Health & Medicine

Kentucky gets $16.5 million in grants for health care centers

The Obama administration announced more than $16.5 million in grants Tuesday for health care centers in Kentucky. The awards are part of a series of capital investments made to community health centers through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The biggest awards were $5 million for Family Health Center Inc. in Louisville, $4.86 million for Cumberland Family Medical Center in Burkesville, $4.33 million for Grace Community Health Center Inc. in Gray in Knox County and $977,375 for Big Sandy Health Care Inc. in Prestonsburg. Those grants were made through a "building capacity program."

Four other grants were made through an "immediate facility improvement program": $425,000 for Mountain Comprehensive Health Corp. in Whitesburg, $380,000 for Family Health Center in Louisville, $360,863 for Cumberland Family Medical Center in Burkesville and $216,543 for Big Sandy Health Care in Prestonsburg.

Grantees estimated the awards would help them serve about 29,475 new patients, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding is part of $728 million across the United States for renovation and construction projects.

Greg Kochergkocher1@herald-leader.com

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