Wayne Memorial Hospital, which also serves Pike County residents, received $1,405,471 in Health Center Cluster grants from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
“The $1,405,471 grant represents nine months of the total award of $1,873,961 granted to Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers. WMCHC has been awarded this grant since its inception in 2007,” said Frederick Jackson, Executive Director of Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers. “This annual Community Health Center Program grant is supported by Representative Cartwright and is one of the true successful bipartisan programs in place today.”
Jackson said about $900,000 of the grant will be used annually to provide free and reduced care to uninsured medical, dental and behavioral health patients. in Wayne and Pike Counties and the Carbondale in Forest City areas. The remainder helps the development of the rural health care infrastructure.
“Utilizing these funds, the health center has grown to over 19 sites with over 70 professionals in the last 15 years, providing the residents of these rural communities with affordable accessible care close to home,” Jackson said
HRSA supports more than 90 programs that provide funding to over 3,000 grantees to help them meet the health care needs of tens of millions of Americans.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw how essential it is for all Americans to have access to quality, affordable health care in their own backyards,” U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-8) said. “Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers isdoing remarkable work to support the health care needs of our region’s rural communities and moderate to low-income patients.”
The Health Care Cluster Grant is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a division of HHS. It is the primary federal agency for improving health care for those who are geographically isolated or economically or medically vulnerable, working to improve health outcomes and health equity across the country. HRSA supports more than 90 programs that provide funding to over 3,000 grantees to help them meet the health care needs of tens of millions of Americans.