Adelante Healthcare in Phoenix Awarded National Grant for Telehealth from FCC
By Lisa Cardinale -
Tuesday Nov 16, 2021
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced the national recipients of its Round 2 COVID-19 Telehealth Program. In Phoenix, Adelante Healthcare was awarded $868,857 toward purchasing telehealth equipment, including virtual visitation software, to aid in caring for Phoenixâ€™s most vulnerable communities.
The funds from the grant will continue Adelante Healthcareâ€™s efforts to expand telehealth services to lower income, underinsured and uninsured patients in the Phoenix area. The goal is to offer diverse, multilingual access to patients for medical and behavioral health care. This will assist communities affected by the pandemic and extend the ability to improve access to those in need.
â€œDevelopments in telehealth continually help bridge the gap in healthcare for our most at-risk populations and keep those communities connected with knowledgeable doctors, nurses, and healthcare providers during these uncertain times,â€ said Pedro Cons, CEO of Adelante Healthcare. â€œThe grant from the FCC will help us continue to serve the Phoenix area in a safe and effective way that will increase the number of patients weâ€™re able to connect with on a daily basis.â€
Telehealth is a vital element in Adelante Healthcareâ€™s mission of providing sustainable health care for all. Arizona has one designated Primary Care Association chosen to advance the expansion of Federally Qualified Health Centers and advocate for the health care interests of the medically underserved and uninsured. In Arizona, that provider is Adelante Healthcare with nine locations across the state, including Buckeye, Gila Bend, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Surprise, Wickenburg and its brand-new 40,000 square foot Phoenix location near the former Metrocenter Mall.
â€œWhether its an elderly patient whoâ€™s afraid to leave the house because of COVID-19, or a single-mother with a sick baby who has no transportation to the doctorâ€™s office, Adelanteâ€™s Telehealth services combat any issues that may arise with traditional in-person appointments,â€ Cons said. â€œWe want everyone in the state of Arizona to know they have options when it comes to health care, and that help is simply a phone call away, regardless of economic, insurance or language barriers.â€