(HARRISBURG) – – Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine is among 27 free medical clinics in the Commonwealth to receive grant funding under a one-time program included in the current state budget by Senate Republicans, according to state Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).
The Mifflinville clinic will receive a grant of $40,635 from the Department of Public Welfare to offset medical supply costs and increase services.
“Senate Republicans insisted on funding for free clinics during budget negotiations because they have a proven record of service and are a cost-effective, community-driven effort to hold down health care costs,” said Senator Gordner. “I have seen first-hand how the Columbia Volunteers Clinic has benefited our area over the past three years, and I look forward to continuing to assist their efforts.”
The Pennsylvania Independent Free Clinics Special Grant Program is targeted to independent, community-based free clinics that operate with volunteer-driven staff of health care professionals. To further qualify, the clinics must offer regular operating hours, establish partnerships with other area health providers, and serve low-income, uninsured and under insured populations.
“A generous community and a dedicated staff of volunteers has helped our clinic grow to serve a vital need,” said clinic founder Bette Grey. “Senator Gordner has been there from the beginning and we are very appreciative of his support.”
Also receiving a grant of $29,000 was A Community Clinic, Inc. in Sunbury, which will utilize funding for equipment, medications and diabetic supplies. Following allocation of grants to independent free clinics, $800,000 in remaining funding will be used to qualify for another $1.8 million in federal funds that will assist hospital-based community clinics in Pennsylvania.