Rural Health Services receives  $126,088 grant  1

The headquarters for Rural Health Services, which recently received a $126,088 federal grant,is at the William Clyburn Center for Primary Care, shown here, in Aiken. 

Rural Health Services recently received a quality improvement grant of $126,088 from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, or HRSA.

In all, HRSA awarded $125 million in quality improvement grants to 1,352 community health centers. Twenty-two of the facilities are in South Carolina.

The health centers will use the funds to improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of health care delivery in the areas they serve.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS, announced the grant recipients Aug. 13 during National Health Center Week.

“Community health centers provide coordinated, comprehensive and patient-centered care to millions of Americans,” said HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan in a press release. “They have a track record of delivering quality care at significantly lower cost and are vital partners in our movement toward a health system that delivers quality, affordable, value-based health care for all Americans.”

HRSA Administrator George Sigounas said nearly all the grant recipients “demonstrated improvement in one or more clinical quality measures from the year prior.”

The release also included new information compiled by HRSA from reports submitted to its Uniform Data System. In 2107, more than 27 million people, or approximately one in 12 U.S. residents, relied on a health center supported by HRSA for primary care.

Nearly 1,400 health centers operate more than 11,000 service delivery sites nationwide.

Rural Health Services is a private, nonprofit health care organization. Its headquarters is at the William Clyburn Center for Primary Care at 1000 Clyburn Place in Aiken. Its satellite facilities are Family Health Care at 120 Darlington Drive in Aiken and the Margaret J. Weston Community Health Center at 4645 Augusta Road in Clearwater.

For more information about Rural Health Services, call 803-380-7800 visit

​Dede Biles is the Aiken County government, business and horse industry reporter for the Aiken Standard. Follow her on Twitter @DBethBiles.