August 24, 2016
By Mickey Powell
MARTINSVILLE – The operators of two local community health centers each will receive more than $72,000 in special U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funds to use toward improving their clinics.
The Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness, which runs the Bassett Family Practice on T.B. Stanley Highway, is to receive $72,889. Piedmont Access to Health Services (PATHS), which has a clinic on Commonwealth Boulevard in Martinsville, is to receive $72,977.
The clinics received the funds because they improved the quality of their services between 2014 and 2015, an HHS news release showed. It indicated that the Bassett Family Practice is considered to be a “health care quality leader,” having reached the best overall clinical performance that a federally-funded health center can receive.
Community health centers are designed to serve areas with limited health care options. Anyone can go to the centers to receive medical care. Federal funds received by the centers enable them to charge fees along a sliding scale, based on patients’ incomes.
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