Health center awarded funding
by Rory Doyle
Nov 29, 2012 | 2953 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
United States Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) announced Wednesday that the Delta Health Center, Inc. in Mound Bayou was awarded $1,300,900 by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Hazel Whiting, CFO of the center, said the award is a six-month allocation of funding normally awarded by the DHHS on an annual basis.

Another award in the same amount is expected in six months.

The money will go toward providing service to patients, allowing for discounts to the underinsured and paying the salaries of doctors and staff members.

Whiting said the funding is critical for maintaining and improving services at the DHC.

"Without a doubt, our quality services for the community wouldn't be possible without this support," said Whiting. "The whole purpose of our center is to provide for our outpatients and inpatients."

The DHC, federally recognized as a Community Health Center, receives funding under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act — operating as a non-profit clinical care provider following comprehensive federal standards.

CHCs across the country must meet the following qualifications: be located in a federally designated medically underserved area or serve medically underserved populations; provide comprehensive primary care; adjust charges for health services on a sliding fee schedule according to patient income; and be governed by a community board, of which a majority of members are patients at the CHC.

The DHC received a grant of $5 million in May of 2012 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the design and construction of new medical facility to be built on site in Mound Bayou.

The new facility, to be completed in two years, has been planned and designed for family medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN, pediatrics and related diagnostic services such as laboratory and radiology.

"I hope that we are able to bring substantial collaborative efforts and money to the Delta that will benefit all providers, both public and private," said John Fairman, CEO of the DHC.

The DHC was founded in Mound Bayou in 1965 and today provides primary and preventive health services at three more sites — Cleveland, Greenville and Moorhead.

For more information, call the DHC at 662-741-2151.