Mid-Delta Health Systems, Inc. Receives $2.8 Million to Construct New Facility

Oct 12,2010 - Washington – U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor announced that Mid-Delta Health Systems, Inc., in Clarendon will receive a $2,863,216 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant under the Affordable Care Act to construct a new Community Health Center facility in Clarendon that will replace its existing building.

The project is expected to create six jobs at the new center and 21 construction-related jobs, and enable Mid-Delta Health Systems to serve an additional 1,700 patients.

The new facility in Clarendon will contain five new medical exam rooms, two dental operating units, a large community room and expanded office, reception, administrative and service areas. The expansion will allow Mid-Delta Health Systems to meet an increased demand for services and provide care to more patients in the area.

Mid-Delta Health System, Inc., is one of Arkansas’s 12 Community Health Centers operating at 70 sites across the state that treat hundreds of thousands of patients each year. The health centers are non-profit, community-directed providers located in high-need areas, and they are particularly important to rural areas. The centers are open to all residents, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

“This investment will create local jobs in the construction and health fields and ensure that more patients in and around Clarendon have access to much-needed medical and dental care,” Lincoln said. “Community Health Centers are an essential access point for medical care, and their presence greatly reduces reliance on the emergency rooms, hospitals and specialty care for treatment. I have consistently fought to protect Arkansas’s Community Health Centers and I am proud to have been recognized as a Distinguished Community Health Champion this year by the National Association of Community Health Centers.”

“Community health centers provide critical care for residents in rural and underserved areas,” Pryor said. “These federal funds for a new, expanded facility in Clarendon will allow Mid-Delta Health Systems to serve more Arkansans and strengthen the community.”

“We are excited on behalf of the residents of the Delta to receive this funding that will allow us to fulfill our long-time goal of building a new facility in downtown Clarendon. Mid-Delta currently serves approximately 4,000 residents in the area and our new facility will enable us to serve an additional 1,700 patients – who are primarily uninsured or underinsured. The new facility will also assist in the revitalization of downtown Clarendon and help promote economic development in the area.” said Al Sliger, Executive Director of Mid-Delta Health Systems.