Health Center Receives Funding
Bennington County was the only county in Vermont that did not have a federally qualified health clinic – until the Battenkill Valley Health Center applied for the funds through the U.S. government, and was accepted. These funds will enable them to provide comprehensive primary and preventive care to people of all ages, regardless of where they come from, their ability to pay, or their health insurance status. The Arlington Family Practice building on Route 7A in Arlington Center, Vt. must be renovated for the the clinic, and staff must be hired pending the federal funding.
Mary Ann Carlson, board chairman for the Battenkill Valley Health Center, approached the Arlington Community Nursing Service last May, regarding a possible donation. The 30-member board, comprised of volunteer members of the community, met the request with enthusiasm and unanimous support, resulting in a check for $50,000 to go towards the new clinic. The Health Center will be continuing fundraising efforts for costs incurred during the transition; their goal is to raise another $25,000. When it is reached, the Nursing Service will match it with another check for an additional $25,000.
For information on how to contribute, or for questions on the Clinic, call Ann Carlson at 802-375-8353 and leave a confidential voicemail.
The Nursing Service provides funds for many community services through memorial contributions, donations and fundraising, including home health care; individual financial assistance by request for special medical or dental needs; dental clinics at Arlington and Sunderland schools, education, screening and teeth cleanings; hearing and vision equipment for testing in the schools; scholarships for students pursuing careers in health; monetary support for various community projects.