Fairbanks free clinic gets grant to expand

Posted: Monday, May 13, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A free clinic her has received a $3.2 million federal grant to build a new $6.4 million facility.

A new building would allow the Interior Neighborhood Health Clinic, now located in a former nursing home, to expand and offer mental health and dental care.

The current facility is too cramped, said Cheryl Kilgore, executive director of the clinic, which has served the area since 1995.

Last year, about 4,000 people received care at the clinic either free or at a low cost.

The grant pays for half the cost of the new building. Kilgore said the clinic would rely on donations from businesses, foundations and the community to pay for the rest.

The Denali Commission, a federal-state partnership created by U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens to fund community projects in Alaska, provided the grant for the new facility.

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