DUNGANNON — Clinch River Health Services in Dungannon was recently awarded more than a half-million dollars in federal grant funds that will help the nonprofit continue its mission of providing low-cost medical care to thousands of area residents in need.
The approximately $548,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was announced at the beginning of June.
The health care facility receives the funding on an annual basis, although CRHS Executive Director Carolyn Bowen said this year’s funding was allocated on a competitive basis.
“It’s the regular money that we get to provide services to the uninsured and the indigent population,” Bowen said.
The funding, which accounts for roughly 20 percent of Clinch River’s budget, will allow doctors and support staff to continue providing a variety of medical services to the clinic’s 3,400 patients.
“If we didn’t get this money, we couldn’t offer health care to those who don’t have insurance.”
Most of those receiving treatment reside in Scott County, although Bowen said patients there are patients that come from Wise and Russell counties and even Tennessee.
The clinic’s services are needed, Bowen said, because there are so few affordable health care options in the area of Scott County it’s located in.
“In the Dungannon and Fort Blackmore areas, we are the only medical providers,” Bowen said. Because we cover people without insurance, the price is based on their household income so they can come and be seen at a reduced rate. If we weren’t here, a lot of these people wouldn’t be able to afford health care at all.”
The facility features two full-time physicians as well as two nurse practitioners and a behavioral health counselor.
In addition to offering primary, preventative and behavioral care, the clinic has its own on-site X-ray and lab and operates a pharmacy assistance program to help patients afford prescriptions.
“Each year we bring in about $3 million worth of medicines for our patients through that program,” Bowen said.
In addition to the funding received through the grant, Bowen said the clinic receives a small amount of state funding for the pharmacy assistance program as well as some private donations throughout the year and a grant from dental services from the United Way.
The clinic’s remaining expenses are covered by payments made by patients or their insurance providers.
For more information on the clinic, visit www.crhealth.org.