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Grant awarded to reopen health center in Riverton

Grant awarded to reopen health center in Riverton

Friday, September 2, 2011

Grant awarded to reopen health center in Riverton
By Wyoming Business Report Staff

RIVERTON - Patients in Riverton and in the Wind River Indian Reservation will be glad to hear that the Riverton Community Health Center will be reopening after being closed since March.

The Community Health Center in Casper was notified last week that it will receive grant funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to administer primary health care services to Fremont County through the Riverton Community Health Center.

"My staff and I are humbled and excited to work with all of the Fremont County communities to make sure that our efforts help people who most need health care," said Dan Reiner, CEO of the Community Health Center in Casper.

"This grant award gives us the chance to continue partnerships we have been fostering as the interim grantee through our work with the Dubois Clinic, Indian Health Services and the Riverton and Lander communities. Over the next couple of months, we look forward to meeting with individuals/groups within the Riverton community regarding community health center needs so that we can best address them with our clinic opening," Reiner explained.

The Community Health Center in Casper, which has been a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) for the past 11 years, will manage the Dubois and Riverton Health centers as satellites of its operations in Casper.

"Through centralized financial, human resource and medical oversight, we anticipate being able to expand services in Fremont County and keep costs within the scope of the grant," said Reiner. "The Dubois Clinic has remained open through this transition, and we are very proud of their work in light of how isolated that community is from other medical care."

The federal grant is targeted at providing care to people in a community who otherwise would have no access to basic health care.

Wyoming Business Report