HHS announced today the awarding of $2,406,955.00 in Health Infrastructure Investment Program (HIIP) funds to three clients of theFranaGroup.

ROCKFORD, IL: May 6, 2016 – US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced today the awarding of $2,406,955.00 in Health Infrastructure Investment Program (HIIP) funds to three clients of theFranaGroup in Indiana, Kansas and South Carolina.  Awards ranged from $442,404 to $1 million.  This is the second round of HIIP funding; previously theFranaGroup clients received $5,842,634 in the first round for a total of $8,249,589 in awards.

The purpose of the HIIP program is to support existing community health centers to increase their patient capacity and to provide additional comprehensive primary and preventive health services to medically underserved populations through the alteration/renovation, expansion, or construction of a facility.  The current awards will enable clients in Indiana, Kansas and South Carolina to serve over an additional 17,700 patients.

Community health centers now represent the largest primary practice in the United States. They served more than 23 million patients with 87 million patient visits at over 9,000 service sites in 2014 with a combined staffing of over 153,000 health care professionals.  Community health centers now provide primary care to one in fourteen people living in the United States.

About theFranaGroup

theFranaGroup, founded in 1999, is a healthcare consulting firm that provides solutions for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), including a wide array of services tailored to CommunityHealthCenter operations and strategy, both before and after funding. With a proven track record of success, theFranaGroup offers a variety of services to achieve and maintain FQHC status including grant writing, strategic planning, management consulting and Board and staff development. The firm has helped clients earn more than $1 billion in direct funding and enhanced billing capabilities. In 2014 alone, theFranaGroup client clinics served more than 525,000 unduplicated patients with approximately 1,600,000 patient visits. As a result, these healthcare facilities better served their communities and improved the overall access and quality of health services provided to the most at-risk populations.