STAUNTON, VA – Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today that the Virginia Health Care Foundation has awarded a grants, totaling $164,700 to a local medical center to help the facility provide for patients who are struggling as a result of the recession.
In July, a $164,700 grant was given to the Blue Ridge Medical Center in Arrington, Virginia. This grant will help underwrite the salary and benefits of a full-time pediatrician to oversee its Pediatric program and expand its pediatric services.
“I am very pleased to be able to announce that Blue Ridge Medical Center has received this grant from the Virginia Health Care Foundation.” said Delegate Bell. “Many people across the district and the Commonwealth are struggling with the high costs of health care in this tough economic climate. I am optimistic that this grant will help many families in our community provide basic medical care for their children.”
In the past two years, free clinics and community health centers in the Commonwealth have treated an additional 31,000 uninsured Virginians as a result of the recession.
The Virginia Health Care Foundation was initiated by the General Assembly in 1992 as a public/private partnership to increase access to primary care for Virginia’s uninsured. It receives a biennial appropriation from the state, which it supplements with financial support from the private sector.
Elected to the House of Delegates in 2009, Delegate Bell represents the 20th District, which currently includes Highland County, portions of Augusta and Rockingham Counties, and the City of Staunton, and has been redrawn to include portions of Nelson County and the City of Waynesboro.