Sunbury Medical Clinic to Receive State Funding

(HARRISBURG) – – A Community Clinic, Inc. 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 Sunbury clinic will receive a grant of $29,060 from the Department of Public Welfare to offset medical supply costs and purchase equipment.

“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 free clinics have benefitted our area, 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.

Also receiving a grant  was Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine, Inc., in Mifflinville, which will utilize funding for medical supplies and increases services.  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.