FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 9, 2011
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES CARTHAGE AREA HOSPITAL TO RECEIVE OVER $69,000 FEDERAL GRANT TO LINK SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH CENTERS WITH ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS
Funding will Provide Access to Electronic Medical Records to Improve Health Services for Local Students
Schumer: This Investment Will Keep Carthage on the Frontlines of Quality Health Care
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that Carthage Area Hospital has received a School-Based Health Center Capital Program Grant for $69,548 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The grant will be used to improve existing school-based health centers’ effectiveness through the procurement of new laptops, hardware and electronic filing software. These time saving steps will allow doctors and nurses to spend more time examining individual students in Carthage’s school-based clinics.
“Efficiently supporting our students with access to quality health services is pivotal for our community and our economy,” said Schumer. “Funding school-based health centers will help enhance quality of life in the Carthage area and lead the way to economic development.”
HHS funds will be used by the Carthage Area Hospital’s school-based health centers to enable children with acute or chronic illnesses to attend school, and improve the overall health and wellness of all children through health screenings, health promotion and disease prevention activities. This project plans to change procedures to maximize providers’ time with students. The project is designed to expand productivity through the purchase of laptop computers, software and necessary hardware to bring all 9 school-based health centers into compliance with the President’s directive that all Americans should have access to their electronic medical records.
The School-Based Health Center Capital Program Grant will help create jobs for Americans across the country. Funds will support job opportunities as more Americans will be needed to meet the clinics’ pressing capital needs - including construction, renovation and new equipment. The School-Based Health Center Capital Program helps address significant and pressing capital needs and to improve delivery and support expansion of services at school-based health centers. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) oversees the School-Based Health Center Capital Program.