LOWVILLE, N.Y. (WWNY) - A federal grant will help North Country Family Health Center renovate its Lowville clinic.
Lowville's North Country Family Health dental clinic is receiving $300,000 to renovate its facilities.
“We are thrilled to receive this HERSA funding. You know, we have not renovated or expanded our Lewis County General Hospital space. So by us increasing this space is going to give us the ability to meet the needs of our community,” said Nicole Quintin, program administrator, North Country Family Health Center.
Health officials say that Lewis County ranks in the bottom 25 percent in the state for number of dentists. The federal grant money will be used to add two treatment rooms, expand the lab, and re-design the registration area.
“It will allow for about 1,000 new dental visits so people won’t have to travel out of the area,” said April Fallon, communications director, North Country Family Health Center.
As part of the project, a room will be added where people can meet with a staff member to help them enroll in an insurance plan.
"We are really looking forward to helping people be able to just get access to services. Unfortunately, there area lot of people who don't have coverage. There are a lot of barriers to just getting health care and dental services in a rural community," said Fallon.
Other funds will be used to buy new equipment for the clinic and hire another dentist. Renovations are expected to begin in 2020.