By Angie Stewart
Lamprey Health Care in New Market, NH, is putting federal funds to good use and expanding services to the community. The health center is using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to expand its Nashua site by purchasing Home Health & Hospice Care’s building. Home Health & Hospice is moving to a larger facility also, allowing both health agencies to expand services. The move allows Lamprey Health Care to expand space and access for services such as primary health care, OB/GYN, family planning, substance abuse prevention, diabetes education, nutrition counseling, behavioral health and care coordination. The timing could not be more critical for a community that’s been hard hit by the recession and the demand for services is up by 20 percent.
“We are committed to increasing access to affordable health care for all individuals. Moving our current facility to the Home Health & Hospice Care building is going to allow our Nashua Center to expand our capacity to meet the growth in demand, especially from the uninsured,” said Lamprey Health Care’s CEO, Ann H. Peters in a press release. “It’s been wonderful to develop a plan that supports both organizations’ ability to serve the Nashua Community. In addition, Southern New Hampshire Medical Center’s assistance and support through the planning process has been invaluable, and further strengthens the partnership between three non-profits working together to provide a solution to meet the needs of the community.”
The Nashua center currently sees 5,500 patients each year, according to Peters, who noted that 90 percent of the patients earn 200 percent below the federal poverty level, and 55 percent are uninsured. As with all health centers, the Nashua center can expect to see a dramatic increase in patients over the next five years. To learn more check out this local news article.
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