|RECOVERY ACT HELPS RURAL HEALTH CLINIC EXPAND IN MENDOCINO COUNTY|
|, Aug 01, 2011
Mendocino Community Health Clinic (MCHC) operates three federally qualified health clinics that provide healthcare services to some of the most vulnerable people in rural northern California. In 2002 Ukiah Hillside Health Clinic started the Care for Her program, offering comprehensive maternal services after county services were discontinued. Just, a few years later the clinic was faced with a dramatic increase in demand, yet lacked the proper equipment and capacity to meet those needs. It was critical for the health clinic to expand.
MCHC received funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration to expand the Care for Her Center, and USDA Rural Development provided a $50,000 Community Facilities Grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help purchase necessary equipment. Combined funds were used to add a two-story wing to their facility which includes a lobby, five exam rooms, classrooms, a dedicated lab, OB management, and administrative offices. Funds were also used to purchase modern computer equipment and programs in order to convert their current system to an electronic medical records system.
The Hillside Health Clinic has grown to provide health services to over 25,000 patients per year. The new building not only provides ample room for patients at the Clinic, but also features solar panels for energy efficiency. New services, such as parenting classes are just another added bonus. And the improved computer infrastructure and implementation of electronic medical records has improved efficiencies allowing the Care for Her Center to provide service to more patients. This investment in facility improvements and information infrastructure is a promising outlook for mothers, families, and the community as a whole.