NYACK, N.Y. – U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Rockland Westchester, has announced a $1,095,355 federal grant to Hudson River HealthCare to expand primary care services to Nyack.
“Access to essential health care services for all residents reinforces the wellbeing of entire communities,” Lowey said. “This grant will allow Hudson River HealthCare to make primary care services available for 3,000 people in the Nyack area, and I’m proud that this federal investment will have immense local benefit. I will continue working as ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee to improve quality of life in the Lower Hudson Valley.”
Hudson River HealthCare will use the grant to renovate a recently acquired building and establish a community health center to serve low-income people in Nyack and surrounding communities.
The health center will be in a 3,700-square-foot space less than half a block from Nyack Hospital and one block off Main Street. Services offered will include comprehensive, full life-cycle primary, preventive and behavioral health care. There will be significant access for unscheduled walk-in appointments.
Hudson River HealthCare is projecting to add 14 staff with the creation of the Nyack health care facility, including physicians, nurses, medical assistants, social workers, patient navigators, patient representatives and outreach workers.
Rockland County was included in a needs assessment of an eight-county region of New York, which revealed Nyack as a “hot spot” for health issues and gaps in services, with disproportionally high rates of chronic conditions, including heart disease, cancers, high rates of alcohol abuse and suicide, as well as a large percentage of residents who lack a primary care provider.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ HRSA Community Health Center Health Infrastructure Investment Program seeks to support existing health center program grantees’ efforts to increase their patient capacity and to provide additional comprehensive primary and preventive health services to medically underserved populations through the alteration/renovation, expansion or construction of a facility.
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