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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 14, 2004

HRSA Press Office
(301) 443-3376

HHS Awards $49 Million to Extend Health Care to More Low-Income, Uninsured Americans

Grants Will Help Create New Health Centers in 76 Communities

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced his intention to award 76 new health center grants totaling $49 million that will help an estimated 488,000 Americans, including many without health insurance, to obtain comprehensive primary health care services.

These grants continue President Bush's five-year plan to help communities across the country create comprehensive health centers. Launched in 2002, President Bush's initiative will add 1,200 new and expanded health center sites and increase the number of people served annually from about 10 million to 16 million by 2006. Since 2002, HHS has funded nearly 700 new or expanded health centers.

"Nearly half a million Americans, who otherwise would have gone without health care, will soon have access to health care services in their community," Secretary Thompson said. "These grants are all about bringing health care to the people who need it most, in the areas where it's needed most."

Health centers deliver preventive and primary care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. Almost 40 percent of the patients treated at health centers have no insurance coverage, and others have inadequate coverage. Charges for health care services are set according to income.

HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) manages the Consolidated Health Center Program, which funds a national network of more than 3,600 clinics comprised of community health centers, migrant health centers, health care for the homeless centers and public housing primary care centers. These centers served about 12.4 million people in 2003. Awards will be made to grantees in December contingent upon the availability of fiscal year 2005 funds.

More information about the President Bush's comprehensive approach to helping the uninsured is available at http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2004pres/20040202.html.

The list of grant recipients follows:

Consolidated Health Center New Access Point Grants

Organization

City

State

Users

Award

Quality of Life Health Services, Inc.

Gadsden

Ala.

7,000

$816,667

Mobile County Health Department

Mobile

Ala.

4,450

900,000

Wrangell Community Services

Wrangell

Alaska

3,294

650,000

Yakutat Tlingit Tribe

Yakutat

Alaska

884

321,140

Mariposa Community Health Center

Nogales

Ariz.

5,016

866,422

Maricopa County Department of Public Health

Phoenix

Ariz.

800

148,142

Corning Area Healthcare, Inc.

Corning

Ark.

3,000

801,583

River Valley Primary Care Services

Ratcliff

Ark.

6,145

650,000

St. Francis House NWA, Inc.

Springdale

Ark.

11,838

648,002

Lifelong Medical Care

Berkeley

Calif.

1,125

506,250

Solano County Health & Social Services Dept.

Fairfield

Calif.

4,600

600,000

Redwood Coast Medical Services, Inc.

Gualala

Calif.

3,800

255,000

Karuk Tribe of California

Happy Camp

Calif.

5,812

649,212

Clinica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero

Los Angeles

Calif.

5,302

606,250

Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center

Los Angeles

Calif.

19,745

650,000

Los Angeles Mission, Inc.

Los Angeles

Calif.

5,748

650,000

St. John's Well Child and Family Center

Los Angeles

Calif.

4,850

810,250

Community Health Clinic Ole

Napa

Calif.

26,322

650,000

Valley Community Clinic

N. Hollywood

Calif.

11,939

650,000

Community Health Alliance of Pasadena

Pasadena

Calif.

10,875

650,000

Hill Country Community Clinic, Inc.

Round Mountain

Calif.

4,112

517,500

Mendocino Community Health Clinic, Inc.

Ukiah

Calif.

1,000

319,167

Venice Family Clinic

Venice

Calif.

1,500

343,079

Metro Community Provider Network, Inc.

Englewood

Colo.

5,250

691,667

Bridgeport Community Health Center, Inc.

Bridgeport

Conn.

1,000

290,000

Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Health

Washington

D.C.

7,668

650,000

Citrus Health Network, Inc.

Hialeah

Fla.

2,372

373,590

The Brevard Health Alliance, Inc.

Melbourne

Fla.

11,518

643,144

Union Mission, Inc.

Savannah

Ga.

2,000

300,000

Unadilla Health Care Center, Inc.

Unadilla

Ga.

6,225

650,000

Idaho Migrant Council

Caldwell

Idaho

3,888

650,000

Council Community Hospital District

Council

Idaho

2,922

475,000

Family Health Services Corporation

Twin Falls

Idaho

3,653

733,333

Access Community Health Network

Chicago

Ill.

4,050

775,000

Aunt Martha's Youth Service Center, Inc.

Chicago Heights

Ill.

4,450

1,029,167

Christopher Rural Health Planning Corporation

Christopher

Ill.

6,000

772,062

Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation

East St. Louis

Ill.

4,604

691,687

Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa Inc.

Lamoni

Iowa

10,760

650,000

Salina Health Education Foundation
dba Salina Family Healthcare Center

Salina

Kan.

9,730

650,000

Juniper Health, Inc.

Jackson

Ky.

5,177

650,000

Penobscot Community Health Center

Bangor

Maine

23,500

649,676

Katahdin Valley Health Center

Patten

Maine

5,580

816,667

Chase Brexton Health Services, Inc.

Baltimore

Md.

4,737

967,625

HealthFirst Family Care Center, Inc.

Fall River

Mass.

18,191

650,000

Community Health Connections Family Health Center

Fitchburg

Mass.

7,575

816,667

Center for Family Health, Inc.

Jackson

Mich.

2,000

559,363

Nevada Health Centers, Inc.

Carson City

Nev.

4,752

950,000

Avis Goodwin Community Health Center

Dover

N.H.

11,094

375,000

Dover Community Clinic

Dover

N.J.

8,769

650,000

Southern Jersey Family Medical Center

Hammonton

N.J.

5,677

733,333

North Hudson Community Action Corporation

West New York

N.J.

17,803

1,029,167

Ben Archer Health Center, Inc.

Hatch

N.M.

3,250

816,667

Whitney M. Young, Jr. Community Health Center

Albany

N.Y.

3,833

816,637

Morris Heights Health Center, Inc.

Bronx

N.Y.

7,410

725,828

Brownsville Community Development Corp.

Brooklyn

N.Y.

7,893

941,667

Project Renewal Healthcare, Inc.

New York

N.Y.

2,139

302,167

Open Door Family Medical Center, Inc.

Ossining

N.Y.

1,527

251,956

Carolina Family Health Centers, Inc.

Wilson

N.C.

4,913

775,000

Allen County Health Partners, Inc.

Lima

Ohio

6,500

647,998

Stigler Health and Wellness Center

Stigler

Okla.

5,178

650,000

Columbia River Community Health Services

Boardman

Ore.

3,480

518,675

Asher Community Health Center

Fossil

Ore.

1,208

229,523

Ochoco Community Clinic

Prineville

Ore.

6,778

900,000

Community Health Center, Inc.

White City

Ore.

11,900

650,000

Philadelphia Health Management Corporation

Philadelphia

Pa.

5,140

375,000

Low Country Health Care System

Fairfax

S.C.

5,200

650,000

CareSouth Carolina, Inc.

Hartsville

S.C.

4,752

975,000

East Tennessee State Univ. College of Nursing

Johnson City

Tenn.

4,500

894,167

Christ Community Health Services, Inc.

Memphis

Tenn.

4,780

941,667

Project Vida Health Center

El Paso

Texas

6,406

641,954

Georgetown Community Clinic

Georgetown

Texas

10,000

650,000

Southern Dominion Health Systems, Inc.

Victoria

Va.

6,250

701,210

Lewis County Community Health Services

Chehalis

Wash.

6,000

650,000

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic

Toppenish

Wash.

6,800

733,333

Fox Cities Community Health Center, Inc.

Menasha

Wis.

6,000

650,000

Cheyenne Health & Wellness Center

Cheyenne

Wyo.

6,282

650,000

TOTAL

$49,269,261

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