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July 27, 2012

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Deputy Commissioner Visits Southern Jersey Family Medical Center in Salem To Highlight Record $50 million to Health Centers in FY 2013 Budget

On Monday, Deputy Health Commissioner Dr. Arturo Brito will visit the Southern Jersey Family Medical Center - Salem (SJFMC) to highlight a record $50 million in state funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to care for uninsured and underinsured residents.  Dr. Brito will also take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Center's newly renovated exam rooms and dental suites.

Deputy Commissioner Brito's visit to SJFMC comes on the eve of National Health Center Week (August 5-12), which celebrates the critical role that health centers play in providing care regardless of a patient's ability to pay.

SJFMC President Linda Flake, will host the tour for Dr. Arturo Brito at 10:30 a.m.  Brief remarks, a ribbon cutting and photo opportunity will take place after the tour. 

"Community health centers throughout New Jersey are improving the health of New Jersey's most vulnerable residents by providing a medical home for thousands who often have limited access to care," said Dr. Brito.  "Governor Christie's budget provides $50 million, a record high, to community health centers." 

Last year SJFMC provided care to over 53,000 patients; 7,000 of the patients that were treated were from Salem County.

Across this state, 20 health centers with 105 satellites provided comprehensive health care services to nearly half a million people last year in more than 1.3 million patient visits. 

Monday's event will take place at:
Southern Jersey Family Medical Center - Salem
238 East Broadway
Salem, NJ 08079

Last Reviewed: 8/8/2012