Reed touts $2.75M Chautauqua Center grant

Submitted Photo. Congressman Tom Reed spoke with staff at The Chautauqua Center during a visit this week.

Congressman Tom Reed visited The Chautauqua Center at 319 Central Ave., Dunkirk, earlier this week after a $2.75 million grant was announced for the federally qualified health center.

“We care about providing accessible and affordable health care to those across Chautauqua County. This grant will help provide quality health care to those individuals who need such services in the area,” Reed stated of the funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

The continued trend of physician retirements has led to private provider offices closing their panels to new patients. Reed noted The Chautauqua Center meets the needs of these underserved populations.

“With the uncertain state of healthcare moving forward, we are very encouraged by the award received to continue to provide high-quality healthcare services to the residents of Chautauqua County. The support of our community partners, as well as elected officials at all levels, is greatly appreciated. This award represents a step in the right direction for the continued thoughtful delivery of healthcare services,” stated Michael Pease, CEO of the Chautauqua Center. “The center’s integrated care model saves the system money, but more importantly assists our consumers to obtain the healthy lifestyle they deserve. Without this funding, The Chautauqua Center would not be able to provide the robust menu of services we can.

“We would like to thank Congressman Reed for his continued support and are hopeful that as the system continues to evolve and changes are implemented, he will advocate for Chautauqua County and the residents we serve.”

The Chautauqua Center is a federal qualified health center providing family medicine and wellness outpatient services to individuals of all ages.

The grant will be used to support health services including primary care, behavioral health and oral health services to more than 7,000 individuals.

While visiting, Reed spoke with staff and individuals on the importance of these funds and the general benefit of having a federally funded qualified health center in the community.