Porter-Starke to Open Marram Health Center

Porter-Starke Services, a not-for-profit community mental health center serving Northwest Indiana, received a grant to operate a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Gary, Indiana. The grant aims to provide preventative, primary and integrated care to medically underserved populations with a focus on treating individuals who are homeless.

Porter-Starke Services will operate the FQHC as "Marram Health Center," a division of Porter-Starke Services. "We believe that quality of life begins with good health," said Rocco Schiralli, President/CEO of Porter-Starke Services. "With that in mind, our health care center will implement excellent prevention and treatment services. Clinicans and patients will work together to achieve strong bodies and strong minds," said Schiralli.?

Porter-Starke Services has offered integrated healthcare services in Valparaiso and Knox since 2007, receiving multiple awards from the Indiana Primary Healthcare Association. "Porter-Starke Services results mirror the national research indicating the positive effects of integrated health care," said Schiralli.

"We aim to provide the best possible care to the Gary community," said Aileen Wehren, Vice President at Porter-Starke Services." "We're not interested in duplicating services. Yet, we understand the increasing demand for healthcare services in Northwest Indiana and look forward to continuing to be a committed and supportive member of the Gary community to help meet that demand," said Wehren.

"I congratulate CEO Rocco Schiralli, the entire Porter-Starke Services staff, and the Porter-Starke Services Board of Directors for securing this federal grant funding to support and improve access to quality health care in Northwest Indiana," said Congressman Pete Visclosky, who announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant award.?

"Dr. Roland Walker has been named the Medical Director at Marram Health Center. "I am honored to be affiliated with Marram. This project will bring additional providers and services to the Gary community," said Walker. "From the very beginning, Dr. Danita Johnson-Hughes, CEO of Edgewater Systems; Denise Dillard of WDS Group; and I collaborated with Porter-Starke Services to find new avenues to provide affordable, quality healthcare to the Gary community while addressing many preventable diseases we routinely see," said Walker. "This grant enhances the City of Gary's ability to tailor programs to better meet the needs of the Gary community."

Marram Health Center should see its first patients in December 2015.?