The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is awarding $11,352,580 to four hospitals across Louisiana in efforts to improve health care in many of the state's rural communities.

"Louisiana's health care centers have faced unprecedented strain on their ability to provide critical care for our state's rural residents due to the COVID-19 pandemic," says U.S. Senator Dr. Bill Cassidy. "This funding helps these clinics obtain the resources needed to continue delivering quality health services to Louisiana families."

Since 2002, HHS's Health Center Cluster Program gives grants each year to help these underserved communities and vulnerable populations and will continue to do so through 2023. This year, the Southwest Louisiana Primary Health Care Center in Opelousas will get a significant chunk of the funding - $3.2 Million.

"As Louisianians continue to battle the pandemic, it's great to see HHS send resources to local health care centers that are helping communities on the front lines," says U.S. Senator John Kennedy.

Here is a breakdown of the federal funding:

  • $4,149,929 for Jefferson Community Health Care Centers in Avondale
  • $3,265,587 for the Southwest Louisiana Primary Health Care Center in Opelousas
  • $2,722,946 for the Innis Community Health Center in Batchelor
  • $1,214,118 for the St. Gabriel Health Clinic in Saint Gabriel

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