W.Va. community health system awarded grant

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Huntington-based community health system has received more than $5 million in federal funding to increase access to health care in underserved areas.

U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall says the Health Resources and Services Administration awarded the grant to Valley Health Systems through the Health Center Cluster Program. The program provides grants to community health centers that serve underserved, rural areas.

Valley Health Systems operates 18 community-based primary centers, eight Women, Infant and Children sites and six school-based health centers. It serves 72,000 patients in Cabell, Kanawha, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam, and Wayne counties.

Rahall announced the grant Thursday in a news release.

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