Local health centers getting federal help

Posted by Trina Edwards - email

WASHINGTON, DC (FOX19) - Two Tri-State health centers are getting federal help.

Butler County Community Health Consortium in Middletown and Healthsource of Ohio in Milford are two of 85 health centers nationwide getting a piece of nearly $600 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awards to support major construction and renovation projects at 85 community health centers nationwide and help networks of health centers adopt Electronic Health Records (EHR) and other Health Information Technology (HIT) systems.

The awards are expected to not only create new job opportunities in construction and health care, but also help provide care for more than half a million additional patients in underserved communities.

The Butler County Community Health Consortium was awarded $4,669,197 and Healthsource of Ohio was awarded $9,764,690.

"Together, these three initiatives – funding for construction, technology and a medical home demonstration project – won't just save more money, and create more jobs, they'll give more people the peace of mind of knowing that health care will be there for them and their families when they need it," said President Barack Obama.  "Ultimately, that's what health reform is really about."

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