FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2012
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES $500,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR MIDDLETOWN COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC. – INVESTMENT WILL EXPAND CARE NETWORK THROUGH SATELLITE OFFICES
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced a grant totaling $500,000 for the Middletown Community Health Center, Inc. through a Capital Development – Immediate Facility Improvement grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will allow Middletown Community Health Center to grow the work in their satellite offices, providing better, more efficient care for Orange County patients.
"This is just what the doctor ordered for Middletown 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 the Middletown Community Health Center.”
Specifically this funding will allow the Middletown Community Health Center, Inc. to immediately improve and expand their satellite offices giving local communities better access to health care services. They will update and improve existing infrastructure and expand their services to meet the growing demands of Orange County residents. This grant will allow Community Health to immediately service more clients and expand the services they currently offer to a more diverse clientele.
In New York, community health centers provide high quality, affordable and accessible primary medical, dental and preventive care to more than 1.4 million New Yorkers at over 470 sites in urban, suburban and rural settings.
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.