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Gateway to Care

Funding to support the Provider Health Network (PHN) and Surgical Saturday

Providing 100 percent access to healthcare for the uninsured and underinsured population of the Harris County region is Gateway to Care's ultimate vision. Working together with more than 170 leaders in healthcare, government and the business community, Gateway to Care is well on the way to reaching its goal.

Established in 2000, the Gateway to Care project began with six member organizations, including Memorial Hermann. The mission was to establish a mechanism for healthcare agencies, coalitions, funding entities and advocacy groups to coordinate common administrative and service delivery activities to provide a seamless healthcare delivery system for the uninsured.

Through the years, Memorial Hermann has taken a leadership role in several Gateway to Care initiatives. Its most recent effort is the Gateway to Care Provider Health Network (PHN), launched in November 2005. It is based on a national model called Project Access that connects people to medical specialists so they can receive the right treatments earlier in their illness. Connecting people to the appropriate specialty care sooner results in improved clinical outcomes for the patients and is less costly to the community in the long run.