BURILLVILLE – WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care, Rhode Island’s oldest community health center, announced recently the awarding of nearly $200,000 in grants to benefit the more than 13,000 patients whom it serves throughout the state, regardless of ability to pay:
The Champlin Foundations have awarded $164,600 for construction costs and equipment needs for the expansion of WellOne’s North Kingstown location. Over the past three years, the facility has realized a 37 percent increase in the number of dental patients treated. This funding will contribute to a 2,000-square-foot addition that will include three additional dental operatories, new bathrooms, meeting rooms to accommodate patient consultations, and additional space for the storage of medical and dental supplies;
The June Rockwell Levy Foundation has awarded $25,000 towards the purchase and installation of a generator for the Foster center, which provides services to more than 3,000 individuals including one out of every four residents of Foster and to a significant number of individuals residing in the towns of Glocester and Scituate. As the only provider of medical and dental services in the Town of Foster and because of the facility’s location in a rural area, which is prone to extreme weather conditions, it is subject to a significant number of power outages each year when compared to other areas of Rhode Island. Restoration of service typically takes a significant amount of time; the installation of the generator will allow the facility to seamlessly continue to provide local access to healthcare for patients during power outages;
The Episcopal Charities Fund of Rhode Island has awarded WellOne $8,000 towards its charity care at all three of its locations (Pascoag, Foster, North Kingstown). With this funding, WellOne will be able to provide financial support for primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care, on a sliding fee scale basis, to qualifying patients who either lack health insurance or are struggling to meet their co-pay requirements;
Based in part upon a recommendation from the North Smithfield Ambulance and Rescue Association Fund Advisory Committee, The Rhode Island Foundation awarded a grant of $1,500 to subsidize the cost of healthcare for needy North Smithfield residents.
“We continue to be grateful for the support from the many funders of our agency,” said Peter J. Bancroft, WellOne President and CEO. “It is through their belief in our mission of high-quality healthcare for all, that we have been able for 104 years to demonstrate the ingenuity of local efforts and how a community can come together to provide healing.”