Polk Wellness Center receives $50,000 in grants from community foundation

Published 9:26 pm Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Polk Wellness Center recently received three grants from the Polk County Community Foundation totaling $50,000. According to the center’s director, Jim Nagi, the funds will help the center fulfill its mission to help residents receive needed health care.
“These grants will allow us to provide services to a lot more people in the county who are underserved or underinsured,” Nagi said. “The funds will make it possible for the center to take the next step in its growth.”
The community foundation’s Startup Continuation grant of $30,000 is designed to help with operational, medical and other expenses involved in starting up and building the organization. The funds are unrestricted, so they can be used for whatever needs the center’s administrators feel are appropriate.
The Sassoon grant from the community foundation gives the center $4,000 to be used to provide surgical services for underinsured residents.
The center also received a Steinbach grant from the community foundation in the amount of $16,000. These funds are designated to be used to provide medical, dental, chiropractic and diagnostic services for underinsured residents.
Founded in 2008, Polk Wellness Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering family medical care, mental health, substance abuse counseling, patient education and wellness services to residents of Polk County and surrounding areas.
The center uses an integrated model to provide primary medical care, mental health/substance abuse counseling, prevention, education, wellness and recovery support services. Family and primary medical care is offered, including pediatric, geriatric and mental health care.
For more information, call (828) 894-2222 or visit www.PolkWellness.org.

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