Health-care group gets $2.5 million

Gambino credited the leadership in the Department of Health for securing the grant, which made the center aware of the federal funding after following the center's progress over the years.

Regardless of a patient's ability to pay for services offered at the center they are offered treatment, which has remained the mission of the center, said Gambino. Around 15 percent of the center's revenue comes from federal funding to help pay for the uninsured.

"We are a safety net for the community," said Gambino. "It is not easy any time you are dealing with running an organization and you are running a service and you are not going to get any compensation for it."

Visiting an emergency room is always available, but Gambino said it isn't the best option for all situations and can be expensive. Focusing on primary care to improve a person's health is key, said Gambino.

"We hope they would look at us as sort of a medical home," said Gambino. "If they were to keep coming back here we would have a better chance for improving the health outcomes, not only those individuals, but people that use us in the community. If you come for routine and preventive care and see a doctor that is appropriate more than likely you are not going to have something more urgent for not taking those preventative measures."

While the center does focus on helping the underserved, Gambino said anybody could come for health and dental care.

"We welcome anyone in the community to come and use our services," said Gambino. "Coming to Hometown Health isn't any different than going to any other group practice.""

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