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HealthLinc in Valparaiso awarded $1.3M grant

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Valparaiso-based HealthLinc will receive $1,330,537 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a continuing grant under the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Fiscal Year 2014 Service Area Competition, U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, announced in a statement released on Friday.

“This federal funding will allow HealthLinc to continue providing affordable primary care to their patients, including medical, dental, behavioral health, and optometry services, regardless of patients’ level of health insurance coverage,” the statement said.

“HealthLinc Inc. continues to demonstrate their commitment to serving the uninsured and underinsured populations of Northwest Indiana,” Visclosky said. “This award will be instrumental to HealthLinc as it continues to provide a wide-range of high-quality health care services to the people of Northwest Indiana. I commend the HealthLinc staff for their tireless work to improve the health disparities of our region.”

“HealthLinc is appreciative of the confidence HRSA has in our organization to continue servicing the residents of Northwest Indiana that need high-quality, affordable healthcare,” HealthLinc CEO Beth Wrobel said. “We thank Congressman Visclosky for his continued support of HealthLinc and for ensuring that all Northwest Indiana residents receive the healthcare that Americans deserve.”

HealthLinc began in Valparaiso as a free clinic in 1996 and received Federally Qualified Health Center designation in 2006. HealthLinc now provides services at six locations--five stand-alone clinics in Valparaiso, Michigan City, Knox, Mishawaka, and East Chicago plus a clinic site integrated into a community mental health center in Valparaiso--and also has a mobile medical/dental unit serving school aged children and their families.


Posted 4/28/2014