WASHINGTON--The new medical office Lawrence Cross
has in mind to serve Norwalk's neediest residents will be unusual in almost every conceivable way.
"We think we can serve a few hundred patients" to start and ramp up significantly from there, says Cross, executive director of the Norwalk Community Health Center.
sealed up this vision--spelled out in a 200-page grant application to the federal Department of Health and Human Services--in an envelope on Wednesday and sent it off to Washington.
"We are seeing more patients than ever," said Cross
, who said his
Norwalk clinic added 800 new patients from just May through November.
The grant applications that Cross
and other CHC officials submitted this week are part of an $11 billion five-year expansion of community health centers envisioned under health reform.
echoed that sentiment, but said he
and other providers are ready for the challenge.
"We have plenty of exam rooms and a great track record of recruiting," Cross said.
already has a new doctor lined up--an internist he
snagged from New York City--to work two days a week in his
hoped-for mobile medical van.
expects to hear back about his
federal grant application in April