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Heartland Healthcare Center Update

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In November, federal grant money from the Affordable Care Act made it possible for the Heartland Health Center, Inc. board to move forward with the new community health center in Grand Island.

The federal funds required deadlines, and officials said they're getting close to opening their doors.

The Heartland Health Center will be the states seventh federally operated health center.

After two separate attempts to get a grant an $812,500 federal fund awarded in November, made it possible to build a federally operated health center in Grand Island.

Teresa Anderson with the Central District health Department is on the Heartland Health Center, Inc. board,  Anderson said "We have a long way to go and a short time to get there but we now have a building secure and we got the blue print we're hiring a CEO who will start full time in January."

Terri Wolfgram was in Grand Island on Friday reviewing blueprints at the chosen site. Wolfgram was chosen as the CEO for the Heartland Health Center.

They're building from the ground up with only 120 days all together it will offer the community something it does not have.

Wolfgram said federally qualified health care allows patients to get consistent quality care based on what they can afford. She comes from Norfolk Community Health Care Center, an FQHC.

They'll take their first patient on February 27, 2014.  

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