Million dollar grant will help UNHS expand Monument Valley Clinic
Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. has received a $1 million grant for an upcoming remodeling project scheduled for the Monument Valley Community Health Center in 2019.
The Indian Health Services Division of Facilities Planning and Construction awarded its Small Ambulatory Program Grant to five recipients nationwide. It is the first time this grant has been awarded since 2006. According to Stephanie Singer, Program Development/Grant Management for UNHS, IHS is authorized to award grants to Tribes and/or Tribal organizations for construction, expansion or modernization of ambulatory health care facilities located apart from a hospital. Only federally recognized Tribes that operate non-IHS outpatient facilities under P.L. 93-638 contracts are eligible to apply for this program. The completed facility must have sufficient capacity to provide the required services; serve at least 500 eligible American Indian/Alaskan Native people annually; and provide care for a service area with a population of at least 2,000 eligible persons.
“The total amount of our award is $1,000,000 which will be used to increase the size of the Monument Valley Health Center. Specifically, the number of patient exam rooms will be increased in order to accommodate more patients and more patient visits,” Singer said.
The areas involved in the expansion are Behavioral Health, Dental and Medical exam rooms. UNHS officials indicate groundbreaking for the new construction will likely happen no sooner than early in 2019.