“With this grant, Five Rivers Health Center can invest in needed upgrades and address the evolving medical needs of our community during the pandemic,” Turner said.
“Five Rivers Health Centers is thrilled to receive this nearly $2 million grant, which will support needed improvements and additional healthcare services for our patients,” Five Rivers Health Centers CEO Gina McFarlane-El said.
Five Rivers staff said the goal is to use these funds for many different COVID-related projects and improvements. Ideally, the health center will hire additional staff to serve with the COVID-19 vaccination team, as it’s been challenging to pull existing staff members away from ongoing, regular patient care areas in order to administer vaccines to hundreds of people each week. In addition, the health center plans to use these dollars for PPE, technology and other systems to help meet COVID testing and vaccination needs.