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Medical Jobs in Rhode Island Receive Funding

Posted on May 12, 2009

More medical jobs in Rhode Island will be created, as 10 community healthcare centers throughout the state have received $4 million in federal stimulus money.

The 10 community health centers in Rhode Island serve about 112,000 people. According to an article by The Providence Journal, eight of those meet standards to qualify for federal funds. The money will not only be used to serve poor and uninsured Rhode Island residents, but also to bring healthcare to those who might not have had access to it before.

“Here, care is coordinated,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said in the article. “Here, patients have electronic medical records … They’re actually showing a model for how some of America’s most well-off might be better served.”

Of the federally-qualified centers, all eight will share $2 million to help them meet an increased demand for services. The money will allow them to serve 16,000 new patients, including 7,000 who are uninsured. Rhode Island health centers also plan to apply for some of the $850 million in federal funds set aside for capital improvements.

The two centers that are not federally-funded, Northwest Community Health Care and Tri-Town Community Action Agency, were among 126 health centers throughout the country to receive grants to provide new access to healthcare. The two facilities will share $2.4 million during two years to provide services to 7,380 people and create 55 new Rhode Island jobs.

Northwest will use the money to enhance its new Bayside Family Health Care site in North Kingstown by adding hours, staff and electronic medical records. Tri-Town, which is based in Johnston, will expand its behavioral health and dental services, double the number of exam rooms and add staff.

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