August 10, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN VISITS CHOPTANK COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER THAT HAS RECEIVED $1 MILLION RECOVERY GRANT TO EXPAND DENTAL CARE

CAMBRIDGE , MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a leading supporter of efforts to expand federally qualified health centers (FQHC), today visited the Cambridge Dental Center and the Fassett-Magee Health Center to congratulate the Choptank Community Health System (CCHS) on receiving $1 million in funding through the Federal Investment Program (FIP) grant program to expand dental services. CCHS was the only community health center in Maryland to receive FIP funding, which was made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act .

 

"Expanding our system of community health care centers is an investment in the health of our citizens and our economy," said Senator Cardin. "In 2007, 12-year-old Deamonte Driver's tragic death illustrated how important dental care is to overall health care.   Preventative health care and dental care saves lives and costs less than treating advanced diseases or injuries."

 

CCHS is a fully accredited community health center providing comprehensive medical, dental and behavioral health care services at eight locations in Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties.   In 2008, more than 27,000 patients were seen through the combined programs of CCHS for a total of more than 93,000 visits.   The Recovery funds will enable CCHS to renovate the Fassett-Magee Health Center to include a new seven chair dental center.

 

Investments in health centers pay for themselves. Overall medical expenses for health center patients are 41 percent lower than for patients who receive care elsewhere.   Senator Cardin has co-sponsored the Access for All Americans Act , S. 486, which would expand funding for FHQCs nationwide.