March 08, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce $459,990 for Health Centers in Monroe and Randolph Counties

Monroe Health Center and Valley Health Care, Inc. will benefit from funding to continue their operations.

Washington, D.C. — United States Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller (both D-W.Va.) today announced that Monroe Health Center and Valley Health Care, Inc. will receive $393,093 and $66,912 respectively from the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Center Cluster Program. These funds will help both health centers continue their operations.  

Monroe Health Center will receive $393,093 to support their operations and services, which include X-ray examinations, lab tests, behavioral services and oral health services. This grant money may also fund school wellness centers that have been opened in every school in the county and a new state-of-the-art dental center. 

Valley Health Care, Inc. will receive $66,912 to support their ability to provide primary care services to Randolph County, with an emphasis on prevention and managing chronic disease.

“It is important that we make health care services available to West Virginians living in rural and underserved areas,” Senator Manchin said. “This grant funding is intended to benefit populations that have a pronounced need for health care resources, and it will help ensure West Virginians have access to preventive care, treatment when they are sick, and much-needed medicine.”

“Now more than ever, it’s important to keep pushing to make health care more available to West Virginians, especially for residents who live in more rural parts of the state,” said Senator Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care. “This money will work toward our goal of improving the delivery of medical services to West Virginia families, giving people greater access to the specialized care they need, and strengthening health education and research.”

The Health Center Cluster Program provides financial assistance to the populations that would generally not have access to health care services by funding health centers to support comprehensive primary and preventive health care services to underserved or rural areas.  The funds may be used for oral health care, mental health care and substance abuse services. 

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