Access North Georgia reports that the Appalachian Nurse Practitioner Clinic, located in Dahlonega, Georgia, has received a $1.8 million grant. According to the news source, the funding was awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and is intended to support the growth of additional satellite medical centers in the area.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website, the HRSA is a federal agency dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare for uninsured and under-insured Americans. Since 1999, the organization has funded close to $8 billion in grants to clinics that service this population, including many medical centers staffed by nurse practitioners.
The Appalachian Nurse Practitioner Clinic has treated more than 5,000 patients since it opened its doors in 2006, reports the news source. The institution was originally granted HRSA funding five years ago to develop the center, which serves individuals in give surrounding counties.
Many nurse practitioners work in similar clinics assisting individuals who lack sufficient insurance benefits. These medical professionals have earned Master of Science in Nursing degrees and can provide many of the same services as doctors.