U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-06) today visited the Monmouth Family Health Center in Long Branch to announce a nearly $3.5 million grant to expand and improve its facilities, which will create new jobs and provide access to vital dental health care services for more local families. The grant was part of an overall investment of $18 million to expand and improve services at seven New Jersey health centers and was made possible by the Affordable Care Act.
"There is no doubt that the Affordable Care Act is working for New Jersey families and communities, and I'm proud to have fought for its passage and for increased investment in our New Jersey health centers," said Menendez. "Not only will Monmouth Health Center soon be expanded and equipped to care for more patients, we will create good construction and health care jobs in the process."
"In order to meet New Jersey's health care needs and the goals of the Affordable Care Act, it is critical that our community health centers have sufficient resources to deliver lifesaving services and increase access to preventative health care options," said Congressman Pallone. "The more than $3.4 million that the Monmouth Family Health Center will receive under this grant will help expand services and provide essential funding that will keep families throughout Monmouth County healthy."
Monmouth Family Health Center will use its $3,470,095 grant for a 5500-6000 sq. foot addition which will house 8-10 dental rooms.
"We are delighted that this funding will allow us to relocate, consolidate, expand and renovate our dental center," said Marta C. Silverberg, Executive Director of the Monmouth Family Health Center. "We will be renovating a state of the art facility equipped with the latest technology including digital x-rays and electronic health records. Additionally, we will expand our dental capacity by 25%. Our patients will benefit enormously both in efficiency, technology and quality of dental services offered at Long Branch."
The total of $18,086,274 in awards made to seven New Jersey community health centers are part of a series of capital investments made available through the Affordable Care Act to support major construction and renovation projects at community health centers. Together, New Jersey grantees estimate that this investment will help them serve nearly 17,500 new patients.
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