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Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center Awarded $2 Million to Fight The Coronavirus Pandemic
Friday, 10 April 2020 10:45

Mount Vernon, NY- The Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center Inc., (MVNHC) was recently awarded $2,056,040 by the Health Resources and Services Administrations (HRSA) Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

MVNHC is a front-line health care provider in Westchester County, NY and continues to deliver comprehensive, primary care to all regardless of their immigration status or ability to pay. Many private medical practices and facilities have closed, and scores of area hospitals are overwhelmed. Community health centers like the three centers run by MVHNC in Yonkers, Greenburgh and Mount Vernon remain open.

“These funds will greatly aid the MVNHC system to remain open so we can continue to provide non-emergency health care services for our patients throughout Westchester and the North Bronx” stated Judith M. Watson, CEO of the MVNHC. She added, “these emergency funds will bolster our effort to purchase more Personal Protective Equipment for our exemplary staff so they can remain safe as they provide essential medical care for others.”

Administrators at the MVNHC credited U.S. Congressman Eliot Engle for ensuring that MVNHC received a share in the$1.3 billion CARES Act. Congressman Engle stated, “The coronavirus has had a disproportionate impact on our area, and across the country is affecting communities of color at a much higher rate. We need to take that into account when formulating our response and support health institutions that are most adept at serving vulnerable populations.”

MVNHC staff know firsthand the import of fighting COVID-19. Several staff members have tested positive for the virus. Most have since recovered. One beloved Homeless Program Outreach worker, David Seward, however, succumbed to complications of Coronavirus this week. “The Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center system graciously accepts the funds from the CARES Act, in the memory of our longtime employee” explained Ms. Watson.