Lance: $3.1 Million Grant Awarded to Zufall In Dover
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced that the Zufall Health Center in Dover has secured a $3.1 million federal grant through the Department of Health and Human Services. Lance, a member of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, has helped lead the effort in Congress to preserve and protect community health centers.
“Zufall is the best in the business and deserves this merit-based grant. Community health centers like Zufall bring experienced medical professionals into underserved communities – keeping them strong and accessible must be part of any federal health care system. When patients receive excellent care locally lives are improved. And taxpayers benefit from reduced public costs from emergency room visits and unhealthy lifestyles. I will always stick up for community health centers in Congress,” said Lance.
Since the first community health centers were founded over fifty years ago, health centers have become the Nation’s largest primary care network, collectively serving more than 22 million patients in more than 9,000 communities in every state and territory. Health centers are locally-governed small businesses providing a comprehensive range of primary care services while remaining responsive to community needs. Health centers employ more than 150,000 people, and generate an economic impact in the billions in some of the nation’s most economically deprived communities. Studies have shown health centers generate savings to the health care system on the order of $24 billion annually, primarily through reductions in unnecessary emergency room visits and hospitalizations.
In 2015, Lance was awarded the “Distinguished Community Health Champion Award” by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). NACHC honored Lance for his steadfast commitment to the Nation’s Community Health Centers and the millions of people they serve.