Optima Bank & Trust, a locally-owned, commercial bank headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire has invested $4,500 in the health of Strafford County residents. Optima Chairman, President & CEO, Daniel Morrison and Executive Vice President, Pamela Morrison made the check presentation to Goodwin Community Health CEO, Janet Laatsch.
The donation was made by Optima purchasing the last available tax-credits awarded to Goodwin Community Health by the Community Development Finance Authority, taking Goodwin all the way to its $150,000 tax credit goal. The investment will support Goodwin’s ability to meet the community need for increased access to quality, integrated health care for some of the most the vulnerable residents of Strafford County. Some specific projects include improving communication systems between staff and patients, improving workplace efficiencies and expanding health care access to additional patients.
Goodwin Community Health currently provides health care to over 9,000 individuals, 76% are 150% of the Federal Poverty Level or lower. Their target population is low income and uninsured residents of Strafford County. The Center receives on average 65 new patient intakes per month.
“Everyone deserves to have access to quality healthcare and through this tax credit donation, we will make our investment go even further. We are proud to support Goodwin in becoming even more efficient so that they can continue to do what they do best,” said Daniel Morrison, Chairman, President & CEO of Optima Bank & Trust.
With the help of the CDFA contributions, Goodwin would like to purchase a health information exchange license that would be used to link other health care providers (two hospitals, mental health care provider) together and begin to develop a ‘community record’ that will enhance care coordination, reduce patient frustration and increase efficiencies and safety around the prescribing of controlled substances.
“On behalf of our staff and patients, we are grateful for the support of community minded businesses like Optima Bank & Trust in helping us to reach our ambitious tax credit goals,” said Janet Laatsch, CEO of Goodwin Community Health. “Thousands of area family’s depend on us for access to everything form prenatal care to dental and behavioral health care. We couldn’t meet the demand without the generous support from our community.”
Goodwin Community Health is the only FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) in the Strafford County area to provide access to primary, dental, prenatal, and behavioral health care as well as community wellness and public health services. Find them on Facebook or at GoodwinCH.org.
About Optima Bank & Trust: Founded in 2008, Optima Bank & Trust is an award-winning, locally-owned commercial bank headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. With five full-service branches and a loan office, the Bank’s focus is on providing exceptional service to commercial and personal customers for deposit products and commercial and residential lending. For more information, visit optimabank.com or call (603) 433-9600. Optima Bank & Trust can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.