Rural clinics receive $4.2M federal grant

Johnson City Press • Updated Feb 28, 2019 at 7:54 PM

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has approved a $4.2 million grant to Rural Health Services Consortium Inc., a non-profit health access organization serving Northeast Tennessee’s upper eight counties, U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-1st, announced in a news release Thursday.

The organization is intended to provide affordable, accessible patient-focused primary health care to residents of Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties. A Roe spokeswoman said the grant would be used to continue those services.

Clinics provide such as services as general medical care, diagnostic lab testing, X-rays, immunizations, gynecological care, pediatric care and dental care. Roe wrote a letter in support of RHSC’s application to HHS for federal funding in September.

“One of my highest priorities in Congress is ensuring East Tennesseans have access to quality health care. As a physician, I am pleased to see such a strong investment of over $4.2 million being made to Rural Health Services Consortium Inc.,” Roe said in the release.

Clinics are located in Limestone, Roan Mountain, Mountain City, Greeneville, Bulls Gap, Kingsport and Sneedville.