Congressman Bright praises grant for Health Services, Inc.

MONTGOMERY, AL – Congressman Bobby Bright praised the Department of Health and Human Services decision to award Health Services, Inc., a not-for-profit provider of primary health services in Montgomery, with a $11,231,000 grant.  Specifically, the grant will help HSI construct a state-of-the-art primary care practice on the campus of Jackson Hospital that will help create jobs and serve additional patients.  The partnership between HSI and Jackson Hospital will relieve the burden on the hospital emergency department from uncompensated care and strengthen the viability of local community hospitals.  In its 40-year history, HSI has provided over 30,000 patients with quality primary care.  Congressman Bright wrote a letter of support for the project.

"Our community health centers provide excellent services to citizens in need of basic primary care," Bright said.  "Health Services, Inc. will use this grant to increase its services by building a new primary practice at Jackson Hospital.  This is great news for Montgomery and I am pleased that the HHS is aiding our local hospitals and helping them treat additional patients.  America currently has a shortage of both facilities and primary care physicians and these problems are even worse in rural areas.  HSI and hospitals around the country will be able to alleviate these shortages with the grants awarded today."

The grants released today are designated for major construction and renovation projects and to improve electronic medical recording.  It is part of a broader, nation-wide effort to provide qualified community health centers with an additional $600 million.  It is estimated that community health centers in underserved communities will be able to serve an additional 500,000 new patients.  The grant for Health Services is one of the larger grants awarded to 85 health centers across the country.

To qualify for funding, a health facility must be a Federally Qualified "Community" Health Center. Grants of $508.5 million will be provided through the Facility Investment Program (FIP) program to address pressing health center facility needs. Also, as much as $88 million will be available to help Health Center Controlled Networks improve operational effectiveness and clinical quality in health centers by providing management, financial, technology and clinical support services.  Both programs will be administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS).