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Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Donates $1 Million Grant to Create Fisher Prime Care Nursing Center, Increase Opportunities for Nursing Students


Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is donating a total of $1 million over five years to expand primary health care, mental health care, social services, and adult education for Rochester’s underserved populations and to expand educational opportunities for students in St. John Fisher College’s Wegmans School of Nursing. Dr. Dianne Cooney Miner, Dean, School of Nursing, was instrumental in securing the grant.

The College will use the money to create the Fisher Prime Care Nursing Center at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center on South Avenue in Rochester. When fully operational, the center will provide new patient, acute, follow-up, and primary care services for up to 60 patients on a weekly basis.

As part of the grant, health outcomes will be measured and tracked, with emphasis on following diabetes, cancer screenings, and plans of care around falls, a major issue for elderly patients.

A recent report from Excellus BCBS showed that upstate New York has an uninsured rate of 11.1 percent, compared to a statewide average of 14.6 percent and a national average of 16.1 percent.

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