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Umpqua Health Center Receives Affordable Care Act Grant

Department of Health and Human Services

Four healthcare sites in Oregon were awarded grants from the affordable care act Thursday. The funds, totaling over $2.3 million, will be used to bring community-based care to those who need it most.

The Umpqua Community Health Center in Roseburg was chosen to receive 316-thousand dollars. The money will be used to open and provide support for a new clinic in Sutherlin. Development Director Brenda Lewis says north Douglas County is currently underserved. She's excited because the benefits from the grant will be felt quite soon:

Lewis: "We'll be starting on some of the activities immediately. The facility needs to be up and operational within 120 days of our award. So by March 1 we have to have our doors open and be seeing patients."

The center will use existing offices just off I-5. Lewis expects to hire healthcare providers, nurses and receptionists shortly.

The other Oregon grant winners are in Bandon, Medford, and the Portland metro area.