Henrietta Johnson receives federal grant to hire health care workers

WILMINGTON, Del. – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del) joined Henrietta Johnson Medical Center CEO Richard Melke and staff to announce a $210,682 grant award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help HJMC hire staff to help treat patients.

“This funding will allow Henrietta Johnson Medical Center to expand our services in Family Practice, Women’s Health and Dental by hiring additional providers,” said Richard Melke, HJMC CEO. “This supports our mission by responding to the health care needs of our community by providing integrated and coordinated health care for insured and uninsured patients.”

Henrietta Johnson Medical Center, a federally qualified health center, serves the Wilmington population at two locations and is a cost-effective alternative to emergency room-based primary health care services. Nationwide, nearly 1,300 health centers operate more 9,200 service delivery sites that provide care to more than 21.7 million patients.

“This funding is made possible by the Affordable Care Act and will help Henrietta Johnson reach out and treat patients who otherwise would not have a medical home,” Sen. Carper said. “I am proud of the work they are doing on the front lines to inform, care for and offer preventive medicine and treatment to Delawareans.”

“Receiving health care in a timely fashion is critical to living a healthy and happy life,” Sen. Coons said. “Thanks to this grant provided by the Affordable Care Act, staff at the Henrietta Johnson Medical Center will receive additional resources to achieve their mission of ‘helping, healing and caring’ for their patients.”

“The doctors, nurses, and staff at Henrietta Johnson Medical Center work tirelessly to provide quality, affordable care to everyone who walks through their doors,” Congressman Carney said.  “The grant announced today will help the Center hire more providers, expand its reach, and give more Delawareans the care they need, regardless of whether or not they have insurance.”