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Posted June 19, 2012 | 5 Comments
Shenandoah County Free Clinic receives $700,000 in federal funding
By Kim Walter -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Tuesday that nine state projects, including Shenandoah County Free Clinic, will receive federal funds through the Community Development Block Grant.
The clinic will receive $700,000 of the more than $6 million that the state had to divvy up amongst projects that benefit those in the low- and moderate-income bracket.
Pam Murphy, the clinic's executive director, was "ecstatic" to hear the news, since the county almost passed on applying for the grant.
"I'm just so grateful for the government officials and other supporters who stressed how worthwhile this is for the community," she said.
The money is a large chunk of the $2 million needed to complete an expansion project at the clinic. A new facility, a former nursing home, was purchased, but needs work done to accommodate the services offered by the clinic.
The clinic, along with its sister agency, the Shenandoah Dental Clinic, provides health services to low income underinsured residents of the county. Murphy said due to space and operational limitations, deserving citizens have been turned away.
"We plan to double the space and essentially serve twice as many people as we do now," she said.
In a year, the clinic sees over 2,000 visitors. The expansion will allow for more room in both the medical and dental clinics, and will also expand the staff by about 50 percent, Murphy added.
The plans for the new building have been under way for sometime, and now with the new funding, Murphy said she hopes to go out to bid for construction within the next month.
"We'd like to see the entire project done by the end of next year, which is very ambitious," she said.
The rest of the funds will have to come from fundraising and sponsors, she added.
"The people that we serve are those that have typically hit rock bottom and have never asked for help before...life is just bearing down on them," Murphy said. "This is a worthy project and I'm so glad others recognized that."