WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- The North Country Children's Clinic got two big pieces of news in one day, thanks in part to a massive grant from the Department of Health and Human Services.
The $650,000 grant, announced by Senator Charles Schumer, will help the clinic add staff, renovate its current building in Watertown and add one in Lewis County.
It can all happen because the clinic was awarded the designation of Federally Qualified Health Center. That means the clinic can not only treat children, but now adults as well, regardless of their ability to pay or their health insurance status.
"We're proud also to begin focusing on serving the growing homeless population within our two counties. It's really a privilege to be able serve this patient population. We're very thrilled for the opportunity," NCCC Executive Director Aileen Martin said.
The federal designation allows the clinic to be eligible for more federal grants, cost-based Medicaid reimbursement and free malpractice coverage.