Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said this morning that the Portland CommunityHealth Center will be getting just over $680,000 in federal funding to expand their services. The Health Center provides primary medical and mental health care and associated services forthose in need without regard to their ability to pay.
"The Portland Community Health Center is a life line to thousands of people in the area," Pingree said. "Without it, many people would go without basic health care, and that's especially true during tough economictimes and when state programs are being cut."
After being a part of the City of Portland since 2009, the Portland Community Health Center became an independent non-profit at the beginning of this year and Pingree also helped the organization wade through some red tape that had threatened the short-term funding necessary to keep the health center operating.
"We really appreciate Congresswoman Pingree going to bat for us at a critical moment. The funding we needed to pay our staff last week had gotten held up because of a bureaucratic snafu and only after she got involved were we able to get it sorted out," said Leslie Brancato, CEO of the Health Center.
The Portland Community Health Center serves about 3,000 patients in the area on a sliding-scale payment basis.