River Hills in Ottumwa

OTTUMWA — River Hills Community Health Center was granted $124,060 this month by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). HRSA, a federal agency and subset of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, awarded more than $11 billion this year to 3,000 local health care providers all across the country.

River Hills, one of these recipients, received five grants for providing increased access to health care, improving patient diversity, utilizing health care information technology to improve the quality of care provided, providing close patient care, and demonstrating top-rate clinical quality.

Although federal records show the amount received is $5,000 less than the amount awarded in August 2018, River Hills CEO Rick Johnson is excited about the opportunity. Last year, the funding was used to hire a consulting firm that improved the center’s productivity and quality of care.

While the exact usage of this year’s grant money is yet to be decided, Johnson expects the center to invest further into those areas in which they excel so that they may continue providing the community with high-quality medical service.

Jack Langland can be reached at jlangland@ottumwacourier.com.

Jack Langland can be reached at jlangland@ottumwacourier.com.

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