FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2012
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES NEARLY $500,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ROCHESTER PRIMARY CARE NETWORK– INVESTMENT FOR DENTAL CENTERS IN LYONS AND MT. MORRIS
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced a grant totaling $498,500 for the Rochester Primary Care Network through a Capital Development – Immediate Facility Improvement grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will bring significant aid to local dental health centers in Mount Morris and Lyons, NY.
"This is just what the doctor, or in this case, the dentist, ordered for Livingston and Wayne County area residents,” said Schumer. “I applaud the Department of Health and Human Services for funding these improvements that will improve the quality and accessibility of the crucial services offered by Rochester Primary Care Network.”
Specifically at the Mount Morris location, providers will finally upgrade so that they can offer state-of-the-art pediatric dentistry. They will also be able to provide for patients in need of aggressive treatment and add space for a care coordinator. At the Lyons location, providers will be able to serve more patients and go from working 4 days a week to 5 days a week with a full range of services including introducing a new electronic health records system.
Recent increased funding for America’s community health centers began with a $2 billion investment in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In 2010, the Affordable Care Act included $11 billion in funding for community health centers. The two laws combined will help America’s community health centers to serve nearly twice as many patients as before. The newly awarded funds will support renovation and construction projects and boost a center’s ability to care for additional patients while creating jobs in those communities. Community health centers are an integral source of local employment and economic growth in many underserved and low-income communities. In 2010, they employed more than 131,000 staff and new funds made available today will help create thousands of jobs nationwide.
As part of the ACA, the Capital Development-Immediate Facility Improvements (CD-IFI) emphasizes shorter-term projects and is providing approximately $100 million to existing health centers to address immediate facility needs. Health Center Program grantees requesting CD-IFI funding must demonstrate how their proposal will address the immediate facility improvement needs at their current site(s). Health centers improve the health of the nation’s vulnerable populations and underserved communities by ensuring access to primary health care services. Currently, more than 8,100 service delivery sites around the country deliver care to nearly 20 million patients regardless of their ability to pay.
In addition to providing essential health care, community health centers also provide high-quality jobs in communities nationwide. In 2010, they employed more than 131,000 staff including 9,600 physicians, 6,400 nurse practitioners, physicians’ assistants, and certified nurse midwives, 11,400 nurses, 9,500 dental staff, 4,200 behavioral health staff, and more than 12,000 case managers and health education, outreach, and transportation staff. Since the beginning of 2009, health centers have added more than 18,600 new full-time positions in many of the nation’s most economically distressed communities. The funding awards announced today will infuse critical dollars into health centers and their surrounding communities, enhancing health centers’ ability to serve more patients and creating thousands of jobs across the country.