What is the community connection project?

Reading Hospital has been awarded a federal grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to implement the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) model – known at Reading Hospital as the Community Connection Project (CCP).

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CCP Success story – September 2018

Case Study

A patient was screened in Reading Hospital Emergency Department and was identified to be High Risk and eligible for navigation services.

During the Navigation Personal Interview, the patient shared the following information:  The patient has a history of past drug use and medical complications. He was homeless, having been evicted from previous housing, and had been living out of a car at his place of employment. The patient became unemployed when his employer went out of business. An attempt to secure shelter at Hope Rescue Mission was delayed as the patient’s phone and state identification card were stolen. Transportation services were also identified as a need.

CCP Navigation Update

  • Hope Rescue Mission provided funds that allowed the patient to obtain a new, valid PA ID card at a local Department of Motor Vehicles.

  • The patient went to BARTA to apply for a Special Services Transportation Card and has been able to secure reliable transportation to attend scheduled medical appointments.

  • Patient happily reports he has been drug-free while at Hope Rescue Mission and has disassociated from drug-related situations.

  • Patient reports SNAP benefits have been secured and unemployment benefits will begin in the near future. 

  • Patient reports his goal is to secure independent housing as soon as possible.

  • Reading Hospital’s CCP will continue to navigate patient for one year (currently with Hope Rescue Mission partnership) to assist if additional needs arise.

Community connection project monthly newsletter

For more information, contact Ali Williams at Ali.Williams@towerhealth.org.