OREGON COUNTY -- The Oregon County Health Department is one of seven health departments in south central Missouri to receive a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health.
Oregon County Health Department Administrator Shelia Russell said Oregon County received $71,846.
"The grant was given to improve infrastructure at our two facilities at Thayer and Alton so that the departments can improve delivery of health services in our communities," she said.
Russell said she just learned that Oregon County was one of the recipients of the grants and is not sure if it will be distributed in one lump sum. "I do know we have a year to use the funds," she said.
Russell said a portion of the funds will be used to put a new roof on the Alton building and to purchase a new propane back-up generator. "This is something we have needed for quite sometime. If we should have an ice storm or if for any other reason we would be without electricity this will help protect our vaccines," the administrator said.
She said a new security system will also be purchased for the Alton office and the heat and air unit at the Thayer office will be upgraded.
"Our main goal with these funds is to improve our buildings at both offices. The money cannot be used for salary or travel or anything like that. It is for infrastructure use only," she said.
Russell said she is very excited about receiving the money. "We feel very blessed. Not all health departments in the state received the money," she said.
A total of $608,000 was given to seven health departments by the Missouri Foundation for Health.