HHS AWARDS LFHC AFFORDABLE CARE ACT FUNDS FOR NEW HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SITE IN CONEY ISLAND
Thursday, September 26, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HHS AWARDS LUTHERAN FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS AFFORDABLE CARE ACT FUNDS FOR NEW HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SITE IN CONEY ISLAND
Lutheran to expand health access and medical home services in Coney Island
September 26, 2013, Brooklyn, NY
Lutheran Family Health Centers (LFHC) is one of only two New York federally qualified health centers to receive Health and Human Services (HHS) funding to create new health service delivery sites. LFHC will work with the Coney Island community – with a specific focus on residents of public housing – to open a new and much needed preventive and primary health care site in the near future.
The approximately $650,000 in funding will support LFHC in providing comprehensive primary health care services in nine Coney Island public housing developments. Together, they form the largest public housing complex in Brooklyn and include nearly 9,000 residents. These residents were also among the hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The area still suffers from severely limited access to primary care services as well as high rates of chronic medical conditions. As part of its strategic plan, the LFHC network strives to create new access points in the community to ensure that high quality health care is available and accessible to all New York City residents.
"We are very pleased to be able to respond to the health care needs of underserved areas in Brooklyn, particularly those who were devastated by Superstorm Sandy," said Larry K. McReynolds, LFHC executive director. "It also means that HHS and HRSA recognize the high level of service our current health centers are providing and our mission to respond to issues of community need."
In total, HHS announced awards of approximately $67 million to the nation's health centers, including $19 million made available by the Affordable Care Act, to establish 32 new health service delivery sites across the U.S. "Health centers have a proven track record of success in providing high quality health care to those who need it most," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "New health center sites in some of the neediest communities in the country will provide access to health care for individuals and families who otherwise may have lacked access to high quality, affordable and comprehensive primary care services." [Click here for more.]
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