April 15, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, KRATOVIL ANNOUNCE $115,000 FOR NEW HEALTH CENTER AT CAMP FAIRLEE

Funding Will Be Provided through ARRA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and U.S. Congressman Frank Kratovil (all D-MD) today announced that the Easter Seals Society will receive $115,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for construction of a new medical facility at KentCounty's Camp Fairlee Manor, which serves children and adults with a diverse range of disabilities.

 

"CampFairlee provides an important service for families who have loved ones with disabilities," said Senator Cardin.   "This ARRA funding will translate into jobs and enable CampFairlee to provide up-to-date medical care for KentCounty residents who depend on the camp for support and services."

 

"This is about creating jobs and providing essential community services in rural KentCounty," Senator Mikulski said. "The new health center at Camp Fairlee Manor will replace aging facilities and create a central location for Easter Seals of MD and Delaware to provide medical services for youth and adults with disabilities.  I will continue fighting to put funds in the federal check book for the people of rural Maryland."

 

 "Recovery funds are being put to good use all over the Eastern Shore putting people to work and rebuilding our local infrastructure while easing the financial burdens on our already cash-strapped State and local municipalities," said Congressman Kratovil.  "This Easter Seals funding is a prime example of recovery funds going to improve public health while giving the economy a much needed shot in the arm."

 

The $115,000 for CampFairlee is provided through USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities program, which helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. Easter Seals Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore is planning to construct a medical facility at Camp Fairlee Manor. The camp has been in existence for more than 50 years providing summer camp and weekend respites.   It provides 24-hour nursing staff with a doctor on-call at all times.   The health center is the central location for medication storage; more than 90% of participants require medication.   The current building used is in disrepair and has non-functional restroom facilities.     

President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law on Feb. 17, 2009. It is designed to jumpstart the nation's economy, create or save millions of jobs and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st Century.