Westside Health Inc. in Wilmington, Del. has received $549,517 in federal funds to expand its reach to the state’s medically disenfranchised. The big check from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Service will be used to provide life-saving primary health care services to more people in the Wilmington area. Already Westside serves about 16,000 men, women and children. But thanks to the new funds, the health center they can reach an additional 3,000 patients at their Northeast Health Center– a new facility in Wilmington, where the statistics for infant mortality, HIV/AIDS, and diabetes are among the worst in the state. U.S. Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) visited the health center to hand over the check earlier this week.
“Because of the work of Westside Health and other Community Health Centers throughout the state and the country, I have continually fought for adequate funding each year for these entities because I believe they are a great asset to healthcare coverage in the United States,” said Rep. Castle. “Centers like Westside are continually reaching out to those who are uninsured and you can be assured I will continue my work as your federal representative to bring funding back to Delaware for these critical initiatives and programs.”