June 03, 2014

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $720,000 In Funding for Southern Tier’s Universal Primary Care

Funding Will Be Used to Expand Services to More Families

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced  $726,488 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Universal Primary Care, a network of three heath centers under Southern Tier Community Health Center Network, Inc. This federal funding will be used to expand services to more families in need of health services.

“These much-needed federal funds will help Universal Primary Care provide essential health services to families in need in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties," said Senator Schumer. “Additional assistance is critical to keeping families in urban and rural areas healthy, and this grant in particular is a substantial amount of federal support for a very worthy facility.”

“Everyone should have access to quality, affordable health services in our communities,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This grant will help the Universal Primary Care centers meet the need for services throughout Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties and provide residents with better, more affordable care.”

“We are so excited to be awarded this continuation grant. This investment in our community health center helps us to ensure that we can continue to provide high-quality primary health care to all who seek our services without regard to ability to pay,” said Gail C. Speedy, Executive Director.

Universal Primary Care is a network of health care facilities under the Southern Tier Community Health Network. They were established in 2004 and consist of three sites in Olean, Cuba and Houghton, New York, and serve more than7,000 patients. Universal Primary Care provides a range of health services, which include primary care for children and adults as well as counseling services.