Harkin: Funds for Health Center in SL a done deal

Monday, February 20, 2006

Iowa Senator Tom Harkin announced Friday that the United Community Health Center in Storm Lake has received the $643,500 it was approved for earlier from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Local officials have been waiting for the funding go-ahead in order to open the clinic doors this spring.

Harkin said he had helped secure these funds as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations panel that funds health programs.

"Community health centers improve access to health care for Iowans who lack adequate health insurance," said Harkin. "These funds will help to ensure that all Iowans get the quality, affordable healthcare they need."

The Storm Lake community health center will serve an estimated 5,000 patients in Buena Vista, Sac, Ida, Pocahontas, Cherokee and Clay counties. Forty-five percent of these patients are estimated to be uninsured.

The Center is expected to provide primary medical, lab services, immunizations, dental, nutrition, mental health, family planning, and OB/GYN services. The nursing staff is now being put in place, and a resident physician is being sought.

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