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Schumer announces more than $52,000 in grant money for health services

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Jefferson County school-based health centers soon will have more than $52,000 for clinical upgrades.

U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer announced Friday that the North Country Children’s Clinic will receive a $39,105 grant and Carthage Area Hospital will receive a $13,870 grant.

Both grants are funded through the Department of Health and Human Services Affordable Care Act Grants for School-Based Heath Centers Capital Program, according to a press release.

“With these funds, the NCCC and Carthage Area Hospital can continue to bring quality health services to school-age children in Jefferson County,” Mr. Schumer said in the press release. “The bottom line is that we need to ensure that our school children have access to top-notch medical care; the ACA funding for School Based Health Centers does just that and can really make a difference in the community.”

The Children’s Clinic plans to use the money to buy nearly 30 pieces of clinical equipment, including digital scales, an ear-flushing system and a blood pressure machine. Carthage Area Hospital will use the grant toward upgrading its information technology system and adding a new server. Leftover funds will be used to purchase laptop computers for the school-based clinic.

“The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Grants for School-Based Health Centers Capital Program aims to provide effective, efficient, and quality health care,” the press release said. “Applicants must demonstrate that their proposal will lead to improvements in access to health services for children at a School Based Health Center (SBHC).”

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