyond mere medical procedures; it’s about empowering individuals with the knowledge and resources to take charge of their health.

We take great pride in providing such initiatives, as they align perfectly with our mission to deliver accessible and high-quality care to our communities. Together, we can continue to build healthier and stronger communities.

          

For 4th Year Straight, Malta Earns Top Honors from NAFC

For the fourth year in a row, Malta has earned the highest-possible honors for its standards of care from a pre-eminent national group.

The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC), a highly respected trade organization that represents about 1,400 charitable clinics nationwide, awarded Malta the NAFC 2023 Standards Gold Rating for its quality-of-care standards.

The mission of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics is to ensure the medically underserved have access to affordable healthcare. The NAFC and our members are dedicated to ensuring that our patients receive quality healthcare. Therefore, to quantify and qualify the care provided at the Free and Charitable Clinic network, the NAFC formalized a set of Quality Standards for member organizations.
 
Its quality standards include policies and procedures related to:

  • Planning and managing care;
  • Tracking and coordinating care;
  • Identifying and managing patient information;
  • Measuring and improving performance
  • Enhanced access and continuity of care;
  • Providing self-care support and community resources; and
  • Administration

We are so proud to be recognized with this esteemed honor.

Learn more about Malta’s past honors here.

Vaccine Clinic – Thursday, January 19th

Malta House of Care is proud to partner with the Hartford Department of Health and Human Services and their Get Vaxxed program to offer a Vaccine Clinic at two locations on Thursday, January 19th. Covid-19 Vaccines, Boosters, and Flu Vaccines will be available while supplies last. No appointment needed. Vaccines for ages 5+

10am – 11:30am
Malta Clinic
136 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT

12:30pm-2pm
St Augustine Church
10 Campfield Avenue, Hartford, CT

For more information call 860.757.4700, option 3