Missouri Ozarks Community Health (MOCH) receives HRSA FY16 Health Infrastructure Investment Program (HIIP) award. The funding for this capital project is through the Affordable Care Act’s Community Health Center fund, which was extended with bipartisan support in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015.
On May 4, 2016, Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced over $260 million in funding to 290 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for facility renovation, expansion, or construction. Health centers will use this funding to increase their patient capacity and to provide additional comprehensive primary and preventive health services to medically underserved populations.
“Health Centers are cornerstones of the communities they serve,” said Secretary Burwell. “Today’s awards will empower health centers to build more capacity and provide needed health care to hundreds of thousands of additional individuals and their families”.
Missouri Ozarks Community Health was one of eight health centers in Missouri to receive this award. This funding will assist with the construction of a new medical & dental clinic in Gainesville at their current location, 201 South Elm Street.
“MOCH is very pleased to receive this funding as it will provide the opportunity to construct a new clinic facility in Gainesville in order to provide more health services in one location, better meeting the needs of our communities,” said CEO Tim Shryack.
Since the beginning of 2009, health centers have added 6 million patients; they now serve nearly 23 million people each year. Today, approximately 1,400 health centers operate about 9,800 service delivery sites in every U.S. state, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin.
The Gainesville clinic is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for both children and adults providing medical, dental and behavioral health services. Medicaid, Medicare and most private insurance is accepted, and for those with no health insurance, a sliding fee scale discount is offered based on income. Appointments are available by calling 417-679-2775.
To see a list of grant awardees, visit https://bphc.hrsa.gov/programopportunities/fundingopportunities/hiip/2016awards/
To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, visit www.HealthCare.gov
To learn more about HRSA’s Health Center Program, visit https://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/index.html
To find a health center in your area, visit https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/
Missouri Ozarks Community Health Center (MOCH) has been in operation since 2001, as a federally qualified health center. MOCH has clinics in Ava, Gainesville, Mansfield, Cabool and Mountain Grove, Missouri. The mission of MOCH is: To provide quality, affordable and accessible medical, dental and behavioral health services to the communities we serve. For information, news and events visit mo-ozarks.org.
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Tim Shryack, Chief Executive Officer