Some South Central Kentucky health departments are getting a major funding boost.
On Wed., Dec. 20, Governor Ernie Fletcher announced that 24 local health departments around Kentucky, including several in the area, were selected to receive grant funding to improve their facilities.
The announcement from Governor Fletcher may have happened in Corbin but the impact will be felt all across South Central Kentucky.
The Hart County Health Department along with the Simpson Health Department both received $500,000 to fund construction on new facilities and upgrading existing ones.
The funding comes from a $10 million set aside by the 2006 General Assembly, to create the local health department infrastructure development pool.
“In order for us to make advances to improve health status of citizens throughout the Commonwealth, public health is an appropriate place for the General Assembly to partner with us to improve infrastructure in order to address these health concerns,” said Dennis Chaney, with the Barren River Health Department.
There were 24 projects selected from a criteria set by the Department for Public Health.
“It’s such a success for the residents of both of these counties, Hart and Simpson, to have access to new and improved public health,” Chaney said.
The Barren River Health Department is very excited about the new opportunities these facilities are going to generate for the public.
“First of all, we were surprised we felt confident that we had very solid application but we knew the competition was going to be very steep,” Chaney said.
Hart County will be constructing a new facility whereas Simpson County will have an addition and renovations to their current facility.