FARMINGTON — Franklin Memorial Hospital will host two patient-centered focus groups on Wednesday to gain insight on ways to improve access to health care for patients who are uninsured and underinsured.

The focus groups will take place 2-3:30 p.m. and 3:30-5 p.m. in the Walden room (downstairs next to the cafeteria) at Franklin Memorial Hospital. Facilitator will be Tracy Harty, newly appointed nurse navigator.

The organization wants to know what patients think about getting the health care they need, finding a primary care provider, filling prescriptions and how the financial assistance program works for them, said Harty in a press release.

Anyone with an interest in these issues is invited to attend either session. At the conclusion of the focus group, participants will receive a gas card to help offset their travel costs for attending.

The focus groups are made possible by Franklin CARES, a nurse navigator pilot program to improve health-care coordination, access to health care, and integration of behavioral health care for uninsured and underinsured patients qualifying for free or discounted care under the hospital’s financial assistance policy.

For more information, call 779-2830.

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