Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced today that the Virginia Health Care Foundation has awarded two grants, totaling $228,125 to local medical centers to help each facility provide for patients who are struggling as a result of the recession.
In January, a $200,000 grant was given to the Harrisonburg Community Health Center. This grant will go towards the purchase of land, so that the Center can build a larger facility and see more patients. A $28,125 grant was given to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Dental Clinic to provide a salary for a part-time dentist. This dentist will work with one other dentist in the clinic to provide dental care five days a week to children with FAMIS insurance, as well as uninsured adults.
“I am very pleased to be able to announce that two of our local health care centers have received these grants from the Virginia Health Care Foundation.” said Delegate Bell. “Many people across the district are struggling with the high costs of health care during this recession, and I am hopeful that many will be able to benefit from services provided as a result of these grants.”
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 includes Highland County, portions of Augusta and Rockingham Counties, and the City of Staunton.