One of the core roles of the RHC is to ensure a financially sustainable healthcare system for all, regardless of ability to pay. In this role, the RHC is the fiscal manager for a $30 million annual demonstration (see Gateway to Better Health) which provides over 20% of all funding for all community health centers in St. Louis. This national model has prevented over 50,000 unnecessary emergency room visits in the St. Louis urban core each year.

The following documents summarize the history of the RHC’s role in financing the St. Louis healthcare safety net:

Recommendations of Improving Safety Net Primary and Specialty Care Services: Executive Summary 
10-2003

Recommendations of Improving Safety Net Primary and Specialty Care Services in St. Louis City and County
10-2003

Building a Healthier St. Louis Report on the Integrity of St. Louis’ Health Care Safety Net
2003

Progress Toward Building a Healthier St. Louis: Report to the Community, 2002-2007

Building a Healthier St. Louis: A Decade of Progress, 2001 – 2011