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Florida Health Centers Get $10.7M To Expand, Upgrade

Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.
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The Florida Channel
Twelve health centers in Florida will get more than $10 million to serve more of the area’s underserved patients.";

Twelve health centers in Florida will get more than $10 million from the federal government to renovate, expand and increase capacity to serve underserved patients, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced this week.

The department estimates the facilities will use the $10,718,230 to serve more than 38,000 new patients.

“Health centers are cornerstones of the communities they serve,” HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in a release.  “Today’s awards will empower health centers in Florida to build more capacity and provide needed health care to additional individuals and their families.”

The money adds to more than $6 million awarded in September 2015 and will allow the centers to renovate and buy more clinical space. The money comes from the Affordable Care Act’s Community Health Center Fund.

“Providing funding to help health centers renovate their facilities will allow them to provide care to more patients,” said Jim Macrae, the department’s acting associate administrator. “Perhaps more importantly though, health centers will now be able to provide more health services in one location, better meeting the needs of their communities.”

The health centers receiving funds:

  • Borinquen Health Care Center, Miami, $844,588
  • Broward Community and Family Health Centers, Hollywood, $585,000
  • Center for Family and Child Enrichment, Miami Gardens, $1,000,000
  • Central Florida Health Care, Avon Park, $1,000,000
  • Community Health Centers of Pinellas, St. Petersburg, $1,000,000
  • Escambia Community Clinics, Pensacola, $1,000,000
  • Florida Community Health Center, West Palm Beach, $1,000,000
  • Genesis Community Health, Boynton Beach, $400,000
  • Health Care District of Palm Beach County, Palm Springs, $1,000,000
  • Manatee County Rural Health Services, Palmetto, $1,000,000
  • Rural Health Care, Palatka, $888,642
  • Trenton Medical Center, High Springs, $1,000,000
Julio Ochoa is editor of Health News Florida.