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June 30, 2022

Congressman David Trone Secures $5.2 Million for Health Care and Community Services in Government Funding Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 30, 2022

Contact: Sasha Galbreath, Sasha.Galbreath@mail.house.gov 

Congressman David Trone Secures $5.2 Million for Health Care and Community Services in Government Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman David Trone (MD-06) announced that he secured $5.22 million for local health care centers and community services as part of the FY 2023 Labor, Health And Human Services, And Education, And Related Agencies funding bill. After being approved by the House Committee on Appropriations – of which Trone is a member – the bill now advances to the U.S. House for passage in the coming month.

In the funding bill, Trone secured:

  • $1,875,000 for the refurbishment of Barton Hose Company No 1
  • $1,000,000 for renovations and refurbishments of a health center for the Chinese Culture and Community Service Center
  • $1,000,000 for an outpatient mental health clinic for the Sheppard Pratt Health System
  • $698,083 for the purchase of clinical equipment for the Frederick County Government
  • $650,000 to purchase a new electronic health record system for the Garrett Regional Medical Center

More details on the project funding can be found here.

Congressman Trone is a member of the powerful Appropriations Committee and requested funding for these critical local projects earlier this year. Trone made these requests, otherwise known as Community Project Funding, in order to address the dire need for investment in local projects that will help lead to better community-provided resources and spur economic growth and job creation. 

“As a businessman, I know how vital it is to work with folks on the ground to get the best results. After working with state and local leaders over the last year, we identified projects that will have the highest impact in our communities and help the folks most in need,” said Congressman Trone. “These projects – many of which I’ve visited myself – are vital to the day-to-day lives of Marylanders and will enhance the quality of life across the district. In Congress, our number one job is to equip our constituents with the tools they need to succeed. These investments in our communities will do just that.”

“Receiving the phone call from Congressman Trone notifying me of the approval of the grant left me speechless and with tears of joy. This is not just a major win for the volunteers of the Barton Hose Company, but also a major milestone for our community,” said Eric M. Mowbray, Assistant Fire Chief, Barton Fire Department. “The Barton community has always been the backbone of support for us, and we sure couldn’t do this without everyone’s support. As a third-generation firefighter belonging to the Barton Hose Company, I’m pleased with the direction we have all worked hard to get to. But it wouldn’t come without the continued support from Appropriation Committees & Congressman Trone to see that nonprofit organizations just like ours are more than worthy of being provided funds.”

“This support will enable Chinese Culture and Community Service Center, Inc. (CCACC)  to build a one-stop health center to provide holistic health and wellness service for the underserved population. With service focus on prevention and the overall well-being of our residents, we will be able to significantly lower the public burden on the healthcare cost,” said CCACC Director Huixing (Kate) Lu. “The new clinic site will take up to 10000 square feet, which will house a primary care clinic, a rehabilitation (providing physical therapy, occupational therapy, and behavioral health) center, a radiology clinic, a dental clinic, and a retail pharmacy space in one location. This one-stop community health center will be dedicated to providing culturally tailored health and social services to the 413, 063 Asian American residents in Maryland, other Asian American residents, and community members at large in its adjacent area.”

“The lack of access to behavioral health and substance use services is particularly acute in Washington County, and they are two of the county’s top priorities,” said a spokesperson of Sheppard Pratt. “By working with Washington County and expanding access to outpatient treatment and services, Sheppard Pratt is committed to meeting the demands of the community and ensuring its residents have greater access to quality behavioral healthcare.

“We know Frederick County needs a crisis stabilization center to provide care and a safe place for people with mental health and substance abuse issues while they wait to connect to other long-term care services,” Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner said. “Advancing this center is a priority of my Administration. I am grateful for the support of Congressman Trone and our entire Federal delegation on this project so we can provide this missing piece of our behavioral health care continuum.”

“The EPIC Electronic Health Record system is imperative in order for Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) to continue to provide the best quality care possible for the people in our 8-county service area,” said Mark Boucot, President and CEO of the hospital. “EPIC will enable our medical staff to seamlessly and quickly share patient records with specialists at WVU Medicine and other larger medical facilities, and will also allow GRMC to produce reports needed to assess patient care and the delivery of services. Our existing Electronic Medical Record system is over 20 years old, and the technology is very dated. We’re grateful Congressman Trone has chosen GRMC to be part of the  Community Project Funding program.”

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Appropriations, Veterans’ Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees. In Congress, Trone is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the mental health and addiction crises, criminal justice reform, and funding for medical research.

Follow Congressman Trone at @RepDavidTrone for updates on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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