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Sonoma Valley Community Health Center Gets $5 Million Infusion

The funds, provided by the Affordable Care Act, will allow the health center to expand its facilities and serve more patients

 

Congressman Mike Thompson today announced a $5 million grant for Sonoma Valley Community Health Center. The funds, part of a series of capital investments made available through the , will be allow the health center to expand its facilities, improve existing serves and serve more patients.

“Community health centers are a critical component to the accessibility of quality and affordable health care,” said Thompson.

“SVCHC is honored to be selected for this wonderful opportunity! Thanks to the diligent efforts of Congressman Thompson and his staff, SVCHC will be able to enhance our current services as well as offer expanded services including dental," said Cheryl Johnson, Interim Executive Director of the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center.  

The grants announced today will help expand access to health care to an additional 860,000 patients nationwide.

To date, the health care law has supported 190 construction and renovation projects at health centers and the creation of 67 new health center sites nationwide. Over the next two years the law will support more than 485 new health center construction and renovation projects and the creation of 245 new community health center sites.

Overall, since the beginning of 2009, employment at community health centers has increased by 15 percent.  And, primarily due to the Affordable Care Act and the Recovery Act, community health centers are serving nearly 3 million additional patients today and will serve an additional 1.3 million additional new patients in the next two years.

These health centers improve the health of the nation’s underserved communities by ensuring access to primary health care services. Currently, more than 8,500 service delivery sites around the country deliver care to more than 20 million patients regardless of their ability to pay.

Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent California’s 1st Congressional District, which includes the Counties of Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, and Yolo. He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Rep. Thompson is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and sits on the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus.

Dee Baucher May 05, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Wonderful..... $5 million grant so that this clinic, which serves mostly foreign nationals and the children born to foreign nationals, can be moved to the central "barrio". Meanwhile, the middle class families of this community have been slammed by the Affordable Care Act....with huge increases in their premiums and co-pays, facilitated by the agreements that the Obama administration made with the health industry... so that all Americans will eventually be out-priced from private health care (and thus, forced to utilize public clinics). This is why so many Americans feel that there is a hidden agenda of "transferring wealth"... inherent with the current administration's manipulations of our policies. The increasing costs of private health care for most Americans.... while huge sums of money are being "granted" to provide clinics for specific groups in a specific style of health care .... all with the underhanded design of manipulating a grand scheme which most Americans find totally unacceptable. This is why people are getting so angry across our country...politicians like Thompson who are attempting to "spin" this reality into a positive occurrence... when it is clear that this huge amount of money is being usurped from the taxpayers....to the detriment of middle class families who are struggling to continue to pay for health care. Who is going to pay for this new clinic if/when the ACA gets overturned by the Supreme Court? Suggest Congressman Thompson address this issue.
pete May 06, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Huge sums of money like the private health care industry charges and makes for services? You pay for this and more already because uninsured poor or regular type people go to private or public hospitals hurt and broke and the insurance companies charge you in premiums to pick up their tab so they can continue to profit BIG TIME!

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