Coastal Group Well being Companies is getting a windfall profit courtesy of Congress.
A $ 1.9 billion COVID-19 aid invoice handed in March, dubbed the American Rescue Plan by the federal authorities, included $ 143 million in funding for group well being facilities in Georgia and about $ 2.1 million for Coastal Group Well being Companies in Brunswick.
Group well being facilities purpose to offer high-quality, complete and reasonably priced main well being care providers, particularly to low-income households, the homeless, agricultural employees, public housing residents and veterans, based on an announcement from the workplace of the Senator Jon Ossoff, D-Ga.
“It was funding that was authorised in Congress final month and is to assist reply to the COVID-19 emergency,” mentioned Barbara Meyers, govt director of Coastal Group Well being Companies.
The clinic has two years to make use of the allocation to assist distribute and observe COVID-19 vaccines, check for infections, and perform actions to mitigate the unfold. Funds also can go in the direction of cell testing gear and provides and vaccines, in addition to increasing the clinic’s workforce.
“For us proper now, a few third of our workers is being diverted for vaccinations and testing, and that is a major operational loss,” Meyers mentioned.
With the additional assist, workers can get again to their foremost jobs, he mentioned. The clinic employs 45 individuals and serves primarily Glynn and McIntosh counties, Meyers mentioned.
Together with the COVID-19 response, funds can be utilized to complement common providers and increase or make modifications to the clinic itself.
“It is form of a wash checklist,” Meyers added.
The clinic has 60 days to finalize and submit its plans, after which it may possibly reimburse all eligible bills by means of the fund.
“We’re enthusiastic about this,” Meyers mentioned. “It’ll enable us to have a higher capability to reply to the COVID-19 pandemic, however it’s fantastic that we are able to fund packages to handle the well being care wants in our communities.”
Meyers mentioned the clinic can be higher in a position to present regular main care providers and increase COVID-19 associated providers.
“We’re actually grateful to Congress and the (Biden) administration for acquiring cash not just for us, but additionally funds to profit the general public well being division,” Meyers mentioned.