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Malta House of Care Clinic
136 Farmington Avenue, Hartford
To become a patient at Malta House, you must meet three criteria:
Age 18 or older
Bring photo ID
We will be open for new patient registration only Tuesday through Friday mornings from 9am-11am at Malta’s Clinic at 136 Farmington Avenue. New patients will have the opportunity to fill out paperwork/forms prior to scheduling a provider visit to help minimize crowds during their scheduled patient visit. We look forward to meeting you soon!
New patients or those requiring same-day care are asked to first call the office at 860.725.0171. If you speak a language other than English, Spanish, or Portuguese, please bring an English-speaking friend or family member to act as an interpreter.
New community in Hartford to provide health care and food
By Ayah Galal and Evan Sobol
Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 6:55 PM EDT
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – A new cathedral community center has opened its doors in Hartford.
It’s going to help more people in the capital city get access to healthcare and food.
This will help more people who don’t have health insurance and are food insecure.
Malta House has been serving the community with mobile vans for years.
Now that they have an actual building, they can more than double the patients they see.
“The Malta House project really gets to the heart of our mission. Our very essence which is working collaboratively and joining in projects that make life better for the poor and needy and the vulnerable,” said James Smith, General Chair of The Hartford Bishops’ Foundation.
The building will serve as the new permanent location for the Malta House of Care clinic and the Cathedral Food Pantry.
It’s located in the shadow of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph on its Farmington Avenue campus.
New patient rooms mean enhanced quality of care.
“We aim to be a valued and helpful contributor for the betterment of our communities and for the fulfillment of our mission,” said James.
The state-of-the-art outpatient clinic will allow Malta House to expand its services beyond Greater Hartford.
Since 2006, Malta House has provided over 70,000 free patient visits to uninsured people from 51 countries.
Services are free to people of all faiths.
“It’s an organization that was born right here in the city of Hartford to address health disparities in our community by serving the underserved and providing free primary care services to uninsured adults,” said Brian Sheehan, Chairman of Malta House of Care.
The new cathedral food pantry will allow expanded hours as well as food delivery to the homebound.
“As many struggle to survive the painful reality that was imposed on our society first by the pandemic and now by escalating inflation and unforeseen financial challenges. The food pantry is indeed a lifeline for our sisters and brothers in need,” said Leonard P. Blair, Archbishop of Hartford.
The center is a $6.8 million project made possible with the help of grants and donors.
No local, federal or state funds were used on this project.
$8M privately funded food pantry, primary care center comes to Hartford
“The heart of charity in the center of Hartford,” said Archbishop Leonard Blair.
Author: Jim Altman Fox 61
Published: 6:49 PM EDT September 20, 2022
Updated: 7:09 PM EDT September 20, 2022
HARTFORD, Conn. — The exterior of an old red brick building on Farmington Avenue in Hartford looks largely as it has for decades – it’s the inside that has been completely changed.
The Archdiocese of Hartford, The Hartford Bishops’ Foundation and The Malta House of Care celebrated Tuesday the opening of a collaborative project, The Cathedral Community Center.
Six years in the making and an estimated $8 million raised in private funds, the new center will provide the people of Greater Hartford two benefits: access to primary care and a food pantry.
“It’s brought together to offer people one location where they can get their health care when they need it,” said Vicki Veltri, the executive director of the Malta House of Care. “They can get access to food, many of our patients are food insecure.”
Archbishop Leonard Blair was proudly walking the grounds outside the Cathedral Community Center, which sits right next to the Cathedral of Saint Joseph on Farmington Avenue.
“This is the heart of charity here in the center of Hartford,” Blair said, and added, “It’s a wonderful day.”
The funds raised for the Cathedral Community Center came from private and corporate donors – no state or federal funds were used.
The Malta House of Care, which is known for providing mobile vans that offer health care in the Hartford area, will continue the mission but now there is a dedicated state-of-the-art brick-and-mortar clinic to tend to patients.
“This will enable them [The Malta House] to increase by two and a half times the number of people they’re able to serve here,” Blair said.
“This is our mission – to get people comprehensive primary care and the fact that we can open our doors on this day is really gratifying,” Veltri added, standing by the front doors of the health clinic.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the Cathedral Community Center was held Tuesday with staff and supporters cheering the accomplishment.
The Malta House of Care, whose van has offered primary health care to residents of Hartford and East Hartford since 2006, will begin welcoming its clients to a new, renovated, state-of-the-art site on the campus of the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford on Tuesday.
The Cathedral Community Center also will offer expanded space for the cathedral’s food pantry, which has already served more meals in 2022 than in all of 2021, according to Archbishop Leonard Blair.
Housed in a former church hall, the center has been “gutted, renovated and brought up to standard” to provide comprehensive primary care to the low-income population in the Asylum Hill neighborhood, said Vicki Veltri, executive director of Malta House, on Monday. Until now, Malta House has offered care primarily through its medical van, which serves patients at the cathedral as well as at two sites in Hartford and East Hartford, she said.
Blair said that since 2006, 70,000 free visits by uninsured clients have been served by Malta House. The new site is “just a remarkable transformation that’s been made possible through the generosity of many people,” he said.
“You need to try to get people where they are,” Veltri said. “People have limited ability for transportation. … So I think the location is going to serve the Asylum Hill neighborhood, which is the predominant neighborhood that we serve, very, very well. But it opens up the van to go to other places.”
The clinic “offers comprehensive primary care services and, I will say, longitudinal too, because we have patients that have stayed with us for a long time,” Veltri said. “Providers have been committed for a long time. So we operate with a small staff, but we also have the good fortune of having about 40 volunteers who also work with us to provide this care to our community.”
The volunteers include doctors, nurses, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, among others.
“It’s a tremendous group of people, very committed to helping people who cannot get coverage any other way,” Veltri said. “We’re looking at a population that cannot qualify for Medicaid or other coverage because either their status as immigrants or they don’t qualify for another reason for insurance coverage.”
Most patients are “very low income,” Veltri said, and represent about 30 languages and more than 50 countries of origin. There are Spanish and Portuguese translators on staff, “and I’m going to work on that as well, because we have a pretty large contingent of Portuguese-speaking patients” from Brazil and Portugal who make up a significant community in Hartford, she said.
Malta House also has been serving patients from Ghana at its East Hartford van stop on Mondays at St. Rose Roman Catholic Church, 33 Church St. The van also goes to St. Augustine’s Church, 10 Campfield Ave., Hartford, on Thursdays.
At other times, patients have been screened in the cathedral’s basement and then brought to the van for care.
Veltri said Malta House also had used a site on Woodland Street occasionally, “but it was smaller than our needs. We needed more space. And we needed to modernize it.”
The center has five exam rooms and private intake areas and is “much more, I think, amenable to our patients, who I think will see it as a beautiful site for them to come to for their health care,” Veltri said. Also, the new site “kind of frees us up a little bit to get some more neighborhoods with our van,” she said.
The center will also offer OB/GYN services, COVID-19 and flu clinics, behavioral health care and specialty days for dental, vision and cardiology care.
Malta House is run under the auspices of the Order of Malta, a lay Catholic order that offers care to the poor, Blair said. ” I think we offer a unique service and we’ve been around for a long time and we want to continue doing it and this clinic just helps us expand it,” Veltri said.
The food pantry, run by members of the cathedral parish, also will be able to serve more of those in need, Blair said.
“In 2022 alone, over 11,000 people from the Greater Hartford area were served at the cathedral food pantry, and there are more families and individuals in the first eight months of 2022 than in all of 2021,” he said.
He said the pantry will be able to expand its hours and be able to offer blood pressure screenings, nutrition counseling and ease food delivery to the homebound.
“The food pantry also helps people moving from homelessness or shelters to apartments, including women coming from domestic abuse shelters, and men and women coming out of incarceration,” Blair said. “Those things also wind up coming under the sights of the food pantry. … And they also give non-food items like personal hygiene things, diapers, clothing, housewares.”
Blair said 41 tons of food have been received from Connecticut Foodshare over the years. “So having this greatly enhanced food pantry at the cathedral will be a tremendous boon to the charity and fellowship that we want to extend to the local community,” he said.
“I don’t think people are aware, even our Catholic people or the wider community, of just how much service is extended through the Cathedral of St. Joseph,” he said. “And this new facility, thanks to the generosity of many people, is going to make it even greater.”
An Optum Care patient asks her doctor if she needs to get a flu shot this year. She’s still staying away from public places because of COVID-19. Learn why this year it’s so important to get your flu shot.
I hate shots. I heard that the flu shot doesn’t always keep you from getting flu. I also don’t want to go out in public if I don’t have to. Should I get the flu shot this year?
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Ask your local Optum clinic about how you can get your flu shot this year. Clinics follow strict rules for social distancing and cleaning. But they may also offer other safe ways to get your flu shot.
We’re always looking for other safe ways to give flu shots. We’re working with experts from:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
State and local health departments
But this year, like every year, it’s important to get your flu shot any way you can. It won’t keep you safe from COVID-19. But it can lower your chances of getting the flu.
And if you still get the flu, a flu shot can help your body fight the illness so you don’t need hospital care. It could even safe your life.
We also suggest you get a flu shot and a COVID-19 vaccine. Neither shot will keep you safe from the other illness.
The CDC recommends getting a flu shot before viruses start spreading in your community this fall. Plan ahead, because it takes about two weeks after getting the shot for antibodies to develop. The antibodies help protect you from getting the flu.
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Senior Medical Director, Optum
Today, Malta House of Care, Inc., a free clinic that provides comprehensive primary care services to uninsured Connecticut adults in the Greater Hartford area, announces the opening of a new-state-of-the-art stationary outpatient clinic at 136 Farmington Avenue. Malta thanks its donors, the Archdiocese of Hartford, and the Hartford Bishops’ Foundation for the financial support that made the new clinic site possible and their commitment to our patients.
The 40-foot Malta House of Care white van is a familiar site around the city of Hartford and in East Hartford. Since 2006, Malta has used the two examination rooms in this custom designed mobile clinic to provide free comprehensive primary healthcare directly to uninsured adults in neighborhoods – Asylum Hill, the South End of Hartford, and the north end of East Hartford are the current sites.
“The addition of this new, expansive clinic facility on the campus of the Cathedral of Saint Joseph will allow us to see more patients in the Asylum Hill area and eventually expand our hours of operation and bring our mobile van to more communities. With five examination rooms, we can provide additional onsite care to our patients, who represent over 32 languages and 51 countries of origin. Our staff and nearly 40 volunteers provide patient-centered care and patient navigation through long-standing, trusted partnerships with patients, at no cost to them,” says Victoria Veltri, Executive Director.
The Archdiocese of Hartford is a steadfast supporter of the Malta House of Care, allowing Malta to use patient-friendly neighborhood church properties to station the mobile clinic and providing financial support through the many donors to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal.
Brian Sheehan, Chair of the Malta House of Care Board of Directors states, “Our use of the fixed site is a critical step in the growth of the Malta House of Care. Malta has always sought to reach out to more of the underserved in our community – this has been and remains our mission. We greatly appreciate the hard work and generosity of the Archdiocese of Hartford, the Hartford Bishops’ Foundation, the many supporters of the project, and our staff for making this all possible.”
Thank you to all of our donors who gave $76,850 this year, prompting a 15% match of $11,250 from Webster Bank. That brings our Birdies total to $88,100 FORE Malta! We are grateful to the continual support from the Birdies for Charity, a giving platform that utilizes the excitement around the Travelers Championship to help nonprofits like Malta raise awareness and funds to support our missions. Thanks to the support of Webster Bank, organizations like Malta have the opportunity to receive a 15% bonus on every donation through the program.
Listen to our interview in the Fan Zone today with The River 105.9 Renee Dinino at the Travelers Championship. Renee chats with Betsy Walsh, Assistant Director of Development, and Dianne Auger, Interim Executive Director of Malta House of Care!
Renee is the host of two radio shows: Celebrity Access, where you’ll get great interviews from all the stars & Community Access, a show that provides all kinds of lifestyle information, health tips, family events, public service announcements…..on and on, if it’s going on in Connecticut we’re on it!