• The San Juan Daily Star

Nearly $1.2 million federal allocation for new healthcare center in Toa Alta

By John McPhaul

The non-profit organization Salud Integral en la Montaña (SIM by its Spanish acronym) has received $1,172,000 in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan funded by the Health Centers Program of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

The HRSA is under the umbrella of the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Dr. Gloria del C. Amador Fernández, president and CEO of SIM, expressed satisfaction with the achievement of obtaining the seed fund to guide the construction of what will be the new Comprehensive Diagnosis Health Center in the urban area of Toa Alta.

SIM was the entity that received the largest allocation among 20 other 330 Centers in Puerto Rico to receive distributed allocations amounting to almost $1 billion in the United States and its territories to 1,300 health centers to support major construction and renovation projects.

In early September, SIM was recognized by the HHS’ HRSA Bureau of Primary Health (BPHC) for the quality of its services and the COVID-19 vaccination initiative, where only 11% of the 330 Centers in the entire Nation were recognized for this feat.

SIM is the largest private non-profit organization in the central region of Puerto Rico and is recognized by the federal government as a Federally Qualified Health Center, whose mission is to offer preventive, primary and specialized health services through its Comprehensive Health Centers located in the municipalities of Barranquitas, Bayamón, Comerío, Corozal, Naranjito, Orocovis and Toa Alta.

It also has the Home Health and La Montaña Hospice and Community Outreach Programs. Recently, it inaugurated the first Post-COVID Clinic in Puerto Rico. SIM was recognized for being the first line of emergency response in the communities of the central region with medical brigades, health fairs, vaccination campaigns, donations and assistance in its seven Comprehensive Health Centers and its four 24-hour emergency rooms, which operate seven days a week.

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