Grant Funding will Improve Cameron County Health Care Options, Thompson Says

Sep 21, 2015

Washington, DC – Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05) today announced the awarding $125,050 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant to a Cameron County health center.  The funding awarded to Keystone Rural Health Consortia’s Cameron County Health Care Center will provide assistance in providing on site behavioral health services.

“Rural health care centers such as this are so important to the communities which they serve,” Thompson said.  “I am happy to see services expanding for the people of Emporium and the surrounding area.”

The grant will allow Keystone Rural Health Consortia to contract with a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), who will see patients in the Cameron County Health Care Center. 

“Our recent hiring of a Registered Nurse Case Manager and the new LCSW will allow us to identify the patients who do not have the ability or means to travel outside the area for behavioral health services,” said Keystone Rural Health Consortia CEO Kristie Bennardi.  “We are very focused on being a ‘patient-centered medical home,’ meaning we try to provide as many services as possible in one location.”

Keystone Rural Health Consortia was founded in 1976 and has health centers in Cameron, Centre and Elk counties.