The Recovery Act Capital Improvement Program grants are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act under the Department of Health and Human Services. The grant is intended to help purchase new equipment or health information technology systems. More than 1,500 health centers were awarded grants under the CIP announcement.
“We are incredibly pleased to see Anson Regional Medical Services receive this grant funding,” Kissell said. “Community health centers provide a tremendously important service to an underserved part of our communities, those who might not otherwise be able to receive health care. This grant money will continue to help Anson Regional Medical Services as they serve our community.”
ARMS has received more than $1.4 million in funding through the Department of Health and Human Services as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
In April, ARMS received $155,034, which CEO Gwendolyn Reed said would be used to hire employees and expand services.
ARMS already provided medical and dental services to the community, but was unable to provide secondary dental services, such as root canals, bridges, dentures, etc., Reed said. "With the stimulus money, we were able to hire a dental hygienist who can provide the basic care, and now our dentist will be able to do the secondary care," Reed said.
That secondary care will be invaluable to the community, Reed explained, as previously, patients had to be sent to Charlotte or even to South Carolina for procedures like dentures or root canals.
A nurse practitioner was also set to be hired this summer to help with women's health needs.
The grant is a two-year, one-time grant, Reed explained, meaning that the center only received about $35,000 per person, so only two part-time people were able to be added.
Calls seeking information about how the most current grant money would be used were unreturned by press time.