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IN THE NEWS: Worthington's Hilltown Community Health Center Moves Forward with Projects Thanks to HEFA Support
December 22, 2009

BOSTON – The Hilltown Community Health Center will be able to purchase new software to help better manage its dental practice and execute training for electronic medical records with new assistance from the Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority (HEFA).

 

Fulfilling its mandate to enhance the quality of life of the residents in the Commonwealth by enabling nonprofit institutions to reduce their cost of capital, HEFA today announced that it will provide grants to 14 local health centers totaling $336,736 as part of its Community Health Center Grant Program.

Among the awards is $23,000 to the Hilltown Community Health Center in Worthington, HEFA Executive Director Benson T. Caswell said.

 

“Local health centers are critical to our communities because they provide care to those who are most in need. Unfortunately in the midst of this economic crisis, many nonprofit health centers have had to put important projects and improvements on hold,” Caswell said. “We are thrilled to be able to help these deserving health organizations whose daily mission is to deliver high quality health care to all members of our community, regardless of their ability to pay.”

 

"Hilltown Community Health Center has been a cornerstone of our region for more than 50 years and we are indebted to HEFA for providing this generous allocation," said State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield). "The center will use these funds to move several important projects forward, greatly enhancing its ability to treat the people who utilize its services."

 

“I congratulate the Hilltown Community Health Center on receiving this grant to improve its dental services. We are fortunate to have this important healthcare resource serving our rural area, and I thank HEFA for recognizing the health centers’ importance to our community,” said State Representative Stephen Kulik (D- Worthington).

 

Hilltown Community Health Center, Inc. is a non-profit, federally qualified health center providing high quality medical, dental and behavioral health services to the rural hilltown communities of Western Massachusetts since 1950. Hilltown Community Health Center prides itself on being a place where personalized health care is available to families, neighbors and friends, regardless of their ability to pay.

 

“Serving residents of the rural hilltown areas of western Massachusetts, we strive to provide a quality of service as good as, or even better than, urban medical facilities,” said Edward J. Sayer, Executive Director of Hilltown Community Health Center. “This award from HEFA helps us to continue to meet that high level of service, greatly benefiting the patients we care for.”

 

From the Berkshires to Brockton, in Worcester, Lawrence and Springfield, deserving health centers will be able to make significant improvements and improve their services to those who most need it.

HEFA's Program awards money to worthy nonprofit health centers whose mission is to provide critical health care services to low-income and uninsured individuals. Since the program's inception in 2006, HEFA has awarded more than $1.5 million to community health centers around Massachusetts.

Many Massachusetts health centers recently received large federal stimulus awards, sharing more than $80 million. To ensure the largest impact from its program, HEFA made awards to health centers that did not receive stimulus funds, which include:

 

• Bowdoin Street Health Center in Boston, $20,000

• Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program in Boston, $21,450

• Community Health Center of Franklin County in Turner Falls, $23,800

• North End Community Health Center in Boston, $24,100

• Greater Roslindale Medical & Dental Center in Roslindale, $24,386

• Brockton Neighborhood Health Center in Brockton, $25,000

• Caring Health Center in Springfield $25,000

• Community Health Center of Cape Cod in Mashpee, $25,000

• Family Health Center of Worcester in Worcester, $25,000

• Fenway Community Health Center in Boston, $25,000

• Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence, $25,000

• Outer Cape Health Services in Eastham, $25,000

• Upham's Corner Health Center in Dorchester, $25,000

 

HEFA supports Massachusetts' nonprofit health care organizations by financing equipment, construction, renovations, and refinancing debt. Last year, HEFA financed 49 projects for hospitals and other nonprofit organizations across the Commonwealth totaling nearly $3 billion.

 

HEFA is fully self-funded, receiving no tax-payer dollars. HEFA also provides funding for higher education and cultural institutions, research and human services facilities, as well as energy procurement services available to all nonprofit and state and municipal facilities through its PowerOptions® Program.

 

For more information, visit www.mhefa.org.

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