Whitesburg KY

MCHC gets stimulus funds

Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation (MCHC) received a grant of $352,252 in federal stimulus funds to assist in providing healthcare to low-income medically underserved residents of Letcher, Harlan, Owsley, Perry and neighboring counties over the next two years.

MCHC is among 126 community health center nationwide that are receiving $155 million in federal stimulus funds to assist an estimated 750,000 low-income people across the nation. An element of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), funding is being distributed through the Health Resource Services Administration, a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

MCHC Chief Executive Officer Mike Caudill said, “This money is a distribution of stimulus funds. In addition to payroll and employment benefits, this allow MCHC to do what it does best, that is to better serve those with medical needs who are located in our service area of eastern Kentucky.”

The funds will allow MCHC to establish and initiate the Expanded Hours Clinic at the Whitesburg Medical Clinic on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. In addition, the hiring of a nutritionist/dietitian will increase care of MCHC’s diabetic patients and those needed assistance with diet planning for obesity or a healthy lifestyle. Also joining the staff will be a fulltime outreach worker whose main purpose will be to educate and assist patients in obtaining affordable medications through existing programs and the 340(b) drug discount program available through MCHC.

Caudill said, “This is one time the government is putting their money where their mouth is!”

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