OSF HealthCare is a faith-based, 13 hospital health care system serving Illinois and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. As a regional health care provider with both rural and urban facilities, OSF qualified for telecommunication and broadband funding support through the federal Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) program.
“We were managing the registration, qualification, and administration of the HCF program through the Universal Service Administrative Company’s complex and tedious process,” said Jim Mormann, CIO of OSF Healthcare, “We thought we had the best of both worlds – managing the program with internal resources while enjoying cost reduction benefits.”
When FG approached OSF about analyzing the potential to capture more funding, Jim’s expectations were low. “I knew the FG team were experts in this area, but I was confident we were receiving the optimal support level,” said Jim.
The FG team got started. Utilizing the modeling capabilities of FundCAPTURE and consulting with the funding experts at FG, the results were promising. “We look at the big picture for our clients,” said Gerald Horst, Vice President at FG, “We blend their telecommunication and broadband goals with our strategic understanding of the landscape and the HCF qualification criteria. We know how to secure the maximum support possible through aggressive expense management, optimizing urban/rural ratios and ensuring all changes are appropriately tracked and submitted.”
Jim was very pleased, “They worked tirelessly to help us realize significant savings. After the first year with FG’s FundCAPTURE service, our support quadrupled. Plus, our internal resources previously dedicated to HCF can now focus on more rewarding tasks. If you’re not using FG to manage your funding programs, you should be.”