Norwich Bulletin –September 20, 2016
United Community & Family Services received federally qualified health center grantee status in August 2015. This designation is not easy to achieve; UCFS had applied three times. As the former CEO, I know this status improves sustainability in a turbulent health care environment. It brings an annual federal grant; access to significant capital grants, expansion grants and specialty grants; and Federal Tort Claims Act malpractice coverage. Because of this, UCFS is able to hire additional providers and offer access to primary care, dental care and behavioral health services to more people within our region.
There were many people who assisted UCFS in achieving this designation but I would like to indicate the extraordinary work done by Congressman Joe Courtney and his staff. Congressman Courtney worked with the Department of Health and Human Services. He placed calls, made visits and wrote letters and emails. His staff worked with HHS to indicate our region was not receiving the federal funding we needed in order to provide health care services to those at risk within southeastern Connecticut. He and his staff understand the healthcare needs of our region and work diligently to ensure southeastern Connecticut receives the federal support it deserves.
September 20th, 2016