Affordable healthcare in Henry County gets a big boost

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HENRY CO. (WSLS 10) - Basset Family Practice in Basset was busy today, as it is almost every day, providing affordable healthcare to roughly 4,000 thousand people in the area throughout the year.

Thanks to the Harvest Foundation, the practice now has a grant worth more than $2.5 million that they will be able to use over the next three years.

"We'll use the grant to focus on providing affordable and quality healthcare to uninsured and the underinsured individuals," explained Brittany Anthony, Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness's marketing director.

The practice is a part of the coalition. Anthony says one way the coalition continues to provide quality care is by expanding the coalition's health connect network, which aids in coordination for patients dealing with chronic disease management.

"We really feel that we can get individuals on the right track and keep them on the right track," Anthony emphasized.

Basset Family Practice's clinical director says chronic disease is the most common issue she sees in patients. "More chronic illnesses; diabetes, hypertension," she explained.

She says the grant money will help the practice be able to keep their chronic disease manager on staff, who started last August.

"She's able to work with us, getting the diet, exercise component; monitoring their medication to provide the patient and the providers sort of a liaison between the patients and the providers," the clinical director said.

The Harvest Foundation will evaluate the coalition once every six months over the next three years to determine whether the coalition will get to continue receiving installments of the grant money.