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Health Center Weekend News Roundup

By: Beau Boughamer

Wow — lots of news stories on America’s Health Centers this weekend!  Take a look.

The Rapid City Journal in South Dakota, which is looking carefully at stimulus projects in the area, underscored job creation in successful efforts by the Community Health Center of the Black Hills.

The $599,000 in stimulus dollars awarded to the General Beadle Community Based Health Center did something that not all stimulus dollars seem to do: It created jobs…. There are eight positions at the new clinic — including doctors, dentists and receptionists — that couldn’t have been funded without the federal stimulus money, clinical operations director Jackie Holmes said.  “None of the new people, none of those positions, would have been filled without the stimulus,” she said. “It also provided the equipment we needed to open our doors.”  The clinic opened last August to serve students and their families from the General Beadle, Horace Mann and Knollwood elementary schools and North Middle School.

Also in South Dakota, the Argus Leader reported that a new Prairie Community Health building will soon be rolling, literally, into Eagle Butte.

A South Dakota community will open a medical clinic in January after the building makes a 100-mile trip down the highway.  Eagle Butte, northwest of Pierre, will have a new home for its Family Health Center when the project is complete.  A traveling building is a fairly common sight in South Dakota. In this case, workers for Prairie Heritage Homes are building the clinic in Fort Pierre, while a crew is preparing a foundation in Eagle Butte. Later this month workers will load the building onto a truck for the trip.  The health center has been a fixture in Eagle Butte since 1992. It serves about 6,000 patients a year but needs a new home.  “Our lease is up on the building we’re in, and it was just one of those things where there was no time to really do it the conventional way,” said Pam Locken, chief executive for the overseeing Prairie Community Health agency.

The Modesto Bee in California described expansion plans at Golden Valley Health Centers.

Golden Valley is spending $295,000 for a new elevator at its Florida Avenue clinic in Modesto. The project to improve safety for patients involves retrofitting the building with a new elevator shaft…. Other capital improvements are awaiting final approval from the federal government[:]… Doubling the size of the Patterson health center to serve more patients and expand dental services….  Adding a permanent health clinic at Riverbank High School…. Modernizing the Tenaya Avenue health center in southeast Modesto to include six dental examination rooms.