Washington, DC - Congressman Jim Himes announced today that three health centers in southwestern Connecticut will receive grants through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding. The grants are for construction, repair, and renovation, including modernizing usage of information technology.

“These funds will be used to repair our ailing community health centers and prepare them for the future,” said Congressman Himes. “The hospitals receiving these grants will put people back to work and invest in more efficient responses to health care needs in southwestern Connecticut.

The Norwalk Community Health Center will receive $250,000, Optimus Health Care in Bridgeport will receive $1,763,750, and Southwest Community Center in Bridgeport will receive $801,110.

The Recovery Act’s Capital Investment Program grants will support the construction, repair and renovation of over 1,500 health center sites nationwide. More than 650 centers will use the funds to purchase new equipment or health information technology (HIT) systems, and nearly 400 health centers will adopt and expand the use of electronic health records. For more information on the Recovery Act, see www.recovery.gov or www.ct.gov/recovery.