Friday, April 01, 2011
By Anna Sale
Henry Thompson, the CEO of the Community Health Center in Staten Island, is suffering from political whiplash.
After the clinic opened in 2006 – with nearly every bold-faced name in local politics in attendance – the clinic received a grant during the Bush administration two years later to build a new location. In 2009, the clinic received $1.3 million in stimulus dollars to expand hours and services.
Then came the federal health care overhaul last year, which provides $11 billion dollars to support and expand the network of clinics across the country.
But now, the clinic is one of six federally funded community health centers that could close if budget cuts passed by the House make it into a final compromise spending plan.