Ferrum College Announces Healthcare Grant
Ferrum College Announces Federal Grant for Rural Healthcare
Health center receives $396,000 from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Ferrum, Va. (September 22, 2010) – Ferrum College announced today a $396,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services to be used to enhance the community health center located on the
College campus. The center serves the residents of Franklin county as well as the
students, faculty and staff of Ferrum College.
“This is one of the best examples of how Ferrum College is a part of the fabric of
Franklin County,” said College President Jennifer Braaten. Braaten said people in
the community have frequently expressed to her their gratitude. “We are so fortunate
to have this partnership with Tri-Area Community Health Center,” said Braaten. “People
are looking for a model of success for rural healthcare, and this is it.”
Rep. Tom Perriello released details during a news conference on the Ferrum campus,
where he praised Ferrum College for working with Tri-Area to support the needs of
the community. Perriello also spoke about the benefits of the national healthcare
bill for college students. “Because of this bill, students can continue to enjoy healthcare
under their parents’ insurance until age 26,” said Perriello. The new law takes effect
on Thursday, September 23.
According to Bobby Thompson, Ferrum College Senior Vice President for Administration
and lifelong resident of the Ferrum community, the grant funds will be used to substantially
enlarge the health center to provide more space for existing and new services due
to significantly increased numbers of patients -- including more Ferrum students.
The Ferrum health center serves about 3500 people annually, according to Debra Shelor,
Executive Director of Tri-Area Community Health Center, which also operates health
centers in Floyd and Laurel Fork. “Everyone benefits from this collaboration between
Ferrum College and Tri-Area,” said Shelor. She noted about 75 percent of patients
are from the local Ferrum community.