Prenatal Clinic Receives Grant from Health and Human Services
WILLIMANTIC, CT, October 8, 2009- Windham Hospital has received final approval for a grant from the federal Department of Health and Human Services in the amount of $95,000 to provide prenatal and case management services to low-income women in eastern Connecticut. The grant, which was made possible through the Office of Congressman Courtney, represents additional funding to areas of great need through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
“This federal funding will provide Windham Hospital with much needed resources to offer better prenatal care for eastern Connecticut’s women. As a strong supporter of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, I am pleased to see that federal stimulus funds are directly upgrading vital medical resources, resulting in assistance for the most vulnerable among us. I applaud the staff and medical professionals of Windham Hospital’s Prenatal Clinic for the outstanding work that they do for our community,” remarked Congressman Courtney.
“We are extremely grateful for this grant from the federal government, which would not have been possible without the advocacy and support from Congressman Joe Courtney. He has been a champion of the need for universal healthcare and understands the impact that poverty has on those seeking healthcare for themselves and their families,” commented Dick Brvenik, President and CEO of Windham Hospital.
The Prenatal Clinic has been operating with limited funding for over 25 years. “Windham Hospital has been committed to maintaining these services for at-risk women and in the past two years, our program has garnered the attention of several foundations including the Liberty Bank Foundation, NewAlliance Foundation, SBM Charitable Foundation and the Tri-County Community Foundation,” noted Mona Friedland, Vice President, Philanthropy, Windham Hospital. “With their support we were able to piece together the funding needed to provide over 1,000 clinic visits and support the delivery of 50 healthy babies each year.”
The Prenatal Clinic provides complete, culturally competent pre- and post-natal care, supports fetal health and development and promotes positive family development through the provision of high quality health care. The bi-lingual services provided by the Clinic are consistent with the Hospital’s philosophy of family centered care, which focuses on collaborating with families, acknowledging their strengths and resources and respecting their choices and priorities.
Windham Hospital’s Prenatal Clinic received the Community Service Award from the Connecticut Hospital Association in 2008 and has been recognized for the outstanding care provided to patients by its staff.